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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Sandy beaches, eternal sunshine, duty-free shopping and an eclectic mix of cultures ranging from African to Chinese to Indian, make the capital of Spain’s Gran Canaria Island a holiday favourite around the year.

How to get there:

The island is about 1,900 kilometers from Madrid, Spain. A flight from Madrid can take you to Las Palmas in about 3 hours. A flight from Casa Blanca, Morocco will take you to Las Palmas in about the same time.

Where to stay:

The 5-star Hotel Santa Catalina is pure luxury; its magnificent building is something of a landmark in Las Palmas and regularly welcomes celebrity guests and even members of royalty. It is close to the stylish marina and Playa de las Alcaravaneras. Guests can take a complimentary shuttle service to nearby Playa de las Canteras, a beautiful stretch of golden sand and tranquil turquoise waters.

5-star Hotel Santa Catalina, Las Palmas

What to do:

For an interesting historical tour of Las Palmas, visit Vegueta, its oldest quarter, where you can follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus as well as visit fashionable boutiques and trendy restaurants. Explore the city’s stunning beaches, stroll through its atmospheric squares and take a break inside a tropical park, such as the Parque Doramas. Located on the doorstep of the city is a natural wonder called the Caldera de Bandama or the “Cauldron of Bandama,” a volcanic crater and geological wonder.

Parque Doramas, Las Palmas

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