Practical information about Gran Canaria

When to visit Gran Canaria? Thanks to the wonderful weather, the holiday season lasts all year round. The island is especially popular during the winter, when European tourists are running away from cold to enjoy the sun and beaches. Late autumn is probably least popular time among the tourists.

Not all the tourists come to Gran Canaria for sun and beaches. Some visitors come because of local events, especially during the carnival at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Do you need a visa for Gran Canaria? Citizens of all The European Union,Iceland,Norway and Switzerland do not require a visa to enter the Canary Islands. Tourists from many other non-EU countries also do not require a visa for visits not exceeding 90 days. To make sure, contact your Spanish Consulate/Embassy.

The passport needs to be valid for a minimum of 3 months (and 6 months for certain countries). EU citizens from countries within the Schengen Agreement can go with a valid ID card instead of a passport.

Playa de Amadores. Gran Canaria

Playa de Amadores. Gran Canaria

Customs regulations. Although Gran Canaria is part of Spain, however, for customs purposes the island is not considered to be part of The European Union and there are some limits. Without paying duty, You can bring in or take out 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, 2 litres of wine, 1 litre of spirits or liqueur over 22 percent volume, 60 ml of perfume, souvenirs worth up to 162 euros (£145).

Language in Gran Canaria. Spanish is the official language in Gran Canaria. The second most popular language is German, but most people speak also English. You can cope without any Spanish in all the tourist resorts. The information signs or restaurant menus are mainly multilingual. However, there might be some communication problems away from most popular tourist centres, where most people speak only Spanish, though younger people may speak or understand German or English.

Benefits for youth/students. Owners of International Student Identity Card (ISIC) or the Euro under-26 card can get discounts on tickets to museums, ferries and on many other tourist attractions.

It is possible to get both cards even in Gran Canaria. For under-26 card you will need a passport, while for ISIC the proof of being a full time student is needed.

Time zone in Gran Canaria. Like all the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is on GMT, the same time zone as United Kingdom or Ireland, and one hour behind the mainland Spain.

Opening hours. Most museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 8pm (from 2pm to 5pm closed for the siesta). In most cases they close for public holidays and fiestas.

Outside of the resorts, shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays. Many tourist attraction places work seven days a week, but might be closed for public holidays.

Drinking water. Tap water in Gran Canaria is suitable for drinking, but it is recommended to drink bottled water. It is also recommended to drink a lot of liquid to avoid dehydration. Tap water can be used for cooking.

Electricity. A typical European two-pin plug is used in Gran Canaria. The electricity supply is 220 V and 50 Hz.

Getting around Gran Canaria. You can travel through the island by bus. Some taxis offer special island trips. There is a big selection of car rental agencies in the island, many with the offices at the airport.

Accommodation in Gran Canaria. There are a wide range of accommodation options on Gran Canaria from hotels and resorts to private villas and vacation rentals. Read this review on Gran Canaria resorts.

Things to do in Gran Canaria. A lot of things to do from water activities to hiking. Read SingleTripadvisor review on the best things to do in Gran Canaria.

Public holidays in Gran Canaria:

1 January – New Year’s Day

6 January – Epiphany

March/April – Maundy Thursday

March/April – Good Friday

March/April – Easter

1 May – Labour Day

30 May -Canary Islands Day

15 August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary

8 September – Day of the Communities

12 October – Day of Hispanity (National Day)

1 November – All Saints’ Day

6 December – Constitution Day

8 December – Immaculate Conception

25 December – Christmas

26 December – Boxing Day

Other Interesting Articles on Gran Canaria Holidays

Nightlife in Gran Canaria – Lessdollartravel.com
What to see in Las Palmas – Traveldestinationguide.net
Hiking in Gran Canaria – Theadventuretravel.net
Best beaches in Gran Canaria – Familyvacationshq.com
Windsurfing in Gran Canaria – Beachtraveller.net

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