Where on our beautiful island of Gran Canaria are we showing you around this week? Downtown Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Come and discover Triana with us.
Triana’s one of the first areas of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you’ll encounter heading north from the airport, closely following neighbour Vegueta. The neighbourhood takes its name from its main road, Calle Mayor de Triana. We’re back again with another of our famous four-part guides.
- Make like a vulture for culture in Triana, Las Palmas
- Eat and drink in Triana, Las Palmas
- Shop a lot in Triana, Las Palmas
- Stay in Triana, Las Palmas
1. Make like a vulture for culture in Triana, Las Palmas
Triana’s home to two of the Gran Canaria capital’s major theatres. The Teatro Pérez Galdós takes its name from Benito Pérez Gáldos, the island’s most celebrated writer. The theatre’s one of Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken‘s international festival venues and regularly shows musicals such as Mamma Mia!
Further south, you’ll find Teatro Cuyás. Whose boards have been trod on by such luminaries as great Brits Lindsay Kemp and Steven Berkoff. If you’d rather be up on the stage rather than facing it, Center of Rock, also in Calle Viera y Clavijo, is a music school specializing in guitar classes.
Triana also houses a trio of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s leading museums. Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós in Calle Cano was the family home of young Benito when he was growing up. Over in Calle Torres, meanwhile, there’s the Museo Poeta Domingo Rivero which celebrates the life and times of a poet born in Arucas in 1852 who died in the capital in 1929.
A more recent addition to Triana’s museum scene is the Museo de la Ciudad y el Mar Castillo de Mata. The old fort has had a makeover and offers permanent exhibitions narrating the failed attempts of pirates Drake and Van der Does to capture the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Sir Francis isn’t remembered as a naval hero this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Other cultural spaces in Triana include the Galería de Arte Saro León. Whose exhibitions are of the one-off variety. A bit like the events at the private members’ club, Gabinete Literario de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Just around the corner from CICCA where we saw one of our most memorable gigs on the island, with local heroes The Good Company performing. Check out the venue’s upcoming events here.
Elsewhere, at Calle Pérez Galdós 4 there’s a stunning Art-Nouveau government building which is Mr Gran Canaria Local’s favourite sight in the capital. This began life as the Palacete Rodríguez Quegles. Back in 1900, wealthy Dominguez Rodríguez courted María Teresa Gonzalez.
Now, this fair maiden lived in Calle Pérez Galdós 6 with her widowed mother. Señor Rodríguez promised his prospective mother-in-law that her daughter would never be far from her. And that she would live like a queen. He delivered on both fronts. Commissioning noted Madrid architect Mariano Belmas to design a stately mansion next door. To that of his betrothed.
2. Eat and drink in Triana, Las Palmas
Stay on Calle Pérez Galdós to enjoy some of the best gastronomic experiences in the capital, let alone Triana. Such as the Michelin-listed Deliciosa Marta run by front-of-house Marta and kitchen-bound Pol Durán. Not forgetting Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s finest vegetarian restaurant, Zoe Food and fusion specialists, Restaurante Majuga.
Triana’s probably one of the capital’s most veggie-friendly barrios. Whether it be at La Flower who offer the likes of Indian staples such as pakoras at their vegan brunches. Or, continuing with the floral theme, Dara Feeling Food who incorporate edible petals into their dishes.
Then there’s Fruit’n co Vitamina Bar, proving that fast food doesn’t have to be bad for you. If you’re hankering for burgers and hot dogs, try the Plaza Cairasco branch of 200 Gramos and the latest Natural Burguer in Calle Francisco Gourié. Meanwhile, if you’re after some yahoo to go with your Mahou as in some cheer to go with your beer, hit the consistently-inventive Qué Leche in Calle Torres.
Allende Triana‘s as much a feast for the peepers as it is for the stomach with their mini burgers particularly eye-catching. They’ve been serving top tapas in La Pepa de Triana for over 100 years, although El Palillo offer a more contemporary take on pinchos. For novel sandwich fillings, Sandwicheria Pizco‘s the place to fill your face.
If it’s watering holes you’re after, Triana doesn’t disappoint. La Azotea de Benito‘s the capital’s most stylish rooftop terrace, perfect for cocktails. Mixologists are also on hand at La Bohême Cocktail Bar just around the corner.
3. Go shopping in Triana, Las Palmas
Calle Mayor de Triana reminds us of London’s Oxford Street, what with its household high-street names. Sure, it’s an interesting enough thoroughfare. Yet its warren of surrounding alleyways rewards the more intrepid visitor.
It’s here where there are more independent clothes shops. The likes of Boutique Laura Luján who have diversified into ladies fashion this side of the New Millennium since their birth as a jewellers last century. For mens fashion, we recommend Viera y Clavijo’s ROES Moda Hombre.
For an interesting souvenir, head to La Molina Artesanía. Part gallery, part craft shop; it does much to promote Canarian artists of various schools. As does nearby FEDAC whose official Government outlets sell locally-produced leatherwear and pottery.
For a longer-lasting memento of your time on the island, how about a traditional tattoo? A la Mr Gran Canaria Local. He acquired his striking pintadera at Crazy Needles Tattoo before they made the switch to their Calle Peregrina base.
4. Stay in Triana, Las Palmas
Once bitten by Triana, you’ll find it difficult to leave. The area’s only hotel though is the bohemian Hotel Madrid which has welcomed some, ahem, interesting guests down the years since opening at the start of the 20th century. To secure a longer stay, drop by estate agents Mintout Gabinete Inmobilario on Calle Perdomo.
If you’re one of a new breed of digital nomads, you’ll be able to locate an office on your Triana doorstep in The House. This is one of the capital’s premier coworking centres. To furnish your actual abode, check out Muebles Valentini.