Car Hire in Gran Canaria
This information is correct as of April 2015
Don’t spend your holiday waiting for buses and taxis: hire a car in Gran Canaria and explore the island at your own pace. Discover secluded beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and explore the gorgeous mountains of the island’s interior. Or just use your car for nipping between the supermarket and your self-catering apartment: we’re not going to judge.
Where to hire a car in Gran Canaria
You can hire a car at Gran Canaria Airport from Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Cicar, Goldcar, and Top Car Auto Riesen. Car rental is also available in the main towns and tourist areas: perfect if you don’t relish the idea of getting off your flight and straight into a car. There’s a huge range of car rental companies in Las Palmas, including Avis, Budget, Sixt, and Cicar. Maspalomas also has plenty of car rental pick-up locations, while smaller towns like Puerto Rico and Lomo Quiebre also offer a few options.
Driving in Gran Canaria
Driving in Gran Canaria is fairly easy going, especially when you get out of the larger towns. Traffic laws in Gran Canaria are the same as on the Spanish mainland. You should familiarise yourself with them before you travel, but we’ll talk you through a few key ones.
The first is that, if you need glasses to drive, you must carry a spare pair in the dashboard. You can’t drive with flip-flops on: your shoes have to be attached to your ankle. If you’re planning a lot of beach drives it might be worth packing a spare pair of driving shoes. Finally, you need to turn your lights on every time you go through a tunnel: even if it’s the middle of the day, and even if the tunnel is very short. The police often fine tourists and locals for forgetting this rule.
Traffic drives on the right side of the road. Your rental vehicle will have the steering wheel on the left, and the gear stick on the right. It takes a while to get used to. Always be vigilant coming up to roundabouts and at T-junctions as it can be easy to slip back into the British way of driving.
Parking in Gran Canaria
Don’t park by a yellow curb: you’ll be fined €30 (just over £22) for illegal parking. Blue markings indicate that you’re parking in a pay and display area. There will usually be a machine nearby where you can buy a ticket. Some towns have parking attendants selling the tickets. You’ll recognise them by their yellow jackets. Always leave your ticket in the windshield to avoid a fine.
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Great day trips in Gran Canaria
Pico de las Nieves
The island’s highest mountain is a fantastic destination for a hike. Either that or you can drive up and enjoy the views from the platform just underneath the peak. The roads are narrow and steep, so take care!
A great destination for a family day out, this massive water park is a great alternative to another day on the beach. There are 33 water slides and 13 water based attractions including a river rapids and mini-golf. There are also white-knuckle rides like Boomerang: you ride down a vertical drop on a rubber ring.
If you’ve ever fancied a go at wind-surfing, this is the place to do it. This is Gran Canaria’s windiest beach and is a favourite with water-sport enthusiasts. Beginners can get lessons from the surf school, while seasoned professionals can pick up some gear at the surf shops which line the beach.