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Опубликовано: January 12, 2023 в 10:36 am


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San Antonio’s Sister City Las Palmas, Canary Island, Spain

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By now, you have gotten to learn about Monterrey, Mexico + Gwangju, South Korea with our Sister Cities series. Today, we’re headed near the Moroccan coast to explore one city we share the most history with — Las Palmas, Canary Island, Spain.

Officially known as Las Palmas de la Gran Canaria, this vibrant town is the capital city of Gran Canaria, one of the islands that make up the Canary Islands. Las Palmas is famous for its breathtaking natural scenery. Think: turquoise beaches, warm breezes, and hiking trails situated across mountain ranges. However, there’s more than meets the eye to this beautiful city. Let’s dig deeper into its history…

We might be putting in some last-minute PTO (for research purposes). | Photo via City of San Antonio

A little more about Las Palmas

  • Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands, with a population of 378,517. The city receives thousands of visitors every year.
  • Las Palmas’ main industries include tourism, apparel, and manufacturing.
  • The archipelago is an autonomous Spanish region located near Morocco, and it is made up of eight islands + smaller land masses.
  • Each island is part of one of two provinces: Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
  • Together, the Canary Island is home to a distinct heritage made up of Indigenous, Spanish, and Moroccan cultures.

San Antonio and Las Palmas first established their relationship as sister cities in 1975, and since then they have established a solid relationship. In 1999, the Canary Islands government established a trade office, where they coordinate academic, cultural, and trade relations with the Alamo City.

The founding of San Antonio

As the Spanish sought to seize control of their North American territory, 16 families originating from the Canary Islands went to join the military occupation of Tejas in 1731. These first settlers were given the right to create a town government, receive land grants + and the noble title of “hidalgo” (an honorary title given to the first male settlers of a Spanish territory).

They founded the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar, what we know today as the City of San Antonio, becoming the first regularly-organized civil government in Texas.

Two cities 4,000+ miles apart — what do they still have in common?

Many of San Antonio’s historic landmarks are a direct result of the Canary Islands settler’s efforts to create a livable town that emulates the Spanish Crown’s morals. One of the most notable of these is the San Fernando Cathedral. The church was built as part of the center of the San Fernando Parish and used for religious, military, and civic purposes.

Of course, we also have Spain to acknowledge for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Built back in 1718, the Spanish colonizers first started establishing their military presence in San Antonio. Settlers constructed these structures not only to support themselves in their survival but to disrupt the already established Indigenous communities that lived in the region. Through these missions, countless Indigenous people were forced to convert to Christianity. Learn more about the San Antonio Missions and how to visit them.

Speaking of history, The Canary Islands Descendants Association is a lineage society dedicated to educating Texans on the lasting contributions of the Canary Islanders. Visit its website to learn more about ways to get involved.

If you wish to explore Spanish culture in San Antonio, here are some places to visit:

  • Canary Islander Statues, Bexar County Courthouse | Unveiled in 2019, these five figures represent the Islanders’ role in San Antonio’s founding.
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace, 105 Plaza De Armas | This adobe home is considered the last visible trace of the 18th-century Presidio San Antonio de Béxar.
  • Main Plaza and Military Plaza | Historical district home to Spanish landmarks including the San Fernando Cathedral.
  • La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St. | Restored 18th-century neighborhood with many attractions for lovers of art.

Canarias / Canary Islands (Spain): Provinces, Major Cities & Municipalities


The population of the provinces of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands according to census results and latest official estimates.



Name Abbr. Status Capital Area
A (km²)
Census (C)
Census (C)
Census (C)
Census (C)
Estimate (E)
Spain ESP Kingd Madrid 504,783 37,682,355 38,872,268 40,847,371 46,815,916 47,385,107
Las Palmas Prov Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 4,066 708,762 767,969 887,676 1,087,227 1,128,539 406600
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Prov Santa Cruz de Tenerife 3,381 658,884 725,815 806,801 995,428 1,044,405 338100
Canarias [Canary Islands] CAN Reg Santa Cruz de Tenerife / Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 7,447 1,367,646 1,493,784 1,694,477 2,082,655 2,172,944 744700
  • Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid (web).

Major Cities

  Name Population
Estimate (E)
1 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 378,675
2 Santa Cruz de Tenerife 208,563
3 La Laguna 158,010
4 Telde 102,769
5 Arona 82,563
6 Santa Lucía de Tirajana 73,573
7 Arrecife 64,497
8 San Bartolomé de Tirajana 53,066
9 Granadilla de Abona 51,850
10 Adeje 48,733

Contents: Cities & Municipalities

The population of all cities and communes in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands with more than 15,000 inhabitants according to census results and latest official estimates.









Name Population
Census (C)
Census (C)
Census (C)
Census (C)
Estimate (E)
Adeje 6,766 9,708 20,255 42,886 48,733 10595
Agüimes 13,801 16,156 20,124 29,641 32,105 7890
Arona 13,556 22,721 40,826 75,484 82,563 8160
Arrecife 28,864 33,906 44,980 55,381 64,497 2428
Arucas 25,827 26,974 32,466 36,771 38,535 3284
Candelaria 7,154 10,688 14,247 25,928 28,463 4948
El Rosario 5,347 8,103 13,462 17,247 17,590 3931
Gáldar 18,830 20,656 22,154 24,358 24,455 6255
Granadilla de Abona 13,752 16,884 21,135 41,209 51,850 16250
Guía de Isora 10,145 11,915 14,982 19,734 21,827 14410
Güímar 13,762 14,429 15,271 18,244 21,000 10289
Icod de los Vinos 20,231 21,445 21,748 23,314 23,310 9586
Ingenio 20,624 21,807 24,439 30,022 31,887 3909
La Laguna (San Cristóbal de la Laguna) 106,146 110,895 128,822 152,025 158,010 10245
La Oliva 3,185 5,235 10,548 22,827 27,768 35533
La Orotava 31,520 35,142 37,738 41,552 42,219 20689
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 360,098 354,877 354,863 381,271 378,675 10332
Los Llanos de Aridane 15,311 16,189 17,720 20,493 20,648 3560
Los Realejos 26,860 29,829 33,438 37,517 36,824 5647
Mogán 6,608 8,688 12,444 22,847 20,572 17142
Pájara 3,231 5,242 12,382 19,773 21,014 38494
Puerto de la Cruz 21,353 25,447 26,441 31,349 30,179 883
Puerto del Rosario 12,634 16,485 21,296 35,878 41,786 29077
San Bartolomé 4,650 6,217 13,030 18,118 19,058 4076
San Bartolomé de Tirajana 17,739 24,451 34,515 53,440 53,066 33242
San Miguel de Abona 3,935 5,118 8,398 16,465 21,872 4204
Santa Brígida 11,219 12,199 17,598 18,878 18,297 2383
Santa Cruz de la Palma 16,775 17,205 17,265 16,568 15,446 4341
Santa Cruz de Tenerife 185,899 200,172 188,477 204,476 208,563 15044
Santa Lucía de Tirajana 26,628 33,059 47,652 66,725 73,573 6253
Santa Úrsula 7,957 8,599 10,803 14,079 14,987 2237
Tacoronte 15,591 17,074 20,295 23,623 24,346 3000
Teguise 6,096 8,189 12,392 20,294 23,044 26303
Telde 62,509 77,356 87,949 101,080 102,769 10033
Tías 3,484 7,556 12,820 19,148 20,801 6432
Tuineje 5,479 7,054 9,843 13,302 15,549 27630
Yaiza 1,932 2,675 5,020 14,468 16,977 21209
  • The population estimates are based on the municipal register. Because of definition differences they are not exactly comparable with census results.
  • (1981) M. Mas & F.J. Goerlich: La localización de la población española sobre el territorio.

    (1991) (2001) (2011) (2021) Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Madrid (web).

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September 21, 2021

Boris Ivanin

An evacuation has been announced on the island of Palma due to a volcanic eruption. More than fifty tourists and several thousand Spaniards living here have already been taken out. The Russians have not asked for help yet.

In the Canary Islands, about fifty policemen and soldiers are sent to eliminate the consequences of the eruption of an awakened volcano. It hasn’t stopped for several days now. There were no casualties, but the situation is critical. A massive evacuation has been announced on the island of Palma. More than 5,000 Spaniards fled their homes. Tourists are also being taken out of the danger zone. However, Russian citizens have not yet applied for help, our consulate reported.

Fiery fountains tearing apart the darkness of the night – this spectacle in the Canary Islands could be called bewitching, if not for the danger that an erupting volcano poses to local residents. Nearby are several settlements.

“I thought it was an explosion, everything rumbled so loudly. Then I saw smoke, huge clouds of ash,” says Anna Vina, a resident of the Canary Islands. “Everything was very close to my house, and we ran away.”

An evacuation has been announced on the island of Palma. More than fifty tourists and several thousand Spaniards living here have already been taken out. “It’s terrible because we suddenly lost everything we had,” complains Teresa Rodriguez, a resident of the Canary Islands.

Lava is on the heels – streams six meters high devour abandoned housing. More than a hundred houses have already been destroyed, car skeletons are smoldering in garages. The element is blocking escape routes. “A few hours ago, lava cut off the highway leading to our city and ended up in residential areas,” says Noelia Garcia Leal, mayor of Los Llanos de Aridane. “It flows through several streets, and we don’t know which way it will go this stream.”

The river of fire flows not from one vent, but from 10 different points at once. Speed ​​- 700 meters per hour. The temperature is over a thousand degrees Celsius. Everywhere in the Canaries, forests and fields are blazing. The scale of the disaster is clearly visible from the air.

Because of the eruption, Spanish airlines are canceling flights to the Canary Islands, and the authorities have banned navigation in the dangerous area – the lava is already in the coastal zone. All emergency services are thrown to fight it. Life on the island is now almost like under the laws of war. “Here we have a command post and a utility yard, all at once,” says Omar Hernandez, a member of the El Paso city council. “At this football field, we receive all the evacuees and distribute them to other municipalities on the island. We are immediately deploying rescuers and the police.”

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has already arrived in the affected areas. A hand on the chest is a sign of solidarity. The head of the Spanish government even postponed his trip to the UN General Assembly in New York. Instead, he is holding a meeting of a special committee set up to deal with the fallout. “The state undertakes to compensate the affected families so that people can restore their normal lives,” the prime minister said. “As for the restoration of houses, I assure you, we will not leave anyone in trouble.”

Before this eruption, the volcano was silent for half a century. Although recently the National Geographic Institute of Spain has recorded an increase in seismic activity in the Canary Islands.