Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Cueva Pintada museum 
A five hundred years history
Sea dunes oceanfront

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Las Palmas

Suspended between the sand and conifers

Gran Canaria holds a myriad of things to see for those visiting the Canary Islands on an MSC cruise. Small towns that appear and disappear, such as Tejeda in the mountainous area of Gran Canaria, which is periodically swallowed by a sea of clouds.
When the clouds lift, they expose the proud peak of Roque Nublo, the alien landscape along its slopes and, further on, an infinite expanse of conifer woods. While staying at Gran Canaria during your MSC cruise, you will also discover rare miniature costal desserts, with dunes unrolling in front of the sea in Maspalomas, a beach and surfing holiday destination.

To experience the millennium-old history of the island, consider going on an excursion to the northern side of Gran Canaria, to the Cueva Pintada Museum, the “Sistine Chapel” of the Prehistoric Period. Decorated with geometrical designs, it is thought to be a calendar. At this archaeological site, you will also be able to observe native dwellings containing everyday utensils.

Even in the centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, you will find reasons to pause as soon as you disembark from your cruise ship. For example, the lively, kilometre-long beach of Las Canteras, protected by a rocky protrusion called the Barra, which defends the coast from the waves; or its paseo (promenade) flanked by small shops, restaurants and bars and with a large open-air aquarium at its back.

However, the more recent history of this territory can be breathed simply by strolling through and immersing yourself in the city centre. In the streets of the old Vegueta, all five centuries of its history can be felt. All kinds of navigators, from Columbus on, have walked these cobbled streets. As an alternative, travel southwards to stroll in the Caldera de Bandama, a short distance from the vineyards of Tafira, where you can visit a winery.

Must see places in Las Palmas

  • Las Canteras beach

    Las Canteras beach

  • The 17th century Palacio Regental

    The 17th century Palacio Regental

  • Parque Doramas

    Parque Doramas

Discover our excursions

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  • LAS PALMAS & BANDAMA (transit pax) - approx. 4 hours

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    LPM02T

    Leave the vessel and reach "Pueblo Canario”, a complex made of a collection of houses inspired by the Canary traditional architecture. The centre of the complex is a square surrounded by shops of local crafts. We will then continue to the oldest quarter of Las Palmas, called "Vegueta”, a maze of narrow, cobblestones streets, passing by "Plaza Santa Ana” with its bronze statues in honour of the dogs which gave the Canary Islands their name. We will also admire the Cathedral from outside before proceeding with the second leg of the excursion that will take us to the residential area of "Tafira” to reach the vast volcanic crater of "Bandama”, an extinct volcano rising nearly 580 metres above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views before making a photo stop at "Altavista” with its magnificent panorama over Las Palmas, Las Canteras Beach and the port. Your excursion ends at the airport.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This excursion is available for debark guests who are booked on flights after 15:00 and for guests in transit in the port of Las Palmas. The duration of the tour also includes the time for the transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code LPM01T if you will be in transit in Las Palmas or code LPM01D if you will be disembarking in Las Palmas.
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4 h

  • PANORAMIC TOUR OF GRAN CANARIA (transit pax) - approx. 4.5
    hours

    SCENIC ROUTE

    LPM05T

    This excursion will begin with a transfer to the "Crater de Bandama” an extinct volcano rising nearly 580 metres above sea level to enjoy panoramic views. Next stop will be a transfer to "Teror” located in the mid-mountain range of the north of Gran Canaria. Here we will learn about the history of the town and admire some of the many important monuments. The town is a traditional Canarian village of white houses and wooden balconies. Admire the Basilica of the "Virgen del Pino”, the island's patron saint. Proceed to Arucas, an agricultural centre, and then to Altavista. Return to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This excursion is available for debark guests who are booked on flights after 15:00 and for guests in transit in the port of Las Palmas. The duration of the tour also includes the time for the transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code LPM05T if you will be in transit in Las Palmas or code LPM05D if you will be disembarking in Las Palmas.
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4:30 h

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Las Palmas

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Muelle Santa Catalina S/N, 35008

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Ferry connections to the island are provided by Fred Olsen and Armas. 
    From the ferry terminal take the G1 highway to Las Palmas Port.

    FERRY BUS
    Fred Olsen ferries arrive at Agaete Port, which is 35 km away from the Santa Catalina Bus Station by the cruise ship port. A free Ferry Bus service is provided to carry you the distance in approximately 32 minutes, operating to coincide with the schedules of the ferry service between Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
    Car
  • Plane

    Gando Airport, which serves international and domestic flights, is 27 km (17-mile) from the port along highway GC-1. There is a taxi rank just outside the airport building and a bus service to Santa Catalina bus station, alongside the port.
    Plane

Spain

Love at first sight
Love at first sight

If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

So should you – prepare to be surprised.