Gran Canaria Landmarks and Monuments

Gran Canaria is a historical island, containing many impressive landmarks, monuments and old buildings. The Las Palmas City Hall (Casas Consistoriales) is one of Gran Canaria's most notable landmarks and was first built around 500 years ago.

Further landmarks and monuments in Gran Canaria include the Llano de las Brujas archaeological settlement, the 16th-century Palacio Episcopal, and the Plaza de Santa Ana, one of Gran Canaria's main public squares, standing in the heart of Las Palmas.


Catedral de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas Cathedral)

Address: Plaza Santa Ana, 35001, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel. +34 928 331 430
Dating back almost 600 years, Las Palmas Cathedral is one of the oldest and most important landmarks on the whole island of Gran Canaria. With a magnificent Neo-classical facade and a Gothic-style interior, highlights at the museum include three naves, palm-shaped columns and the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, which is situated in the cathedral's southern wing and contains a number of important religious paintings.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, charge for museum

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Banned on board: 10 surprising items not allowed in your hand baggage

Don't get caught out. We reveal 10 things you'd be surprised you can't take on the plane in your hand luggage.

We all know about the liquid ban, but after security staff at Derry airport stopped a student from flying with a Green Lantern mask in his carry-on bag, we investigate what other surprising items are restricted by the authorities.

The UK has strict security measures in place to stop ‘dangerous’ items from being taken on a flight. Some are obvious: a concealed Kalashnikov could cause embarrassment at security. But it may surprise you that unsuspecting items such as fishing rods are deemed dangerous. We lift the lid on what’s banned from your hand baggage.

1. Tent pegs

Flying to a music festival? Camping? Don’t carry your tent pegs in your hand luggage as they’ll get confiscated. Which will leave you a bit stuck: you’ll either have to sleep under the stars, which carries the risk of a fellow festival goer falling, or peeing, on you in the night; or stay awake for three days, which you may do anyway, so no biggie. Tent poles are ok though.

2. (Multiple) cigarette lighters

Oddly, considering the official line, ‘you can't take any objects in your hand baggage that could cause injury to yourself and other passengers,’ you can take a lighter on the plane. But no more than one. Confusingly, 'you must keep the lighter on your person throughout the flight. It is very important that you do not return it to your hand baggage after screening.'

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