Canary Islands: Places to Explore

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Las Palmas

Las Palmas is strung out for 10 km (6 mi) along two waterfronts of a peninsula. Though most of the action centers on the peninsula's northern end, the sights are clustered around the city's southern edge. Begin in the old quarter, La Vegueta, at the Plaza Santa Ana, with its bronze dog statues. It's quite a walk from one end of town to the other, so at any point you may want to hop one of the many canary-yellow buses, named guaguas (pronounced wa-was) in honor of the Guanches. You may be surprised to learn that the Canary Islands were named not for the yellow songbirds but for a breed of dog (canum in Latin) found here by ancient explorers. The birds were later named after the islands.

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