Where to Stay in Gran Canaria
We are constantly being asked about options for travel to and accommodation in Gran Canaria, with many people looking for hotels, flats, apartments, studios, or houses and villas for rent. This page is a summary of our experience and knowledge.
The South of Gran Canaria
If you or your partner wants a complete package, to sit by a pool, go clubbing at night, or mix with other like-minded tourists, then this is the place for you. You can choose the level of accomodation, the type of resort and local amenities from over a hundred options.
Divers wanting to dive in El Cabron or the north should select a package in Bahia Feliz, San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Meloneras, or Sonnenland, as this will give a relatively short transfer of 15-25 minutes to our dive centre.
Las Palmas and the North of Gran Canaria
Las Palmas is an authentic Spanish City with the longest urban beach in the world, a museum to Christopher Columbus, a football team back in the premier division of La Liga, and one of the biggest Carnival parades in Europe every year. As a city it is a great place to stay and you can get to all the main points of the Island via the motorways very quickly.
Stay in one of the major hotels, or in the area close to Playa de Las Canteras, or Vegueta (old town) in the south. We can normally arrange a pick-up from Las Palmas, but if not there is a very easy single bus transfer to Arinaga where we meet you at the local bus stop. If you are coming by boat you can stay in Muelle deportivo and if you come to Las Palmas on a cruise then we also do a single day pick-up service.
Independent Travel to Gran Canaria
When you arrive you will need to organise your own transfer, with car hire and taxi being favorite options. All taxis are metered and it costs about €25 to get a taxi from the airport to Arinaga.
If you or the family want to undertake other adventure activities in Gran Canaria such as hiking, running, cycling, windsurfing, or surfing then there are plenty of great walks, rides and trails for all levels from the not so fit to the super fit. This is where the Tour de France teams practice in winter, and where the 'Trans' race is an extreme fitness challenge.
Staying in Arinaga
Arinaga is a strange town on a holiday island .. it has only one small hotel with six rooms! It used to be 'off' the main tourist routes, as there was almost no accommodation available for short term hire. For many years it was the favourite 'local beach' for many of the residents of Gran Canaria, who would come down to Arinaga for the day. However over the last few years a lot of 'short-term' accommodation has become available via AirBnB and Booking.com and this has been eagerly used by many 'sunbirds' from Nordic countries and Germany over the winter. Despite this small influx, Arinaga remains firmly and solidly a Spanish town, speaking predominately Spanish in the shops and bars, with locals out walking and greeting each other along the aveneida all day long.
It is principally a dormitory town with a typical relaxed Canarian atmosphere. At present all the short-term accommodation we are aware of are all self-catering, and we have been using the following for several years:
- Nautilus Apartments
- Beach House on Calle Mero
- Sea-front apartment in Arinaga
- 'Colors' Sea-front apartments in Arinaga
For those wanting more of a hotel than an apartment, in nearby Vecindario the Hotel Avenida de Canarias is very reasonably
priced, but not in a tourist area, while for more refinement the nearest 4* hotel is the
Hotel Aeropuerto de Vecindario. This is a four star business hotel, and in some places
describes itself as being in 'Las Palmas'.
If you want a different character again, in the old town of Aguimes the Rural Hotel "Villa de Agüimes" is full of charm and authentic Canarian character, and is set in the beautifully restored heart of the town. The Aguimes Tourist office also has some holiday apartments to let in the town, but divers need to be cautious .. Aguimes is 300m above sea level so an extended surface interval of at least one hour is required after the last dive of the day before ascending to your hotel. Look at TURISMO RURAL DE AGüIMES for more details.
The lowest cost option is of course to camp, and in 2011 the council inaugurated a fully provisioned camping site just up the coast at Vargas, with protected pitches, showers and barbecues. This is very popular with the surfing community, and they also offer a package which includes tent and bedding for just €12.50 per night. We also collect divers from the campsite.
Because there is such a wide range of different accommodation available, there are two ways we recommend for finding somewhere to stay in Gran Canaria. If you book a package with a major Tour Operator, such as Thomas Cook or Airtours, then you can be assured that the property has been tested, inspected, and that the price includes airport transfers. While if you want to be more independent, and put together a more personal package, then we recommend Viajes Islas Canarias Tours who are one of the local specialists and can recommend a wide range of different options. You can e-mail then your enquiry or call them on (00 34) 928 76 03 86
Finally, if you want a self catering option back in the popular tourist areas (and remember that we offer a free collection service from the resorts of the South) then there are several other pages and websites which may help you:
- Carpe Diem - Luxury apartments in Maspalomas
- Gran Canaria - our personal guide
- Gran Canaria Info
- Canary Islands Breaks No.1 for Canary Islands villas, apartments and self-catering holidays
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