I have to admit that before visiting Las Palmas de Gran Canaria I wasn’t expecting anything overly cool, unusual or exciting. I imagined it to be touristy, a little generic and similar to most of the other large cities and towns across the Canary Islands due to it’s popularity with young British tourists. I expected to find one of those places that’s perfectly pleasant with a nice beach, some cute shops and a few nice eateries but one that isn’t entirely memorable or interesting.
Boy was I wrong.
I certainly didn’t expect to find hundreds of surfers, amazing street art and cool, indie cafes and restaurants, not to mention a pretty awesome beach! Add to this the temperate climate of The Canary Islands, thanks to being situated right next to Northern Africa, and you can see why many people are attracted to this little island.
The bright, bold, beautiful street art was competing for my attention with the stunning beach on the other side. I didn’t know which to pay most attention to!
Listening to the waves crash in as we strolled from one end of the beach to the other made for a perfect, relaxing afternoon.
I’m unashamedly a total sucker for cheesy motivational quotes so I was excited when I found one of my favourites painted onto the side of a building along the Playa de Las Canteras beachfront.
I’ve found myself noticing recently that where there’s surfers there’s street art. While looking at the vivid colours of the street art I kept thinking of Lagos, a laid-back beach town on the Atlantic Ocean that I visited last year and loved.
We found ourselves hungry from walking from one end of the beach to the other and started looking for somewhere to fuel up. We quickly found La Binkina, a cantina right on the promenade and we strolled in with the promise of home-made burgers and tapas.
It was just as colourful inside as the street art emblazoning the walls outside!
The burgers were delicious, inexpensive and I loved the cutesy, independent style of the little cantina. There’s even seats outside so you can enjoy watching the surfers ride the waves while you tuck in. Perfect.
I found myself really enjoying my short time in Las Palmas, despite the fact I did little more than walk along the beach and around town, marvel at the gorgeous street art, wish I could surf and munch on some delicious food. All in all it was the perfect relaxing time in a city that I enjoyed far more than I expected to.
I love being surprised by destinations that I visit and Las Palmas certainly caught me off guard. I expected a naff tourist resort and instead found a city full of energy, colour, art and life.
Have you been to Las Palmas? Were you surprised by what you found there? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!