Las Palmas

Capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas is a major cruise-ship port. Renowned for its sandy beaches and duty-free shopping, it is a much-loved holiday destination. For swimmers and snorkellers, Playa de Las Canteras has a beautiful coral barrier that runs alongside the beach.

Every year, the Carnival offers outrageously-costumed performers, eclectic music and the chance to dance, dance, dance. Las Palmas is also the gathering point for yachts joining the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) each November. This includes many Oyster yachts and is often the first long-distance ocean passage owners have taken on. The Oyster Technical Support team visit the fleet for complimentary health checks to ensure the yachts are in the best shape possible for their transatlantic crossing.

Next destination


  • Walk the Las Canteras beach, a two-mile-long stretch of golden beach that runs along the edge of the city centre.
  • The old quarter of Vegueta is home to some beautiful colonial architecture.
  • Check out the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno contemporary art gallery, which showcases an eclectic mix of modern Canarian and African art.
  • The Cathedral Santa Ana is well worth a visit – it took 400 years to complete, and the Gothic columns and ceiling are testament to the skill of the builders over those four centuries.


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