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 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
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 .