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Monday, 03 February 2020 10:12

New Fire near Teror - now controlled

[edit 10:35: the fire is now under control] A bus went up in flames this morning, between Los Castillos and El Llanete, near Teror / Firgas and started a fire that so far is still burning.
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Renting a car in Gran Canaria is the best way to explore the island and it doesn't need to be a stressful experience if you follow our tips for the perfect Gran Canaria car rental.

One of the most common questions we get asked at Gran Canaria Info is "what is the best way to rent a car in Gran Canaria?".

The answer is always the same: It depends what you are looking for...

The cheapest deal is always too good to be true

If you want the cheapest possible car, it is tempring to go online and choose the lowest price from a car rental website. Howver, be prepared for extra charges once you arrive at the airport. Things like extra insurance that is only obligatory once you go to collect your car, fuel surcharges, deposits blocked on your credit card, or claims for damage to the vehicle or unpaid fines after you get home. The cheapest deals in Gran Canaria are hardly ever as good as they sound, especially on comparison websites.In fact, we get so many complaints about cheap Gran Canaria car rental that ends up being expensive that our advice is to never take the cheapest online deal.

Book local with a reliable company

To avoid the extras that almost invevitably come with the cheapest online car rental offers, go to one of the reliable Gran Canara car rental companies and book a car direct. Autoreisen, Plus Cars and Cicar are the three that offer consistetly good value cars with no hidden extras from Gran Canaria airport. 

You may have to queue to get your car, or even wait for a bit as there is still a shortage of budget cars on Gran Canaria after Covid: The leasing companies sold their fleets and are now having trouble getting new cars to replace them. 

The big box hire companies are expensive in Gran Canaria

Car rental in Gran canaria is really good value but nobody seems to have told the big boys like Hertz and Avis. Their standard offer is often way more expensive than all the other options. If you have a business account, or come at a busy time and there is nothing else available, go for it. But first, contact our trusted car rental partner...

Use Mr Car Hire Gran Canaria for a good deal and peace of mind

There is no way any small local operator can match the cheapest prices on offer online or with the big local companies. However, local companies can compete by offering a quick pickup , fully comprehensive insurance as standard, ongoing support during your holiday, and even pickup and dropoff at you accommodation.

So, if you just want to arrive, grab your keys and go, rather than queueing at a car hire desk, get in touch with Mr Car Hire. If you want a car delivered to your hotel or apartment building, then picked up at the end of the holiday. Get in touch.

If you'd rather have complete peace of mind and instant communication with, ask for a quote.

Mr Car Hire offers the complete Gran Canaria hire car service with car-to-door delivery anywhere on the island, fully comprehensive insurance and 24/7/365 support. 

Best of all, he does it at great prices and offers top service, no queues, dirty cars or long waiting times

You won't get the cheapest possible price because they are almost always loaded with hidden extras.

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Alex Says: For a hassle-free Gran Canaria car rental and complete peace of mind, Mr Car Hire is Gran Canaria Info's recommendation.

Rent your car via Mr Car Hire and you'll get:

  • A wide choice of cars at reasonable prices with absolutely no hidden extras
  • Delivery to anywhere in Gran Canaria and car collection anywhere on the island
  • Comprehensive insurance and 24/7/365 support and breakdown cover
  • Personal service and a completely stress-free car rental experience

Contact him right here and Mr Car Hire be right back in touch.

Published in Day Trips

Gran Canaria is currently full of Painted Lady butterflies that are currently swarming all over the island and gathering in parks and gardens to feed on flower nectar.

Published in News

Cárdenas Real Estate, the most efficient and reliable estate agency in south Gran Canaria, is to open a new office in Maspalomas. This makes it the only estate agency with offices in all the important areas of Gran Canaria's south coast and resorts.

Published in Property, News

Alex and Lex from Gran Canaria Info know that a website about an island such as Gran Canaria is all about communication, not just one sided "informing". That's why we created Gran Canaria Info presence on the major social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. Please see if you find something you'd like to join or follow:

Published in Guide

Gran Canaria's recent wildfires have highlighted the importance of the island's forests. Here's why they are so important and what is being done to replant and maintain them.

Published in Alternative Tourism

The Gran Canaria fires has burned through the night and is expected to continue to spread today due to high temperatures and winds. The Tamadaba forest in the west is ablaze and possibly unsaveable.

Published in News

The Gran Canaria fire has burned out of control across the highlands all day and has now made its way into the vast and pristine Tamadaba pine forests of north west Gran Canaria.

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A new fire that started in the forest just above Valleseco in the northern Gran Canaria highlands has now burned over 1000 hectares of forest and countryside and is spreading.

Published in News
Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:20

Making Sense Of Gran Canaria Forest Fires

Gran Canaria forest fires are spectacular events but the island is well-prepared to deal with them and most are extinguished before they get out of control. Tourists and visitors are not at risk as Gran Canaria wildfires happen up in the mountains a long way from the resorts and the airport.

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Multiaquatic dolphin trip Gran CanariaGran Canaria is an exceptional place to go on a dolphin and whale watching boat as 27 of the world's 80 species of cetaceans have been recorded around the Canary Islands.

Common species include resident bottlenose dolphins (like Flipper) and short-finned pilot whales. Other species that visit Gran Canaria ever year are Risso's dolphins, common dolphins, spotted dolphins, spinner dophins, minke whales and the mysterious beaked whales. 

The resident bottlenose dolphins are almost always just iff the south coast and easy to find while other species come and go with the seasons and the tuna. What makes Gran Canaria such a great whale- and dolphin-spotting location is that you never know what you are going to see but you do know that there will be something out there. 

Alex Says: All dolphin and whale watching boats in Gran Canaria have to follow a strict Blue Boat code of conduct that guarantees the peace and safety of the animals. 

Dolphin watching trips in Gran Canaria

All the trips we work with offer transfers to and from your accommodation in all the main Gran canaria resorts. 

You are almost guaranteed to see dolphins on any given day but also watch out for whales, sea turtles and seabirds, and even flying fish.

Choosing the right Gran Canaria dolphin-watchin boat

Multiaquatic dolphin trip Gran CanariaThe budget option is the two-hour trip on the Supercat catamaran. If the dolphins are there, the Supercat will find them. However, many people prefer a smaller boat because the experience is more intimate (you are closer to the water and it is much quieter). We recommend the Exclusive Dolphin Search Charter and the Blue M Yacht Luxury Dolphin Charter. Bother offer a four hour experience that includes the dolphins and also time for a swimming and relaxing stop by the coast. 

To see more info about any of these options, and to chat to our local booking expert, just use this Whatsapp Form. Our Gran Canaria team has tested all the excursions and will be able to suggest the right trip for you.

Book your dolphin watching trip here

 Dolphin watching trips are a popular Gran Canaria excursion and places are limited by the size of the boat. Book your trip with Gran Canaria Info in advance and you'll have your spots reserved any day you want.

 

 

 
Monday, 12 August 2019 08:28

Gran Canaria Fire Now Extinguished

Tejeda has been evacuated after strong winds reactivated the Gran Canaria fire and pushed flames towards the town. The fire is currently out of control and spreading on several fronts.

Published in News

The Gran Canaria fire has now consumed an area the size of 1000 football fields after reactivating overnight. It is currently classified as "out-of-control" and has spread from the Artenara municipality into both Galdar and Tejeda. 

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Without exaggerating, there are a few questions we hear at least once a day. So we thought we’d write a Frequently Asked Questions so we can just point to this. Just click on your question and you’ll find our best reply.

If your question is not answered here, try our Gran Canaria Facebook group, there are thousands of people willing to help you out.

Published in Guide

Minivan tour Gran CanariaSpend a day exploring the bits of Gran Canaria that you can't reach on the bus with this quality Volkswagen Caravelle / Transporter tour. 

This comfy Panorama trip up into the Gran Canaria mountains takes you through the island's most spectacular scenery and to the little highland villages where life goes by at a much slower pace than down at the coast.

Explore the deep valleys and stunning forests of Gran Canaria and stop in the villages of Tejeda, Artenara, Tunte, or Ayacata. The trip heads up through the Fataga Valley, with plenty of stops to appreciate the views, and down through the Tilos de Moya along one of Gran Canaria's coolest little roads. At the end of the tour you'll hvae a really good idea of what Gran canaria is really like away from the resorts.

Each vehicle has an experienced and multi-lingual local guide to show you the best of the island. Lunch can be included , or you can pack a picnic or grab a quick bite at a local restaurant. 

To book this thoroughly enjoyable VIP tour, just contact our Gran Canaria booking team via Whatsapp. Our booking system couldn't be simpler and our local experts are always on hand to help you choose the right trip. 

Published in Excursions, Day Trips

With a maximum number of 67 passengers, a cruise on the Afrikat catamaran is a fun and relaxing day out on the Atlantic Ocean and the perfect way to see Gran Canaria from a brand new angle.

This tour is the perfect balance between fun and relaxation and the crew are always friendly and keen for everyone to have a great time. 

Afrikat 69 frontLeaving from Puerto Base, Puerto Rico, the Afrikat cruises along the stunning south west coast of Gran Canaria, past Anfi, Tauro and pretty Puerto de Mogán and often anchors at sheltered El Perchel Bay with its calm, clear water.

Here you can relax on deck, swim or snorkel (free equipment provided) or take a speedboat ride with the captain.  If you want to do something more exciting, you can parasail, jetski or ride a banana boat at heavily discounted prices. 

Then it's time for the buffet of Canarian potatoes, meatballs with sweet sauce, salads and bread rolls. Beer, sangria, soft drinks and water are included and the cocktails are reasonably priced and come with eco-friendy edible straws. 

As the sun starts to drop, you cruise back along the coast as Gran Canaria's coast lights up in the warm afternoon light.

Price includes return transport from the areas of Bahia Feliz, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Sonnenland, Arguineguín, Patalavaca, Mogán, Taurito & Playa del Cura.

Alex Says: The Afrikat  schedule changes throughout the year so ask our booking experts what trips are on during your holiday. It's a popular trip so book your spot in advance

 

 

 

If there's one thing you have to do in Gran Canaria, it's to get out on the water. The Afrikat morning cruise is one of the best options and a top excursion recommended by the Gran Canaria Info team. 

cocktails with edible starws AfrikatThe Afrikat catamaran was designed and built specifically for cruising the south coast of Gran Canaria. It has lots of deck space, plenty of shade, wide aisles and is very stable.

Add to this the excellent customer service, top reviews and free pickups, and you get one of Gran Canaria's best day trips.

The Afrikat Morning Cruise: The best Gran Canaria catamaran trip

The five hour Afrikat morning cruise runs from from 10.00 to 15.00 during Winter or 09.15 to 14.15 in Summer. It takes a maximum of 67 people and is suitable for wheelchair users. 

Afrikat 69 buffetThe Afrikat leaves from Puerto Base in Puerto Rico resort and takes you west along the Gran Canaria coast to a beautiful and secluded cove called El Perchel; the perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling (equipment provided) and watersports (up to 50% cheaper than if you book on land). You even get a free speedboat ride!

On the way to the bay you'll see the pretty beaches at Anfi and Amadores from the ocean and go past Puerto de Mogán and Taurito.

The price includes lunch: Traditional potatoes with “Mojo” sauce, meatballs with sweet sauce, a choice of two salads and bread rolls. Sangria, beer, soft drinks, juice and water are included, while cocktails are well-priced.

Afrikat 69 frontFree pickup from Bahia Feliz, Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Sonnenland, Arguineguin, Patalavaca, Mogan, Taurito & Playa del Cura.

As with all Afrikat boat trips, you'll need a towel, swimming costume, suncream, camera or fully-charged mobile phone, a sunhat and money or card for watersports or souvenirs.

 

The Villa de Firgas is one of the most popular towns in north Gran Canaria for people who really want to get away fro it all and visit authentic local spots. Gran Canaria Info fans love its peaceful atmosphere and famous street waterfall and mosaics. 

Published in Resorts & Places

COCÓ Food & Wines is a new place bringing quality food with international flavours to San Fernando. It's a little gem of a restaurant in a local area that punches way above its size when it comes to flavour and value for money. 

The Gran Canaria mountains are now a World Heritage Site due to the close cultural connection between the island's original Canarii inhabitants and the landscape. It's a tradition that chef Borja Marrero continues at Texeda with superb dishes made from local ingredients from the Tejeda area.

Published in Restaurants
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