Las Palmas, Canary Islands, the largest city on the islands and the capital of the Spanish province of Las Palmas. It is situated on Grand Canary Island, about 780 miles (1,255 km) southwest of mainland Spain. Las Palmas has food processing industries, but it is primarily a port and a tourist center. Vacationers, mainly Europeans, are attracted by the mild climate, sandy beaches, and fine hotels.
Spaniards founded Las Palmas in 1478, and it became a major base for expeditions en route to America, including Columbus's first voyage in 1492.