Top Gran Canaria Historical Buildings

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Gabinete Literario, Las Palmas
The grand facade grabs your attention, but you have to step inside this Modernist masterpiece to appreciate its splendour. The interior is lavishly decked out in finest Renaissance style, setting it apart from other buildings in the capital. Once the location of the city’s first theatre, it is now home to an upmarket cultural.

Only the presence of a goat and a plate of gofio could make this house look more Canarian. A small dragontree marks the picturesque 17th-century structure, with its superlative balcony. Home of the town’s first mayor, it bears his family shield.

Castillo de la Luz
The island’s oldest and best example of military architecture dates from the mid-16th century and played an important role in warding off pirate attacks.

Heredad de Aguas, Arucas
Without their sophisticated irrigation system, the inhabitants of Arucas would not have enjoyed the prosperity they did during the sugar cane years. These days bananas are the main crop, but the water channels are no less important, so it’s fitting that the water board should have such grand headquarters. Completed in the early 20th centaury, the building is topped by an elegant dome.

Cuartel de El Colmenar, Valsequillo
Originally a cavalry barracks, this fine example of Canarian architecture, built in 1530, is a contender for the title of Gran Canaria‘s oldest building.

Casa Condal, Juan Grande
Although it is now in a state of disrepair, there’s no denying the splendour of the Count of Vega Grande’s former home. Dating back to the 16th century, the low, whitewashed house is topped by a red-tiled roof. Next door there’s a dilapidated church, built around the same time; Renovations are underway to restore it to its former
glory.

Teatro Perez Galdos, Las Palmas
Little remains of the original 19th-century structure, which was almost completely destroyed by fire. Today’s theatre is the result of an early 20th-century restoration project by local artist Nestor de la Torre and his architect brother Miguel.

Windmills, La Aldea de San Nicolas
On the road from old town to the coast, there are two fine windmills, built in the 19th Century and now restored. The water mill on the road to Artenara is still in working order and boasts a delightful.

Casa de los Patronos de la Virgen, Teror
A pristine example of Canarian architecture, complete with interior patio and rickety wooden balconies.

Casa Museo de Colon, Las Palmas
Although heavily restored, this exquisite building does reveal traces of its 15th-century roots. In the 1940s, several houses were joined and remodelled in finest Neo-Canarian style, creating a home for the Christopher Columbus museum.