If you are visiting Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, you must make time for a stroll along the Las Canteras Beachwalk. In fact we recommend you make a day excursion and also take a few hours to relax on the Las Canteras Beach. On the photo below the beach on a winter day:
4 Km Long – Enough for a Hike!
The Las Canteras Beach Walk lines the city with its 4 kilometers length to the northwest. It can easily take one hour or more to walk from one end to the other. On one end it starts at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus which offers a wide and interesting choice of concerts and leads up to the north until la Isleta, the northern part of Las Palmas.
Lots of Restaurants & Cafés
The promenade offers a wide range of cafes, restaurants, tapas bars and benches just to sit, relax and watch the people of all ages pass by. If you plan to stay in Las Palmas there are also quite a few hotels to choose from, many of them overlooking the promenade, the beautiful beach and the ocean.
Most of the times the Las Canteras beach is fit to swim or surf but you should still have a look at the flags that are located near the red cross points. Green means everything is ok, yellow means be careful and the red flag tells you not to go into the water due to either rough sea or jellyfish. Or just watch the surfers at La Cicer, the southern end of the beach. There the waves are a bit higher and you can have some tapas while watching hundreds of people with their boards waiting for the perfect wave to ride.
If you do not like swimming or just visit for a short time, have a walk up and down the promenade where you will see different interesting statues and also very talented sculptors who create spectacular and sometimes funny sand figurines. You can even do a trip through the town on a horse carriage.
Where to park?
We often go to the Shopping Centre Las Arenas and park there. If you buy something in the centre for at least 20€, the first three hours at the centre are free. The shopping center Las Arenas is situated just opposite the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus. But there are many other car parks, and sometimes you might be lucky and find a parking on the street.
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