What’s this? Yes, we’ve got our rep as the most granular Gran Canaria guide to think of. So here’s our latest area overview, of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Mesa y López.
Avenida José Mesa y López is the avenue from which this area in the Gran Canaria capital takes its name. José Mesa y López (1877-1951) was a famed Canarian lawyer/politician. But enough of the history, here’s our four-part guide to what you can do in the area in the 21st century.
1. Celebrate in Mesa y López
The bars around the iconic Plaza España are popular venues to start the weekend. With the likes of Terraza Géiser also ideal for football fans wanting to catch the action on the big screen. So, a great urban base to follow Euro 2016 and beyond.
Plaza España is also known as Plaza de la Victoria. It’s where fans and players of UD Las Palmas congregate after an important victory. The last time this happened was in June 2015 after the local heroes returned to the Primera Liga for the first time in 13 years.
The avenida used to resemble London’s Finchley Road, a not-so attractive main thoroughfare. Then city bods built a cycling path and made the whole area more pedestrianized. So, the avenue now feels more like Barcelona’s La Rambla and hosts regular events in its tree-lined boulevard.
2. Eat out in Mesa y López
Mesa y López is home to some of our fave restaurants in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Many of which we’ve reviewed. Such as the place to enjoy a coffee on the slow, Café Regina. Then there’s the anti-Angus Steakhouse El Churrasco which sources their produce from Argentina’s Las Pampas rather more meticulously than the London tourist trap.
Along with the first branch of gourmet burger chain, 200 Gramos. Not forgetting Restaurante Tehran‘s ode to Persian cuisine. Also worth a shout out is the ecologically-sound, one part delicious to one part nutritious, Cokí tucked away off the main drag. Nearby, Restaurante El Pote goes big on Spanish staples. Whilst Restaurante Ribera del Rio Miño specializes in Galician gastronomy.
3. Shop in Mesa y López
Nothing dominates the Mesa y López skyline quite like the twin towers of El Corte Inglés. Spain’s main department store has two branches facing each other. Travelling up from the Avenida Marítima, visit the one on the right for its cafe, clothing, restaurant, and supermarket. The one on the left, meanwhile, sells books, CDs, and white goods.
As Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s second commercial district after Calle Mayor de Triana, there are more high-street shops to look out for on Mesa y López. These include über-trendy Guess and Leeds’ finest Marks & Spencer. As well as a branch of Zara for men and women.
If you’re looking for an individual boutique, head to El Cuartito Azorín. Jugueterías Nikki is a handy stop to pick up a present for a child’s birthday. And vegetarians and vegans will adore Calle Galicia’s La Zanahoria for their organic fruit and veg, takeway food and tofu.
4. Stay in Mesa y López
Mesa y López is primarily a residential district. There’s only one hotel in the area, Hotel THe Fataga. Although offering a city-centre base, Fataga primarily targets MICE tourists, what with its business centre.
You will also find the odd holiday apartment. In a built-up area that’s still only five minutes away from Las Canteras beach on foot. Search databases such as Airbnb to find listings for you and your family’s vacation.
Most Mesa y López accommodation, however, if of the longer-stay variety. Agents covering the area range from the likes of Canary House Real Estate to RE/MAX White. Although we strongly recommend you do some legwork and walk around the area to spot for-sale and for-rent signs.