In this picture you see a new roadnumber, like we talked about in the previous tip.
These numbers all begin with GC, and don't relate to the old numbers in any way.
All the signs you will see when travlling have these numbers on them and when you have the right map it will be easy to navigate.
Or as our tourguide said: When you are staying in the Maspalomas area you can't get lost: Just go down the mountains untill the coast and drive around the island... (that will cost a few hours though)
The map we got from the rental company was not very detailed. Sometimes the roads were not on the map, sometimes we already passed it before the village when the map said it was after the village. But at least it had the right roadnumbers. Recently the numbers of the roads changed. In the picture you see an old number (C-815) along the now called GC 55. So be sure you have a good map with the right numbers, or get lost completely..
Most roads on the island are good, but sometimes you will encounter something different like this.
The 7 km road to the beach of Tasarte is narrow but good untill a kilometer before the Playa. There the road is going through a dry riverbed (when you are lucky like we were). When it is raining or has rained the road can't be driven on, because it is a river......
Las Palmas airport is located in the middle of the east coast of Gran Canaria. It takes about 20 min. on the motorway to the city of Las Palmas and 25 minutes south on the motorway to Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.
For airlines flying into the airport see this website: http://www.grancanaria.com/patronato_turismo/4808.0.html
How to reach your destination:
- If you booked a package tour from europe, the bus to your accomodation is almost always included. Find your travelagent waiting for you at arrival.
- Several rent-a-car companies (Avis - Hertz - and more) have offices on the airport. It is wise to make a reservation in advance.
- Taxi are availlable in front of the terminal, it will cost about 35 - 40 Euro to Maspalomas.
- Public bus: to Las Palmas every 20 minutes during the day. Playa del Ingles buses (no 66) leave at a quarter past the hour from 07:15 to 22:15.
A couple of tips of how to park like a local in Playa...
The blue bays. These are pay and display bays. But do the locals always pay? Not necessarily. If you're leaving your car for ages then it's probably worth paying for a ticket, but for shorter stays, parking in the evening, or flying by the seat of your pants there's an easy way to avoid a big parking fine and not buying a ticket.
If you get a parking ticket you just pay on the spot and put a small fine into the parking meter. When my sister goes to the video shop, to park would cost 40 cents. If she leaves her car without a ticket and gets ticketed it will cost her about 2 euros if she pays the fine off immediately. And she's certain that she gets ticketed less than one time in five.
The figures are only a rough guess, but it's nothing to get worked up about though. When they're on duty the inspectors do check tickets quite often so it's worth paying, but for a short stay or for parking just before the restrictions end you can often get away with it!
I've also experienced the tow trucks more often than I'd like (I wasn't driving though!). In Playa, they might pick you up if you're parked somewhere you shouldn't be, usually marked by yellow lines along the edge of the pavement. I've never seen them pick anyone up just for overstaying on pay and display. If they do tow you, the charge for getting it released is about 30 Euros, definitely less than a parking ticket in the UK. Cars get towed to an office just behind Holiday World behind the Campo de Golf in Maspalomas.
One word of warning though, if it gets towed they want every document in existence for the car. I've never tried it in a hire car so I don't know how easy it would be to get hold of everything.
The airlines seem to pack as many passengers in as they can these days !!!!!
We flew from our local airport,Cardiff,which certainly helps.
The bus system in and around the South coast is second to none,there always seemed to be a bus every time we looked for one.
Very cheap and easy to use,most of the drivers were very helpful.