Las Palmas
Canary Islands, Spain



Founded: 1478

Head of Government: Mayor Augusto Hidalgo Macario
Population: 377,056

Area: 281 sq. mi

Elevation: 7,957 ft

Main Industries: Tourism, apparel, manufacturing, chemical production

Las Palmas , the capital city of the island of Gran Canaria, is a very modern and cosmopolitan city and home of one of the most important commercial ports in the world: “El Puerto de la Luz” which is often tied to exporting machinery, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, and medicines. The island of Gran Canaria is famous for its wonderful climate and magnificent beaches as well as for breathtaking scenery. While snow-covered mountain peaks dot the landscape to the North, people bask in the sun on the beaches a few kilometers away. Large reservoirs and artificial lakes make fishing, camping, and boating popular past time on the island. 

The population of the city of Las Palmas is now in excess of 377,000 which ranks the eighth most populous city in Spain and largest on the Canary Islands. The popular tourist attraction plays a significant role in contributing to Spain’s $495.8 billion yearly revenue. Other industries associated with Las Palmas are textiles, apparel, food and beverages, manufacturing, and chemical production.   

The Canary Islands Government established a trade office in San Antonio in 1999. Now in its eighth year, it coordinates academic, cultural, and trade relations supported by the Friends of the Canary Islands Foundation, which underwrites engineering exchange students who commercialize wind and other technologies. In 2006, San Antonio celebrated “The International Symposium of the Canary Islands,” which commemorated the 275 th anniversary of the founding of municipal governments in San Antonio by Canary Islanders.

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