Gran Canaria – Excursions to the island capital – Part 1
Today you will find the first part of a three-part series on tips for visiting Las Palmas, the island capital of Gran Canaria. Part 1 is about the house of Columbus, also called Casa de Colon. The house is not far from the Plaza de Santa Ana, which is bordered on both sides by the town hall and the Santa Ana Cathedral.
Before going to the Casa Colon, I can only recommend a climb to the Catedral de Santa Ana, which is not far from the museum. From here you have a great view of Las Palmas. Definitely worth it for € 1.50.
|Opening hours of the observation deck
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
The Casa de Colon is only a few meters from the cathedral. This museum is mainly about the story of Columbus and his trips to America. If you ask yourself what Columbus has to do with the Canaries, you will find the answer here. On all of his voyages of discovery to America, the Canary Islands were always a stopover, as you could load water and provisions here and repair the ships again.
The exhibition is thematically divided into several thematic complexes:
- Columbus and his trips to America
- The Canary Islands
- America, its art and culture before the conquest by the Europeans
- the history of Las Palmas
- as well as an exhibition of works of art, including by artists from the Canary Islands
Here are a few facts about the museum again:
Calle Colón, 1
35001 Las Palmas
928 31 23 73/84/86
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday & public holiday : 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Adults: 4 €
Discounts: 2 € (students 18-23 Jahre, senior citizens)
free entry for all under 18
The museum is definitely worth a visit. You can find a lot of original documents from that ancient time. I found the replica of Columbus’ cabin very interesting. Probably luxurious at the time, but rather modest today.
If you want to eat before or after visiting the museum, you will find many small restaurants in the surrounding aera that offer really good dishes at fair prices. At lunchtime you usually get a menu with a starter, main course and dessert for around 10 €. Just keep your eyes open and don’t go to the nearest restaurant, which usually rely on lazy tourists and offer overpriced meals. Just walk a few more meters and you will restaurants with more reasonable prices.
Here are a few impressions that can only reflect a part of the actual exhibitions.