Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital city of Gran Canaria Island, one of the eight islands that make up the Canary Islands archipelago. It is located in the north-eastern part of the island, with magnificent scenery composed of two bays and their beautiful beaches. It is a touristic destination that hosted around 3,620,371 foreign and 647,011 domestic tourists in 2019.
The topography of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is characterised by several ravines and slopes that divide the city into two levels and separate neighbourhoods. The geomorphology and the urban structure of the city result in difficult terrain for the development of cycling networks, and those conditions have resulted in private cars making up a big part of the modal split.
In the framework of the CIVITAS DESTINATIONS project, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria developed mobility strategies and relevant technical measures to encourage and foster the use of alternative sustainable modes of transport, spanning public transport, cycling and walking. This work focused on both tourists and locals.
3,769 inhab/km2 (2019)