Planning a Football Trip to Las Palmas? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – How to get to Las Palmas & How to get around
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Fly to Las Palmas
Anyone that books a flight to Las Palmas will land into Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), which is located 18 kilometres from the city of Las Palmas. It’s the first airport in the archipelago of the Canary Islands and the fifth largest in all of Spain in terms of passenger traffic. Gran Canaria airport has two terminals: International Terminal A for domestic and European flights, and Terminal B-C for non-EU and internal island flights. Numerous airlines operate at the airport offering connections to Spain’s major cities and many European destinations such as Berlin, London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Milan and Rome. Travellers looking for flights from Las Palmas to Barcelona can, for example, choose from offers from Ryanair, Vueling and Iberia. Also, from Madrid to La Palmas, there are several airline companies operating cheap flights such as Ryanair, Iberia and Air Europa, to name a few.
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Directions from the Airport
One of the most comfortable ways to get from the airport to the capital of the island is by bus, via bus line number 60. This runs from the airport to the city of Las Palmas, departing from Floor A in Zone 1 between 06:00 until the final departure at 23:15.
Taxis from the Airport
From Gran Canaria airport to: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: 24-32€
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Travel By Train
Although there are many direct flights to Gran Canaria, you can get there by travelling on a wonderful (and greener!) journey by overnight train through France and then on to southern Spain (to Cadiz or Huelva) or to the south coast of Portugal (to Portimao) and then taking the ferry across to a small stretch of the Atlantic.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Travel By Ferry
Ferries to Gran Canaria leave from three ports: Cadiz and Huelva in Spain, and Portimao in Portugal.
Ferries leave from Cadiz ferry port to the Canary Islands weekly (usually on a Friday) and are run by Transmediterranea. The journey takes around 40 hours and you’ll arrive in Las Palmas ferry port.
From Huelva Ferry port, you can catch one of the new Naviera Armasferries to Las Palmas ferry port. The trip takes around 28 hours and leaves once a week (typically Saturdays).
From Portimao ferry port, catch a Naviera Armas service to Las Palmas, which sails once a week and takes around 46 hours.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Travel Around Las Palmas
Football Trip to Las Palmas – How to Get to the Match
While there aren’t any local train routes in Gran Canaria, the island is serviced by blue, turquoise or green Global buses, which travel across a network of routes (click here for Buses and Timetables). Tickets can be purchased either on the bus or you can get a number of discount ‘magnetic’ cards for specific journeys – see here for more information.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – The Stadium
The stadium was inaugurated on 8 May 2003 with a friendly between UD Las Palmas and Anderlecht which was played in front of a full-capacity seats. With a capacity of 32,400 seats, it is the largest sports venue in the Canary Island. Originally the stadium was unloved by the clubs fans due to it’s location on the outside of the city and the athletics track. In 2014 refurbishments works was carried out which included removing the athletics tracks, extending the stands closer to the pitch, and repainting the grey seats in the blue and yellow club colours of the club.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Getting to the Stadium
Estadio de Gran Canaria is located on the south-western edge of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It lies about 5 kilometres from the Playa de las Canteras beach and central Parque de Santa Catalina square in Las Palmas’ city centre. The stadium can be reached with bus. The stadium can be reached with bus. Take bus 45 from Parque de Santa Catalina in the direction of Hoya Andrea. Get off on the Avenida Pinto Felo Monzón. Buses typically run every 40 minutes.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets online via the club website (https://www.udlaspalmas.es/en/tickets)
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Football Trip to Las Palmas – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Spain can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Spain page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Where to stay
Capital of the island, Las Palmas is one of the best places to stay on Gran Canaria if you thrive amongst a hive of activity. This lively port city is the seventh largest city in Spain, and it feels like the mainland. But with more North African or Mediterranean colour to it.
The older part of town, Vegueta, is where you’ll find all the atmosphere. Declared a World Heritage site in 1990, charming Vegueta has the boutique hotels and fashionable bars and restaurants, as well as some of Gran Canaria’s most beautiful architecture. Here Thursdays are ‘Tapas Evenings’, the busiest night of the week.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Las Palmas it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Vegueta is the cultural heart of Las Palmas and was the spot where the city was founded by the Spanish back in 1478. The old town is compact and easy to find your way around as everything of interest is with a couple of minutes’ stroll from the Santa Ana Cathedral. See this guide to the most interesting museums and galleries in Vegueta for pointers on what to visit.
Don’t miss the Casa de Colón museum with lots of info about Christopher Columbus and the links between the Canary Islands and the Americas, but do read our article on the truth about ‘Columbus’ House’.
In May 2015, a new park was unveiled in the city centre. Set within the original walls of the old stadium of the same name, Parque del Estadio Insular pays homage to the city’s flagship football club.
If you want to travel a bit further out on the island
PUERTO DE LAS NIEVES – Agaete
Want to wind down, cut off and blow your cares away soaking up the sunshine, with only the screech of seagulls wheeling out to sea to accompany you, as you while away the hours on a beach-front café? Or enjoy a spectacular sunset over the craggy cliffs on the horizon? Then, Agaete and Puerto de las Nieves harbour is where you want to be, too good to be kept a secret for too long.
PUERTO DE MOGÁN
Tucked away in the South of Gran Canaria, in Mogán you may sight an enormous shoal of scuba divers who spend their time underwater. They are more easily sighted at night when they can be seen lolling around in the bars of the fishing village of Puerto de Mogán. Just wait for the spectacular sunset but be careful, because you may fall under the spell of Mogán and want to stay forever, to live the good life.
TEROR – Teror
Teror is right at the centre of the island and is reached via steep winding roads. The town of Teror, with its typical buildings, balconies and rural island life is a place of great symbolic value for all the islanders since it is there that the patron saint of the island, la Virgen del Pino is said to have appeared and is housed in the Basilica to which annual pilgrimage is made.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Where to Drink
The ground is a drive outside the city centre, there are not may bars around but you can get a beer inside.
Nightlife in Gran Canaria is lively, noisy and fun. It starts late and goes on all night with most bars opening until 02.00 and discos and clubs usually until 06.00. Very little happens before midnight.
In Las Palmas, the place to go is Plaza de España in the Mesa y Lopéz district, which is always lively until early morning. Here, you will find the old Heineken, where many locals start their evening.
Football Trip to Las Palmas – Where to Eat
To best sample enyesques, Gran Canaria’s version of tapas, head to La Buena Vida (13) at Mendizábal 24 (00 34 928 335 864) in Vegueta. Here, try creative cuisine such as sautéed eels served with garlic and spring-onion mayonnaise.
Bosmedinos (Las Canteras beach) This beachfront restaurant at the southern La Cicer end of the beach specialises in seafood and especially the local classics like puntitas de calamar (deep fried baby squid), morena frita (fried moray eel) and calamares (squid rings). Open since 1980, it’s become an institution thanks to its big portions and great value.
De Enyesque (Las Canteras) – A smart tapas restaurant right by the beachfront.
Bar Vigo (Las Canteras) has been a local institution for years and has now opened its own beachfront terrace. For authenticity, we’d recommend heading 50 yards up Olof Palme street and going to the original bar.
La Bikina (Las Canteras) A new spot that has stepped away from the seafood and Spanish tapas model and done well.
El Carrillo de Rita (Las Canteras) Great food, superb views and palm tree shade make this an essential stop on any Las Canteras beach walk. Find it right where the sand ends at the northern tip of Las Canteras beach.
Football trip to Las Palmas – Useful links