Gran Canaria is an ideal destination for nature lovers and camping enthusiasts. The island is home to several campsites that offer visitors a chance to experience the beauty of the island’s landscapes and diverse flora and fauna. However, before planning your camping trip, it is essential to know the necessary permissions and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
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Camping in Gran Canaria: the essentials
To camp in Gran Canaria, visitors must (in most cases) obtain permission from the island’s Department of Environment. The application process is straightforward and can be completed online or at the department’s office. It is advisable to submit the application at least two weeks before the planned camping trip to ensure that all requirements are met.
The camping permit includes the necessary information on where you can camp, the duration of your stay, and the number of people in your group. It is crucial to adhere to these regulations, as the island’s authorities take the protection of the natural environment seriously.
Camping sites in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria offers several campsites that cater to different preferences, budgets, and camping styles. For example, some campsites are located in forests, while others are close to the beach. Some campsites offer basic amenities such as toilets and running water, while others provide more luxurious facilities, including swimming pools and restaurants.
I went camping with a tent this weekend at Llanos de la Pez, the zone is quite cool, but the climate is not forcefully the best as the zone is at something like 1700 m above the sea level. Be prepared for some humidity, as you may sleep in the cloud.
Nonetheless, it is quite cool to have these zones!
The best two camping spots on the island for me that don’t require permits are Eco Finca Molino de Agua in Fataga and Finca la Isa.
Finca la Isa is super quiet and you can book a spot at Finca la Isa via WhatsApp (phone number on their website).
Eco Finca Molino de Agua is pretty quiet unless you go on a public holiday then there can be lots of people there. However, there are spots away from the main area. I don’t think there are any places like this in the North, but if you find some, please let me know! The other private campsites are pretty horrible, in my experience.
Legally it’s not allowed to wild camp. You can camp in the designated nature parks, but you need to get permits in advance.
I believe there maybe some spots on the Artenara mountain. I haven’t done it myself, but was recommended to give it a try once when I was around there.
Dangers of forest fires
While camping in Gran Canaria can be an incredible experience, it is essential to be aware of the potential dangers, particularly during the summer months. The island is prone to forest fires during the hot and dry summer months, which can pose a severe risk to campers and the natural environment.
To prevent forest fires, visitors are advised not to light campfires or use portable stoves during the summer months, especially in areas with dry vegetation. Smoking and discarding cigarette butts are also strictly prohibited. Campers must also ensure that they extinguish any fires or embers completely and dispose of their waste correctly.
In case of an emergency, visitors should call 112, the emergency number for Spain, and follow the instructions of the authorities.
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