Las Palmas Port: Shop in Gran Canaria,
Carnivals, Parks & Museums

Las Palmas Port - As you walk from the end (the east side) of Las Canteras beach inland towards the port you´ll find…

"Los Indios"

Or "The Indians"

There are lots of small shops mainly owned by Indians where you can find true bargains.

Further down you get to Parque Santa Catalina. This is where Las Palmas Carnival is held every February.

And YES…it really is crazy during Carnival!!

There are lots of cafés here. They are well-known for their 'churros'. Crispy fried dough sticks…mmmmh! And it's usually eaten by dipping them into hot chocolate!

Not the healthiest of snacks…but very delicious indeed!

Watching old men playing cards and dominos will definitely give you a real feeling of life here.

At the end of Parque Santa Catalina is the Science and Technology Museum (Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia).

This really is an interesting museum…I loved it. And I'm not a museum person.

I probably loved because it's "Forbidden NOT to touch" which makes it so much fun. Getting into the F5 pilot cabin and the incubator were my favorite.

It's 5 EUR to go in - but it's great value for money.

From here you can literally just cross the road and you are in El Mulle Shopping Centre. It has lots of modern shops and boutiques.

The third floor has a lovely terrace area with cafés and great views of the port. And with a bit of luck there might be a transatlantic cruisers docked here.

If you want to visit another of Canary Islands from Gran Canaria ferries leave from here too several times a day.

Another highlight of the Las Palmas port area is the Castillo de la Luz.

The castle was built in 1490 to defend Las Palmas port from pirates. But in 1599 it was invaded and destroyed by the Dutch armada.

It was then reconstructed in 1940 and restored once again in 1998. There also a nice park for children to play right beside the castle.

From the port area you can either...

...go to Las Canteras beach or

...walk towards Las Alcaravaneras beach and the Maritime Promenade which takes you all the way to the old city's quarter of Vegueta.

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