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Las Palmas is located in Spain, in Gran Canaria and a highly appealing holiday destination thanks to its year-round summer weather.

Fascinating sights and year-round summer weather

Las Palmas is located in Spain, in Gran Canaria and a highly appealing holiday destination thanks to its year-round summer weather.

If you are considering whether to spend a day away from your luxury cruise liner, the fact that a climate study found Las Palmas to have the ‘best climate in the world’ should help you decide! How to spend your day off ship?

If you’re travelling with children, this is one destination you won’t want to miss, as Las Palmas truly boasts a dizzying array of attractions.

You can ensure that youngsters have some great vacation memories to take back home; there are no less than three swimming and water parks (Aqualand, Ocean Land and Aqua Park) or try HolidayWorld, an immense leisure and funfair complex, Reptilania (reptile park), Palmito’s Park (tropical gardens, birds of prey and flamingos), Parque de los Cocodilos (zoological park), the Science and Technology Museum or Sioux City (Western theme park)!

For calmer delights, passengers may wish to explore the district of Vegueta, with its splendid 17th century Palacio Regental and the Canary Island museum. Art buffs and design aficionados will appreciate the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, not just for its collection of avant-garde artworks, but its impressive interior design.

Sun worshippers can head for Las Palmas’ two great beaches – Las Canteras and Las Alcaravaneras.

The area around Las Palmas is also packed with fascinating sights, so browse our programme of excursion packages to ensure you benefit from the best deals around.

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Port average temperature

Las Palmas has a Subtropical climate, with warm dry summers and moderately warm winters. Its average annual temperature is 20 °C : 23 °C during the day and 17 °C at night. In the coldest month the typically temperature ranges from 18 to 21 °C during the day, 14 to 15 °C at night, the average sea temperature is 18–19 °C. In the warmest months the typically temperature ranges from 25 to 29 °C during the day, above 20 °C at night, the average sea temperature is 23 °C. Average number of days per year above 32 °C is only 3-4.

Average morning relative humidity: 74%, evening relative humidity: 60%. Sunshine hours is till 2,776 per year, from 186 in December and January to 310 in July.Average precipitation days per year is only 33, precipitation per year is only 13.3 cm. According to a study carried out by Thomas Whitmore, director of research on climatology at Syracuse University (USA), the city of Las Palmas enjoys "the best climate in the world".

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

LAS PALMAS Months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 20.6
(68)
21
(68)
21.8
(70)
22.1
(70)
23.1
(72)
24.7
(75)
26.5
(78)
27.1
(80)
27.1
(80)
25.8
(77)
23.8
(73)
21.8
(70)
Average low °C (°F) 14.7
(59)
14.9
(59)
15.4
(60)
15.7
(60)
17
(63)
18.7
(66)
20.4
(69)
21.2
(70)
21.2
(70)
19.7
(68)
17.9
(64)
15.7
(60)
 LPM02DWI - LAS PALMAS & BANDAMA - 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  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 only for debark guests who are booked on flights after 15:00. The duration of the tour also includes the time for the transfer to the airport.

Price per person $56.00 Adults $39.00 Children

   


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 LPM04DWI - GRAN CANARIA: approx. 7 hours, lunch included - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Lying in the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic island of Gran Canaria boasts a huge variety of landscapes and microclimates that characterise its great natural beauty and have made it a highly popular tourist destination. This excursion gives you a chance to discover the island, with photo stops made along the way and a visit to the town of Teror in the north of Gran Canaria. Next to its lovely natural setting, the town also features an important history with an array of monuments nestling amongst its attractive colonial architecture, such as the 18th-century Basilica that stands on the “Plaza del Pino” and was built to venerate a 15th-century carved image of the Virgin Mary. In addition, Teror continues to celebrate its popular folk traditions and is also known as a place of religious significance. Before returning to the port you will have free time at Maspalomas. Lunch is included in the tour. Please note: this excursion is available only for debark guests who are booked on flights after 18:00. The duration of the tour also includes the time for the transfer to the airport. Excursion available only during your cruise.

Price per person $81.00 Adults $57.00 Children

   


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 LPM05DWI - PANORAMIC TOUR OF GRAN CANARIA - 4.5 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  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 only for debark guests who are booked on flights after 15:00. The duration of the tour also includes the time for the transfer to the airport.

Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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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.