How to Get from Gran Canaria Airport to Las Palmas
DESTINATION AIRPORT: Las Palmas (LPA)
When looking for flights to come to the surf camp in Gran Canaria, the closest airport is Las Palmas (LPA). Gran Canaria International Airport (LPA) is approximately 25Km from Las Palmas city center.
We can include airport transfers in your surf camp pack! Price is 30 Euros each way (price for up to 6 people).
Rent-a-car at Gran Canaria:
Car rentals in the Canary Islands are usually cheap and you can find very affordable deals on the internet or at the airport.
Taxi from Gran Canaria Airport to Las Palmas:
A direct taxi ride from the airport to Las Palmas surf camp will cost you a minimum of 40 EUR. Surcharges apply for night or Sunday rides, bulky goods transportation, etc..
Bus from Las Palmas Airport to Las Canteras:
At the airport look for the Global buses, line 60 or 91.
The bus trip between the airport and Las Palmas takes about 30 minutes and tickets cost around 2 Euros/person.
The main bus stations in Las Palmas are “San Telmo” in the Old Town and “Santa Catalina” (also known as “Intercambiador de Guagas”) which is only about 1 km away from where we are located in Las Canteras beach:
Line 60 takes you to both stations - “San Telmo” and “Intercambiador de Guaguas” – and buses run from 06h00 to 20h15.
From “San Telmo” best if you take a taxi, which will cost you around 5 EUR.
Line 91 only takes you to bus station “San Telmo” and buses run from 06h30m to 20h35m.
From “Santa Catalina/ Intercambiador de Guaguas” bus station, you either take a taxi or walk by the beach promenade to our surf shop which next to the “Auditorio Alfredo Kraus” (20-25 minute walk).
Las Palmas is the perfect place to Surf and Party...
Surfing Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Our surfcamp and surf school is situated at Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas the capital of Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean right by the coast of Africa. Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the Spanish Canary Islands' archipelago but accounts for almost half the population and is neighbour to two other Canarian Islands - Tenerife and Fuerteventura.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean about 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 1350 km (838 miles) from Continental Europe, Gran Canaria lives up to its cliché as a continent in miniature, with a dramatic variation of terrain, ranging from the green and leafy north to the mountainous interior and desert south.
The flip side to these unspoiled peaks and valleys is a rugged coastline interspersed with white and black sandy beaches and holiday resorts.
With fantastic all year round sunshine and perfect surfing, Las Palmas has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday in the Canary Islands!
Our surf school and surf camp in Gran Canaria are located at las Canteras Beach in the north coast of the island, at the capital city of Las Palmas. Las Palmas is a city 25km from Gran Canaria International Airport with all full modern amenities, major restaurants, activities and of course, a cheerful nightlife!
Climate in Canarias
Gran Canaria is called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, with long beaches and dunes of white sand, contrasting with green ravines and picturesque villages. A warm climate constantly cooled by Atlantic breezes benefits surf greatly in the morning and late afternoon when the offshore conditions generate world class surf for all level.
Gran Canaria is noted for its rich variety of micro climates. Generally speaking the average daytime high ranges from 20 °C (68 °F) in winter, to 26 °C (79 °F) in summer.
Some cool nights occur in Winter near the coast, but never below 10 °C (50 °F).
Inland the climate is still mild but mountainous areas see the occasional frost or snow.
Annual rainfall averages 228 mm (9.0 in), most of this falling in the cooler months, with July, August and September normally rain less.
What to do in Gran Canaria
The variety in landscapes makes Gran Canaria a great place for adrenalin lovers! Hiking, mountain biking, horse trekking and a wide variety of waters ports are just some of the activities you can try while on holiday in Gran Canaria. The historic cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas is worth visiting if you are also into culture. Las Palmas was the first stop of Christopher Columbus' expedition on his way back from the Americas, a commemoration of which is the Hermitage of San Antonio Abad, where the navigator prayed, and the Casa de Colón. Other attractions in the capital city include the Museo Canario (the most important archaeology museum in the archipelago), the Cathedral and the Plaza del Espíritu Santo.
Natural Parks & Protected areas
Nearly half of the island territory — 667 km² (42.7% of island) — is under protection from the Red Canaria de Espacios Naturales Protegidos (Canary Islands Network for Protected Natural Areas). Of the 146 protected sites under control of network in the Canary Islands archipelago, Gran Canaria possesses 33 natural protected spaces, such as the Rural Park of Nublo, The Doramas Jungle, the Azuaje Ravine, Tamadaba, Pino Santo, etc.
Night Life in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Nightlife in Gran Canaria is lively, noisy and fun! It starts late and goes on all night with most bars opening until 02.00 am and clubs until 06.00 am. Very little happens before midnight.
Places to check out include Stones (Irish theme Pub), Cuasquidas for live music and La Floridita, a Cuban theme nightclub. The main areas for going out are: Vegueta and Triana (in the old town), quite trendy at the moment with lots of bars for drinks and clubs (salsa music mainly) for later on. This area has a nice atmosphere.
Franch y Roca is the main commercial nightlife street. It is close to Santa Catalina and is home to Wilsons (Salsa Club), Ghost (Karaoke), Treinta Y Tantos (live music up to midnight at weekends), and many other bars and clubs. Around the corner from Santa Catalina on Luis Morote Street is the Palacio Latino; salsa and beauty contests!
Sheehans is an Irish pub that plays British music just of Franch y Roca.
El Muelle shopping centre is home to La Marquesina (one of the biggest clubs in Las Palmas) as well as lots of clubs and bars.
Close by, between Santa Catalina and Franch y Roca, there are a group of late night club/bars that only get going from about 3am, including Pacha, Camel Bar and Coyote Lounge.
Most places in Gran Canaria have no dress code. Shorts & flip flops are standard (and way of life ,o)
During the summer, the local "fiestas" happen almost daily in every village of the island... and, you can always organize our own beach party! The city is generally safe but avoid dark streets late at night, especially in the port area (Puerto).
Please don't drink and drive, taxis are cheap in the city.
Best Beaches in Gran Canaria
The surf spot La Cicer is located on the beach section Playa de las Canteras where the sand slowly gets darker and darker, until it turns completely black at the cliffs directly next to the famous concert house "Auditorio Alfredo Kraus" in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Surfers on La Cicer are quite an international mix with all the Erasmus surfers from all over Europe and the many beginners which come here. The atmosphere in the water is generally casual and relaxed.
Locals and true masters go to other more dangerous and challenging beaches.
Five minutes on a bus north from Puerto Rico or 5 minutes walk from Balito Beach or Patalavaca and you're at Anfi Beach. Look for the entrance to Anfi Beach complex and there's probably a security guard nearby at the entrance to a path heading down to the sea. Walk behind the security guard and down the path (all beaches here are free/public) and there's Anfi beach. Soft, fine Caribbean sand, fantastic water sports and beach side facilities, a trendy shopping arcade and generally/arguably the best beach on the island. It gets solid packed at weekends and during the July and August holidays but well worth the visit whilst you're here.
The phrase "Balito Beach" sounds nice, actually the complex itself is nice but the surrounding area leaves a lot to be desired (or developed!). The beach to the right of the complex is a mixture of dark sand, lots of rocks and dirt. There's a shuttle service every hour into Puerto Rico though and you can walk for 10 minutes to Anfi beach which is a favourite.
Playa del Cura
Black sand beach with quite a lot of dust and rocks mixed in but there's a few sun beds around and a couple of places to grab a snack and a drink. The more remote beaches we have are actually nicer than this one.
This is a very nice beach! It's not as busy as it would be as the public pool here (called the "Largo") is huge, very impressive and very nice indeed so a lot of people go there instead. The beach has soft black sand. There's plenty of underground parking by the largo and a nice choice of snack-type restaurants and shops a few meters away from the beach. Very nice atmosphere as lots of boats and ships drop anchor around here.
Not long ago this was a black sand beach with plenty of pebbles and a pretty average place but the council have converted the beach and walkway in front into one of the nicest beach areas on the island. Lovely golden sand, some very good beach-front cafes and restaurants and of course, the atmosphere and views of Puerto de Mogán make it one of the favourite beaches on the island. A highly recommended day out - plan a whole day here and spend the morning wandering around the Marina's streets and shops, go for lunch (have fish!) and then spend the afternoon on the beach.
Bahia de Santa Agueda
As you drive west out of Puerto Rico (direction Maspalomas) and pass through Arguineguin, just before approaching the motorway there's a fork to the right to take you on to the road C812. Going this way for 10 minutes will bring you to the bay of Santa Agueda and several small, not-that-well-discovered beaches. These beaches are known mainly by the locals and few tourists but do get very, very busy Saturday and Sunday as the island's population from the north comes down to enjoy them. The beaches are popular with nudists! Best to go by car. First beach you come across is all rocks and gravel and not that easy to get to, it's called El Lomo Galeon.
As with most of the beaches in this bay, once you see a beach you like it's a case of finding level land next to the road where you can pull off and park. Just past this beach to the left is a place you could park or just before to the right there's space for a couple of cars. 5-10 minutes of pretty easy walking down there from your parked car. The beach is around 300 meters long, mainly sand and some gravel further back from the water.
Los Bigotes & Playa Triana
The second of the more appealing beaches you come to has a bus stop close by and is also very easy to spot from the road as you drive just a few meters away from it. There's space for about 10 cars to park just past it on the right or space on the left for a lot more right opposite. The beach itself is only about 100 meters long with little sand, mainly gravel. At the end of the beach though there's another 100 meters of flat, more comfortable rocks. Playa Triana, is literally at the north end of Los Bigotes.
Montana de Arena
Not as easy to walk to nor visible from the road makes these beaches more popular with naturalists. Each of them is very sandy and easy to get in and out of the water so popular with families too. As you drive past Los Bigotes, so the part of the bay next to the road, carry on for another 5 minutes but look out for a large, flat area of land to your right about 100 meters back from the road.
You'll see it well in advance as it usually has a few cars already parked there. You'll see a track leading from the road to the parking area, there's space there for over a hundred cars. Once parked, head down towards the sea and to the left and you'll find a path that runs along the cliff top going left. Follow this path for 10 minutes of careful walking and you're at the beach. Very sandy beach and the hill behind is all sand too (hence the name, "Mountain of Sand").
Much easier to reach than Montaña de Arena but still a hefty walk. The easiest way is to pass the parking for Montaña de Arena and watch out for the next flat area of land to your right, again there will probably be cars already parked on it. There's a couple of tracks off the road to get to the parking, take either and drive as far away from the road as you dare. The further you go, the worse the track; you'll see what I mean when you get there. Once parked, walk along the path that takes you over the hill and down to the left. At the top of the hill you'll see the beach and the path down to it. If you drove past this parking area for another 1km or so round the next corner, you'll see another dirt track off the road. You won't see the parking area though this track does lead you to it and from there, it's an easy 2 minute walk to the beach. Chances are though you'll miss the turning!
Bahia Feliz & San Agustin
The first of the many resorts as you head south from the airport, one of the most characteristic and less "bed-factory" in appearance too. Several gravel/stone beaches and small coves around Bahia Feliz which has a nice "Canarian Village" which is home to a nice choice of restaurants and bars for some snacks and lunch. Adjacent, a 2 minute drive further south is San Agustin. A much bigger resort, less character but some posh hotels and apartments and lots of sandy coastline. Being a larger resort there's lots of restaurants and bars along the beach and a large commercial centre to the south. San Agustin has a sea-front promenade running the 7 or 8 kilometres of its length.
Playa de Morro Besudo
Take exit 38 off the motorway and follow the initial white signs for Mogan and you'll then see the sign for Bahia Feliz. There's loads of free street parking parallel and adjacent to the beach and it's a simple, 2 minute walk from your parked car. It's a very quiet, almost deserted beach. It's a rock and gravel beach so not the most comfortable, there's sandy beaches close by to the north and to the south which is why this is a great beach if you want peace and quiet and not many (or any) people around.
Playa de San Agustin
Quite a long beach, perhaps a couple of kilometres and most of it comfy (dark) sand with some rocky patches in the middle. There are large car-parks at either end, otherwise plenty of free parking along the streets that border the beach. 2 minute easy walk from the car to the beach. Considering this is a main resort, sorry to see no water sports on this beach, you have to head further south a little to Las Burras and Playa del Ingles. Otherwise, good facilities, showers, restaurants, bars and shops all along the beach and a commercial centre with lots more packed inside.
Very nice and popular beach at the very south of San Agustin, the last beach before you hit the beach and dunes at Playa del Ingles. A large car park opposite but a busy road to cross to get to the beach, only 50 meters walking but be careful.
At the far end of the beach, maybe a 5-10 minute stroll from the sand is the San Agustin commercial centre so a lot of restaurants and bars there for lunch but there's a couple more by the beach itself.
The beach is nice, with a small wooded area to the left for shade, dark sand and not too many stones and it's quite a large beach too. Week ends and July-August it's very busy with locals but otherwise, a handful of people and popular with naturists. The drive takes you past various farms and banana plantations. You'll be driving along a dirt track (which becomes a dry river bed and sometimes not a track at all) at 10kph for a good half hour to get there. One wrong turn and you're stuck so be careful, 4x4 vehicle highly advised!