Camping in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria hotels vary from very basic self catering to luxurious 5 star hotels but what about camping?  With the glorious Canarian weather camping might be something you want to think about.

Whether you want to come on holiday with your RV and drive across Europe to get here or whether you just want to bring a tent and sleep under the stars for a couple of nights, there are various campsites on the island offering all the facilities you need.

Photo by JimmyRoq

Photo by JimmyRoq

Here is a list of campsites in Gran Canaria.

Campsites in Gran Canaria range from little clearings in the forest with just about enough room to erect a tent and a couple of boulders acting as your table and chairs to huge campsites full of motor homes with an on site bar and hot showers.

If you want to do some camping in Gran Canaria you have to obtain permission. It is illegal to camp on public beaches. You can be fined for illegal camping.

If you want to camp in the mountains you will need to go the OIAC Office in Profesor Agustín Millares Carló Street in Las Palmas and ask for a camping permit. You have to show your NIE number (which you can get from the police station) and tell them where and when you plan to camp. This office is open from 8.30am until 2pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 7pm until 9pm on Thursday. They also open from 9am until 12pm on Saturday.

Get Away from the Tourists – Ideal Gran Canaria Getaway

Soria is a wonderful place to get away from it all. To get to Soria you need to go up the valley from Arguineguin until you come to a caravan park. There is a shop/bar there which rents little cabins. You can phone them on 0034 928 735688.

Photo of Soria by Jesus de Blas

Photo of Soria by Jesus de Blas

The cabins have two bunk beds, a shelf, a fridge and a terrace with a table and bench seating. It is a lovely peaceful place and you can go fishing for bass and carp or go swimming nearby. The shop has daily deliveries of fresh bread and it makes a nice change from the touristy resorts.

I’ve camped in Veneguera and for that you have to drive up the west coast and there is a clearing by the pebble beach where you can park your RV (or in our case BMW because we just had that and a tent!) Don’t expect a bar, toilet or any showers.

An 8am swim in the Atlantic sure is bracing!

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