About Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is one of the seven islands of the Canaries’ archipelago, and the third largest with half of the population of Canary Islands living in Gran Canaria. With a car hire at Gran Canaria Airport you’ll have a perfect start of vacation.
The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean and due to its southern location, the weather is sunny and warm all year round. The island is dramatically changing, the north is green, while towards the center, the island’s surface gets rugged and mountainous. After continuing to the south of the island, Gran Canaria brings you a dry and desert topography.
In contrast with the pristine valleys and mountains, the coastline brings a line-up of hotels and densely built tourist areas. Nevertheless, Gran Canaria is an adrenaline destination, as it offers unlimited opportunities for hiking, cycling, mountain climbing and a number of water sports, while the culture oriented people will still find their passion, especially in the historic capital of Las Palmas.
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Basic info and car hire in Gran Canaria
Location: Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura.
Official language: Official language is Spanish.
Currency: Euro (EUR) is the official currency since 2002.
Weather: Gran Canaria is located at the same latitude as Sahara thus resulting in great sunny weather all year round. Summers are dry and hot, while winter time is just slightly cooler and with occasional showers. However, Gran Canaria has a great regional variation in terms of climate, as the centre of the island is mountainous. The northeast of the island is slightly cooler while the island’s center has alpine climate with more rain and lower temperatures. A normal winter view offers 20° on the coast and a snow cover on Pico de la Nieves.
Public holidays in Gran Canaria: Check for the list of public holidays in Gran Canaria, which can have a big influence on your vacation with a car hire in Gran Canaria.
Internet coverage: You can find internet coverage in Gran Canaria available in bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Beware, the internet in Gran Canaria is not what you are used to, so prepare for a bit slower connection.
Road conditions: A west coastal road connecting La Aldea and El Risco has been closed due to rockfall. A new inland road is now opened to replace the former GC 200 road.
Driving in Gran Canaria
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.
What to see in Gran Canaria
Engaging yourself in a car hire in Gran Canaria is crucial if you want to take the most out of your Gran Canaria experience. Visit the island’s black lava and white sand beaches. Discover its mountainous and rural interior.
Our favourite spots
Playa de las Canteras
Get absorbed by the long beach walks on this beautiful and popular bustling tourist area, where you have a great access to bars and restaurants. Enjoy!
Check for parking suggestions while visiting Playa de las Canteras.
Playa de Maspalomas
If you want to have a first-hand experience of the Gran Canaria’s sand dunes visit this incredibly lovely spot, but have in mind that in summer months it can get pretty hot, so bring lots of drinks and a wide hat to cover yourself.
Check for parking suggestions near Playa de Maspalomas.
A great spot to visit in the mountains, especially if bought in combo with the water park Aqualand. It is a great choice for a day out in a zoo, although with a limited number of animals, but still - the visit delivers an excellent entertainment.
Check where to park your hired car before entering the park
A great short hike with beautiful views in the surroundings of the Gran Canaria, including the Tenerife Island. Hire a car in Gran Canaria, escape the resorts and enjoy in the idyllic scenery!
Hotels in Gran Canaria
Seaside Palm Beach
Seaside Apartment Gran Canaria
Cоrdіаl Mоgаn Plауа
A great choice if you’re staying in Puerto de Mogan, with a great location next to the beach and a free parking available on-site. An excellent choice if you hired a car in Gran Canaria!
Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa
A great hotel with an infinity pool with a spectacular view of the sea, 200 m away from the Amadores Beach on the Costa de Mogan. Specious rooms and fine dining are amongst its best features.
Drive your rental car around Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is about discovering the variety of landscapes, as the island roads take you from the mountain heights to the lowlands of the beach and the desert dunes. Start your journey with a car hire in Las Palmas, where the Spanish culture collides with some African, Chinese and Indian culture. Bustling with life and with a fashionable quarter of Vegueta, Las Palmas is a typical busy city. From Las Palmas to the second largest city Telde it will take you less than an hour. Discover Telde’s archaeological sites and remains dating back to the prehistoric Hispanic kingdom. In Telde you can also visit the beaches, distinct for its lava sand.
From Las Palmas to the southern beaches of Gran Canaria it’s a 40-minute drive. The south is known for the vast gold sandy dunes and the beautiful Maspalomas Beach. We recommend you to visit the lighthouse of Maspalomas specially at sunset, when the lighting is best and picture-perfect.
Where to eat, drink and party in Gran Canaria
A fine dining choice in the southern part of Gran Canaria, inside of a hotel. Together with some very nice views, great service and delicious dishes, the restaurant will leave you fulfilled.
Located in the famous playa del Ingles, where Gran Canaria gained its popularity among the LGBT community.
A simple and casual restaurant in Vecindario, that will surprise you with its delicious meals and the welcoming staff. Do not miss it!
A bar in the Playa del Ingles. Famous for great cocktails and the Eurovision music playing. Have fun!
Major events and festivals in Gran Canaria
The charming town of Santa María de Guía is known for its Flower Cheese and every last week of April and the first days of May, the village holds the Cheese Festival or else known as Las fiestas del queso. Enjoy in the traditional music and dancing, while eating this artichoke flavored cheese.
A very important celebration in the Canary Islands, dedicated to the VIrge del Carmen, the saint of fishermen. Visit Las Palmas, Puerto Mogán Barrio de la Isleta or Arguineguín on this date and observe the processions of colorful boats carrying the virgin into the sea.
A festivity known for the villagers in Agaete carrying pine branches has its roots in the aborigine rain dance. A very picturesque fiesta worth your time!
A festival dedicated to the Spanish victory over the invasion of Britain in the 16th century. Maritime processions take place in all major harbors, however the largest is in Las Palmas, with impressive fireworks and loads of flowery decoration.