Welcome to the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria cruise port guide. We can find 380.000 inhabitants in Las Palmas. This city is on the island of Gran Canaria which is part of the Canary islands just off the coast of Morocco. Las Palmas, together with Santa Cruz, is the co-capital of this group of islands. It is a rather big city, even if you would compare it to the mainland. It is the 9th largest city of Spain and even the largest city of the European Union lying outside the European continent. Its identity could at first be compared to the mainland, but take a closer look and you will discover a whole new culture. The city is defined by its gorgeous historical old town and the local products that are produced all over this part of the island. Las Palmas is the largest city on the island of Gran Canaria. This island is often called the miniature continent due to the different climates and variety of landscapes. A 3rd of the island is under protection of UNESCO. The north tends to be cool while the south is warm and sunny. The east coast is dotted with white sandy beaches and the west coast is much rockier. Tons of things to see and do in and around Las Palmas. Read underneath what your options are in the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria cruise port guide.
This is one of the 3 beaches in Las Palmas. It is a 3 km long beach that is absolutely well though out. It is one of the most popular beaches on the island and it attracts numerous tourists and residents. Take a walk along the beautiful promenade here, watch the people, admire the art work and go for a nice drink.
Rum distilling is one of the most important industries on Gran Canaria. The factory is now partly a museum where you get to follow the whole process from A to Z and also get to taste the many different rums they have. Find the distilleries 16 km west of the dock.
At the port of Las Palmas you will find an Avis car rental at the terminal. It is wise to prebook something online to make sure you have something waiting for you on arrival.
58 km to the south of the cruise port in Las Palmas you will find the famous Maspalomas beach. The dunes form an amazing landscape that will make a perfect day for an adventures hike, camel ride of day at the beach.
The cruise ships all arrive in the new town of Las Palmas. The old town is about 6 km to the south of the dock. The old town is what we call Vegetal. Find all kind of historical sites and a beautiful neighbourhood here. Visit the Columbus Museum or Santa Anna church for example.
If you are planning on visiting the old town in Las Palmas be sure to visit the Santa Ana Cathedral and do not miss out on the elevator ride to the top. This is where you get panoramic views like this over the city of Las Palmas.
Bus 12 is the bus to use to either get to the old town or to get to the bus station where you can catch the bus to go further afield. See on the map above where to catch bus 12.
15 km west of the port we find the small town of Arucas. In the middle of the banana plantation we find this charming village. Find lots of tiny boutiques and quaint streets here. The eye catcher or the town has to be the church of San Juan. When you look at this cathedral you can’t help but wonder if Gaudi had anything to do with it. The answer is no. Although it is worth to learn about its history inside the church.
You will find this shopping mall in front of the cruise docks. Find wi-fi and lots of stores here. It is open 7 days a week.
This museum is dedicated to religion and religious art on Gran Canaria. It houses all kinds of work from the 15th century onwards. It is located in the south wing of the Santa Ana Cathedral in old town Las Palmas. About 6 km away from the ship.
Visit the Bandama Crater just south of Las Palmas. From here you will have incredible views over the island and you pick up your local souvenirs here.
There is a tourist information booth at the exit of the port (see map above). Visit the representatives here for any kind of information or brochures. From here you can start your journey on the island.
This house is a museum dedicated to Christopher Columbus. It claims it was the very house that Christopher Columbus stayed in while one of his ships was being repaired back in 1492. Inside you will find 13 permanent exhibition room, a library and study centre.
The Las Palmas cruise port is the main cruise port for the island of Gran Canaria. You will find lots of facilities at the cruise dock and the nearby area. Read our full Las Palmas de Gran Canaria cruise port guide for all the information you need when going on cruise to the Canary Islands.