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Gran Canaria is where the city and beach collide, quite common along this coastline.
The Eastern Province of the Canary Islands - Las Palmas - is made up of the islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. All of these islands feature the same spectacular scenery, lots of sunshine and amazing sandy beaches. Each, though, has a very different atmosphere. As we focus on Gran Canaria, we see the only really large town, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which is the administrative center for all the eastern islands. It has the largest resort, so there is a lively party feel here. For this and many other reasons, Gran Canaria is the most popular of the islands with tourism overtaking the locals in population several times a year.
Winding roads follow the ruggedly beautiful terrain which rises to a symmetrical cone at the centre of the island. Your introduction will take you to both sides of the coastline, the port area as well as the sandy beach. The seaport will most likely be bustling and full of ships. The city itself is sprawling built around an isthmus. The modern commercial shipping area called Puerto de la Luz takes up the eastern side and leads to the former island of La Isleta, a sailor and military quarter.
On the other side of the isthmus is the crowded Playa de las Canteras, a 2-mile stretch of golden beach. The promenade behind has been built up with bars, restaurants, and hotels and you will enjoy a walk on the promenade as well as a 'promenade' around the city by vehicle.
The Pueblo Canario is a tourist enclave where visitors can people watch as well as browse in the small craft shops and art galleries. This can be viewed from above by walking uphill towards the AltaVista district, delivering a nice overview. At the end of town is the Barrio Vegueta, a neighborhood dating back to the Spanish conquest. In the heart of the barrio sits the Catedral de Santa Ana, which originated in 1500. You will also see the City Hall and the exterior view of the Columbus House.
Enjoy some freetime to explore the best part of Spain - its gastronomy! Tastes are easy to come by as you move through the city, particularly the waterfront.
- Food, beverages, gratuities, and admissions are not included in the price of this tour.
- Please dress comfortably as it will be warmer in the city than from the scenic sights above.
- A portion of the tour is on foot and may be on uneven surfaces. Please wear sturdy and comfortable shoes.
- This tour departure time may begin earlier. Please contact ShoreTrips before booking.
Days offered: 7 days a week