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Located off the western coast of Africa, the Spanish Canary Islands are a truly unique archipelago – a place blessed with gorgeous hot weather and an intoxicating cultural atmosphere that blends European and African influences. Take a driving holiday to Gran Canaria and you can explore fascinating attractions in the capital city of Las Palmas, visit the mountain-top villages, and view some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. To explore your car hire options, browse pick-up points using the Expedia search tool.

Hiring a Car at Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)

The easiest way to reach the island is to fly into Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), located 15 miles south of the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Once at the airport, you’ll find several car rental agencies to choose from, including ACE and Hertz. From here you can follow the coastal GC-1 road north to Las Palmas. The town of Telde is even closer, only six miles north, while the popular beach resort of Maspalomas can be reached in just 20 minutes. Many airlines operate out of Gran Canaria Airport, offering year-round scheduled flights to a number of destinations in Europe and Africa.

Renting a Car in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or Maspalomas

If you are arriving on Gran Canaria by ferry into Las Palmas, you will find it easiest to hire a care in the city. There are plenty of car hire agencies in Las Palmas, with the majority located close to the harbour. You will also be able to hire a rental vehicle in Maspalomas, which is located on the island’s southern coast and can be reached from the airport or Las Palmas by public bus. You’ll find several car hire offices in the centre of Maspalomas, making it another excellent place to start a driving tour of the island.

Popular Driving Routes on Gran Canaria

You can drive the circumference of Gran Canaria in less than four hours. However, for travel into the centre of the island, you’ll want to use the arterial roads stemming from the major cities – the GC-60 offers a particularly scenic route from Maspalomas north to the hilltop village of Tejeda. Gran Canaria’s most dramatic driving route follows the GC-200 from Puerto Mogan up through the western parts of the island to Agaete on the northwestern coast. Be warned, this spectacular cliff-top route is full of hairpin turns and vertigo-inducing drops, so it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Exploring Gran Canaria’s Natural Areas

One of the best things about Gran Canaria is that it is home to large areas of wilderness. In the south of the island, you’ll find Pilancones Natural Park, and to the west large swathes of hilly woodland. Popular natural attractions include the volcanic Roque Nublo, the Guayadeque ravine, and Pico de Las Nieves, the island’s highest peak. All of these stunning natural attractions can be accessed by a combination of car and hiking trails. Driving also makes beach days incredibly easy – for the best sunbathing, head to Melenara, El Confital, and Guayedra.

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