Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria
4th September 2020 Safer Travel

Gran Canaria


Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands. It offers a diverse trip, covering sandy beaches and mountain hills. There is so much to do. The Island offers plenty of adventurous activities, from water sports, to mountain climbing, there is always something new to explore.


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Details


Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: 112
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Country Code: ES
  • Travel Visa: None required
  • Population: 865,756

Risk Level


Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 25%
Pickpickets 10%
Mugging 10%
Common Crimes 15%

Travellers Tips


Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.

Emergencies


For the Emergency services just dial 112 from any phone.

Travelling Around


Gran Canaria offers a complete bus service around the Island and neighbouring towns. Car services are also viable, available to hire from the airport and at the ferry terminal

Gran Canaria Safety

  • What are some safety tips I should know?

    Crime rates in Gran Canaria are very low, the only point to make here are to take the same precautions as you would at home. For example don’t go out without closing all doors and windows first if you’re staying in an apartment and keep all belongings well secured on your person.

  • What are the common crimes?

    Crime rates in Gran Canaria are very low, the only point to make here are to take the same precautions as you would at home. For example don’t go out without closing all doors and windows first if you’re staying in an apartment and keep all belongings well secured on your person.

  • Are there any areas to avoid?

    On the whole there is no-where negative to point out on a holiday away here. The only main thing to be aware of is the sheer noise that can take place in some destinations as millions of tourists flock to these islands each year.

  • How do I keep up with the local news?

Improve Your Personal Safety

Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.

Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.

Response – the right reaction can change a situation.

Local Traditions


Every culture has its customs and traditions, they have been handed down the generations and are always held in high regards by the local residents.

Annual Ceremonies

Fiesta de San Telmo
Every year in June, located in Puerto de la Cruz, this festival of street entertainment and celebrations takes place in honour of San Telmo, the patron saint of fishermen. Refreshments and festivities a plenty, you be mad to miss it.

Festival of Saint John
Kicking off at the end of June, this festival marks the beginning of summer. Puerto de la Cruz again hosts another festival, this one being characterised by parties and bonfires as well as a ritual of bathing of the goats. If you’re a party goer this is the perfect festival for you.

Annual Events


Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Gran Canaria Events

Maspalomas Pride
Europe’s biggest Gay Pride is organised annually in Gran Canaria. For a week in May, there are multiple events that are in celebration of LGBTQ+ Communities. From boat rides, live shows, artists and parties, there is so much to explore. More than 100,000 visitors celebrate this event.

Dia de Canarias
Each year, the Canary Islands celebrate their national holiday. Festival events take place all over towns, a truly authentic way to experience Spanish culture.

Gran Canaria Highlights

  • What is there to see?

    Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
    Located in Gálda, this museum and archaeological park is somewhere of high interest and historical content. If you’re interested in the more informative side of tourism then this attraction will be a benefit to you. Once inside you’re presented with a series of films to give you an idea about what’s gone on in the area and can take the option of a self or guided tour and discover the history of the Canary Islands. Of course don’t forget to appreciate the ancient architecture on your entrance, an all-round family day out.

    Puerto Rico Diving
    No matter what your experience of diving, this place offers an opportunity for all. This five star diving centre, located in the South of the island in Puerto Rico, even offers free pick-ups from main areas of the island meaning missing out is not an option. Whilst here the friendly instructors guide you into the deep blue warm waters along the coastline and teach you a variety of dives depending on your confidence level. With the equipment on and the world at your oyster you can let loose and go where the waters take you, a life changing experience.

    Roque Nublo
    Situated in Tejeda in the centre of the island, Roque Nublo is particularly spectacular on a clear day, if not all year round. Another picturesque walking area, much like that of Palmitos Park, here you can spend quality time with loved ones whilst taking a slow hike in order to reach the summit. The main pulling power behind this attraction is in the scenery, there’s no place you’d rather be when looking down at the island below. So much to see and well worth the effort.

  • What are the highlights?

    Barranco de Guayadeque
    A scenic wildlife park which was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in 2013 is one to see. The ravine is home to nearly two thousand plant species along with boasting cave houses and cave Church to visit. If you’re lucky some of the locals will even invite you in. There is plenty of opportunity for food, drink and refreshments along the way, all in all a lovely trip out.

    Mondragon’s Dream
    Located in Puerto de Mogan and with yet to find a bad review, this attraction seems to have it all. Somewhere to meet and socialise with new people, this boat trip is like no other. Food and drink is included in with the price along with a ride on the sailing boat, it takes twelve guests on a four hour trip around the coast, allowing for an optional swim in between. What sounds better than a relaxing boat trip across the sea, you really do make this attraction your own experience once on board.

    La Vegueta
    This historical site situated in Gran Canaria’s capital provides plenty of architecture to gaze upon whilst strolling around the island. La Vegueta is a hotspot for tourists in its ability to offer a selection of bars and restaurants to suit all price ranges, from modern to traditional as well as being a shopping hub. There are beautiful historic buildings and a large amount of museums which highlight the importance of tradition in Gran Canaria, such a calming area to have the pleasure to walk around.

  • What are the main attractions?

    Palmitos Park
    If diving isn’t your thing and you’re more of a nature lover, these botanical gardens will satisfy your needs. The park is located on the south of the island, close to the beaches of Maspalomas, and set in mountainous surroundings. This is definitely somewhere to take your camera out, at any point the views are stunning but particularly when you reach the top and can see for miles around. A multitude of refreshments are available and a small seated terrace, if you’re tired out after all the walking or simply want to appreciate the views for a second. There’s also the opportunity to watch one of several birds shows as well as the large amount of plants and other animals that are common in the area. After all that, once you make your way to the exit there is a souvenir shop to provide you with something to remind of your visit to add the memories.

    Playa de Las Canteras
    Winner of Travellers’ Choice award 2014 under the beaches category, there is no excuse not to visit. Close to the border of Spain and sometimes known as ‘the jewel in the crown’, this long stretch of sand can be seen for miles along the bay. As well as somewhere to relax and walk along the sand at the water’s edge, it is fast becoming known as one of the areas urban beaches. Somewhere to get away from the main hustle and bustle of the capital city, choose your sport and get going to add to the numerous different sports that will already be taking place, surfing a particular favourite. There’s something here for everyone.

    Roque Nublo
    Situated in Tejeda in the centre of the island, Roque Nublo is particularly spectacular on a clear day, if not all year round. Another picturesque walking area, much like that of Palmitos Park, here you can spend quality time with loved ones whilst taking a slow hike in order to reach the summit. The main pulling power behind this attraction is in the scenery, there’s no place you’d rather be when looking down at the island below. So much to see and well worth the effort.