Las Palmas - its officially name being Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - is the capital of Gran Canaria Island, the second most-populated island in the Canary Islands. Is the Canary Island's co-capital, a status it shares with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is the most-populated city in the Canary Islands and the 9th largest city in Spain. Roughly half of the people that live on Gran Canaria Island live in Las Palmas, and nearly 20% of the people that live in all of the Canary Islands live in this city. It is also the largest city in the EU that is located outside the European Continent. Set on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, it is about 93 miles off the northwestern coast of Africa.
It was founded by a Castilian army commander in 1478, then named "Real de Las Palmas."
Today, Las Palmas is known for its tropical beauty, island views, beaches, low mountains, skyline, architecture, churches, and culture.