Eat local: La Marinera, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

A vista of the Alcaravaneras and Santa Catalina districts with the Muelle Santa Catalina passenger ship port, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

A vista of the Alcaravaneras and Santa Catalina districts with the Muelle Santa Catalina passenger ship port, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

The imposing Catedral de Santa Anna amidst a sea of sunny buildings; innumerable hotels, cafes, restaurants and clubs; the Puerto de la Luz waterfront; the old Vegueta district, an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990; and the sandy lagoon of Playa de Las Canteras all combine to make Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Island — one of seven populated Canary Islands off the west coast of Morocco), the island’s largest and quite cosmopolitan city.

 

Las Canteras beach is considered the city's most prominent beach, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Las Canteras beach is considered the city’s most prominent beach, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria “is the co-capital (jointly with Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and the most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, and the ninth largest city in Spain, with a population of 383,308 in 2010.  Nearly half (45.9%) of the people of the island and 18.35% of all inhabitants of the Canary Islands live in this city.  Las Palmas enjoys a very mild and pleasant desertic climate (highly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean) with mild to warm temperatures throughout the year.  Locals know it as the ‘Eternal Spring’, with an average annual temperature of 21.3 °C (70.3 °F).   According to a study carried out by Thomas Whitmore, director of research on climatology at Syracuse University in the U.S, Las Palmas enjoys ‘the best climate in the world’.   It was founded as a city in 1478, considered the de facto only capital of the Canary Islands until the seventeenth century.” — Wikipedia

 

A statue of Mary Sanchez, an interpreter of traditional Canarian music on the Las Canteras beach promenade, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

A statue of Mary Sanchez, an interpreter of traditional Canarian music on the Las Canteras beach promenade, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

From our ship’s berth in the Muelle Santa Catalina passenger ship port, we walked across the city to the Playa de Las Canteras  where we walked down to promenade about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to get to our destination restaurant, La Marinera, on the Paseo de Las Canteras overlooking Playa de Las Canteras.  Along the way we had great vistas of the beach and the further reaches of Gran Canaria Island, as well as passing by lots of cafes, bars, shops, restaurants, hotels and apartments.  The statue of Mary Sanchez, an interpreter of traditional Canarian music, was erected on the promenade by the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria .

 

Playa de Las Canteras (beach) ecotourism area with umbrellas and chaises for rent, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Playa de Las Canteras (beach) ecotourism area with umbrellas and chaises for rent, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

Conch fritters at La Marinera on the Paseo de Las Canteras overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Conch fritters at La Marinera on the Paseo de Las Canteras overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

The view from our table at lunch at La Marinera on the Paseo de Las Canteras overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The view from our table at lunch at La Marinera on the Paseo de Las Canteras overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

The Canarian version of fideua (a noodle version of Spanish paella) at La Marinera on the Paseo de Las Canteras overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The Canarian version of fideuà (a noodle version of Spanish paella) at La Marinera on the Paseo de Las Canteras overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

Hotels and apartment builings overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Hotels and apartment builings overlooking Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

The promenade along Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The promenade along Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

Boats for rent on Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Boats for rent on Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

One of many talented sand carvers' 3-D "pictures" on Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

One of many talented sand carvers’ 3-D “pictures” on Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

 

4 thoughts on “Eat local: La Marinera, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

    • As we sail around the world, the contrasts between on locale and another are amazing — geography, flora, fauna, the people, culture, history, etc. Every day is a new adventure, even in places we’ve been to before!

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    • My recuperation after surgery has been excellent on board, taking advantage of the gym, swimming pool, walking and hiking ashore, etc. We continue to have good weather and are visiting some very photogenic places. Enjoy your travels!

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