If you’re planning on having the benefits of a car hire in Gran Canaria, chances are you will get a manual one. There are plenty of high quality car hire companies, such as Sixt, Europcar, Enterprise, Avis and Hertz. If you’re not willing to pay for a high-quality brand, low cost car hire in Gran Canaria is also available.
As far as driving goes, prepare yourself for the Spanish way of driving, which is different on the roundabouts and includes stopping by the road to have a chat with the passer-by the driver just happens to know.
Before you drive off from the agency of your car hire in Gran Canaria, make sure everything is working as it should. Take special care on the brake, as the streets can go really steep and you don’t want to involve yourself in any accidents while on a vacation.
- Age limits: The minimum age for driving in Spain (and Gran Canaria) is 18 years, although most agencies offering car hire in Gran Canaria will set the minimum age at 21 years and additionally charge you a young driver’s fee.
- International Driving Permit: if your driver’s licence is not written in the roman alphabet, then you’ll need an international driver’s licence.
- Additional papers: Bring your incurrence documents along with your credit card, passport or ID card.
- Additional requirements: Maximum BAC = 0.05 %. There is a Zero Tolerance law for young drivers or drivers who are 21 years old or younger
- Children in the car: Children younger than 12 years or smaller than 135 cm may not travel in the front seats of a hired car.
- Driving side of the road: In Gran Canaria the correct driving side is the right side of the road.
- General speed limits: Speed limits in Gran Canaria are the same as in Spain: 120 kph on highways, 90 kph on rural roads and 50 kph in residential areas.
Parking suggestions: In Gran Canaria you have “blue parking zones” where paying a parking fee is required. Buy a ticket from the nearest machine and simply put it in your car’s windshield.