Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the largest city in the archipelago of the Canary Islands, an autonomous region part of Spain. As the island of Gran Canaria is an extremely popular seaside tourist destination, with countless great resorts such as Arguineguin, Puerto Rico, San Agustin or Maspalomas, its main appeal are the beaches and oceanside activities (the island is deep into the Atlantic). The most famous beach is the Playa de las Canteras: over 2 miles long, it is the most symbolic of the beaches and is considered among the most beautiful in Spain, but Playa del Cura and Playa Taurito are also worth a visit. Try out activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing. Las Palmas, nevertheless, is not just a great beach resort with a vibrant nightlife: it is also a beautiful city from a cultural point of view. The Cathedral of Santa Ana towers over the city and the Vegueta historical centre is great for an evening stroll and trying tapas in various bars. The city's airport, the largest in the Canary Islands and the fifth-largest in the country, links Las Palmas with many Spanish and European cities, including: London, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Dakar and Brussels. If you're looking for a cheap flight departing from Leeds, Edinburgh (or any other city) to Gran Canaria, you can use our online comparison tool to search, find and compare a variety of flight options.
The city centre is connected to Gran Canaria International Airport by by buses and taxis, with journey time varying between 20 and 30 minutes. To make the most of your stay, you can purchase a Las Palmas Card (LPA Card), which offers free entry to over 20 museums and monuments, guided tours, discounts on shopping, restaurants, bars and pubs. An interesting fact about Las Palmas is that, in 1492, Christopher Columbus stopped here en route to discover the Americas and a Columbus House Museum is dedicated to this great historical figure. If you have the opportunity, don't miss out on seeing any of the other Canary Islands. Fuerteventura is famous for its windsurfing and great beaches, in popular seaside getaway resorts such as Bahia Feliz, Meloneras, Playa del Ingles or San Bartolome.