Coming to the island on a cruise? If you are one those who is arriving in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in a cruise, we will quickly trust you with the keys to the city’s treasure. As soon as you set foot on the island. Why would we hide our treasure? You would end up finding it sooner or later. With this, we save you time.
The jewel in the crown is Playa de las Canteras, the pearl the city does not hide. A long sand tongue that stretches for miles along the bay. A place of special charm you will find only 3 or 4 blocks off the cruise terminal.
Locals keep saying Las Canteras is one of the nation’s best urban beaches. And they have every reason to believe it. This is a beach blessed with fine weather practically all year round. The place in the capital city where to escape, in which all clocks cease to run. A type of beach-style Central Park, where sports can be practised any day of the week. Don’t forget your swimming attire and your surf board!
Furthermore, the island is a large marine life reserve. Its sea bottom is home to a thousand fish species. On firm ground, it shelters tourists, fisherpeople, and surfers. And it has a peculiar attribute, what locals know as “La Barra”, a long rock formation spreading not far from the sand. A singular line of volcanic rock that protects a large chunk of the beach from the tides, and which turns our bay in the best place this side of the globe where to swim and walk practically on the water in days of low tide.
When a stroll is the undisputed choice, we recommend the long walk along the sand, passing through coffee shops and ice-cream parlours. The first thing you will encounter are the Puntilla sidewalk cafés and the fresh-fish restaurants. At the other end of the beach, the surfing environment around the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, with more sidewalk cafés and bars by the sea. We must warn you: if your intention is to stay for several days, forget about finding on Wednesday the beach you saw on Monday, for that is impossible.
Las Canteras is known by all as the Changing Beach. It will never be the place you saw a day before. This is one of its special traits: it stays always on the same place, but appears different all the time.
Now you know. The treasure of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria lies hidden only 5 minutes off the cruise pier. Do not expect further clues. Should you wish to admire the jewel in city’s crown, just walk four blocks. Follow anyone whistling as they walk with a towel, parasol, or surf board on their shoulders.