Vegueta, the ancient village that gave rise to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at the end of the 15th century, is located to the south of the island's capital. Historical structures including the Casa de Colon home, Santa Ana cathedral, Museo Canario museum, Gabinete Literario club, Casas Consistoriales, and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno gallery can be found on its streets and squares. The 1856-built market is surrounded by a plethora of shops, and the Triana retail centre is across the street.
Vegueta boasts a number of cobblestone plazas with lovely fountains and lush tropical landscaping. One of these is Plaza de Santo Domingo, a well-liked gathering spot with benches shaded by trees and a location for neighbourhood festivals. If the streets could talk, they would describe the colonial era when conquistadors gathered supplies before setting sail for the New World while traders and pirates moored their boats in the harbor.
It has the oldest homes in the area, with patios and facades from the city's founding in the fifteenth century. The Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, a contemporary art museum with authentic period details, is one of its most remarkable structures. The permanent collection has about 2,600 items.
The largest concentration of eateries, pubs, and terraces serving the best variety of regional food at rates that won't break the bank can be found on Calle Pelota and Calle Mendizábal, which are located in the centre of Vegueta. Every Thursday night, locals and visitors to the island congregate on Calle Mendizbal for a tapas crawl to sample the tastiest bites at reasonable costs. The street becomes a favourite hangout for the neighbourhood youth after 8 o'clock, particularly in the summer. The weekly Thursday night tapas crawl has gained local lore.
One of the island's oldest markets is the Mercado de Vegueta, which is located close to Calle Pelota. Tropical fruit and a variety of fresh veggies are sold there. Allow yourself to become lost as you stroll among its vibrant booths in Vegueta.
The Santo Domingo square and church are the focal points of the October Rosario pilgrimage, which begins here and travels through Vegueta and Triana. The church with the same name is located in this square, along with a fountain from the 18th century.
This centre for contemporary art, was founded in 1989 and is situated on the magnificent street Los Balcones (the balconies). The building has kept its main courtyard, neoclassical design, and exterior. The newest trends in the art world are featured in its shows.
Visit the Museo Canario if you're curious about the history of the indigenous people who inhabited this area before the arrival of the conquistadors. It also houses one of the largest prehistoric exhibitions in the world.