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The town council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has commenced stabilisation and beautification work on the slope that supports the Costa Canaria promenade in the El Veril area, above Playa del Cochino, near Playa del Inglés.
The new aquarium “Poema del Mar” (Poem of the Sea) being built in the port area of ​​Las Palmas is being positioned to stand as one of the most modern and spectacular aquariums in the world

Holiday Advices
when visiting Gran Canaria


The best advice for anyone coming to the island is to travel light.
Between late November and April you’ll probably need a sweater and light trousers for evenings, and possibly the odd rare cloudy day and of course your swimwear. But any other time of year you only really need the bare essentials such as shorts and T shirts as its so hot.

It does rain occasionally but you won’t need waterproofs unless you’re camping.

Dress is very casual here so don’t worry too much. If you see someone wearing a tie then it usually means they are a sales rep.

Topless bathing is permitted at all pools and beaches.
Nudity is pretty common at beaches out of town.
You’re on holiday – chill out!

Tap Water

The water from the tap is generally de-salinated sea water and has a very high mineral content and strange taste.

It is perfectly safe to clean your fruits or vegetables with tap water, and rinsing your teeth will be fine too. However, it is highly recommended not to drink straight from the tap. You’re better off buying bottled water from any supermarket nearby. Bottled water comes in small bottles up to large 8 liter bottles.

The ice cubes for your drinks in bars and restaurants are 100% safe as these are made from drinking water and produced by large ‘ice-cube’ companies on the island.

Electrical Supply

Electrical Supply

The voltage on Gran Canaria(and the rest of Spain) is 220V AC, 50Hz – so most 240V appliances will work fine. The plugs are mainly of the two pin (circular pins) variety.

UK adapter plugs can be purchased from most supermarkets and hardware stores but we recommend you be prepared and buy one at your airport.

Opening hours:

Many Governmental offices will open only in the mornings. Apart from the major tourist resorts, shops are closed on Sundays.
Museums have very varied opening times and churches are totally unpredictable.

There are no fixed shop opening times in the Canary Islands but most of the shops are generally open Monday to Saturday between 09.00am and 13.00pm. They open again after a long ‘Siesta’ (break) from 16.00pm or a little later for another 3 or 4 hours (although most stay closed in the afternoon/evening on Saturdays).
The big supermarkets and department stores will generally do a 10.00am to 21.00pm, 6 days a week.

Apart from the major tourist resorts, shops are closed on Sundays.
Theme parks and gardens are generally open seven days a week, but even these close for public holidays.


The main accommodation on Gran Canaria is either Hotels or Self Catering Apartments.


Taxis are easy to come by.

Taxis themselves are new and in excellent condition.

The drivers are very good and pretty knowledgeable but don’t expect them to know the name of every villa.

If your spanish is limited, have your destination address clearly written down or consult our maps section and print out the exact location.

Car & Motorbike Hire

Car Rent

Anyone who is over the age of 21 and has had a driving license for more than three years can rent a car on Gran Canaria – in most resorts on Gran Canaria have car rental companies.

All you need to present is a driving license and passport (although these rules are not strictly adhered to).

Motorbike Hire

Now you can conquer the island on 2-wheels with guaranteed good weather and discover the vastness of this island on an off-road motorbike. Most companies carry all the neccesary insurances such as Responsibilidad Civil and of course all the neccesary insurances.

To operate motorbikes all users MUST hold a full motorbike licence.

Post Office

Electrical Supply

Just about every town and village has a post office – Correos & Telegrafos. The stamps “sellos” (pronounced “sayyos”) can be bought from hotel receptions, shops and post offices.

Opening hours for the Post Office (Correos) are from Monday to Saturday, 8.30 – 14.00. Closed all day Sunday.


If you’re planning to bring your mobile phone to the Canary Islands contact your local mobile phone retailer.

You can use your mobiles here but you’ll be phoning or receiving via the UK so it’ll cost you more.

If you plan to stay a while or use your phone a lot you may be better to purchase a ‘Pay as you go’ Sim card locally. Some phones may have to be altered to accept the Spanish networks available in the Canary Islands. For example, there are T-Mobile Samsung phones that can be used with a global SIM card for international use.


There are plenty of internet Cafés and bars that offer free wi-fi.
Many complexes also cater for internet users.

The fastest ‘quoted’ internet speed on the island is 10mb per second.

Cigarettes & Alcohol

Most brands of both are available and much, much cheaper than the UK or even duty free. We recommend you do not buy from the plane or duty free but buy from the local supermarkets.

The official language is Spanish (Castilian).

Language phrases:
Beer = Cerveza
Closed = Cerrado
Danger = Peligro
Do you speak English? = Hablas inglés?
Doctor = Médico
Eight = Ocho
Eighty = Ochenta
Entrance = Entrada
Exit = Salida
Fifty = Cincuenta
Five = Cinco
Forty = Cuarenta
Four = Cuatro
Friday = Viernes
Goodbye = Adios
Hello = Hola
Hotel = Hotel
How are you? = Qué tal? / Cómo estás?
How much does it cost? = Cuantó es? / Cuánto cuesta?
I’m very well = Estoy muy bien
I don’t understand = No entiendo
I feel ill = Me siento mal
Menu = Carta / Menú
Monday = Lunes
My name is …= Me llamo …
Nine = Nueve
Ninety = Noventa
No = No
One = Un / uno / una
One Hundred = Cien
One Thousand = Mil
Open = Abierto
Please = Por favor
Restaurant = Restaurante
Saturday = Sábado
Seven = Siete
Seventy = Setenta
Six = Seis
Sixty = Sesenta
Sunday = Domingo
Ten = Diez
Thank you = Gracias
Thirty = Treinta
Three = Tres
Thursday = Jueves
Today = Hoy
Toilets = Servicios
Tomorrow = Mañana
Tuesday = Martes
Twenty = Veinte
Two = Dos
Wednesday = Miércoles
Where is …? = Dónde está …?
Wine = Vino
Yes = Sí

Gran Canaria Important Telephone Numbers

Emergency Numbers
Emergency Services: 112
Guardia Civil: 062
Hospital: 928 450 000
Health Centres
Agaete: 928 88 62 32
Agüimes: 928 78 98 41
Arinaga: 928 78 98 45
Alcaravaneras: 928 49 49 22
Playa Mogán: 928 565 976
Arguineguín: 928 152 717
Arucas: 928 624 971
Maspalomas: 928 721 169
Red Cross
Las Palmas: 928 22 22 22
Telde : 928 68 22 22
San Agustin: 928 66 10 49
San Mateo: 928 66 10 49
Arucas: 928 62 22 22
Santa Maria de Guia: 928 88 22 22
Galdar: 928 55 20 04
San Nicolas de Tolentino: 928 89 22 22
Mogan: 928 56 92 22
Tourist Offices
Playa del Inglés (Yumbo): 928 771 550
Playa del Inglés (Paseo Marítimo): 928 768 409
Maspalomas: 928 769 585
Puerto Rico: 928 158 804
Gran Canaria Airport: 928 574 117
Las Palmas: 928 446 824
La Aldea de San Nicolás: 928 890 378
Artenara: 928 666 102
Tejeda: 928 666 189
Puerto de Las Nieves (Agaete): 928 554 382
Gáldar: 928 895 855
Santa María de Guía: 928 883 681
Moya: 928 612 348
Valleseco: 928 618 740
Firgas: 928 616 747
Teror: 928 613 808
Vega de San Mateo: 928 661 350
Arucas: 928 623 136
Santa Brígida: 928 641 059
Telde: 928 013 331
Ingenio: 928 783 799
Agüimes: 928 124 183
Santa Lucía de Tirajana: 928 125 260
British: 928 262508
Belgian: 928 230701
German: 928 262731
Danish: 922 275757
Dutch: 928 233049
Finish: 928 227903
French: 928 233994
Irish: 928 297728
Italian: 928 244786
Norwegian: 928 495036
Swedish: 928 275056
Swiss: 928 290070
Las Palmas: 928 462 222
Agüimes: 928 182 425
Arucas: 928 623 344
Firgas: 928 625 105
Ingenio: 928 782 884
Mogan: 928 152 740
Moya: 928 620 083
Maspalomas: 928 766 767
Santa Brigida: 928 640 176
Telde: 928 703 800
Teror: 928 630 289
Valsequillo: 928 705 121
International Operator: 025
The Local Operator: 1003
Gran Canaria Airport: 928 579 130
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