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Gran Canaria

Begin your holiday in Gran Canaria with car hire offered by Online-Car-Hire.

We offer online bookings with discounted car rental at Gran Canaria airport.

All of our car rental suppliers employ dedicated staff at the end of the telephone waiting to answer any extra queries that you may have before or after completing your rental car booking.

For your information the airport at Gran Canaria is approximately 18 km from the centre of Las Palmas.

Grand Canaria is truly a grand holiday destination! A volcanic Canary Island with so much to offer from incredible mountain scenery to mile upon mile of lovely sunny sandy beaches. With its capital, Las Palmas, a colourful cosmopolitan city and the delightful provincial towns and villages that pepper the landscape there is much more on offer here than many a holiday resort. With in excess of two million holidaymakers heading to the island every year, it comes as no surprise that Spainís fifth largest airport is here.

This is an island that is interesting for its variety of landscapes and climates to suit. UNESCO has declared Gran Canaria a protected biosphere reserve. While the west of the island has mountains and a rocky landscape, the east offers little more than lovely smooth sandy beaches. The north of the island has more rain than the south and is generally cooler. If you love the sun, then the south of the island is for you, not the north.

Gran Canaria is the third largest of all the volcanic Canary Island archipelago. It sits in between Tenerife and Fuerteventura off the coast of northern Africa surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish colonials in the fifteenth century, the island was inhabited by the Guanches. These original residents of Gran Canaria since five hundred BC but despite this were captured and enslaved.

Much of the island is under the watchful eye of the protection agencies. UNESCO has dedicated Gran Canaria a biosphere reserve for its array of climates and landscapes. Often described as a Ďminiature continentí, a third of the islandís south west is protected land including Tejeda, Artenara and parts of the Parque Rural de El Nublo. This is an island where the natural landscape competes with the islandís man-made efforts to attract its flourishing tourism market.

Having said that however, architecture on the island doesnít come any more magnificent than that of the Cathedral of Santa Ana. Similarly there are a lot stunning hotels around the city which showcase the wonderful craftsmanship of Canarian building. Popular sightseeing attractions on the island include the archaeological park known as the Painted Cave (known locally as La Cueva Pintada), the giant monolith Roque Nublo and the Banana Park. When visiting the island, donít pass on the opportunity to view the islandís volcanic crater, the Caldera de Bandama. The observation centre here makes possible some of the best views across the island and its surroundings.

Palmitos Park, situated close to the resorts in the south of the island makes for an enjoyable day out for the family. Expect to enjoy over a thousand exotic birds as well as crocodiles, monkeys and the largest butterfly park in the whole of Europe.

One of the big tourist attractions on Gran Canaria is that of Maspalomas. An interesting old town packed with restaurants, cafes, shops, lovely beaches and a nature reserve, the highlight towards the west is that of the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse. The dunes are pretty impressive too!

Visit Gran Canariaís answer to Venice, the popular little canal ridden village of Puerto de Mogan. If you would like more of this kind of experience, you will adore Las Palmas. Gran Canaria stands out from its neighbours in the wonderful Canary Islands in that while offering stunning beach resorts too it is also capable of impressing you with a big, colourful city break experience in its capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas is the biggest city in the Canaries, and one where Christopher Columbus was reported to have stopped when travelling to and from the New World. You will enjoy a visit to the house that he stayed in, that of the Casa Colon in Vegueta.

This being a very cosmopolitan city, there is a generous dose of culture all around you to visit not to mention wide range of restaurants and an excellent nightlife. Some of the more popular attractions on offer here include, the brilliant CAAM modern art museum, Columbus House, the Canarian Museum and not forgetting the annual international film festival and the very vibrant Las Palmas Carnival. All the excitement on Gran Canaria is not only restricted to the holiday resorts, venture further a-field and get ready for some surprises! The beaches here are stunning too, many love Las Alcaravaneras and Las Canteras. Ensure that you pack your swimming trunks as well as your city gear when preparing for your trip in the city. The busy and atmospheric harbour is a great place to people watch and for versatile restaurants and cafes.

If enjoying the island in June, you may find the Fiesta de San Juan is in full swing up at Las Palmas. Take the camera and dance your socks off!

Situated in the south of Gran Canaria is the delightful seaside haven of Playa del Inglis. This gay-friendly holiday resort, particularly popular with holidaymakers from Europe, boasts a shopping and business district, an endless supply of tavernas and a gay beach over at the Maspalomas Dunes

Gran Canaria Airport

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The airport is situated 18 kilometres from Las Palmas city centre and is on the east coast of Gran Canaria.

For visitors heading over to the popular holiday resorts, it is a 25 kilometre journey from the airport.

If travelling by car, the airport is easily accessible from all points on the island. If travelling from Las Palmas, you will need the GC-1 road which travels from the north to the south on the eastern side of Gran Canaria.

Buses are available from outside of the main terminal and travel to a wide variety of destinations throughout the island from Faro de Maspalomas to Las Palmas. Check the timetables in advance at the information desk.

A Taxi Rank is easily spotted outside of the terminal and fares range from 25 euros to Las Palmas to 37 euros to Maspalomas and 63 euors to Puerto de Mogan.

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