Gran canaria – guide

Orientation

Due to its rather regular shape, Gran Canaria is sometimes called a round island (round island). The highest peak rises in the center – Pico de las Nieves - rising in height 1949 m n.p.m. All the ravines that cross the island also begin here, which descend towards the sea. You can actually say, that Gran Canaria has the shape of a cone, were it not for the flat terrain on the southeast coast. The island is, in a way, divided into two areas – less populated north-west and south-east, where most of the local population lives, additionally supported by tourists.

Arrival

Plane

Gando airport, ok. 16 km south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (928579130, www.aena.es), serves hundreds of charter flights every day from all corners of Europe. In addition, you can fly to Gran Canaria by regular and low-cost airlines from Madrid, Berlin or London. Birrter Canarias and Islas Airways connect you to Lanzarote (BC ok. 10 daily flights), Fuerteventurę (BC ok. 11 daily flights, HE 2 flights per day), Tenerife (BC ok. 15 daily flights, IA ok. 3 flights per day), La Palma (BC ok. 3 daily flights), La Gomerę (BC ok. 2 flights per day) oraz El Hierro (BC 2 flights per day). Na lotnisku działa biuro informacji turystycznej (9285741 17; codz. 8.00-21.00).
Persons, które przyjeżdżają na wycieczkę wykupioną w biurze podróży, nie muszą się martwić dojazdem z lotniska do hotelu -przejazd gwarantuje organizator wycieczki. Pozostali mają do wyboru autobusy do Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (#60; ok. 30 min; 2 €) oraz do Maspalomas (#5 i 66; ok. 1 at; 3 €).

Prom

Promy na pozostałe wyspy archipelagu odpływają z portów w Agaete oraz Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Naviera Armas (902456500, www.navieraarmas.com). Promy pływają na trasie Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-Santa Cruz de Tenerife (nd.-pt. 3 calls a day, sb. 1 połączenie; adults from 50 € return, 12-26 years 30 €, do 12 years 23 €, do 3 lat bezpt.; ok. 3 at), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-Morro Jable (1 connection a day; adults from 80 C both ways, 12-26 years 70 €, do 12 years 40 C, do 3 years free; ok. 3 at), The Gran Canarian palms- Puerto del Rosario (wt,-sb. 1 daily; adults from 90 C both ways, 12-26 years 70 C, do 12 years 45 €, do 3 years free; ok. 8 at).

Fred Olsen (902535090, www.fredolsen.es). The company serves connections on the Agaete-Santa Cruz de Tenerife route (pn.-pt. 6 calls a day, sb. i nd. 4 calls a day; adults from 86 € return, 12-26 years 65 C, do 12 years 45 €, do 3 years free).

Communication

Bus

The only means of transport in Gran Canaria is by bus, but you have to admit, that the network of connections is very logical and allows you to navigate around the island without too much difficulty. Routes and timetables can be checked on the carrier's website, Global companies (902381110, www.globalsu.net), or ask for a schedule at the tourist information office. Traveling by bus, it is worth investing in a card called Bono-bus (available at stations and newsagents; ok. 12 €), with which the rides are about 20% cheaper. The card should be inserted into the validator at the entrance to the bus and told to the driver, where are you going, so that he could deduct the appropriate amount from it.

Bus lines: The line #1; Las Palmas-Puerto de Mogan (pn.-pt. 40 calls a day, sb. i nd. 30 calls a day); the line #12; Las Palmas-Telde (codz. 30 connections); line # 21: Las Palmas-Aguimes (pn.-pt. 13 connections); line #30 i 50; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-Maspalomas (pn.-pt. 50 calls a day, sb. i nd. 30 calls a day); the line #32; English beach — Puerto de Mogan (codz. 22 connections); the line #36: Maspalomas-Telde (codz. 15 connections); the line #60: Palmas forest-airport (codz. 35 connections); line # 66: Maspalomas-airport (codz. 15 connections); The line #101 Galdar-Aldea de San Nicolas (pn.-sb. 4 calls a day; nd. 2 calls a day); The line #103 Las Palmas-Puerto de las Nieves (codz. 25 connections); line #105 i 100: Las Palmas Galdar (codz. 40 connections); the line #205: Las Palmas-Arucas (pn.-pt. 36 connections, sb. i nd. 16 connections); the line #216; Las Palmas-Teror (codz. 16 connections).

Car

Gran Canaria is best explored by rental car. There is no need to explain the advantages of using your own means of transport, however, it is worth remembering, that rent a vehicle in Gran Canaria, just like on the other islands, it is relatively cheap and easy, because rentals, szczególnie w południowych kurortach, they work practically on every corner. It is worth booking a car online before leaving - then you can take advantage of the discounts. Gran Canaria is not big - there is actually no such point on the island, which could not be reached in an hour and a half. Planning car trips, however, it must be taken into account, that most routes, especially those leading inland, it's hundreds of turns.

Car rentals

Cicar (www.cicar.com). Airport offices, w Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Ingles i Agaete Beach.

Faycan (902107707, www.faycan.es). Airport offices, w Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Inglśs Beach i Puerto Rico.

Notice (902180854, www.avis.es). Airport offices, w Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Playa de Ingles i Puerto Rico.

Autosmoreno (901300320, fax 928771264, www.autosmoreno.es). Airport offices, w Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Inglas Beach, Maspalomas i Puerto Rico.