The most popular car rental agents in Gran Canaria are:
- Dollar (Tel: +34 928 22 81 65)
- Avis (Tel: +34 928 09 23 30)
- Hertz (Tel: +34 928 46 37 38)
- Budget (Tel: +34 928 09 23 10)
- Enterprise (Tel: +34 928 27 72 13)
Other pickup locations for car hire in Gran Canaria:
- Dollar: Calle Pdte. Alvear, 55, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas
- Avis: Urb El Sebadal, Calle Sucre, 15, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas
- Hertz: Calle Dr. Juan Domínguez Pérez, 11, 1º Derecha, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas
- Budget: Muelle De Santa Catalina, Área II A Muelle Cruceros, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas
- Enterprise: Calle Veintinueve de Abril, 47, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas
Most popular rental car models in Gran Canaria:
- Mini: Kia Picanto (Sixt, 8.3/10)
- Economy: Hyundai i20 (Budget, 8.3/10)
- Compact: Hyundai i30 (Hertz, 7.8/10)
- Estate: Skoda Fabia Estate (TopCar, 7.9/10)
- SUV: Renault Captur (Avis, 7.8/10)
- 7 Seater Minivan: Seal Alhambra (Enterprise, 8.2/10)
- Convertible: Audi A3 Convertible (TopCar, 7.9/10)
- 9 Seater Minivan: Renault Traffic (Budget, 7.8/10)
Tips for hiring a car in Gran Canaria:
- Check the fuel policy meets your needs, a full to full fuel policy will likely result in lower overall costs when renting a car in Gran Canaria.
- Check customer reviews for the rental agent, the cheapest car rental companies in Gran Canaria may not have the highest customer rating.
- Check the price of optional extras such as additional driver or child seats as they vary from agent to agent.
- Bring your own child car seat if you can to save on average £50 per week per seat.
Is it worth hiring car in Gran Canaria?
For those wanting to explore beyond their all inclusive resort, hiring a car in Gran Canaria is a great option. Public transport is possible, however getting to more remote parts of the island far from straight forward. Organised excursions or taxi cabs are an alternative, however the relative cost compared to a rental car in Gran Canaria suggest renting a car is worth it.
How old do you have to be to hire a car in Gran Canaria?
The minimum age to rent a car in Gran Canaria is determined by the rental agent and ages range from 21-23. However all rental agents will charge under 25's a young driver surchrage which can be as much as 22 EUR per day. Check the terms and conditions for each rental agent to ensure you are old enough to hire a car in Gran Canaria before booking.
Gran Canaria Mini Guide
Located south of Spain
and east of Morocco, Gran Canaria forms part of the Canary Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean which was originally visited by Christopher Columbus in 1492 on his way back from the Americas.
Around 60 of the 236 kilometres of Gran Canaria coastline is made up of white sandy beaches, and with little rain and temperatures rarely ever dropping below 22C, it is the perfect spot for holidaymakers looking for sunshine and a pleasant climate. We have a large fleet of vehicles available at Gran Canaria Airport. This is very convenient for people who want low cost transport as soon as they arrive. Advance book car hire Gran Canaria airport for the cheapest deals. Most of the island's population of around 820,000 (far outnumbered by the 2.2 million tourists who visit every year) live in the capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, while the tourists are generally drawn to the south of the island and the resorts such as Bahia Feliz, Amadores, Melonera, Playa Tourito, Puerto Morgan and Puerto Rico.
Visitors are well catered for throughout the island which has shopping malls and resorts and there is even a popular destination for Europe's gay tourists - the Playa de Ingles resort which has many rainbow bars. Gran Canaria has been described as a 'Miniature Continent' because of its incredible biodiversity and UNESCO protects the island as a Biosphere Reserve. The island's east coast is taken up with beautiful beaches while the western coast is more mountainous. Gran Canaria is also dotted with caves, including underwater ones which are a big draw for scuba divers to explore the natural wealth of the archipelago, nowhere better than at the marine reserve at Playa de El Cabrón near to the town of Arinaga.
On land nature lovers can find many birds and butterflies within the jungles and ravines. For the less adventurous, there are 1,500 exotic birds of 230 different species in Palmitos Park botanical gardens, including a colourful parrot by the name of 'Crazy Delores'.
Not far from this subtropical paradise are the Maspalomas dunes which help to make up the diverse landscape with its surrounding deep blue lagoon and attractive lighthouse overseeing the beach. Along with the Doramas' Jungle, the Nublo rural park and the Azuaje ravine, the Maspalomas are among 32 protected sites of great natural beauty on Gran Canaria. Among the many other attractions are Cocodrilos Park, the huge Roque Nublo stone and the Cueva Pintada, the Canary Islands' most important archeological park.
Access to the island is easy, with flights arriving at the international airport of Gran Canaria-Gando, and most Spanish airlines fly to the island as it is considered part of Spain. Then, those who rent a car can use a series of highways throughout the island which include the superhighways GC1 and GC2, dual carriageways and a number of routes into the mountains. There is also a comprehensive bus network to provide public transport and the vehicles are modern and air-conditioned. Travelling by bus is a particularly good way to meet the locals who are often helpful and friendly.
Gran Canaria is primarily a beach holiday destination and the miles of golden sands around Maspalomas are a sun worshippers dream with wall to wall hot sunshine but with a cooling breeze. The sea conditions are perfect for surfing too with the island being known as the ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic’.
Even if you don’t surf, sitting on the beach watching the experts is a great way to spend an afternoon. For the golfers, Gran Canaria is home to Spain’s oldest golf course and if you haven’t brought your clubs, they can be hired there very reasonably.