How to get a cheap car hire in Gran Canaria
Let’s start with the most important part of your car hire: the cost of a car rental in Gran Canaria.
I’ll make you happy right away, because hiring a car is really cheap on this island!
There are a few places where you can rent a car for less than €60 per week (€53.66 at the time of writing, as you can see on the screenshot below). You might not find these prices right away if you book directly with car rental companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Sixt or similar. But if you book at comparative websites such as RentCars you’re almost guaranteed to get such low rates.
Personally, I prefer RentCars because I almost always find the best rates on these websites. Do keep in mind that you still have to add €5 to €11 per day if you also want to purchase car insurance.
Why should I choose for car hire in Gran Canaria?
If you have booked an all-in holiday and just want to stay at the pool of your hotel, you obviously shouldn’t rent a car in Gran Canaria. If this is really your plan, I would advice to at least make one or two day excursions because otherwise you would miss out on so much of this beautiful island!
Furthermore, you should definitely know that a cheap car hire in Gran Canaria is very easy to book. It’s already possible to have an economy model for one week during the summer holidays for less than 65 euros!
If you keep in mind that it costs ten euros for a bus ticket to get around the island, then the choise is easily made. Excursions and tours cost a lot too… So all of this together might convince you eventually.
Speaking of buses, in Gran Canaria, a bus is called a ‘guagua’ (pronounced wa-wa). These allow you to reach the most important sights, but the frequency varies enormously. Between the major cities there are several guagua’s a day, but for other routes there are only a few of these buses per day.
When you plan a vacation, you want to be carefree in the first place and do everything at your own pace. If you choose to rent a car in Gran Canaria you have exactly this freedom. Moreover, you’ll always reach your destination faster by car than with a bus.
Which car to hire on Gran Canaria?
The roads that connect the main sights of the island are in excellent condition. So an economy model will certainly do, and on top of that you’ll also save a lot of money. Some roads up in the mountains are of a lesser quality. If you mainly spend your time here, it may be wiser to invest in a 4×4. Always check with your car rental company what their policy is regarding to off-road driving.
What places are easier to reach with a rental car in Gran Canaria?
The short answer to this question is… All! It also depends on where you are located. A few examples:
No less than 4.5 million years ago, “The Rock in the Clouds”, as the translation goes, was formed by a volcanic eruption. This giant stands 67 meters tall and the top lies 1,813 meters above sea level. After the nearby Pico de las Nieves, the Roque Nublo is the highest point on the island. It’s also protected by UNESCO as a natural monument.
From the Maspalomas bus station you can take a direct bus, but if you want to travel from the capital, Las Palmas, you have to change buses twice.
As you can see, a rental car in Gran Canaria will always be the easiest and fastest option.
With that idea in mind, you can also easily reach the following sights with your rental car in Gran Canaria:
If you were able to book a cheap car hire on Gran Canaria, you should definitely cruise through this fifteen kilometer long valley in the southeast of the island. The landscape is phenomenal and you’ll also find a lot of natural caves inside the lava mountains. In some of them you can even stay or eat!
Maspalomas is the second longest beach on the island, but it’s especially famous for the beautiful dunes that you may already have seen in a travel guide or on Instagram. Remember that this is a fragile ecosystem and that you should visit it with care. Besides three different walking routes, you can also ride a camel. It may be less spectacular than doing so in the Sahara desert, but it’s still a magical experience for both young and old!
The most beautiful secluded beaches
Together with Playa del Inglés, Maspalamos is one of the most famous beaches of the island. In total there are more than 80 playas on Gran Canaria, most of which are unfortunately already crowded. Fortunately, there are a number of lesser known beaches, where you can relax without the hordes of tourists:
- Playa de Veneguera
In the east of the island you’ll find this beach, where you can hardly find any other visitors.
- Playa de Guayedra
To reach playa de Guayedra you drive to Agaete and from there it takes about fifteen minutes of walking. On clear days you can even see Tenerife from here! Just pay attention if you want to swim, because the waves here are very powerful and there is no one to rescue you.
- Playa del Juncal
This beach is one of the best kept secrets of the island. To reach this jewel you have to make your way through an area of tomato plantations and have a 4×4, since the road is quite bumpy and rough. Once you have reached this beautiful beach, you’ll see that it’s definitely worth all of this effort.
Don’t be fooled by the name, because this is perhaps the most beautiful village in Gran Canaria. It’s also a famous place of pilgrimage because the Blessed Virgin Mary should have appeared here on a pine tree once upon a time.
The village center is particularly charming and the old houses are characterized by their wooden balconies.
You can also get to Teror by bus from Las Palmas, but then you have to change at least once. As you can see, making use of a cheap car hire on Gran Canaria will make you feel at ease much more.
Caldera de Bandama
Finally there is the crater of Bandama. The area was formed no less than five thousand million years ago, together with the volcano Pico de Bandama. The crater is 216 meters deep, 574 meters high and 1,000 meters wide. The trek through the area is barely 3 km, but with an average slope of 18% you shouldn’t underestimate this trek!
Gran Canaria traffic rules
Gran Canaria is Spanish territory in spite of its location just in front of Africa. As a result, they drives as most of Europe does: they speed on the right side of the road.
While driving, you should also always wear your seat belt.
On motorways you can drive up to 120 km/h, within the built-up area this is reduced to 50 km/h. On rural roads the speed limit is 90 km/h.
The only motorways are the GC1 from Las Palmas to Arguineguín and the GC2 from Las Palmas to Agaete.
The maximum amount of alcohol allowed in your blood is 0.05%. Fines for drunk driving start at 500 euros. For drivers up to and including 21, there is a zero tolerance, which means that they can not drink anything at all.
When the police suspect that you are under the influence of drugs, they can also make you do a drug test.
What you also need to know is that the local population doesn’t seem to know the difference between the highways and the winding mountain routes. They drive a lot faster than the tourists and will try to overtake when they see their chance. Don’t let them rush you and keep driving calmly.
Parking rules Gran Canaria
Parking on Gran Canaria is done according to a color system:
- white lines are an indicator that you can park for free
- blue lines indicate that you have to pay in a nearby parking meter, you can only stand there for a maximum of two hours
- green lines are parking spaces where tourists can park for up to an hour
- yellow lines mean you can’t park at that location
In the capital, Las Palmas, it can be difficult to find a parking spot, so save yourself some time and just park in a parking garage.
Cheap car hire in Gran Canaria online
As you could read in the beginning of this article, it’s possible to rent a car in Gran Canaria for a bargain price. The longer in advance you do so, the cheaper it usually gets. Of course, you already know by now that it’s better to book your rental car online and not at the airport. In my experience, RentCars offers the cheapest price almost every time.
If you want cheap car hire in Gran Canaria, you must be at least 21 years old. Young drivers (-25) often have to pay extra, so that might change the total price after all. An international driving license is not required for drivers coming from the European Union, but if you live outside the EU you must have one or car rental agencies might not want to give you a vehicle.
Gran Canaria is located on the same latitude as the Sahara, making it a destination with great weather throughout the year. Together with Sicily and Iceland, it’s one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.
If you opt for cheap car hire in Gran Canaria, I can pretty much guarantee that your holidays will be better. Isn’t it fun to have complete freedom while on holidays?
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