Essential information for Gran Canaria

When to go

Gran Canaria is well-known for its variety of microclimates. However, like all the Canary Islands, it generally enjoys a mild subtropical climate, with daytime highs ranging from 20°C in winter to 26°C during summer. There can be some cool nights in winter, but near the coast you won’t find the temperature falling below 10°C. This means that the winter months are actually high season. If you want to experience the Gran Canarian carnival season, then book during the week of Ash Wednesday.

Health and safety

Make sure you take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before going away, especially if you’re planning on doing hiking, surfing, diving etc. See our holiday extras page for more information.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Gran Canaria, but you and your party will all have to have valid passports. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit

Getting around

Gran Canaria only has one airport, but there are plenty of options for airport transfer services that will take you straight to wherever you might be staying. There are also bus services – known as ‘Guaguas’, pronounced ‘waa-waa’ – that operate around the capital and link various parts of the island.

Advice for travellers with children

For the shortest travelling times it’s best to stick with the resorts that line the south east coast of Gran Canaria – all of which are family-friendly.

Emergency information

Dial 112 for all emergencies and an operator will put you through to the necessary services.

British consulate

If you are a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Consulate.

Address: Calle Luis Morote 6-3º, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain Telephone: +34 928 26 25 08 Email:

Health and pharmacy information

Call 012 to contact the Canary Islands Health Service (Servicio Canario de Salud) to get more information about 24-hour clinics and chemists in your area.


Hospital de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrin, 35020 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Tel. 928 45 00 00 Hospital Insular de Gran Canaria, 35016 Las Palmas: Tel. 928 44 43 44 / 928 31 30 33


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport: Tel. +34 928 57 91 30

Useful links

Gran Canaria Holidays – information on weather, shopping and things to do in Gran Canaria, as well as information about the island and how to get around.

Rambling Roger – A guide to hiking and mountain walking in Gran Canaria.