All information to organize your surf trip Gran Canaria

Learn about all the important things you have to know to get ready for your next surf trip with our surfcamp Gran Canaria

SURF CITY LAS PALMAS AND THE AREA AROUND

We´re happy to have a very nice and consistent climate all year round. Rain and clouds are pretty unusual and sun will be a constant companion. In summer, it can get hotter but never too HOT. This is because summer time is the time of the Trade winds, which keeps the city fresh and not too hot. The hottest temperatures in summer time are on the south part of the island, 40 Km away from Las Palmas (desert climate). Gran Canaria is not without reason known to have one of the world’s best climate. Click here for more detailed information about our annual temperature.
The water of Gran Canaria will never be too COLD. On average it’s about 19°C (66°F)- 23°C (69°F), reaching its warmest August through September. Even though during the summer months the weather is not really hot. Summer time is more like a warm spring at Las Palmas!
Don’t worry! At the beach of Las Canteras there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants of all kinds. And don’t expect them to be the typical ugly ones for tourists. You can start your day with a wonderfully cheap breakfast at the famous bakery “La Granier”, just next door to your apartment. For lunch and dinner, you have a wide choice of fresh fish restaurants and typical Spanish cuisine at very moderate prices. You can also find different international restaurants on the Promenade, enjoying a spectacular view of the sea. Ask our staff or read our guide for more precise information, all deals and our recommendations. You will get our printed guide upon arrival.
Our apartments are located directly on the Beach of Las Canteras, a wonderful 3km stretch of sand offering a variety of activities that take place outside. The pleasant mild climate allows you to be active and you will see many joggers, friends playing football, beach tennis, volleyball, kids building sand castles, and tourists sunbathing. There are also many events that take place throughout the year. Among those are sport competitions, dive trips, null organized by the Playa Viva every Saturday from 5 o´clock on. For further information, news, events, and pictures visit the web page of Playa de Las Canteras.
However, Las Palmas has much more to offer then beaches. You can walk around the great old part of the Town “Vegueta”, visit impressive museums, the San Cristobal sea side neighborhood village, take a walk through the urban green parks the city has to offer or go for a shopping tour though the main street of “Mesa y Lopez” or “Calle Triana”. Join our Island tour or rent a car on your own to discover the rest of the wonderful island. See also question: What kind of activities do you provide? and question: Can we rent a car nearby?
Upon your arrival, you will get our detailed guide with everything you need to know about the city.
Yes you can, there are some places where to book it, you will find the information on the guide that we will give you once you have booked. The cost per day is aproximately 25€ but if you are willing to rent a car before coming, to book it in advanced we recommend you the company www.top-car.com where you will find amazing prices. Gran Canaria, known as the mini-continent, has much to discover. If you want to see the island, we recommend you joining us on our famous Island tour (see also question: What kind of activities do you provide?) However, if you want to start your own tour, we can help you to find a good rental offer.
Getting around and knowing the city with a bike is a good and ecological option. Close to your apartment, you will find different bike rental places. Upon your arrival, our staff can help you with the organization.
Nightlife in Gran Canaria is lively, noisy and fun. For nightlife with a Canarian flavour, Las Palmas offers many bars and clubs around Calle José Franchy Roca, Plaza de Espana and in the district of Mesa y Lopez. Also popular at night are the areas around Calle Triana and Vegueta, where the bars offer a more sophisticated atmosphere. It starts late and goes on all night with most bars opening until 02.00 and discos and clubs usually until 06.00.
Compared to the rest of Europe, Gran Canaria and even its capital Las Palmas, have pretty good prices. You can get the daily menu in restaurants (starter-main and desert+ drink) for not more than 6-9€. As in the rest of Spain, beer and wine are cheap. Don’t expect to pay more than 1,5€ at a restaurant. Fruits and vegetables are incredibly cheap and tasty. It is the same for public transportation, taxi rides, tobacco, and gasoline, going to the cinema or using the internet.

HOW TO GET THERE

Unfortunately, we do not offer the booking of flight tickets. See question: Where can I find cheap flights?
The airport of Gran Canaria is located just 16 km south of Las Palmas. To get to the capital you need 30 minutes driving by car or 40 minutes going by bus.
Dozens of airlines, many of which you may never have heard of, fly into the Canary Islands. The following international airlines fly in and out of Gran Canaria:
• Air Lingus www.aerlingus.com
• Air Berlin www.airberlin.com
• Binter Canarias www.bintercanarias.com
• British Airways www.ba.com
• Conder www.condor.com
• Easyjet www.easyjet.com
• Iberia www.iberia.com
• Monarch www.monarch. com
• Ryan Air www.ryanair.com
• Thomas Cook www.thomascook.com
• Transavia Airline www.transavia.com
• Tuifly www.tuifly.com
• Vueling www.vueling.com
• Norwegian air www.norwegian.com
Check the webpages mentioned before. It´s wise to do this now and then to find special offers. Tui, Airberlin and Ryanair regularly have bargains in their offers. Beyond that, we recommend you flight search engines like skyscanner, opodo, eDreams or travelsupermarkt.
• When I booked a Transfer?
The normal package includes a pickup and drop-off at the airport. After giving us your flight information, there will be someone of our staff to pick you up and bring you back to the airport.
• With public transport?
If you want to come individually, the easiest way is to take Bus number 60 to Parque Santa Catalina (10mins from our Apartment). Further instructions will be given upon arrival.
• With my rental Car?
You pick up a rental car at the airport, then take the highway GC-1 to Las Palmas, always following the sign “Mesa y Lopez”. It is better to check on Google Maps how to get to C/Portugal corner C/Galileo. click here.
That’s the closest point to the apartments that you can get. The accommodation is located on the beach promenade where it is not allowed to drive with a car. Find a close parking spot and just walk along the beach to the Paseo de Las Canteras nº58.
• With a Taxi ?
If you arrive in a taxi, let the driver know that you have to get off at “Calle Portugal esquina (corner) Calle Galileo.” From here, walk along the beach to the Paseo de Las Canteras nº58. There will be someone from of our staff welcoming you.
There is no specific time of the year for cheap flights, however with a little effort searching the web and a bit of luck, you can find very cheap flights the year round.
Just send us an e-mail! The Surf Camp Las Palmas Team´s always happy to answer questions

ACCOMMODATION

At the moment we´re offering three different types of accommodation, most of them located on the first line of the beach. The first, and most social option you can choose, is the 5 bed Surf house. Here you will stay with other like-minded friends in a well designed shared apartment with bathroom, living room and kitchen. The apartment has two bedrooms, one with a big double bed and the other with three individual beds. This place is regarded as our Base, because all Surfboards and Wetsuits as well as other fun material are stored here. It is a place to hang out, listen to music, cook together or watch a surf movie. Here you are in the center of the action
The second option would be the Surf Apartment with less feeling of a surfer commune but more privacy. These are apartments with two beds, balcony and small kitchen and bathroom.
The third sleeping option would be the Surf Single Apartment with the same top location as the other two options, but equipped with Kitchen, Bathroom and balcony just for your private use.
There is no doubt about that. No worries- who books together, stays together (unless otherwise requested )
I think you wanted to know how CLOSE we are . In fact, you can´t stay any closer to the ocean than this. Only the pedestrian promenade lies between you and the sand. And honestly, we´re just talking about 3 meters!!!
Las Palmas has 39 different peaks to be surfed. Just at Las Canteras Beach you will find more than 18 surf spots for all levels from a sandy beach break to reef and rocky point breaks. All of them are a maximum 15 min walking distance from our Surf House.
Yes you can! Palm covered north end of Las Canteras beach is just waiting for you See also question: What can we do besides surfing?
We will provide you with sheets, blankets and weekly change of towels in all accommodations. Anyhow, there are no beach towels so we recommend that you bring a towel for the beach.
All our Apartments are self-catering places with the possibility of preparing your own food. Close by, just 10meters walking distance from the door, you will also find a very popular bakery, a supermarket and lots of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy local food for cheap prices. See also the next question.
Of course you can. All our places have a fully equipped kitchen just waiting for your next gourmet dinner. In the Surf House, you will find a toaster, a coffee machine, a water boiler, a smoothie machine, a microwave and much more.
We have a TV with international channels as well as a DVD player and an extensive selection of movies in the Surf house. The other apartments have TV available but if you want, you can join the others watching movies at the Surf House.
We´re happy to offer you high-speed internet at the Surf House without charge. Some apartments receive the signal, some others not. If you are looking for a good working place with good internet connection, you are now able to book a desk at our office Co-Working, just 10min walking distance along the beach promenade. There you will get the fastest internet connection on the island for just a little bit more money. Check out the section Co-Working.
Besides different kinds of surfboards and wetsuits, you will find bodyboards, a skateboard, a longboard, volleyballs, basketballs, football and snorkeling equipment. Beyond that, we have different books about the sport of surf as well as movies to get into it theoretically. For a detail description of what you will find in the apartment, see also the question: What choice of accommodation do I have?
The cleaning is free of charge and will be done once a week. Likewise, sheets and towels will be changed. For further neatness, there is cleaning equipment available in the apartment.
Groups and families are cordially welcomed. Check out our special deals. See also the question: Is there a minimum age ?

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