Working from nine to five is exhausting, it was a Friday night, and I was beyond stressed. I felt like I was about to have a fever at any moment. I wanted to collapse on my bed and sleep the whole weekend. I was surfing the internet when I had the sudden urge to go on a vacation. I could imagine myself lounging on the beach, strolling down a picturesque street, eating delicious food and shopping. Money isn’t a problem; I had some saved up.
One moment I was scrolling through Facebook and the next thing I knew I booked a flight to the Canary Islands specifically Las Palmas de Gran Canaria which leaves in about two hours!
I was sure I was going crazy. I put all the things I needed in my backpack. Yes, backpack. I don’t like dragging around a suitcase. I prefer to carry my stuff. I pack light anyway. The only things I need are two shirts, two jeans, swimsuits, some underwear, a book, and toiletries.
The night went by fast, and a few hours later I was in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I wasn’t able to read much the place. The only thing I was able to do was to book a nice hotel to sleep in. I took a taxi, checked in at my hotel and slept.
When I woke up, it was 10 in the morning. I hurriedly took a bath and dressed up for the day. I was so excited to start exploring this beautiful island.
Strolling Around Vegueta
To start my adventure, I decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood of Vegueta. Founded in the 15th century, the place was a sight to see. It was so old that it had the most wondrous architectures. My eyes were bulging from the spectacular view. The old town is small, but the buildings were so beautiful to look at.
I continued my mini exploration and ended up in the Cathedral of Santa Ana. Let me tell you, the architecture of the building is mind-blowing. The entrance fee is only €3. From the stained glass to the pillars and paintings, everything looks so amazing. The tower was another story; the stunning view of the Las Palmas left me speechless. With only €1.5 as an entrance fee, I got so much more than what my money was worth.
After walking for hours, I went to check out the Casa de Colon mansion. From what I heard, this was where the famous Christopher Columbus resided. The ceilings were fantastic. I made a mental note to add “have an out-of-this-world unique ceiling design” to my list of what to put in my dream house. I wanted a ceiling as beautiful as the ones in the Casa de Colon mansion so that when I die, my home will also be converted into a museum. Crazy I know. The three interconnected courtyards were so cool; it even has macaw birds. Live ones!
I was very much enjoying my stroll when my stomach decided to intervene. I was starving. Because of my excitement, I forgot that I still haven’t eaten breakfast. I quickly checked my phone for a noteworthy restaurant to satisfy my tummy.
Eating like a King
When I came across Casa Montesdeoca on the internet and read the line “the King of Spain, Juan Carlos’ favorite restaurant” I knew I had to book a reservation right away since my stomach was feeling like a royal with all its grumbling. This restaurant used to be a house which was built in the 16th century. The place is absolutely stunning. It’s a feast for the eyes and my stomach. I ordered a duck, and the taste was absolute perfection. I would certainly come back here for another gastronomic undertaking.
After the hearty meal, I wanted to go shopping. I was supposed to head north to Las Palmas’ capital to see the Las Arenas Shopping Centre. It has everything from branded clothes to electronic gadgets but since I was looking for some unique stuff, something that couldn’t be found in the malls back home, I settled with the next door shopping district, Trianna Barrio.
Trianna Barrio is the capital’s second which is adjoined to Vegueta. For an interesting shopping experience, I went to check the quirky boutiques found on the side streets. I was able to find a cool jewelry shop whose name I forgot and bought a blue pendant, something I would use to remember Las Palmas by. The great thing about Trianna Barrio is that it has benches along the way, I was tired from all the walking in Vegueta and the window shopping that I sat on a bench and watched the beautiful buildings. After all, Trianna Barrio isn’t just a shopping district; it’s also a great place to visit and see the old buildings from the Middle Ages.
Tired as I was, I decided to grab some stuff to eat and went back to the hotel to rest.
Playa de las Canteras
Waking up the next day, I grabbed my phone and searched the best beach to laze around in. The first thing that popped on my searched list is Playa de las Canteras. Apparently, it’s one of the best urban beaches around. We’ll see.
Upon reaching Playa de las Canteras, there were already a handful of people settled on the beach. The place is a long strip of sand though; I’ve never seen a beach so wide before. It’s my first time seeing one. After looking awestruck for a minute, I quickly shuffled my way into finding a place for me to soak up the sun. Before I started reading the book I brought with me, I looked around to see what other people were doing. Surfers were trying to catch waves by the sea, others were strolling along the sidewalk cafes and bars, while some were just lazing around like me. I went back to my book and read five chapters before going around and taking in all the fantastic view of the beach. Now, I heartily agree that Playa de las Canteras is one of the best.
Two days of adventure and new experiences, I promised myself I would come back to Las Palmas. I may be going home, but to me, Las Palmas will always have a special place in my heart.