Mini guide to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Bus operator Global has a good network, although rural areas aren’t as well covered (from £2). Cicar is a local car rental operator (from £20 per day). Binter Canarias flies to other islands, such as Tenerife (from £25).
Gran Canaria airport is well connected to the UK. Ryanair flies from Bristol, Birmingham, Stansted and Liverpool (from £110) while easyJet flies from Gatwick (from £115). From the airport, buses run to Las Palmas (from £2.50).
When to go
Gran Canaria benefits from a warm climate year round – coastal resorts are busiest from May to September. For February’s Carnival, fancy-dress festivities take place in Las Palmas. September’s Fiesta de la Virgen del Pino is the island’s most important religious feast.