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“Well Met by Moonlight”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Plaza de Santa Ana

Plaza de Santa Ana
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Vegueta Walking Tour Including Canarian Tapas
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Zurich
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“Well Met by Moonlight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

The cathedral square during the daytime is a little disappointing. The dark volcanic stone is sombre and almost menacing. But at night all is changed! Strategic soft yellow lighting gives the whole area a magical look.

Visited November 2012
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“relaxed area of town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Lovely area to wander in the evening and choose one of the many tapas bars and restaurants. Despite being close to city centre, felt very chilled

Visited October 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

I am sure lots of tourists coming to Gran Canaria see nothing but the resort hotel and the beach. But the capital Las Palmas is definitely worth a visit. The old town with Plaza de Santa Ana, the majestic cathedral and the house of Columbus are a must-see! Definitely a must for photographers.
And make sure to climb up to the top of the cathedral for a beautiful view of the surroundings incl. the ocean of course.

Visited February 2012
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Ibiza, Spain
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“Visit Vegueta, the old part of Las Palmas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

This square, in front of the cathedral, has some interesting buildings and on the northern side is the bishop's palace, while at the top is the old Town Hall, now used for ceremonial. Of interest also are the dog statues that were formerly on a bridge that disappeared when the "barranco" or river bed was culverted 40 years ago. The dogs remind us that the name of the Canaries comes from the latin for dog (the Romans apparently found many large ones on their visits!) and not from the native birds. From this square it is only a short distance to the Canary Museum, the Columbus House (Casa de Colón) or the Cairasco Square with the lovely Literary Society building, among other places worth exploring.

Visited April 2012
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“Colonial atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

What I like the most in Plaza Santa Ana is the colonial atmosphere, so different from everything you can find in continental Spain. And the best time to taste it is a bit after the sunset, when it's already dark but there is still plenty of people in the streets.

The Cathedral and the Town Hall are the two main landmarks in Plaza Santa Ana, but hardly the only interesting buildings. For instance, if you look from the Town Hall towards the Cathedral, in the right side of the square you will find a lovely Art Nouveau house. Which means that, despite the distance from the continent, Las Palmas was not culturally isolated in the late XIX-early XX century.

Quite often, events are organised in Plaza Santa Ana, on the open air. One of the many adventages of the fantastic climate of the island.

Visited September 2011
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