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Ferries to Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of the main tourist destinations in the Canary Islands thanks to its exceptional beaches and promise of a warm and dry climate all year round.

Home to around 838,000 people, it is the second most populated isle in the archipelago after nearby Tenerife and, while it is located in the Atlantic Ocean close to Africa, it is undoubtedly a Spanish island.

While it has a thriving business sector in its capital city Las Palmas, Gran Canaria's main industry is tourism, with British, German and Scandinavians making up the largest proportion of visitors.

There are currently 2 direct routes from mainland Spain to Gran Canaria Island sailing from the southern Spanish ports of Cadiz and Huelva. Due to the distance between the mainland and the Canaries, crossings are not overly frequent and are generally long in duration. The ships used on these crossings are usually of a high standard though so a pleasant time at sea is likely.

Most of the ferries arriving in Gran Canaria are travelling from the other Canary Islands with numerous routes offered from Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Tenerife. Gran Canaria's position between Tenerife and Fuerteventura naturally make those the easiest islands to get to and from.

There are 2 active ferry ports in Gran Canaria. Las Palmas, the main port of arrival, can be found on the north east side of the island and is where the ferries sailing from Spain and the other islands arrive at. Puerto de las Nieves, the picturesque village port of Agaete is on the north west side of Gran Canaria and connects you with Tenerife.

Gran Canaria's main attraction is its weather. During the summer months temperatures soar to around 30 degrees Celsius and even during the winter it is unusual for it to be any colder than 18. This climate makes the island great for beach holidays, with families typically heading to the resorts in the south of Gran Canaria such as Maspalomas and Puerto Rico.

Key attractions in Gran Canaria include the Palmitos Park Zoo, Aqualand Water Park and the Maspalomas sand dunes.

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Gran Canaria reviews

  • "Mostly good "

    We travelled by day from Barcelona to Palma, and we were the only foot passengers on the ferry. There were maybe 30 truck drivers and tourists with cars on the whole ship so it felt rather strange, like a ghost ship. The journey was shorter than scheduled so we arrived in Palma a good hour and a half earlier than anticipated. But the bus that took us off the ferry only gave us an option of drop-off at the Cathedral or at the ferry port the other end of town. Our hotel was inbetween the two, so we had a very long walk. Coming back we went overnight. The cabin was OK. The main annoyance was that the Trasmediterranea check-in desk is so far away from the city centre. We went there in the afternoon to check in while we still had a hire car but it was closed. So in the evening after we had dropped off our hire car, we had to drag our suitcase the entire length of the marine drive which took nearly an hour. We waited an hour after checking in for a bus to arrive, then all the foot passengers had to sit on the bus with the engine running for a full half hour for no apparent reason before it took us all the way back to where we’d come from, near the Cathedral area. Why can’t they have a check-in desk near to where the ferry actually sails from? The ferry itself was fine. It looked like a good restaurant although we didn’t eat on board, and there’s a bar and a swimming pool. The seats all seem to be deliberately designed to be too uncomfortable to sleep in, so if you want to sleep you’ll have to get a cabin.

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  • "Banana boat to Gran Canaria"

    A great way between the islands giving a sense of space and a chance to make new friends

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  • "Missed ferry, no instructions "

    There were no instruction which ferry port to go to. Gran Canaria has 2 ferry ports run by the same company. We went to the new ferry terminal to be told there was no boat, the other ferry was 3 miles away, we o ly had 10 minutes and didn't make it. Had to pay more than twice the price for the fast ferry an hour later. I recommended direct ferries to many travellers and I won't anymore, because there was 6 in my group and 3 had booked where i had fire Ted them to the site. So it was obviously very embarrassing situation for me.

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  • "Awesome Experience"

    I particularly want to thank the staff member who was EXCEPTIONALLY helpful and kind and courteous. He helped me with my suitcase on and off the ferry, helped my friend with his dog and served a mean cup of coffee behind the bar. Thank you. You made the trip very pleasant. Just wished I'd got your name😁

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