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Gran Canarias’s glittering capital is a metropolitan sprawl of high-rise hotels flanked by golden sand and majestic mountains. An eclectic culture crackles with African, Chinese and Indian influences that emerge in both the fine food and unbridled energy of the beguiling port city. Evocative old towns harbour architectural ornaments steeped in local legacy, while a spirited and sparkling ambience is rife within the bustling bars and traditional restaurants of the city. Recline upon the golden sands of the beach or peruse the fashionable boutiques for designer delights in this glamorous and glittering city.
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, the customary Canarian architecture and quaint cobbles of La Palma’s old town is a picture of postcard perfection. Referred to as Vergueta, the atmospheric old town is simultaneously ancient and fashionable with its trendy coffee shops and bespokeboutiques.
Enjoying a prime location in La Palma’s historic heart, the Cathedral de Santa Ana is a stunning spiritual centre of dramatic columns, skyward spires and prismatic stained glass windows. The high and holy altar showcases international influences with styles originating from Catalonia and Italy.
The fabulous façade of Casa-Museo de Colon is a veritable feast of Canarian colour, wooden windows and rich decoration, Enter through the dazzling entrance portal onto picturesque patios adorned with parrots and palm trees. The collections speak eloquently of the island’s rich history with everything from ancient galleons to Hispanic artworks.
Housed in the historic heart of the city, Casa Montesdeoca is a restaurant of such high repute it has been visited by members of the Spanish royal family. Regal and refined, the exquisite eatery boasts a beautiful al-fresco patio upon which diners can savour signature dishes such as spicy cod and tender sirloin steak. (Montesdeoca 10, Vegueta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)