Santa Catalina - The international district between beach and harbor
International flair in the shopping - and entertainment district Santa Catalina ...
Between the harbor Puerto de la Luz in the east and the Playa de las Canteras in the west, the international dirstrict of Santa Catalina is located.
The social heart of the dirstrict is the Parque Santa Catalina, which actually looks like a place studded with palm trees, cacti and flowerbeds. This place is well visited 24h day and night. The tourists can get all necessary information at the Info point and the numerous cozy Cafes are well attended. While listening to to the conversations of the local people you can perceive an amount of different languages.
Special attractions in the Parque Santa Catalina are for almost each tourist certainly the chess, domino or cards playing men, who give a cuban life feeling with sunglasses, hat and cigar. Taxis and their nostalgic variants, horse-drawn carriages wait here for guests to chauffeur them through the lively streets of the district.
The internationality and cosmopolitanism of this district, leading back to the harbor also reflects to the shops and restaurants. Eat russian, chinese, korean, american, mexican, cuban, scandinavian, german, brasilian or austrian? Everything is possible in this district. Therefore we can recommend you for example the brasilian restaurant Amazonas, only 4 minutes from the Parque Santa Catalina.
In february, when one of the worldwide most popular carnival takes place in Las Palmas, the Parque Santa Catalina turns into the colourful, crazy and never sleeping center of this exuberant festival. A few pictures you will find on this webside.
Nightlife: Also out of the carnival there are many people searching for entertainment and music. The place is surrounded by numerous clubs, bars and restaurants. Recommendable for young and old is the discotheque "Kahlua" on the top floor of the shopping centre El Muelle. The whole club is placed under the open sky with free entrance. It will be difficult beeing unhappy there, with good music a cool drink in the hand looking into the starlit sky.