Benito Perez Galdos House-Museum:
This is located on Cano Street in the Triana neighbourhood and is the house where the Canarian writer Benito Perez Galdos was born and lived. It dates from the 19th century.
Here, one can learn about how the Canarian aborigines lived and details of their culture.
How to get around in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
There are several ways to get around this wonderful city.
One of them is by bus. In this city, everyone calls buses “guagua”. These public transport vehicles are yellow and travel throughout the city.
The main stops are located next to Perez Galdos Theatre and San Telmo Park, in the Triana neighbourhood, and in Santa Catalina Park, very close to Las Canteras Beach and the cruise ship dock. However, stops are spread along the various routes.
There is also the tourist bus that leaves every half hour from Santa Catalina Park and San Telmo Park. You can complete the entire itinerary, getting off and on when you want to visit museums, parks, and buildings or do some shopping. It is an excellent option.
Another way to get around is by taxi. This is very easy because there are 42 stops distributed throughout the city, or you can get the telephone numbers of the lines. Finally, you can travel by bike. There is a municipal bicycle loan service (Sítycleta), with which you can tour the city.
Accommodation in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
To find an ideal area to sleep in Las Palmas de la Gran Canaria, we recommend the surroundings of Las Canteras Beach, known as the best urban beach in the world. It is a wonderful beach with crystal clear waters, bathing sites and areas with waves for surf lovers.
The historic neighbourhoods of Triana and Vegueta are the most beautiful areas of Las Palmas and another good option for staying. It has fewer accommodations, but there are charming hotels in colonial buildings. Some of these hotels are the perfect option for seeking tranquillity.
Isleta is the northernmost area of Las Palmas, with cliffs and a beach. However, it is mostly a residential neighbourhood, inhabited by local people. It is an area with little tourism but is close to the centre and the beach of Las Canteras.
Gastronomy in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The food in Las Palmas is varied and has a great Latin American influence. Take note of these five dishes, which will make your mouth water:
This is one of the most traditional and best-known dishes of Canarian gastronomy. In fact, watercress is one of the most consumed vegetables in the archipelago. With it, you can make multiple salads, stews and creams.
This stew is based on a first course made of watercress, corn, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini, carrot, young beans, onion, green pepper, blood sausage, pork ribs, garlic, spices, salt and a good olive oil.
It can be prepared in many ways, as varied as the number of those who can prepare it. Once it is served, you can accompany it with a little cheese or gofio.
Fiesta meat or adobo pork
This is another typical dish of the area. It is a very rich meal that is prepared, above all, for popular celebrations and festivals. In any home restaurant on the island, you can order this dish, which is known as the most festive dish.
It is a preparation based on marinated pork cut into small pieces, salt, garlic, spices (such as pepper, thyme, oregano, parsley and paprika), a dash of white wine and another of vinegar.
As if that were not enough, it is recommended that you accompany this dish with potatoes.
This is also known as Canarian stew and is one of the most complete dishes of traditional Canarian food.
It is made from meat, vegetables and chickpeas, though it should be noted that there have been variations over the years.
The ingredients are beef, pork, chicken, bacon, chickpeas, corn, pumpkins, beans, zucchini, leeks, carrots, cabbage, onion, potatoes, garlic, sweet potato and spices such as saffron and parsley.
Parrotfish with wrinkled potatoes
This is a dish made from a well-known fish in Canarian gastronomy. The Mediterranean parrotfish is a white fish native to the Canary Islands, where it lives in the rocky bottoms. It is widely consumed by the inhabitants of the islands for its texture, flavour and protein, as it is low in fat and rich in protein.
It is very good to eat, even for children, as the spines are easy to locate. It can be prepared in various ways. Among the most common is parboiled, fried or baked.
Its ingredients are onion, tomato, garlic, olive oil and spices such as coriander, parsley, saffron, black pepper and salt. In addition, it is accompanied by wrinkled potatoes and green “mojo”.
This is a typical dish and, moreover, traditional for Holy Week on the Canary Islands. However, it is also prepared throughout the year.
It is prepared differently in each area, but the most traditional is with salted fish (mostly grouper), wrinkled potatoes, sweet potato, gofio pella and mojo sauce. It is, without a doubt, a strong and very nutritious dish.
Other information of interest
Among the information of interest about this wonderful place is the fact that it has the best climate in the world. It is located next to the Tropic of Cancer and is constantly crossed by the trade winds, which blocks the high temperatures of the neighbouring Sahara desert. The average annual temperature is 22 degrees. It is an area where spring reigns practically all year round.
Las Palmas de la Gran Canaria is also home to the largest marina in the archipelago: the Port of La Luz, which is a large fishing and commercial platform. In addition to being a regular stopover for cruise ships that cross the Atlantic, it is home to the largest marina on the Canary Islands, with a capacity for 1,250 berths. The city also has an autochthonous sport, the so-called “vela latina”.
Agatha Christie, the British writer, spent a long time in the city in 1927. She stayed at the prestigious Metropol Hotel and enjoyed the benefits of bathing on Las Canteras Beach.