If you live on Lanzarote, sooner or later you’ll need to go to our provincial capital Las Palmas. Whether it’s for leisure, business, or medical reasons, you’ll discover a city that might just take your breath away.
Several flights leave Lanzarote for Las Palmas every day, and there’s also a ferry if you want to take a car. We wouldn’t advise that if you’re staying in the city, though. If you’re a permanent resident, you’re entitled to 75% discount on these flights.
The airport is about 20 kms south of the capital – it’s about €35-40 in a taxi, but buses (Lines 60 and 90) also run regularly. At Las Palmas you can disembark at San Telmo in the south of the city or Santa Catalina in the north.
WHERE TO STAY
Most visitors stay in the northern part of the city, around the Parque Santa Catalina and the Playa de las Canteras. However, you may also consider the beautiful, colonial area of Vegueta to the south, or the wealthy Alcaravaneras zone in between.
Buses in Las Palmas are reliable, and we’d recommend getting an €8.50 ten journey bono card that you can top up in plenty of shops and kiosks. Taxis are plentiful, too.
PLAYA DE LAS CANTERAS
More a question of “can’t miss”, this is the most stunning city beach in the Canaries, and probably in Europe. The promenade stretches from La Isleta in the north to the Alfredo Kraus auditorium in the south, is lined with great shops and restaurants and there is always something happening.
POEMA DEL MAR/ELDER MUSEUM
This claims to be the biggest aquarium in Europe and is an astonishing experience. The Elder Science Museum nearby is a great outing for kids, too.
SHOPPING IN TRIANA AND MESA Y LÓPEZ
Calle Triana, near San Telmo, and Calle Mesa y López in the north of the city are the main shopping thoroughfares, and unmissable for retail therapy. But you’ll find many, many more opportunities in the streets that surround both.
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