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    Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), which is around 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 25km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Las Palmas are Goldcar, Orlando, Interrent, Thrifty and Budget.

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    Warmest month: August (25°C)
    Coldest month: January (18°C)

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Hire a car in Las Palmas

Beach loversand city explorerswill appreciate thebest of both worlds inexuberant Las Palmas.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, or Las Palmas as it's better known, is the capital city of the Canary Islands. The feel of Las Palmas can be best described as 'eclectic'. Its bustling atmosphere is partly down to the natural spirit any port city has, with its constant comings and goings from across the ocean. As a beach city, the nightlife is also very lively.

The centre of Las Palmas is approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the airport on a largely coastal route, so you'll be enjoying sea views long before you even reach your final destination.

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The best beaches in Las Palmas

The numerous sandy beaches in Las Palmas have made the city one of the most popular seaside resorts in the world. Here are some of the best stretches of sand to soak up the Las Palmas atmosphere.

Las Canteras
This beach is the largest in the city and the most popular with tourists and locals alike. With long stretches of flawless sand and an offshore lava reef that maintains calm waters, it’s easy to see why.

Las Alcaravaneras
The promenade that makes up this beach makes it ideal for running, cycling and playing sports –as well as for taking leisurely strolls.

This beach is just a 15-minute drive from the city centre and has plenty of parking on offer. Rock pools and sheltered inlets provide good conditions for swimmers.

La Laja
La Laja beach is more low-key than the others and is therefore something of a hidden gem. You’re more likely to spot locals than tourists here – as well as the iconic giant statue of Triton.

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Driving tips

Get used to the car
Drivers stick to right-hand side of the road in Las Palmas, with steering wheels fitted on the left side of the vehicle. Familiarise yourself with your car before heading out on any long journeys.

Know where you are going
Motorways are known as superhighways in Gran Canaria and there are only two on the island. Las Palmas is connected to both – you can use the GC1 to reach Arguineguín and the GC2 to drive to Agaete.

Get to know the roads
Be sure to take extra time and care if you are planning on driving into more mountainous locations – such as the village of Artenara in the central mountains. Roads can be extremely steep, winding and have narrow bends.

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