Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a town and municipality located northeast of Canary Island of Gran Canaria, which is capital, it also has the capital of the province of Las Palmas and share capital of the Canary Islands with Santa Cruz Tenerife. The city was founded in 1478, being considered capital de facto the Canary Islands to century XVII. Permanently now houses the headquarters of the Delegation of the Government of Spain in the archipelago and the presidency of the autonomous government in legislative periods alternate and other institutions of varying importance as the Africa House.
With a population of 383,343 inhabitants is the largest city of the Canary Islands, has a metropolitan area of over 600,000 inhabitants. The municipality covers an area of 100.55 km² (ISTAC, 2003). Its height is 8 meters above sea level (in the southernmost part). The climate is of low rainfall, with an average temperature of about 22°C. In 2011, the Puerto de la Luz was awarded the prestigious international magazine “Dream World Cruise Destinations” with the award for the best connection port, offers transportation, hotels, baggage handling and global tourism level, consolidating the town as one of the top destinations of this type.
The city has five beaches, of which the most important is that of Las Canteras. The other four beaches that have the capital are the Alcaravaneras, The Confital, San Cristobal and La Laja Also, the beach of Las Canteras with the UNE-EN ISO 14001, AENOR in Spain only have the beaches of La Concha in San Sebastian and La Victoria in Cadiz, by implementing a system for integrated management of the environment. The other most popular beach in town is The Alcaravaneras, is located along the marina and into the waters of Puerto de la Luz, which is nestled between two yacht clubs.