Cheap Flights to Las Palmas
- Area (total) : 100.55km² (38.82 sq mi)
- Area Code : +34 928
- Currency : Euro (€)
- Population (total) : 383,308 (2010)
- Official Language : Spanish
- Time Zone : WET (UTC+0) Summer (DST): WEST (UTC+1)
- Airport : Las Palmas Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)
‘LPA’ is located on the Bay of Gando 19km south from the city centre and 25km from the hot-spot tourist areas in the south. It’s the largest airport for passenger and cargo movement on the Canary Islands. There are taxis, reputable vehicle rentals like ‘Europcar’ and airport shuttles available for passengers to the city.
Travellers in South Africa have a range of airlines affording options on flight time and stop-over cities to Las Palmas.
From Cape Town (CPT) travellers can fly to ‘LPA’ with the following airlines:
- South African Airways, Iberia (via Johannesburg, Madrid) 18h 0m+
- British Airways (via Johannesburg) 18h 45m+
- Condor (via Frankfurt) 18h 55m+
- Swiss (via Zürich) 19h 40m+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 20h 0m+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 20h 45m+
- Luxair (via Luxembourg City) 22h 20m+
- Brussels (via Brussels) 22h 50m+
- Air France, Air Europe (via Paris, Madrid) 23h 35m+
From Durban (DUR) passengers can take flights with the following airlines to ‘LPA’ with two or more stops:
- South African Airways, Iberia (via Johannesburg, Madrid) 17h 55m+
- British Airways (via Johannesburg) 19h 30m+
- Lufthansa, Condor (via Johannesburg, Frankfurt) 19h 55m+
- Emirates, Royal Air Maroc (via Dubai, Casablanca) 23h 15m+
- EgyptAir (via Cairo) 23h 15m+
From Johannesburg (JNB) the following airlines touch down at ‘LPA’ with one or more stops:
- Iberia (via Madrid) 14h 35m+
- Lufthansa, Condor (via Frankfurt) 17h 5m+
- Binter Canarias (via Tenerife) 18h 20m+
- Swiss (via Zürich) 18h 20m+
- South African Airways (via Frankfurt) 19h 5m+
Additional airlines touching down at ‘LPA’ include:
- Air Europa
- American Airlines
- Bulgaria Air
- Etihad Airways
- LATAM Airlines Brasil
- Norwegian Air Int.
- Qatar Airways
- S7 Airlines
Reasons to Visit:
- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is capital to Gran Canaria Island in the Canary Islands as well as joint capital with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. An ancient city founded in 1478, it was capital of the Canary Islands until the 17th century. , Christopher Columbus anchored in the port in 1492. In 1595 the ‘Battle of Las Palmas’ resulted from Francis Drake trying to pillage the town and few years later a Dutch raid was slightly more successful with damage to parts of the town.
- The city pulsates with excitement day and night and a plethora of activities, attractions and festivals that include the most popular, ‘Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival’, held annually during February. Other festivals throughout the year cover jazz, opera, classical, dance and more. Meander through narrow lanes filled with charm in ‘Vegueta’, the historic district with its 15th, 16th century architecture, eateries, museums and a distinct olden Spanish feel. Plan well for all the museums, galleries, monuments and cathedrals beside the terrific choice of restaurants, bars, classy nightclubs and casinos. Escape to a lush park for tranquillity, take a pleasurable ‘walking tour’, swim and laze on the beach; go surfing, sailing, water skiing, diving, snorkelling or hiking. Travellers will find accommodation to suit their exact need and pocket with over 500 holiday rentals, luxurious and budget hotels, speciality lodgings, B&Bs, resorts, camping facilities and hostels.
When to Visit Las Palmas:
Las Palmas has good weather all year round, but generally the warmest months are July to October with dry periods occurring from March to August. January to April provide average temperatures of around 22°C with about 6mm of rain each month. May to November has wonderful early evening temperatures averaging at 24°C and 17mm rain and December has record highs of 25°C with around 11% of rain.
Places to Visit Las Palmas:
- The ‘Castillo de la Luz’ is home to a modern art gallery and history on the castle.
- A popular attraction is ‘Pueblo Canario’, a mock Canarian village, adjacent to the ‘Parque Doramas’.
- Hike up to the ‘Bandama Natural Monument’ and view the volcanic crater, ‘Caldera de Bandama’.
- The first theatre of the island, the decorative ‘Gabinete Literario’ is a national monument from 1844.
- The beautiful twin-towered ‘Santa Ana Cathedral’ with exquisite stained glass windows is in the heart of ‘Vegueta’ and deemed one of the most principal monuments of religious architecture.
- ‘Playa de Las Canteras’ is one of the best beaches, always alive with locals, tourists, shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and offices.
- The 1879 ‘Museo Canario’ holds a valuable collection of archaeological objects (exhibited throughout 16 halls) and a library with more than 60,000 volumes.
- ‘Casa Museo de Colón’ with 13 permanent exhibition halls highlights discoveries by Columbus and the islands history.
- The ‘Casa Museo Pérez Galdós’ is the birthplace of Benito Pérez Galdós and displays a large collection of books, documents, furniture and personal items that belonged to the writer.
- The 1956 ‘Museo Néster’ nestled in the beautiful Garden City district is dedicated to painter Néster Martin-Fernández de la Torre and comprises 10 display halls, a documentation and education facility.
- The ‘Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología’ has a floor space of 45,00m² with hands-on displays, workshops, exhibition halls, a greenhouse ecosystem, interactive modules and more.
- Located in an 18th century three-storied home is the ‘Atlantic Centre of Modern Art’ (CAAM) showcasing contemporary temporary international artists.
- The ‘Christopher Columbus House’ museum is situated in the former governor’s home.
Getting Around Las Palmas:
One of the cheapest means to get around in is a white vehicle with a green light on the roof. Available taxis have their light on with a ‘libre’ sign displayed in their windscreen. All taxis have meters with the majority of drivers being honest and helpful. Taxi ranks are located outside most shopping malls and in streets. Additional charges are levied for trips after midnight, on fiesta days and to ‘Puerto de la Luz’ port. As drivers have to provide change for a €20 note, it’s best not to use a €50 to settle a small fare. Drivers’ do appreciated customers rounding up to the nearest euro and if your driver’s been helpful, it’s respectful to tip a couple of euros.
There are numerous car rental companies within the city that include ‘Europcar’, ‘Avis’ and ‘Sixt’.