Here you’ll find fine restaurants, excellent museums and some late, late nightlife. The jewel in the city’s crown is undoubtedly its outstanding beach.
Many overseas visitors are not aware of the capital’s perfect sand though and as in Tenerife, the south is where the tourists flock, with its golden beaches and year-round heat. Maspalomas attracts families and beach lovers, while Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico draw in a younger crowd seeking all-night parties. Probably the prettiest resort is Puerto de Mogán, a pristine port clad in bougainvillea and dotted with tasty seafood restaurants. The western coast is lined with towering, forbidding cliffs and seldom-visited black sand coves, which give way to quaint fishing villages as you venture north. And if you’re seeking the final ingredient to this meal, head inland a vast landscape of craggy mountains punctuated with picture-perfect hamlets and a few weird rock formations.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Anyone who has spent long in the quaint but diminutive towns across the Canaries will find Las Palmas to be a breath of fresh air. With a population bordering on half a million, it’s by far the largest settlement in the archipelago and the eighth largest city in Spain.