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.

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378,998 (2019)


3,769 inhab/km2 (2019)

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Las Palmas after DESTINATIONS

Cleaner and more energy efficient public and private fleets

  • + 36 new e-charging stations from 2016 to 2020;
  • + 207%new Electric Vehicles (EVs) – from 1036 to 4181 EVs – from 2016 to 2020;
  • - 7,217 tons of CO2;
  • Cleaner buses: one 18m electric bus, 13 hybrid buses (three as a direct result of DESTINATIONS), and 47 EURO VI diesel buses

More attractive public transport

  • + 15% public transport use from 2016 to 2019;
  • + 8% (from 13% to 21%) modal share of public transport in the overall modal split from 2016 to 2019.

Hoteliers and local businesses as ambassadors of sustainable mobility

  • Established win-win strategies and agreements with local commerce and business as sustainable mobility ambassadors.
  • Established coordination with tourism stakeholders to foster sustainable mobility.

Future activities

Local partners will continue working together beyond DESTINATIONS to increase the outputs of the project, as well as to follow-up with the implemented mobility strategies.

In CIVITAS DESTINATIONS, the process to draft a new SUMP, as well as the initiated mobility ordinance updated tasks, will necessitate very important work to be done in order to continue fostering sustainable mobility actions involving stakeholders, target users and policy makers in the uptake of new projects that will make Las Palmas de Gran Canaria greener, friendlier and more sustainable for both residents and tourists.


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