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Las Palmas is a popular place to base a Canary Islands vacation. Not only is it the Canaries' largest city, it's also got a number of world-class attractions. Its beach — the 2½-mile Playa de las Canteras — is an attractive urban shoreline. Guarded by a barrier reef, the waters are gentle and suitable for travelers of all ages. And the promenade that backs the beach is a spectacular place for a sunset stroll.
When it comes to shopping, you'll want to wander down Calle Triana as well as the streets right around it. Along with well-known fashion brands like Zara and H&M, there are Spanish chains and local boutiques. Meanwhile, recent visitors say that come evening, the atmosphere is like no other, as the street comes to life with people. You'll find this street about 3 miles south of Playa de las Canteras.
For a dose of history, you should also take a peek inside the city's centuries-old Catedral de Santa Ana. For a small fee, you can also peer down at the city from the top of the Roman Catholic cathedral. Work on this cathedral started around 1500, and its facade was completed to its current neoclassical style centuries later. You'll find it a quick 10-minute walk south of Calle Triana.
For more information on the city of Las Palmas, in northern Gran Canaria, visit the island's tourism website.
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