Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the most cosmopolitan city of the Canaries and one of the cities with the best weather in the world thanks to its exceptional location, next to the Tropic of Cancer, and to the trade winds that come from North Atlantic. The result is an average temperature of 17ºC (62,6ºF) in winter and a 25ºC (77ºF) in summer.

Climate

The city registers an average yearly temperature of 22ºC (71,6ºF). It boasts a specially pleasant climate in summer thanks to the trade winds that softens the effects of the summer sunrays. In wintertime, the Grancanarian capital city also enjoys a very nice weather for that season and, moreover, many light hours (sunset comes just before 7pm). However, the relative humidity in the air makes us smart to carry a flecce in these months, specially advisable on early morning and evening hours. 

Language

Spanish is our language, yes, but spoken with our peculiar island accent softening the pronunciation of the ‘zeds’ and the ‘cees’.

The cosmopolitan character of the city, after the growth of the Port of La Luz and Las Palmas in the 20th Century, also makes it usual to meet foreigners who visit the city an many 'expats' who actually live here. The tourist boom of the seventies also left a great Scandinavian heir whereas the British legacy has been specially important since the beginning of the last century. All this makes it relatively easy to meet local people who are English-speakers.

Currency

Being part of Spain and Europe, the official currency in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the euro. Should you need to change money, along with certain banks, an official Currency Exchange office exist in  Parque Santa Catalina. Such office is authorised by the Bank of Spain.Más información aquí.

Timetable habits

Traditional shopping timetable in the Capital City goes from 10am to 2pm, and from 4pm to 8pm. However, several shopping areas and centres have a continuous work shift.

It is usual to have a mid-morning break between 9am and 11am to have breakfast in bars and restaurants around working places and in the city centre. Lunch, the most important meal of the day, is usually taken between 2pm and 3pm. Dinner is had really late as for the central Europe standards: not before 8pm, even after 10pm during weekends. 

Useful data

If you’re planning your trip you should know that our official coin is the Euro (€), and that our measurement system is the decimal metric. Electric devices work on 220volts, and buses are called "guaguas". In winter, our time zone is GMT, and in summer, +1GMT. This means a difference of one hour less with the rest of Spain, in summer and in winter.

Most of the traditional shops and shopping centres of the city are open from 10am to 10pm. Supermarkets and hypermarkets open from 9.30am to 9.30pm. in the case of small groceries, it is usual to close between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

Bank closing time is from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

Essential Services

The number for Emergency calls is 112, and it's connected directly to he police, fire-fighters, ambulances...

Public Hospitals

  • Doctor Negrín Hospital. Phone +34 928 450 000
  • Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria Hospital. Phone +34 928 444 000
  • Universitario Materno Infantil de Canarias Hospital. Phone +34 928 444 500

Private Hospitals

Chemist's / Apotheke

Post Offices

  • Calle Primero de Mayo, 62 (Zona barrio de Triana)

 

  • Calle Bernardo de la Torre, 30 (Zona Puerto - Canteras)

 

  • Calle Secretario Padilla, 94 - 96 (Zona Guanarteme - Canteras)

 

  • Avda. Mesa y López, 18 (Edificio El Corte Inglés. Zona Comercial Mesa y López)

 

 

Consular Agencies

tabla de consulados
PaísDirecciónTeléfono
Alemania Albareda, 3 +34 928 491 880
Austria Avda. Gran Canaria, 26 +34 928 762 500
Bélgica Gordillo, 13 +34 928 461 718
Brasil Nicolás Estévanez, 18 +34 928 263 239
Cabo Verde Arco, 16 +34 928 241 135
Chile Dolores de la Rocha, 28 +34 928 319 391
Colombia Obispo Codina, 3 +34 928 323 122
Corea Luís Doreste Silva, 60 +34 928 230 499
Costa Rica Ed. Mercurio, Torre 2 +34 928 761 509
Cuba León y Castillo, 247 +34 928 244 642
Estonia Argentina, 21 +34 928 703 725
EE.UU. Luis Martínez de Escobar, 3 +34 928 222 552
Finlandia Franchy Roca, 5 +34 928 224 358
Francia Alonso Quintero, 29, 3ºE +34 928 947 034
Grecia Dique León y Castillo, s/n +34 928 300 545
Guatemala Plaza de la Feria, 5 +34 928 372 100
Guinea Ecuatorial José Miranda Guerra, 12 +34 928 244 592
Hungría Ctra. Gral. Buzanada, 74 +34 639 209 197
Irlanda León y Castillo, 195 +34 928 297 728
Islandia Avda. de Canarias, 22 +34 928 365 870
Italia León y Castillo, 281 +34 928 241 911
Japón Santiago Rusiñol, 12 +34 928 244 012
Luxemburgo Alejandro Hidalgo, 3 +34 928 309 630
Marruecos Pelayo, 14 +34 928 262 859
Mauritania Juan Rejón, 45 +34 928 467 122
Nicaragua Avda. Rafael Cabrera, 6 +34 928 367 454
Noruega Luís Morote, 8 +34 928 495 035
Panamá Albareda, 15 +34 928 266 071
Paraguay Marqués de Muni, 109 +34 928 680 158
Perú Galicia, 13 +34 607 918 888
Polonia Triana, 104 +34 928 366 982
Portugal Alejandro Hidalgo, 3 +34 928 309 630
Reino Unido Luís Morote, 6 +34 928 262 508
República de Eslovaquia Jesús y María, 27 +34 922 275 928
República de Indonesia Joaquín Costa, 52 +34 928 263 565
Senegal Obispo Rabadán, 10 +34 928 381 279
Suecia Luís Morote, 6 +34 928 261 751
Suiza Bahía Feliz. Ed. Oficinas. Local 1. +34 928 157 979
Uruguay Los Martínez de Escobar, 8 +34 928 278 486