GuruWalk Original
Free tour

The History of Las Palmas (Small Groups of 9 People Max)

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Luis
Quality Verified Registered on September 10, 2019

Hello, my name is Luis and I am a geography and history teacher, but I also work as a tour guide. My first time working with tourism was during my ERASMUS in Martinique, showing foreign visitors around town and Fort Saint Louis, a 17th century fortress.

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Tour description



As a hiker and big lover of my island, once finished the tour, I am open to answering any questions you may have related to places to visit, eat, snorkel, or whatever. I will recommend many hidden spots and non-touristic sites all around Gran Canaria.

I will tell you some of the many details I know related to our history incluiding some characters related to the city such as Christopher Colombus, Francis Drake, Agatha Christie or Francisco Franco. Of course some explanations about certain elements really important from our local architecture like the Canarian balcony, the traditional patios or some really ancient Gothic Porticos. For those that really like the dark side of history, don't worry, I'm a big fan so I will talk about some horrible events that took part in my city.

On the tour, we cover some of the main spots, such as:

  • Hermitage of San Antonio Abad 
  • Calle de los Balcones
  • Plaza de San Agustín
  • A traditional Patio
  • Plaza del Espiritu Santo
  • Plaza de Santa Ana
  • Las Palmas Cathedral 
  • Gabinete Literario
  • Triana

Limited to a maximum of 9 people, we will visit the most symbolic corners of the historic centre. The main reason for reducing the group size is to provide a friendly and personalized treatment, looking forward to solve any doubts you may have and sharing with you the interesting history of Gran Canaria, including the Pre-Hispanic era.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. San Antonio Abad, 2, 35001 Las Pa...
    Pl. San Antonio Abad, 2, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
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    Plaza de San Antonio Abad: In front of the door of that little Church known as Ermita de San Antonio Abad (It is next to a museum Called Casa de Colón). I will wear white polo/T-shirt and the official guide accreditation + a folder with historical pictures.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    San Antonio Abad Square
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Columbus House
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Mendizabal Street
  • 4
    Outside visit
    San Agustin Square
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Canarian Museum
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Holy Spirit Square
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Plaza de Santa Ana
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Plaza de Santo Domingo

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Jacky 28 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Wow. Luis went above and beyond to ensure this was a successful tour. Some memories will stay with me forever. I was impressed by the visit to the college, garden and the historic hotel room. Mostly, it was just a very enjoyable time. I do wish Luis had been properly rewarded for his time by the participants of the tour. 2.50 euros per hour per person is probably way too little for a good tour.
Jordan 27 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Excellent tour and Luis was an excellent guide. Personal recommendations and an above and beyond tour. Highly recommend!
Neli 21 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Luis is the beat tour guide that you can wish for! He is funny, intelligent and supportive! He gave us wonderful recommendations for the entire island! History sounded like a fairytale! ♥️
Pirjo 21 Mar 2024

Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Full points ! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Luis ! He showed us interesting places and buildings and told us stories and details which we would not have found out by ourselves. We learned a lot about history of Las Palmas and Gran Canary. Luis also provided us with many tips for places, sights and restaurants to visit during our stay The QR codes were nice extra bonus !! If there were more tours in Las Palmas by Luis we would definitely participate !!
Kathy 20 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
My husband and I spent a really enjoyable and informative couple of hours with Luis. He made the history of Gran Canaria and Las Palmas so interesting and fun. He was very thoughtful and bought umbrellas with him, for us, in case of rain. I didn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable asking questions and Luis had a very self deprecating sense of humour. Since the tour he has kindly sent through by WhatsApp recommendations on places to see and eat plus a lovely photo he took of the group. Do not hesitate in booking this tour - I know you’d enjoy it.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 9 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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