Going Local in Gran Canaria
How to Turn a Holiday Destination
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Culture

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I’m not going to lie. Having had the pick of the world’svgreatest actors and musicians on my doorstep in London, the rather less-packed cultural calendar on Gran Canaria’s something of a damp squib. Bob Dylan doesn’t do Las Palmas. Neither do Coldplay. Although because of the Canaries’ close ties with South America, the likes of Shakira do.

Although local politicians predictably got upset, unsurprisingly Las Palmas recently lost out to San
Sebastián as the Spanish candidate for 2016’s European City of Culture. And this despite the fact you could petition for LP three times from the same computer. Spain’s culinary capital was always going to beat a city that inexplicably has a sightseeing bus tour.

The island falls rather flat on the museum front too. Though what they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. Las Palmas’ Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnologica (Parque Santa Catalina S/N; 828 01 18 28; www.museoelder.org) is a mini-me version of London’s Science Museum. Located in Parque Santa Catalina, it’s a popular venue for children’s birthday parties. With 200+ interactive displays, big-screen cinema, planetarium and simulators, it’s not difficult to see why. The Museo Elder
proudly boasts a motto of “forbidden not to touch”.
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