Sunny Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, and is a spectacular fusion of global cultures, including Spanish, Chinese and African. This is a city that effortlessly combines the hustle and bustle of city living with a laidback beach vibe. Speaking of which, you’ve got your pick of sandy spots to choose from on Las Palmas cruises – Las Canteras is one of the most famous and scenic, with the colourful wooden boats bobbing in the water and clear waters, which make it the perfect snorkelling spot. At 2.8km, it’s also the longest beach in Gran Canaria. Discover a little of Los Palmas’ history with a visit to Vegueta, the old quarter. Its winding, cobbled streets create plenty of atmosphere, while ultra-hip coffee shops, bars and restaurants keep things feeling modern and energetic. Soak up some culture in one of the city’s many museums – we recommend Casa-Museo de Colón. This fascinating museum follows the journeys of Columbus, particularly his time on the Canary Islands and how, at one time, they were integral to transatlantic shipping. The enormous crucifix is said to have come from one of Columbus’ ships. Elsewhere, you’ll find the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, which is in a photogenic 18th-century building and hosts a rotating selection of immersive exhibitions.