Gran Canaria - Playa de Las Canteras
Coming to the island on a cruise? If you are one many arriving in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 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 should we hide our treasure? You would end up finding it sooner or later anyway. With this, we save you time.
The jewel in the crown is Playa de Las Canteras, the pearl the city doesn’t keep hidden away. It is a long strip of sand that stretches for miles along the bay, a place of special charm you will find only 3 or 4 blocks along from the cruise terminal.
Furthermore, the island is a large marine life reserve. Its sea bed is home to a thousand fish species. On dry land, it shelters tourists, fishermen, and surfers. And it has a peculiar feature, which locals know as “La Barra”, a long rock formation spreading not far from the sand. A singular strip of volcanic rock that protects a large chunk of the beach from the tides, and which turns our bay into the best place this side of the globe to swim and practically “walk on the water” on days of low tide.
When a stroll is your undisputed choice, we recommend the long walk along the sand, past coffee shops and ice-cream parlours. The first thing you will come across are the Puntilla sidewalk cafés and the fresh-fish restaurants. At the other end of the beach is the surfing environment around the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, with yet more sidewalk cafés and bars by the sea.