Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Cueva Pintada museum 
A five hundred years history
Sea dunes oceanfront

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Las Palmas

Suspended between the sand and conifers

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Suspended between the sand and conifers

Gran Canaria holds a myriad of things to see for those visiting the Canary Islands on an MSC cruise. Small towns that appear and disappear, such as Tejeda in the mountainous area of Gran Canaria, which is periodically swallowed by a sea of clouds.
When the clouds lift, they expose the proud peak of Roque Nublo, the alien landscape along its slopes and, further on, an infinite expanse of conifer woods. While staying at Gran Canaria during your MSC cruise, you will also discover rare miniature costal desserts, with dunes unrolling in front of the sea in Maspalomas, a beach and surfing holiday destination.

To experience the millennium-old history of the island, consider going on an excursion to the northern side of Gran Canaria, to the Cueva Pintada Museum, the “Sistine Chapel” of the Prehistoric Period. Decorated with geometrical designs, it is thought to be a calendar. At this archaeological site, you will also be able to observe native dwellings containing everyday utensils.

Even in the centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, you will find reasons to pause as soon as you disembark from your cruise ship. For example, the lively, kilometre-long beach of Las Canteras, protected by a rocky protrusion called the Barra, which defends the coast from the waves; or its paseo (promenade) flanked by small shops, restaurants and bars and with a large open-air aquarium at its back.

However, the more recent history of this territory can be breathed simply by strolling through and immersing yourself in the city centre. In the streets of the old Vegueta, all five centuries of its history can be felt. All kinds of navigators, from Columbus on, have walked these cobbled streets. As an alternative, travel southwards to stroll in the Caldera de Bandama, a short distance from the vineyards of Tafira, where you can visit a winery.

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    Reach the port

    Port of Las Palmas

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Muelle Santa Catalina S/N, 35008

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      Ferry connections to the island are provided by Fred Olsen and Armas. 
      From the ferry terminal take the G1 highway to Las Palmas Port.

      Fred Olsen ferries arrive at Agaete Port, which is 35 km away from the Santa Catalina Bus Station by the cruise ship port. A free Ferry Bus service is provided to carry you the distance in approximately 32 minutes, operating to coincide with the schedules of the ferry service between Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
    • Plane

      Gando Airport, which serves international and domestic flights, is 27 km (17-mile) from the port along highway GC-1. There is a taxi rank just outside the airport building and a bus service to Santa Catalina bus station, alongside the port.


    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

    Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 

    A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 

    And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

    So should you – prepare to be surprised.