Layover in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

It is exciting to visit places for the first time, especially when you discover something that makes you happy. On our way to El Hierro, we had a one night layover in Las Palmas, the capital city of Gran Canaria. We wanted the feel of a large city before throwing us into the unknown, on Europe’s last outpost in the southwest, a small volcanic island far away from urban life. 

After some quite cold months for me in La Herradura, it was nice to feel a more tropical weather when we landed in Gran Canaria. It is the second most populous island of the Canaries, an African archipelago which is a part of Spain. The seven Canarian islands are considered to have the best climate in the world, often referred to as ”eternal spring”. I embraced the sunshine and suddenly I missed the Philippine heat.

We had booked a hotel close to Las Palmas’ famous beach, the Las Canteras, and had a relaxed evening out. Not so much to write home about, but I loved the atmosphere as well as the food. I enjoyed our walk in the afternoon while watching the sunset and I loved the nice surprise I got when I discovered what the city is doing to protect the environment. We took some photos and as you can see, Las Palmas was good to us 🙂

A little stop for some entertainment
A little stop for some entertainment

 

The map to Las Canteras, the cleanest city beach in the world
The map to Las Canteras, the cleanest city beach in the world

 

I love it when it’s hot enough for ice-cream :)
I love it when it’s hot enough for ice-cream 🙂

 

My husband seems to be happy also :)
My husband seems to be happy, too 🙂

 

The weather, alright.
The weather, alright.

 

A part of the protected beach and diving spot in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
A part of the protected beach and diving spot in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

Thinking about the future on the far away El Hierro, hehe
Thinking about the future on the far away El Hierro, hehe

 

Getting a glimpse of the city is nice enough, but seeing the following sign made me appreciate the city’s efforts to protect the environment.

Enjoy, respect and protect Nature…
Enjoy, respect and protect Nature…

 

Back from an evening stroll on the beach...
Back from an evening stroll on the beach…

 

..and look how clear the water is… when will we have a city beach like this in the Philippines?
..and look how clear the water is… when will we have a city beach like this in the Philippines?

 

A last taste of luxury before the next day’s flight to an even cleaner environment far out in the Atlantic Ocean :)
A last taste of luxury before the next day’s flight to an even cleaner environment far out in the Atlantic Ocean 🙂

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