El Muelle Shopping Centre is located in the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a short walk from the Santa Catalina park, inside the harbour (the word “muelle” means “harbour” in Spanish). In this medium size shopping centre, you will find nice open air restaurants and bars, which face the harbor, and also have good views of the city. There are some nice shops too, and a supermarket. This mall is starting to slowly fill up with new shops, after many of them had to shut down, during the recession. Free parking, limited to 3 hours, is available throughout the year.
It is conveniently located for tourists arriving on cruise ships (a 3 minute walk, you can't miss it, because if you want to go anywhere, you will pass in front of it). If you look at this shopping centre from outside it looks like the various decks of a cruise ship, and that is why it probably was chosen as the best European shopping centre back in 2003, when it opened. That was back then; right now few shops are open on higher floors, except for the outdoor eating and drinking places. Some activities are held at this shopping mall, to attract shoppers.
Supermarket: HiperDino (3000m2 area, opened in October 2014). It is conveniently located for cruise ship passengers to buy food, and drinks, and walk back to the ship with the bags (few minutes walk). It gets busy, especially on Sundays.
Luxury Items: FundGrube offers a selection of perfumes, cosmetics, watches, sunglasses, jewelry, shoes, bags, and other high end items, in a 500m2 store.
Clothing shops: Cortefiel, C&A, Jack & Jones, Springfield, Blanco, Punto Roma,
Adolfo Dominguez, Mango, Benetton, Pepe Jeans.
Children’s clothes: Orchestra
Telephone shops: The Phone House (best place to buy your SIM card), Orange
Videogame shop: Game (Centro Mail)
Shoe shops: Mary Paz, Carolina Boix
Surf shops: Quicksilver
Perfume shops: Douglas, Macava
Costume Jewellery: Claire’s, Bijou Brigitte
Handbag shops: Lenur (Leather bags and cases for men and women)
Bookstores: News & Books (English newspapers and magazines), Idiomatika (English books, tourist guides, introductory Spanish courses)
Sports shops: Base, Intersport
In "El Muelle" you can find lots of different restaurants, such as:
- Chinese buffet “País Divino”
- Italian restaurant Gino’s
- Continental food
- Fast food (McDonald’s & Burger King)
- Vips (Spanish chain of restaurants)
- WOK El Muelle
Recently, an Irish tavern called “Limerick” has opened on the top floor. Recommended!
Other interesting things:
- Bowling & videogame arcade on top floor
- Cinema on top floor (all movies in Spanish)
- Internet access terminals on the second floor (pricey! 5 minutes: 0.50€, 15 minutes: 1€, 30 minutes: 2€)
- Free parking for 3 hours
There is a taxi stand in front of the shopping centre. Bare in mind that taxi rates are slightly higher if you take a taxi from here, because the taxi stand is located inside the harbour. If you walk across to Parque Santa Catalina (5 minute walk), and take a taxi from there, you can save some euros.
Opening Hours: 10.00 to 22.00 hours (shops) and 10.00 to 2.00 hours (bars & restaurants). McDonald's is open 24 hours a day.
Muelle de Santa Catalina s/n
35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
GPS Location of El Muelle Shopping Centre:
Latitude: 28° 8'30.22"N
You can enjoy breath-taking views of the harbour, and the city, while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
We are fairly optimistic about the future of this mall. First of all, the original owners were unable to pay the mortgage, so the banks took over. They are trying to pump life into it, and bring it back to world class standards. The first step was to open a modern supermarket inside, which is what really attracts people to any shopping mall. Other quality stores have opened around this successful supermarket on the ground floor, and many more are interested.
Another reason why this shopping centre will be great in the near future, is the gigantic aquarium which is being built just next to it. This mega-project is underway, and will have the world's longest tank. Visitors will be able to walk through it, and there will be a restaurant with a view to the fish. The total area will be 10,000 square meters. Thousands of people will visit the aquarium, and El Muelle shopping centre is right next to it, so the future is very bright.