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    Car hire in Gran Canaria with Auto Europe

    Auto Europe is a leading car hire provider in over 160 countries worldwide. Founded in 1954, Auto Europe has over 60 years of experience in the auto rental industry. Through our partnership with the best international and local suppliers that Spain has to offer, we are able to bring you quality car rental at incredibly low prices. For your convenience, we have locations at airports as well as spread throughout Gran Canaria. With pick ups and drop offs being easier than ever before, you are sure to enjoy your experience when booking a car hire in Gran Canaria with Auto Europe.

    Gran Canaria is second most popular island to visit on the Canary Islands. It is a great destination to visit if you are look for a sun holiday as it has many famous beaches that cover over half of the island. Not only does it have breathtaking beaches, Gran Canaria also has many historic buildings such as Las Palmas cathedral. So why not take a look at our offers and enjoy a great sunny holiday in Las Palmas and other vibrant cities. Read what others had to say about their recent Auto Europe vehicle rental experience on the island by visiting our Gran Canaria car hire reviews page.

    Things to know when driving your car rental

    Here are some common tips on driving in Spain and the Canary Islands, for more infomration for you car rental in Gran Canaria, click here.

    • You will find that when merging into oncoming traffic, other drivers may not let you move over, and instead you will need to stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear before you can then enter the roadway. Some may consider this to be rude, but it is just the way of driving here.
    • Pedestrians have the right of way in Gran Canaria. If you approach a pedestrian crossing, then you should slow down and turn on your left indicator, which will signal your intention to stop to the pedestrian and to the cars behind you.
    • Parking can sometimes be difficult. Be careful when you do find a free parking space; if the curb is painted yellow, then you cannot park there. Gran Canaria has established a nice parking system that is easy to follow: white lines indicate that parking is free, while blue lines indicate that you must pay a parking fee. Tickets can be purchased at a nearby ticket machine.

    Must Do

    There are many places to see and things to do in Gran Canaria. Whether you want a sun holiday or a holiday filled with activities, Gran Canaria is the perfect place. Here are some of the more popular places to visit with your car hire in Gran Canaria:

    • Las Canteras Beach: This is a site of natural beauty which is why it is known as one of Europes most popular beaches. It is a long golden stretch of over 2 kilometers. There is good weather all year around with warm water, so a visit to Las Canteras beach is a must. Along the promenade there are facilities by the beach with many restaurants and shops.
    • Palmitos Park: This is a park located in the south of the Canary Island. It includes a botanic garden, aviary and zoo. It is said to be an educational experience and gives you a great insight into many different types of animals such as Dolphins, reptiles and mammals. There is also many exhibitions throughout the day that you can visit if there is particular animals you may want to see.
    • Casa de Colon: This is an old governers house that was once visited by Columbus. Today, it is a popular museum, library and study centre. It is also one of the most symbolic buildings in Gran Canaria. There is five sections of the museum, these sections consist of information about Columbus, the Canary islands, America and paintings from the 16th to the 20th century.
    • Maspalomas Lighthouse: An active 19th century lighthouse based in Gran Canaria. This is a unique landmark at the end of the Maspalomas beach. A popular tourist place to visit surrounded by lovely restaurants.
    • Museo Elder de la Ceincia y la tecnologia: This is a revamped dockside warehouse that has been transformed into a 21st century museum. It consists of a lot of the technology and inventions that have been created and are used in today's world.

    Geographic Information

    Gran Canaria is the second most populous of the Canary Islands in the Spanish archipelago. Its capital, Las Palmas, is also the largest city amongst the islands. The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the north-western coast of Africa and about 93 miles from Europe. Gran Canaria lies south-east of Tenerife. The roadways in Gran Canaria are well maintained, but drivers should be aware that the roads are often very curvy and narrow, so extra precaution should be taken while driving.

    Gran Canaria Airport

    Gran Canaria Airport is the only commercial airport on the island. The airport is located in the eastern part of Gran Canaria, 12 miles south of the centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is one of the busiest airports in the whole of Spain. Sometimes it is referred to as Las Palmas Airport, and it was formerly known as Gando Airport. The airport has only one terminal and is split between three zones. Zone A is for European Union Flights, Zone B is for International flights outside the European Union, and Zone C is for flights to the other Canary Islands, such as Lanzarote.

    Official Name: Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)
    Address: Carretera General del Sur, s/n, 35230 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
    Telephone: +34 928 579130

    Public Transport

    There are no railway stations in Gran Canaria but there are three main ways of transport around the island. These include a public bus company called Global that offers connectivity throughout the island. Along with the company Global, there are also local buses. Hiring a car can be a convenient and affordable solution. There are also taxi services throughout the island. All official taxis on the island will have a taximeter. These charges are already approved by the Canary Island Government.

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