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    The capital of Gran Canaria and a bustling holiday resort, Las Palmas is situated on the northeastern tip of the island, between two long and lovely stretches of beach. The city was founded in 1478 and was the spot where Christopher Columbus began each of his voyages to the Americas.

    Much of the historic Vegueta district remains charmingly intact behind the modern apartment blocks which line the seafront, and there are many interesting ancient sights and museums to visit. The ambience is lively and the sunshine seemingly ever present.

    Interesting cultural offerings, fun festivals, and highly renowned cuisine attract thousands of holidaymakers to Las Palmas every year and make for a memorable stay. Of course, the surrounding stretches of beach are also a big draw card, and the fact that the city is the gateway to the whole island and the main travel hub is an extra perk.

    The warm waters surrounding Las Palmas provide perfect conditions for all kinds of watersports for holidaymakers to enjoy, including sailing and boating. Many of the resorts also have their own tennis courts, golf courses, and other sporting facilities. Whale watching is a popular activity and tickets can be bought from companies taking tourists out on boats for the day.

    Many exciting excursions to other destinations on the island are possible by boat and by bus. Las Palmas promises some good holiday shopping for those so inclined and the city also lures travellers with an energetic nightlife. Holidaymakers in search of a party should head to Plaza de Espana in the Mesa y Lopez district.

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    Las Palmas has a subtropical-desert climate with typically Mediterranean rain patterns, meaning that the city enjoys hot, dry summers (June to August) and very mild winters (December to February) with only occasional rainfall. In the coldest month, January, temperatures average between 64°F (18°C) and 68°F (20°C), and in the hottest month, August, temperatures average between 75°F (24°C) and 82°F (28°C).

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    Las Palmas is said to have one of the best bus networks in Spain and it is easy to get around the city by bus. Yellow buses travel within the city and blue buses travel to other parts of the island. The two main bus stations can be found at Santa Catalina Bus Station and San Telmo Bus Station. Taxis are also fairly plentiful and can be hailed on the street or ordered by phone.

    Although possible, hiring a car can be an inconvenience in the city as the roads can be confusing, and parking is expensive and often hard to come by. Visitors should only consider hiring cars if planning to explore farther afield. The historic centre of Las Palmas, Vegueta, is best explored on foot, as is the maritime district of Triana.

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