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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of the island, is located in the north-eastern part of the island.

Founded in 1478, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria boasts an important historical and cultural heritage, much of which can be found in the district of Vegueta, the oldest quarter of the town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

Its capital is the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (commonly known as Las Palmas), on the island of Gran Canaria, which is also one of the capitals of the autonomous community (next to Santa Cruz de Tenerife). About 38.5% of the provincial population of 1,011,928 (2005) live in the capital. However, the official name of the city is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, whereas the province is called Las Palmas. Nevertheless, both names are usually misused. There are 34 municipalities in the province.

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