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Port Info - Las Palmas

Things to know and ideas for your own excursion in Gran Canaria


Las Palmas Kreuzfahrt Liegeplatz


- Regular berth: Santa Catalina/Muelle de Transbordadores

- Harbour shuttle: Not available/necessary

- Taxis: usually available at the quay

- Buses: well-developed bus network with city and intercity buses

- Rental car*: Hertz, Calle Doctor Juan Dominguez Perez 11

- Rental car*: Avis, Calle Gomera 6

- Post office: Calle 1 de Mayo (Primera de Mayo)

- Tourist information: in Santa Catalina Square (Casa del Turismo)

- Banks and ATMs: distributed in the nearby Santa Catalina district

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Cruise Ship Berths

 

The berths of the cruise ships in Las Palmas are located in the port of Puerto de la Luz, close to the city. Normally, they moor at the Muelle Santa Catalina/Muelle de Transbordadores and also store the suitcases of departing guests in the cruise terminal located there. The neighbouring district of Santa Catalina is therefore virtually right on the doorstep, is easily accessible on foot and offers numerous shopping opportunities as well as many restaurants and cafés. The shopping centre Centro Comercial El Muelle is already located directly at the port, and almost next door on Santa Catalina Square is a tourist information office, which is open after the arrival of a cruise ship. 

- Private airport transfer to berth*

 

 

Sea Aquarium

 

A marine aquarium has recently been constructed behind the El Muelle shopping centre in the harbour area of Puerto de la Luz. According to the operator, the Poema De Mar is the second largest and most spectacular aquarium in the world. Over 300 different animal species are presented to visitors on an area of 12,500 square metres. It is open daily from 09:00-18:00. Admission costs 25 euros for adults. Children from 4 to 11 years pay 17.50 euros. Children under 4 years don't have to pay anything. 

Poema De Mar

 

 

Public Transport

 

Public transport in Las Palmas is provided by the transport company Guaguas Municipales S.A.. The bus network is well branched and is served by modern city buses, which in turn travel on numerous routes. The bus station Estación Santa Catalina is located underground directly at the harbour, where many lines meet. In addition, numerous intercity buses depart from there and from the Estación San Telmo bus station. These are operated by the transport company Global and travel all over the island. The fares of the intercity buses vary depending on the destination and start at 2.30 euros per person and trip. City buses cost 1.40 euros per person. Cheaper 10-trip tickets are available for 8.50 euros. 

- City bus fares

- Intercity bus fares

 

 

City Beach and Promenade

 

Playa de las Canteras, the town beach to the west with its fine sand, is about 900 metres from the moorings. It takes 10 to 15 minutes on foot in each direction. The beach stretches for about three kilometres and the adjacent Paseo de las Canteras promenade offers plenty of space for hotels, cafés, restaurants and small shops. Sunbeds and parasols can be rented on site. Showers are also available. An offshore reef breaks the waves of the Atlantic and thus considerably calms the water surface on the beach.

 

 

 

Excursion offers and admission tickets from

GetYourGuide*


 

Southern Beach

 

South of the moorings is Playa de las Alcaravaneras, about 1.3 kilometres away. It takes 20-25 minutes on foot in each direction. Alternatively, buses of lines 1, 12 and 17 stop nearby. This beach is close to the port facilities and a main road runs past it with a corresponding noise level. Sunbeds and umbrellas are not normally provided at Alcaravaneras.

 

 

Technical Museum

 

Not far from the port is the Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Museum of Science and Technology) in Santa Catalina Square. The entrance is hard to miss due to the erected and clearly visible front part of a discarded aircraft. The exhibition, including a 3D cinema, extends over four floors, is well structured and very informative. Regular admission costs 6 euros per person. In addition, 3 euros are charged for using the 3D cinema, 2 euros for the Robocoaster and 2 euros for the Planetarium. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-20:00. Closed on Monday. 

Technical Museum

 

 

Castle Complex

 

To the north of the moorings is the Castillo de la Luz castle. The fortress was constructed in the 16th century for defensive purposes and was used for military purposes until the 19th century. Formerly situated directly on the sea, it now stands in a beautiful park with a children's playground on Calle Juan Rejón after various land fills. Works by the Canarian artist Martin Chirino are exhibited in the castle and can be viewed Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00-19:00. In addition, it is open on Sundays from 11:00-14:00. From the jetty, the distance is about 1.8 kilometres, for which you can plan on walking 25 to 30 minutes each way. Alternatively, public buses of some lines stop directly at the park. Admission costs 4 euros per person.

 

 

City Sightseeing Tours

 

A stop for the well-known red Hop On Hop Off buses is located directly at the harbour exit. The sightseeing buses take you to the most important sights of Las Palmas, and you can also easily get to the old town centre Vegueta, which is a little further away. A 75-minute tour with 11 stops is offered in the city. This tour runs daily every 35 minutes from 09:35-18:00. The cost of the tour is 20 euros for people aged 16 and over. Children from 5 to 15 years pay half price and from 0 to 4 years are free of charge. For sightseeing tours, the often available autorickshaws (tuk tuks) are also very suitable. 

Ticket for the Hop On Hop Off Bus*

 

 

Maritime Museum

 

Opposite the berths is a Spanish Navy base. The Museo Naval de Canarias (Naval Museum of the Canaries), which is open to the public, is attached to the base. It takes 10 to 15 minutes on foot to reach the mighty gates of the naval base. The small museum is located on the grounds, and after registering with the sentry, one is granted access to the exhibition. It is open to interested visitors from Monday to Friday from 10:00-13:00. Currently, seven rooms are used to present the interesting exhibits. No entrance fee is charged, but a small donation of 3 euros is requested to help maintain the museum. A box is available for this at the entrance.

 

 

Shopping Facilities

 

The shopping street Avenida José Mesa y López also begins at the entrance to the naval base and extends westwards to the Plaza de España roundabout. Besides the large, dominant shopping centre El Corte Ingles, which already houses a large number of shops and boutiques, you will also find many shops of well-known brands outside it. Restaurants, cafés and bars tend to be located in the adjoining side streets and in the parallel streets.

 

 

Historic Old Town

 

The old town of Las Palmas today includes the districts of Vegueta and Triana, which can be found further south of the piers and are about five kilometres away. La Vegueta was founded as early as 1478, making it the origin of today's capital of Gran Canaria. A walk through the old streets and alleys reveals lovingly restored historic buildings. In addition to the Hop On Hop Off buses, you can also make good use of the public buses or a more expensive but more comfortable taxi. An official taxi in Gran Canaria is white and equipped with a taximeter. The cost of the journey should be discussed with the driver in advance.

 

 

Cathedral

 

In the middle of the old town of La Vegueta, on the Plaza de Santa Ana, you will find the town hall and the Cathedral of Santa Ana (Catedral de Santa Ana), whose towers tower above the cityscape. Construction work on what is now the largest and oldest church on the island began as early as 1497, but took several hundred years to complete. This is why a wide variety of architectural styles can be recognised in individual elements and areas. Unfortunately, there is an entrance fee of 3 euros per person to the cathedral. The Diocesan Museum Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro is housed in a side aisle. In addition to beautiful sculptures and numerous interesting exhibits, there is also a lift that leads to the viewing platform of the south tower. After paying a fee of 1.50 euros, you get a great view of the roofs of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

 

 

Columbus Museum

 

Not far from the cathedral, in the Plaza del Pilar Nuevo, is the Casa de Colón Columbus Museum. The building complex was built in the course of the founding of the city and was the seat of the governor in 1492, when Christopher Columbus visited there. Today, the interesting exhibition is presented in fifteen rooms and conveys a lot of interesting information about Columbus' voyages, the importance of the Canary archipelago and the history of Las Palmas. The exhibition is open daily from 09:00. During the week from Monday to Friday it closes at 19:00 and on the two weekend days already at 15:00. The entrance to the museum is at the back of the building complex on Calle Colón and there is no entrance fee. At the front, you can access the adjoining library.

 

 

Museo Canario

 

Just south of the Plaza de Santa Ana, in Calle Dr. Verneau 2, is an important museum of the archipelago, the Museo Canario. Here you can immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous people, the Guanches. It has existed since 1879 and mainly exhibits historical finds that came to light during excavations on Gran Canaria and the other Canary Islands. It is open Monday to Friday from 10:00-20:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-14:00. Children up to the age of 12 are admitted free of charge, those older have to pay 4 euros each. On presentation of a school or student ID, the entrance fee is reduced to 2.40 euros.

 

Excursion offers with "Punctual return to the ship guarantee" from

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Old Town Shopping

 

An important shopping street in the old town, Calle Mayor de Triana runs north through the district of the same name. All kinds of large and small shops, restaurants and cafés are located here. Declared a pedestrian zone, it is now a popular and lively shopping street in Las Palmas with its historic buildings. It is also suitable for a stroll without shopping intentions.

 

 

Bandama Nature Reserve

 

The Bandama Nature Park is located in the south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The landscape area around the mighty volcanic cauldron is around 22 kilometres from the jetty and is good for relaxing hikes. Pico de Bandama is the name of the well-situated lookout point, which is 569 metres above sea level and can also be reached by rental car or taxi in about 30 minutes. Buses of line 311 stop below it and thus require another walk of about 1.7 kilometres to the viewing platform, where you can stop halfway in a small pub. One hiking trail leads along the crater rim and another down into the caldera.

 

 

Maspalomas

 

Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, with their dune beaches, are located in the extreme south of Gran Canaria and can be easily reached by public bus line 30. The 60-kilometre route takes about an hour each way. The buses run during the day from Monday to Friday, every 20 minutes from the nearby Estación Santa Catalina bus station. By taxi or rental car*, the route can be covered in about 40 minutes. However, the taxi is not exactly cheap at 65-70 euros per way/direction.

 

 

Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers

 

Via the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and entrance fees on Gran Canaria, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. This way, if you book in time, you can realise a large number of excursions on your own.

 

 

A small pre-selection of shipping company independent excursion offers

for, in and around Las Palmas,

we have put together for you here.

 

 

Cruises and Special Offers

 

If you haven't booked a Canary Islands cruise yet, but would like to get to know Gran Canaria in person and go on excursions on your own, you'll find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer charming itineraries with their modern cruise ships, along with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite cruise line at fair conditions.

 


 

All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the cruise specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. You can choose from a wide range of daily offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. The popular special offers are also attractive, with which you can travel particularly cheaply and possibly also get a great bargain.

 



 

 

- Opening hours of the museums: Monday to Friday from 09:00-18:00, on WE from 10:00-14:00

- Post office opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00-14:00

- Tourist information office hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00-19:30, Sat. from 10:00-15:00

- Bank opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00-14:00, Saturday from 09:00-13:00

- Country code: +34

- General emergency call: Tel. 112

- Police: Tel. 091/092

- Emergency doctor: Tel. 061

- Fire brigade: Tel. 080

- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Spain

- Safety advice: Foreign Office Spain

- Buses: Buses Las Palmas

- Bus routes: Las Palmas Bus Lines

- Bus routes: Gran Canaria Bus routes

- City map: Las Palmas Map

- Climate table: Las Palmas climate

- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Las Palmas

- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent

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