Renting a car in Gran Canaria is the best way to get out of the resorts and discover the island's many wonders. It is also surprisingly affordable due to the low fuel price. A litre of petrol here costs about a Euro!
Most car rental companies in Gran Canaria are honest and reliable. You have to check your car carefully before driving away and note down and scratches. Also make a note of the fuel level or you may get charged extra. All taxes should be included in the first price you are quoted.
The cheapest way to rent a car in Gran Canaria is to book well in advance on-line and then pick up your car at the airport or in your resort. Renting a car at Gran Canaria airport without a reservation can be very expensive and you may get a poor choice of cars.
Renting a car in Gran Canaria resorts can also be very reasonable. Large local companies such as Cicar and Orlando are reliable and compete on price and service with the big international firms such as Europcar and Avis. Smaller, one-man-band rent-a-car firms in Playa del Ingles, Puerto Rico and Maspalomas can offer great value deals but may not have he backup if you break down. Smaller hire car companies in Gran Canaria may charge extra if you leave your vehicle at the airport.
There are dozens of Gran Canaria car hire companies and several ways to hire a car. How and when you rent your vehicle will affect both the price you pay and the quality of car you receive.
Drive up into the mountains and you will find stunning forests, steep valleys and sleepy Canarian villages. There are jaw-dropping cliff roads over 1000m high, remote beaches and quiet fishing villages, all within easy reach. The capital city Las Palmas is a busy modern city with great shopping, local bars and restaurants and an unbelievable beach.
This is the Gran Canaria that hardly anyone sees except on postcards; a world completely removed from the shopping centres and crowded beaches of the tourist resorts. It is the Gran Canaria that I love and think everybody should see. I guarantee that if you experience the island's hidden secrets you will come back and rent a car in Gran Canaria again.