Canary Islands Tourist Traps

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Canary Islands Tourist Traps

  • Young people, very friendly...

    Young people, very friendly and helpful, that try to sell you a 'time share' property. Say NO and certainly DON'T go with them. You will have lost at least half a day listening to their sly sales techniques.

  • Vendors and salesmen!

    As there are plenty of foreign tourists spending holidays on Canary Islands, all sorts of vendors and salesmen try to sell you flowers, jewellery, souvenirs and stuff, most of them fake. They stop you on the streets and may even start to make a wrist band round your arm so that you can't stop them. And when it's ready, they charge you huge amounts,...

  • Teguise Market

    It is held on a Sunday. If you decide to go, use the local bus service. It is excellent and is a fraction of the cost of the organised tours.Looking round the market at what was supposed to be handmade products from Lanzarote, made me realise that they were identical to some handmade Cypriot products!!!! Listen to the local folk music and watch...

  • MUNDO ABORIGINJust north of...

    MUNDO ABORIGINJust north of Maspalomas there is this open air museum of the ancient people of the island.Verry expensive for what you get here,and the free drink that they promise is nothing more then a glass of cold water.NO THANKS.

  • SHOPS...SHOPS...SHOPS in...

    SHOPS...SHOPS...SHOPS in TENERIFE.Do not forget to avoid those people playing a very dangerous game for you. It is played with 3 cards (if you see 3 local people surrounding a man with the cards, they belong to the same band) and you must choose one. First you may get some money but afterwards you may loose everything and have problems with the...

  • Day Trips!!!The day trips...

    Day Trips!!!The day trips organised by the Tour companies were not very good and over priced. The worst was the boat trip to Feurteventura which was unbearable. Almost everyone on the boat (approx 80) got sick and then the town we were left in was awful with nothing to do for 5 miserable hours

  • When out at night in any of...

    When out at night in any of the resorts ignore the Bar & Restaurant touts and do what YOU want. Otherwise you just waste your money and time wandering between these places. You will hear about all the good places by word of mouth.

  • You have the choice between a...

    You have the choice between a typical 'sun & swim' holiday and a cultural, natural Canarian experience. If you prefer the first one, there are many resorts which are tourist paradises: Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife's North Coast is very beloved by North Europeans, in Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, the weather is sunnier and nightlife is...

  • Blue Delfin - Habour - Old...

    Blue Delfin - Habour - Old Town - Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. The Modern Catamaran Blue Delfin (built in 1996), offers a comfortable and enjoyable excursion for the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura for 250 people, air conditioned with an original design of 32 under water windows where it is possible to enjoy observing the...

  • Cesar II - Harbour - Old Town...

    Cesar II - Harbour - Old Town - Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. Discover Lanzarote and Fuerteventura on the Cesar II boat : cruises includes jetski, banana boat, breakfast/lunch.

  • Olita Treks - C.C. las Maretas...

    Olita Treks - C.C. las Maretas - Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. Olita Treks offers the possibility to discover the island in small groups always accompanied by a guide : beautiful walks through Lanzarote or Fuerteventura.

  • Tommy's Bikes - Apts Galeon...

    Tommy's Bikes - Apts Galeon Playa - C/ de la Galeta, 16 - Costa Teguise, Lazarote. Tommy's BIKES S.L. is the best known BIKE-station on Lanzarote. Since 1992 we work most successfully on the sections of Tours/Excursions, BIKE-renting and advising our guests during their holidays. We rent high quality CENTURION mountain bikes, city bikes and...

  • Catlanza - Habour, local 1 -...

    Catlanza - Habour, local 1 - Puerto Calero - Macher, Lanzarote. Catamaran Sailing Excursions on Lanzarote - Islas Canarias : day charters, discover beaches of Papagayo, free jet-ski rides or snorkelling equipment provided.

  • Lanzarote a Caballo -...

    Lanzarote a Caballo - Carretera Arrecife - Yaiza , km 7 - Lanzarote. Enjoy the most exotic scenery of Lanzarote on the back of a horse - organized rides! While the children have fun in our Fort Apache you deserve some peace in our Restaurant La Caravana and a delicous selection of juicy meet from our barbecue..

  • Megafun - C.C. Costa Mar,...

    Megafun - C.C. Costa Mar, local 29 - playa de los pocillos - Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. see map Ready for an adventure away from mass tourism? Discover Lanzarotes lonesome beaches and breath-taking volcanic landscapes on our exclusif Quad tour.

  • While on holiday for 2 weeks,...

    While on holiday for 2 weeks, we were stopped on numerous occassions by time share reps. Even though you get to pick a lucky card, you are sure to win a holiday, but unless your willing to part with lots of money to buy into a time share, don't bother going to collect it. Its not going to be what you expect and you will first be put through a...

  • there is some men having three...

    there is some men having three plastic things on a table and you have to find out where is the white side under the three black things. You bid and then you get twice of the money back, But BE CAREFUL since they have people who are party with them and try to make loose all your money. Never try this game!!! it is also against the spanish law...

  • no real tourist traps on...

    no real tourist traps on Fuerter except be careful when buying electrical equipment like camcorders or cd players check them thoroughly before you buy anything

  • Santa Gruz de Tenerife was so...

    Santa Gruz de Tenerife was so dissapoining. Dirty, big, boring. I am so tired on that pic, We were walking for hours to see something nice. I prefer small cute places on Tenerife.

  • The only reason we went to the...

    The only reason we went to the English bars was to watch the England football matches during world cup 2002.don't bother otherwise.the beer and spirits are twice the price of other bars.they were frendly but everybody on the island was.the Spanish bars were great.i could'nt understand one single word anybody said but i always managed to order my...

  • Ask the price in advance if...

    Ask the price in advance if you are in taxi or make sure that the meter is turned on. For the same distance there was 100% differencein the price! But everytime when the meter was on I though it was more than a good deal.

  • There are lots and lots of...

    There are lots and lots of shops in the southern towns of Gran Canaria selling electrical goods, especially in the big shopping centres of Playa del Inglesis at 'bargain prices'. The ploy is to offer you something at a ridiculous low price and lure you into the shop. They then 'rubbish' the item and try to offer you something more expensive, but...

  • Watch out, there are many...

    Watch out, there are many timeshare (and similar type things) promoters around who can easily pressure you into spending your money. Just listening to them can take up a day of your holiday. And of course, beware of those big, prickly cactus plants!

  • Puerto Mogan. An authentic...

    Puerto Mogan. An authentic fishing village! I don't think so - overpriced shops and restaraunts - pretty though!! and can be a pleasant boat ride there, be selective!

  • Never buy flowers from the...

    Never buy flowers from the locals. They usually sell coronations.What they will do is watch where you get your money from then rob you.It has happened to a friend of mine while on holiday with me.If you are getting flowers only buy roses from the Japanese,chinese or the philipino's. They are the only acceptable ones.

  • be careful on taking cheap...

    be careful on taking cheap tours as you might end up spending less time at a location due to a divertion to a presentation of health beds as we were. we will know next time not to take the cheapest route

  • Watch out for cheap tours we...

    Watch out for cheap tours we ended up watching a presentation about Medical bed and only getting minimum time at the Zoo where we wanted to visit. before being rushed home again. better taking the pricier route and going direct.

  • look out for the people on the...

    look out for the people on the street giving you scratch cards and such these are known as timeshare touts and will try to get you to pay a fortune for an appartment that is only yours for 1 week in the year but costs you £1000 + for a year for the rest of your life.Also the Canarians selling the carinations they find out where your money is and...

  • Timeshare touts seem to...

    Timeshare touts seem to operate maily in town square, and along beach front walk between Los Christianos and Playa De Las Americas.A firm 'No' if not interested and they left you alone.Not as bad as I thought it might be

  • Time share touts are real...

    Time share touts are real pests in Tenerife and the quickest was to get rid of them is to tell them you are a resident, even if you look like a tourist. Never fall for the chat they give you about just an hour of your time for a free meal, show, boat trip or whatever. They will take you off on a coach to see properties and give you the hard sell...

  • There are hundreds of clubbing...

    There are hundreds of clubbing touts, trying to get you to go into their club/bar - I would recommend you make your own mind up where you want to go, as it will probably be cheaper and not watered down!

  • (Tenerife) - There are loads...

    (Tenerife) - There are loads of Africans on the streets trying to sell fake watches and other rubbish at night. They often shout at you in your language (they seem to know the basics of a few languages) usually something like 'Hey mate' or 'Hey Delboy' for us. You are really best to ignore them and they leave you alone. Shaking their hand or...

  • There are countless Street...

    There are countless Street traders (native Africans) in the Canaries. They try to sell you imitation brand-names, such as Oakey sunglasses, Tag Heurer watches, Calvin Klein clothes etc. They draw you in by appearing friendly, but attempt to scam you by charging you a fortune.Be careful !

  • Watch out for the pick...

    Watch out for the pick pockets. THey got me pertending to me a tout for a strip club so be on guard. Luckily they didn't get much money.Also beware of the stret vendors, selling low quality junk such as watches and sunglasses. They are very persistant. Your best bet is probably to completely ignore them as you'll find it difficult to get away from...

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