At LOCK & enjoy! we want to take you into the historic centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Specifically to the district of Vegueta, one of the unmissable destinations in this beautiful city. Its cobbled streets will transport you back in time just by walking through them, and its charm will win you over. Discover Vegueta with Lock & Enjoy!
This is Vegueta, where Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was born.
Vegueta is the area where the city was created at the end of the 15th century. It’s a neighbourhood where history can be seen in each of its buildings and streets thanks to its rich heritage. If you’re a culture lover, then this is the place for you. Leave your luggage in our luggage locker and get ready to explore.
This is one of the most beautiful and emblematic buildings, both in this neighbourhood and in the whole city. It’s 500 years old and it is believed that Christopher Columbus once stayed here. The period when he was in the house was during his voyage to discover the New World in 1492. He would stay there during his stopover before crossing the Atlantic. Although we don’t know for certain whether this was the case, the building is closely linked to everything related to the first voyage to America.
In fact, the house is now a museum dedicated to the story of this historic event and to Columbus’s link with Gran Canaria. If you visit it, you’ll find an extensive collection of objects and documents related to these journeys. Old maps, navigational instruments and a reproduction of the expedition’s three ships are waiting for you there. At LOCK & enjoy!, we recommend you don’t miss it.
Spain’s first town square
This is the Plaza de Santa Ana, which was the first of its kind in Spain. Some of the city’s main buildings, like the cathedral, were built around it. The town hall and the bishop’s palace were also built there. So it’s essential to go there if you visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
A detail you’ll notice before entering the square are eight bronze dogs. They represent the main islands of the archipelago and are known as the guardians of Santa Ana. If you’re looking for somewhere to take a nice selfie, this is one of the best places to do it.
Cathedral of Santa Ana
While you’re in the Plaza de Santa Ana, it’s a good time to visit the cathedral. Considered to be the most important landmark of religious architecture on the islands, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of this building. And if you want to get a good photograph, the cathedral offers amazing views. As you climb to the top, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city and the coastline.
However, before you visit, please note that there is a fee to enter the cathedral. Try to thoroughly plan out the different places you’re going to see, so you’ll save money. Also, don’t forget to use the best lockers in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to store all your belongings in maximum security.
Chapel and square of San Antonio Abad
Other places of interest are the chapel and the square of San Antonio Abad, which are also closely linked to Christopher Columbus. This is because while passing through the island, the Genoese navigator took the opportunity to pray before setting off. In addition, next to the building you can find the foundation point of the city.
It was Juan Rejón who founded it on Saint John’s Eve in 1478, for which he planted three palm trees. To see them, just go to the uncovered side of the chapel. And if you want us to recommend a date to visit the city, it celebrates its anniversary on 24th June. That way, you’ll experience the best party and an unbeatable atmosphere.
To end your visit to the neighbourhood, at LOCK & enjoy! we recommend that you drop by the local market. It’s one of the oldest on the island, opening in 1863. What can you expect inside? A wide variety of fresh products from the archipelago. In fact, if you’re looking for high-quality fruit, you have to go there. The selection of products is limitless and full of colour. Mangoes, guavas, persimmons, Indian prickly pears, kiwis, loquats and papayas are just a few examples.
These are the places which surprised us the most. Vegueta is undoubtedly a charming neighbourhood, full of history and corners where you can enjoy a very tranquil atmosphere. And if, during your stay, you happen to wonder: “Where is there a locker near me“, remember to store your luggage at LOCK & enjoy! You’ll get maximum security at the best price.