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Pozo Izquierdo is Gran Canaria's windiest town and its beach is unofficially reserved for windsurfers and kitesurfers. However, there is a smaller, sheltered beach in town with black sand.

The east coast of Gran Canaria is a world-class windsurfing area but on the right day, there are quality sailing spots all over the island. Here's our guide to all the best spots for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

Published in Wind Surfing

Home to the annual Wind & Waves festival and a stage of the World Windsurfing Tour, Pozo Izquierdo (known as Pozo) is Gran Canaria's windiest town and the centre of its world-class windsurfing and kitesurfing scene.

Published in Resorts & Places

02.05.2018: May begins with sunshine although there could be afternoon showers in south Gran Canaria. 

Arguineguín, south Gran Canaria's only authentic coastal town, is well served by local buses going between the two big resort centres at Maspalomas/Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico.

Published in Arguineguín

Want to win a free meal for two at a top Gran Canaria restaurant just by taking a selfie? You can, thanks to Gran Canaria Info's selfie contest.

If you want a memorable Instagram photo, head to the Barranco de Barafonso in east Gran Canaria. Just do it quick before everybody visits the closest thing to Antelope Canyon in the Canary Islands. 

Published in Day Trips

This weekend will be sunny in south Gran Canaria with day temperatures in the high 20s.

The weather over the Easter week in Gran Canaria will be a mixture of everything, although south Gran Canaria will be sunny most of the time.

Gran Canaria is back to its standard sunny March weather although it is still humid as the wind is still coming from the south and southwest.

Spain and most of Europe are about to go Baltic due to a vast blob of freezing Polar air and this will push rain and cool air south towards Gran Canaria. It will affect the north and the highlands much more than the south and the resorts. 

If you're in Gran Canaria on holiday we wish we could tell you that the weather is going to go back to perpetual blue skies and sunshine. But we can't!

A cold snap heading towards the eastern Canary Islands from the north is expected to bring rain and thunderstorm to Gran Canaria and snow to the very top of the island.

South and central Gran Canaria is on yellow alert for wind and waves from 15.00 today Friday, January 26 until at least midday on Sunday. The alert for wind and waves is also active for north Gran Canaria on Saturday.

 

East winds bring high temperatures and maybe a spot of calima dust to Gran Canaria this week. 

Rumours that Güi Güi beach is on sale in China are true, but the whole exercise is probably just an attempt to get the Gran Canaria authorities to buy it.

 

Published in News

This short Gran Canaria hike takes you through a quiet local village, up a beautiful green valley and ends up at Charco Azul; a deep pool with a waterfall that is perfect for swimming: 

Published in Day Trips

A low pressure system just to the east of the Canary Islands will cause strong winds for the next two days but heavy rain is unlikely.

13.01.2018: There's a cut-off blob of cold air heading south towards the Canary Islands and it could produce serious rain in Gran Canaria and the eastern islands through the middle of next week.

After a cool weekend with showers all over Gran Canaria and some welcome heavy rain up in the highlands, the weather in Gran Canaria will return to normal throughout the week. 

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  • How To Choose A Legal Gran Canaria Airport Transfer
    How To Choose A Legal Gran Canaria Airport Transfer

    Gran Canaria's hotels have to be licensed and offer a quality level of service as well as having insurance and complying with fire regulations. The same goes for the boats that take people out to watch dolphins, the companies offering jeep safaris, and even the holiday let apartments. 

    However, not everybody in Gran Canaria follows the rules. For example, there is a significant industry running illegal and uninsured transfers between Gran Canaria airport and the island's resorts. These cars, driven by locals and foreign-residents, are just private vehicles and the drivers are unregulated and uninsured. They don't pay tax and there is no way to hold them responsible if something goes wrong. 

     At Gran Canaria Info we believe that all people and all companies offering services to tourists should legal and above board.

    So, how do you know that your airport transfer service is legal and registered with the Gran Canaria authorities?

     Using legal Gran Canaria airport transfers

    It is quite easy to know if your airport transfer service is operating in a legal way because all registered transfers have the following...

     A blue license plate: Taxis and other public service vehicles in Gran Canaria all have blue plates.

    A VTC sticker in the window: This stands for Vehículo de Transporte con Conductor, the official designation for licensed transfer drivers ans chauffeurs.

    An SP sticker on the car: This indicates that the car offer a Servicio Publico or public service and is therefore allowed to pick up and transfer members of the public. 

    Parked in the transport zone: Official airport transfer vehicles don't park in the public car park of the airport. Instead they have their own parking zone right by the arrivals gates at the airport (next to the taxis and package tour buses). Your transfer driver therefore should not have to pay a parking fee before leaving the aiport. 

    How to spot an unlicensed transfer service

    Unlicensed drivers get away with offerring their service because they claim that they are just members of the public picking up a friend. They are allowed to stand at arrivals with a sign (just like any member of the public can).

    However, they also have to park their car in the public car park and will walk you there with your luggage, stopping to pay the parking fee at the meter. A licensed transfer driver does not need to do this because they have their own parking zone right by arrivals.

    Some unlicensed drivers don't even wait at the arrival gate because the official drivers recognise them and get annoyed. Instead they have to stand further away (often by the Spar supermarket or the car rental desks). 

    When an unlicensed driver drops you at the airport they will not want to be paid in a public area because this proves that they are charging rather than "transporting a friend" for free. 

    An unlicensed car will not have a blue license plate, or a SP or VTC sticker, and will often look like a private car (because it is a private car). 

    What's the problem with unlicensed airport transfers?

    Some people use unlicensed cars because they are the cheapest option and don't realise that they are unlicensed. 

    There are several problems with unlicensed services. The most obvious is that they are uninsured so if something goes wrong or there is an accident, you are not protected. The price that unlicensed drivers offer is only low because they cut corners (hopefully not literally). You have no way of even knowing if your unlicensed driver has a Spanish driving license, insurance and a good driving record. Licensed drivers are vetted regularly and must be fully insured and licensed to work.

    Another problem is that unlicensed transfers undermine the legitimate transfer drivers and businesses in Gran Canaria. Local drivers make a living from transfers and offer a legal, regulated service with minimum standards. Every time an unlicensed service undercuts them, it is effectively stealing from local people and the island economy.

    We believe that everybody in Gran Canaria deserves better!

    Gran Canaria Airport Transfer Services

    To find out more about the Gran Canaria airport transfer, see our Gran Canaria airport transfer article which explains the three different models; man/woman from pub with car, online transfer websites, and local transfer services.

    Or you can book a legitimate Gran Canaria airport transfer at a great price right here. Our service uses local drivers and supprts the island economy because all the money you spend stays in Gran Canaria.

    Alex Says: Using our service also helps the Gran Canaria Info team to keep providing quality local information here and in our Facebook Group

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