Car hire on Gran Canaria
On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car on Gran Canaria, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in Spain, please read our general tips on car hire in Spain via the link below.
Car hire at Gran Canaria Airport
The international airport of Gran Canaria is called Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria (airport code: LPA) and is the largest of all the airports in the Canary Islands. It is located on the western part of the island, about 12 miles from the city of Las Palmas. Car hire is available at the airport from all major car rental firms. The firms will also have offices at other locations in the island, such as in Las Palmas city.
There are only two motorways on Gran Canaria, and many of the smaller roads can be narrow and winding, so make sure to stay alert when driving.
Also be careful not to say yes to extra insurance that is already included in the rental agreement.
Where to go on Gran Canaria
Besides beautiful beaches, Gran Canaria also has other nice places that are very easy to get to by car. Below we’ll mention our favourite spots.
Puerto de las Nieves
Puerto de las Nievas is on the northern part of Gran Canaria. This is a picturesque fishing village with cosy restaurants, shops and art galleries. The location of the village gives you stunning views. Puerto de las Nievas is, in short, a perfect day trip.
The popular resort Puerto Rico, located on the southern coast of Gran Canaria, is known for its great, child-friendly beaches and its water park Atlandida. There are also things to do for the adventurous type – both windsurfing and jet-skiing!
About 8 miles south of Las Palmas is Santa Brígida, which is the starting point for La Ruta del Vino, a route that takes you to various vineyards and lets you see different parts of the wine production. The route starts from the wine presses at Bandama, and is perfect for a scenic drive.