Car Hire in Gran Canaria

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Hiring a car in Gran Canaria

1. Playa del Ingles

If what you need from a holiday are some sunny days, sandy beaches, and surfable waves in a busy, vibrant place that has plenty of activities, shops and restaurants – then this spot is well worth a visit.

where to park?

Pay and Display parking is available across the town, either on the street, or in shopping centre car parks.

2. Cenobio de Valerón

Who doesn’t like to see a cave on holiday? At this site, you get to have a look into any of 290 that are carved into the rock face of the Calazebo Valley. From here, aside from an insight into the history of Gran Canaria, you’ll get spectacular views out across the mountains and coastline of it.

where to park?

As you turn off the main GC-2 motorway from Guia, the site is clearly signposted and a free car park is available.

3. Anfi Tauro Golf

The location of this course makes it irresistible to the golfer. Put your clubs in the boot of the car hire, turn on the radio, wind down the window and catch the breeze on your way to this spot on the coast. Players can look out to sea and feel like they’ve truly got away from it all, just be careful the view doesn’t put you off your stroke.

where to park?

Free parking is available at the course

4. Sioux City

Yeehaw! The cry of a cowboy may not be what you’d expect to hear on one of the Canary Islands, but dust off your spurs, don your cowboy hat and mosey on down to Sioux City just outside Playa del Aguila. Originally built as a film set, this Wild West town is now a place for shows, dining and even a reptile zoo, which are all open until the late evening.

where to park?

All rental cars or horses can be parked outside the park entrance.

5. Masplomas Moonlight Cinema

There’s something really special about being able to curl up on a couch, watching a movie under the stars on a balmy evening. Showing two films a night and offering full waiter service, the Maplomas Cinema makes for a relaxing and unique night out on holiday.

where to park?

Parking is available outside the cinema

 Places to Rent a car in Gran Canaria 

1. Roque Nublo

One of the most famous and highest landmarks on the whole island. This ancient place of worship is a relatively easy hike once you’ve taken the hire car up the bulk of the climb. It’s worth it for the views alone, take your camera.

how to get there?

From the airport, follow the GC-196 highway inland until it becomes the GC-120 motorway. Stay on this road until it splits, and take the GC-130, followed by the GC-600 which will be signposted as the Roque Nublo. Parking is available there.

2. Palmitos Park

Apparently springing from nowhere is this animal paradise in the hills of the south. With gardens and spectacular views down to the ocean, this place is a real oasis. Take the family to see the dolphins, meerkats, amphibians and exotic birds – it’s nice to get a breath of fresh air from the crowds in town.

how to get there?

From Maspalomas on the south coast, take the GC-503 highway north for 8 miles and then take a left, following signs to the park.

3. Firgas

This small town on the north of the island is known as the Balcony of the North. Located high in the mountains, you can get an amazing view of the island before you, as it slopes down to the northern coast and Atlantic Ocean. If the view isn’t refreshing enough, pick up a bottle of Firgas Water which comes from a mineral spring just outside town and is bottled here.

how to get there?

From the airport, take the GC-1 motorway north to Palma, then follow the GC-2 along the northern coast. Take a left when you see the GC-20 to Arucas signposted and follow the signs to Firgas from there.

4. El Cabron Marine Reserve

If the heat gets too much, cool off with a visit to the diving hotspots of Stingray Cave and Barracuda Point just off the southeast coast from Arinaga. Transport out to the dive points is available from various operators along the coast – as is all the scuba equipment you’ll need. Shop around for the best deal.

how to get there?

From the airport, head south on the Autovia Las Palmas Puerto Rica. Exit on to the Calle Canal and follow this road all the way to the coast. Operators will be easy to find there.
 

Romantic Breaks for Couples in Gran Canaria

Whether you’re planning a full-on fortnight’s holiday, a quick weekend getaway or even a honeymoon, there are plenty of ways to enjoy some romantic time with the one you love on this Canary Island. Pick up a rental car in Gran Canaria, load a CD of your favorite songs, pop on your shades and head off to enjoy any of these hot activities for two:

Thrill-Seekers

For energetic or adventurous twosomes, there’s an extensive range of activities on offer across the island. If you plan on making the most of the warm, clear waters of the Atlantic, then you have the option to surf, scuba dive, windsurf, jet-ski, parascend or even keep your feet dry with a spot of sailing or deep-sea fishing. But, if that doesn’t float your boat – so to speak, you can head inland to go rock climbing and canyoning, or to the mountains in the north to climb, abseil, or just peer nervously over the edge of cliff faces as the waves crash against the rocks beneath you. Beyond that, you can hire bikes and horses or even go for a ride on a camel around the island’s coast or rugged interior.

Walking

Whether those activities have worn you out or you’d just prefer to find more relaxing ways to spend some time together, you can’t go wrong with a simple, hand-in-hand stroll around the sights. If you want some privacy, head for a wander among the sand dunes along the coast or pay a visit to the Jardín Botánico, a huge garden in the North East which has a selection of plants from each of the Canary Islands on display. Any of the island’s towns and villages are worth visiting for a mosey around the shops, markets, cafes and galleries. But if you go to Agüimes you can explore ancient caves, which have been transformed into homes, restaurants and a church. You can, of course, instantly ramp up the romance factor by walking anywhere at sunrise, sunset, or under a moonlit, star-filled sky.

Unsurprisingly, you can get dinner pretty much anywhere on the island! But, where would be the most romantic? You could load up the car with a blanket, some good food and head off to a secluded spot on your own, or take your time to get frocked up in your hotel and then make your way to one of these atmospheric locations:

Casa Montesdeoca, Las Palmas:

Located just a stone’s throw from the ocean, this restaurant is located in the courtyard of a 16th century merchant palace and is filled with exotic palms and plants. It’s cosy, intimate and offers a selection of lovingly prepared classic Spanish dishes.

Restaurante La Aquarela, Patalavaca:  

This restaurant sits right on the coast and has outdoor seating with ocean views. It prides itself on offering traditional ingredients and dishes. Enjoy tapas served up with a modern, gourmet twist in candlelit surroundings.

Grill Costa Mar, Puerto Rico:

This family run business goes the extra mile to offer you a warm welcome at their small, harbour side restaurant in Puerto Rico and specialises in dishes of fresh seafood which are brought in by local fishermen the day you dine.

Have you been on a romantic holiday to Gran Canaria or maybe even had a holiday romance while you were there?! What hotspots or activities would you recommend? We’d love to hear about them!

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