Isla de Gran Canaria Travel Guide

  • Playa del Ingles.
    Playa del Ingles.
    by Regina1965
  • Overlooking Puerto Rico.
    Overlooking Puerto Rico.
    by Regina1965
  • Playa de Los Amadores.
    Playa de Los Amadores.
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Isla de Gran Canaria Highlights

  • Pro
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    MARIPILI says…

     nice weather the hole year 

  • Con
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     Crowded, Touristy, Industrial 

  • In a nutshell
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     better than most people think. 

Isla de Gran Canaria Things to Do

  • Las Palmas

    We didn't spend much time in Las Palmas. It seemed a modern city, with a reasonable beach, but with too much movement, so, we quickly moved to the southern coast. But living in Las Palmas may have some hidden advantages that we didn't find (nor search for).

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  • Sioux City

    As usual, an old stage to cowboy films was kept and used to live show. A group of stunts perform an assault and the subsequent fight and escape. Everything is too quick, almost as real. After and before the show you may wander around the village, have a drink in the saloon, or visit the Indian camping. On Fridays, you may also eat a barbecue.

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  • Whale & Dolphin Boat Tour

    Always found dolphins fascinating, the tour was not ridiculously overpriced and although we saw some Dolphins they offered free tickets for next day, or until we saw them as they were gone as quickly as they were spotted. Unfortunately we did this on our last day so were unable to take them up on the offer. So best to do it early on in your...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Hotels

Isla de Gran Canaria Restaurants

  • DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT

    We had the unfortunate experience of being conned into paying over the odds in tax in a so called Italian restaurant named GRANDE CANALE in the Campo Internacional area. In Gran Canaria some eateries include a 5% tax into the bill and others do not and 5% is added on at the end. We had the misfortune to be dealt with by an imposing, pushy, bossy,...

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  • wonderful Paella

    We had a wonderful seafood paella at this restaurant on the sea front in Puerto de Mogan. There are lots of different restaurants along this front, and all serve much the same menu.So just walk along and see which one you fancy.This one is actually Italian, (the waiter was Italian and I think it belongs to him and his brother.. ) They also have a...

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  • Snaks

    We found this place in Maspalomas on the sea front not far from the Lighthouse, nothing really to shout about ,it was OK.However it was inexpensive and quick,service was good,but I ad the half of chicken and it was overcooked and tough,in fact almost burnt to a cinder.Maybe I just caught them at a bad time?. It would have been Chicken! however I...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Nightlife

  • playa del ingles

    We have just returned from a weeks stay in Maspalomas and visited Playa del Ingles and as our guide book states, you either love it or hate it and we did not like it very much at all. The negatives of the place is that it is full of big imposing blocks of flats and while they may be hotels they actually look like a slightly nicer version of UK...

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  • A drag-queen show.

    Sparkles Showbar is a new bar which opened in 2008 featuring Andi Martine, Tammy Pax, and Miss Dinah Might. They used to have a show for 5 years in Ricky´s Cabaret bar on the ground-floor of Yumbo center (see my tip), a fantastic show, and they expanded and moved to a bigger location on the first floor in Yumbo.There is no entrance fee, you only...

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  • Ricky's Cabaret Bar: A drag-queen show...

    I am a sucker for drag-queen shows, so even though a added a tip on this bar in 2007 I am going to add more photos as the fantastic drag-queens from 2007 have opened a bigger bar on the second floor (see my next tip) and other drag-queens have taken over Ricky´s Cabaret Bar. The show is pretty much the same, but varies from night to night and it is...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Transportation

  • Hire Car

    We rented a car from Jurecar rental company direct from our Hotel (Suite Princess Playa Taurito).No hassle what so ever.Prices worked out with Fully Comp insurance for a Renault Clio with Air con: €40:00 per day or €96:00 for the week-end (fri,Sat,Sunday)

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  • Rent a car

    Although there are busservice in the busy tourist area and the city of Las Palmas, the bus is not convienient if you want to go inland.Better to hire a car. There are loads of carhire companies. But be aware, the rates they advertise do not always cover all insurance.We rented with Duna Car. They offer rates all inclussive, the only thing you have...

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  • "Global" buses - interurban public...

    You can check bus lines and schedules from the website linked below. These are public interurban buses. You can pay cash (no large bank notes, though) or buy a pass of some sort.The company is the result of a merger pf two companies: Salcai (green buses and signs, used to do the southern areas) and Utinsa (blue and orange buses, used to do the...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Shopping

  • Excelent T Shirts

    This is a Unique little shop that has some lovely clothing for sale.The lady who runs the shop is very friendly and helpful, I have now been back to this shop a couple of times in the last three years, and she always has a welcoming friendly smile to greet you.Well worth a visit Its personal choice what you buy,But I really like the T shirts as...

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  • Mogan Friday Market

    Puerto de Mogán, on the south-west coast, is supposed to be the most picturesque resort on the island of Gran Canaria and has what some claim to be the best climate in the world. Summer daytime average temperatures are normally in the high twenties to mid-thirties Celsius, usually with a refreshing sea-breeze. In winter temperatures are only a few...

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  • A store you can trust!

    Now this is an electronic store you can trust. Harry, the owner, goes out of his way to help. The store is open all day (no siestas) from 10-22. Icelanders shop here as they know they can trust that they will not be deceived here as in so many other electronic stores in Playa del Ingles. People have even returned home with empty cameras or paid a...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Local Customs

  • PAELLA

    This is one of the most famous dishes in all of Spain, and also in the Canary Islands. You can not be in Spain without trying this!The most normal ingredient in the paella is seafood, chicken and rice, but there are a numerous ways of making it. Usually every chef (or family) have their own variations. So if you don't like it in one place, give it...

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  • MOJO

    This is a very traditional sauce (salsa) used in the canary islands. You can have it either red or green, and is very delicious along with papas arrugadas. The sauce is made mainly of chili and garlic, and recipes can vary both in flavour and strength, from the extremely hot and spicy to medium or very mild.

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  • PAPAS ARRUGADAS

    These canarian potatoes are a typical traditional meal, and you will find them everywhere. I just love them and eat them all the time, even at home.Papas is the canarian word for potatoes, and arrugadas means wrinkly. This wrinkled effect comes after the potatoes have been boiled in water with seasalt for about half an hour. So easy, and so...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Warnings and Dangers

  • very friendly waiter santiago

    waiter named santiago at the eden apartments puerto rico. He's a flirt. He's dangerous . . He's false . He's a con artist, . He's a compulsive liar. He pesters women to meet him. He is actually in a long term relationship with a small son. check out the reviews ... many examples of him trying to get with vunerable female tourists. stay well away !

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  • "The Sun"

    The Sun can be very Fierce ,being so close to Africa can burn very quickly.I would recommend staring with a High Factor Suncream to start with.Fact:Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. With too much exposure to UV light, your skin overheats and becomes red and painful, and may later peel or blister.When your skin is...

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  • Credit card exchange rate

    Watch out when using credit cards for anyone "pre converting" into Sterling for you. My hotel did this and the rate was about 0.2 below my "normal" Euro rate. I didn't spot it until I got home.On the other hand, if you have a credit card that charges a fee for converting currencies (most do) then this could actually be a benefit to you. However,...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Tourist Traps

  • Yellow Submarine

    In the harbour of Mogan you may try an adventure, diving in a small submarine that goes to about 20 meters deep. It's a serious dive, but the bottom of the sea is a disappointment. For those lucky guys that once had watched the coral reefs even in a glass bottom boat, the only positive points of this short trip are the sensation of being under the...

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  • "Puerto Rico Town"

    Puerto Rico has three large shopping and entertainment malls, the largest being the Centro Civico, where visitor's can buy literally anything. There is everything from banks to boutiques, florists and fishmongers, and dozens of duty-free stores selling electrical goods, photographic equipment and perfume at great prices. The other two centers are...

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  • Be aware when calling overseas!!

    Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson! A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates. I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and wekends,...

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Isla de Gran Canaria What to Pack

  • E111

    Toilet bag Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach shoes or jelly shoes Anti Histermene creamUK citizens can apply online for E111 NHS card. Photo Equipment: Digital camera at least 3mega pix Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach BrollyBeach MatsAir Bed (we had a lot of fun in the sea with this) Miscellaneous: Good HatTravel Adapter

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  • Walking shoes

    Do not forget your walking shoes. Gran Canaria is a great place to hike!See my off the beaten path tips...

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  • Don´t get sunburnt

    Bring or buy it at gran canaria SUN MILK¡¡¡ Better a 50 factor protection.Please Protect your children. I´ve seen so many childrens totaly sunburned. People who live in the north for example in europe, don´t use to have so many sunny days, so don´t know the important of sun protecction. Cheaper in supermakets out of tourist resorts.

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Isla de Gran Canaria Off The Beaten Path

  • Close to the town of Arguineguin

    This small beach resort is a short drive from Arguinguin,but hidden from the main road.Used mainly by the locals, it is a nice place for a swim and a bite to eat.While there we were entertained by a pod of Dolphin,which were playing in the water some 100 yards out.

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  • Villages

    I strongly recommend that you do as we did: to rent a jeep and go inland. The landscape is awesome, and the contrast between the rural villages in the narrow valleys and the organized development in the coast is impressive. Drive up through Palmitos park, go up the mountain, and descend to the coast in another direction - you won't regret!

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  • Lovely Arguineguin.

    Found this spot by pure chance.Great unspoilt fishing village with nice safe beach lovely for a swim.Used mainly by the locals with several good restaurants along the waterfront.

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Isla de Gran Canaria Sports & Outdoors

  • Sports Fishing

    Enjoy a great day out on the Atlantic Ocean with the "Barakuda Dos". A new and high quality sport fishing catamaran with two powerful Volvo Penta Turbo Diesel engines of 320 HP each. Our sport fishing boat with the huge dimensions of 12.00 meters length and a width of 4.50 meters is equipped with the most modern and well maintained fishing...

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  • Sport Fishing

    Fishing is really good in Gran Canaria. In the winter you can catch big stingrays, tuna and wahoo and in the summer season (May until September) the billfish (blue and white marlin and spearfish) are plentiful! The Barakuda Dos fishing boat in Puerto Escala, Puerto Rico is really good. It's a big catamaran. Go at about 3pm when the fishing boats...

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  • go active in gran canaria.

    if you feel like doing some hiking or adventure sports in gran canaria, then get hold of a company called canaria ventura.they are very good and professional and i had a fantastic guide when i went there.they do things like hiking, climbing, repelling, archery, bungee jumping, canyoning and lot's of other stuff. they supply all the equipment.just...

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Isla de Gran Canaria Favorites

  • EHIC Health Card

    If you are a UK Resident you are entitled to medical treatment that becomes necessary,at a reduced cost or sometimes free. When temporarily visiting a European Union Country (E.U.)Clickto access Health care abroad. "The people and the warm weather"

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  • Cheap to live

    The best thing about Gran Canaria is getting away from the resorts and into the interior of the island where we have forests (slightly burnt now) and when it rains (very rare), waterfalls.The flowers are a riot of colour and when you drive along with the windows open or the top down it smells like furniture polish has been sprayed over...

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  • Walking guidebook

    As a walking-guide to the island, we used the "Deltas Wandelgids Gran Canaria" (Dutch), translated from the German "Wandern Kompakt: Gran Canaria" by Karin Pegoraro and Manfred Foger.This very complete booklet describes 35 walks, complete with clear starting points, distance, time, difficulty and interesting things to see along the way.The hikes...

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The western coast of Gran Canaria - a view-spot.
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