Las Palmas is situated on the island of Gran Canaria, one of the greenest of the Spanish Canary Isles and perfect for a tranquil holiday. One third of the island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with lush rainforests, desert landscapes, strange rock formations and volcanic craters while its capital is an architectural delight with colourful houses and stately mansions.
A scenic island drive
Collect your car from the airport and start your island road trip by making the short journey to Vegueta, the islands oldest district. It was here that Christopher Colombus spent some time here repairing his fleet, and there is a small museum commemorating his adventures. After soaking up the history of the islands discovery, head to Agaete in the north-west with its beautiful white buildings for a spot of relaxation. Finally, to round off your road trip, drive to the iconic Roque Nublo - Gran Canarias clouded rock. Stop here for a few moments to enjoy breaktaking views all around. Further south is the Pilancones National Park with refreshing streams, waterfalls and mysteriously shaped rock formations.
The views on the island change dramatically depending on the time of day. The sky will be clear in the mornings but the area is much more atmospheric later in the afternoon as clouds seem to spill out of the crater.
Tip:Most of the roads around Las Palmas follow the contours of the land meaning you have to navigate steep inclines interspersed with sharp bends. Leave plenty of time for any journeys and always expect to see both animals and pedestrians on the road.