The Port Authority of Las Palmas is a Spanish public institution that manages 5 ports: Las Palmas, Salinetas, Arinaga, Arrecife and Puerto del Rosario; in three of the easternmost Canary Islands: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The Port Authority manages the state-owned resources and facilities, according to Spanish and EU regulations, so that the companies that decide to operate from our ports are legally protected and free from competition.
The Canary Islands are strategically located in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, very close to the African continent, only 80 km away from its coast, keeping an excellent communication through shipping lines mainly from/to North Europe, West Africa and South America.
The Port of Las Palmas is on Gran Canaria, dubbed the miniature continent thanks to its landscapes and weather conditions together on one island. Despite its position close to the tropics, the Canaries are not too hot in summer, 22-29°C, pleasantly warm in winter, 16-24°C, and can be regarded as an all-year cruising ground. The frequency of gales is very low and the islands are not affected by hurricanes.
For sailors, it is the logical jumping-off point to cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean, ever since Columbus made his first transatlantic crossing over 500 years ago. Since then more and more yachts come to Gran Canaria and to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria –the largest, most dynamic and colorful city of the Canary Islands and the ninth largest in Spain. From October to February, sailors choose the Port of Las Palmas as its port of departure on a westbound transatlantic passage.
The Port of Las Palmas, located in the heart of the bustling city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a busy commercial port on the NE corner of the island with a marina, locally known as “Muelle Deportivo”, that lies at the southern end of the main commercial harbour.
It has 1,200 berths for public use and 320 berths under concession which makes Port of Las Palmas marina the leading and largest marina in the Canary Islands. Most sailors call at Marina Las Palmas because it is the best place in the mid-Atlantic to supply food, find spare parts and get ready boats before their crossing. They can find the most comprehensive repair facilities in the archipelago with specialized workshops and a complete maintenance service at this marina.
The Port of Las Palmas is the home of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which departs from Las Palmas for St. Lucia in the Caribbean every November since more than 30 years ago.