Tips about how to take your car to the Canary Islands


Do you know how to take your car to Canarias? If you are willing to live unforgettable holidays touring the Canary Islands with your car, today in Lopesan Group we give you the answers to all the doubts and inquiries you might have about this comfortable way to travel.

Why should you move your car to the Canary Islands?

Moving your car can be one of the biggest inconveniences when visiting any place. Problems such as paying the excessive costs to transfer it, or the restricted access to certain places are very common when organizing your travel.

If you like to feel comfortable in your own vehicle and enjoy the freedom it offers when moving around the isle, the idea of taking your car to the Canary Islands will sound even more attractive. The cost to transfer your own car will be worth it if autonomy and mobility are a fundamental advantage.

This fact is specially relevant when we talk about the Canary Islands, not only world widely known because of its privileged clime, but also because of their natural hidden places and charming routes as Molinos de Fuerteventura, a route where you will get to know part of the story and emblematic places on the island. However, enjoying this type of plans can turn out to be quite difficult without a car.

Which islands can you visit by car?

 The eight Canary Islands are an authentic paradise, well-known in the whole world because of the great number of tourists that  get together in their incredible beaches, natural parks, unique geological formations; and enjoy their traditional food and leisure activities.

Without a doubt, one of the islands that is worth visiting by car is the spectacular Gran Canaria.

Not only is it the biggest island in the archipelago, it is also known for being a continent of small size.

If you travel through this wonderful island with your car, you will be astonished by the incredible diversity of its natural landscapes, and you will even discover some hidden places such as La Cueva de los Mil Colores.

How to take your car to the Canary Islands?

In order to take a car to the Canary Islands, you do not need to have a large budget, nor do you need to delve into legal issues to make the transfer of your car to one of the islands.

Unless you are going to change your residence, you will not have to process any paperwork at customs or go through the DGT (the Directorate-General for Traffic of Spain). It is stipulated in the laws of circulation that the cars can transit up to 6 months by each of the Canary Islands without requesting any type of customs procedure. After this period, it will be necessary to regularize the status of the car before the corresponding entities.

If you want to enjoy a perfect driving holiday in the Canary Islands, you just need to consider some basic aspects before you start touring the Canary Islands by car. Do you want to know more? Read on and find out!

1. Revise the availability of the shipping company

The first aspect you should consider taking your car to this archipelago is the availability of the shipping companies operating  to the Canary Islands and allowing the transfer of a car on board.

You should be aware that not all ferries offer a car transfer service. It is therefore important to check the terms and conditions of each ferry company before purchasing a ticket.

In the event that the shipping company allows you to take a car, we also recommend that you carefully check in advance the guarantees offered by the transfer service in order to preserve the condition of your vehicle at the time of its transport and subsequent delivery.

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2. Compare shipping prices

Once you have checked the availability of the shipping companies that offer car transfer, it is best to compare the prices and tariffs of each company.

Don’t make a hasty decision, calmly analyse the offers and packages offered by the shipping companies and how much the additional cost is for transferring your car to the Canary Islands.

Remember that the objective of understanding how to take a car to the Canary Islands is to enjoy the autonomy and comfort of driving your own vehicle, so in addition to the price, it is important that you also check the guarantees and benefits offered by each of the shipping companies.

3. Is it possible to board with a rented car?

The answer to this question depends on the policies of the contracted car hire company. However, we would like to point out that the vast majority of companies do not allow or do not recommend taking a car from one island to another or moving it outside the Iberian Peninsula.

When a rented car is moved to another island, the insurance may cease to be valid, so any kind of accident or damage will be at your expense.

4. Travel in the off-peak seasons of the archipelago

Another important aspect to bear in mind about taking a car to the Canary Islands is the season in which you plan to start your travel itinerary in the archipelago.

The Canary Islands are one of the busiest tourist destinations throughout the year, so if you plan to take your car, you should first check the availability of shipping companies and routes at the time you plan to travel.

Be aware that in the high season months, you run the risk of running out of tickets or paying too much if you don’t book early. That said, you will find more availability for travel in off-peak seasons such as April, May and September.

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5. Booking hotels with parking service

Booking hotels with parking is another important aspect that you need to take into account if you are going to travel with your car to the Canary Islands. Bear in mind that not all hotels have parking facilities.

If you are planning to take your car to travel around the Canary Islands, then you should check that the hotel services include parking and that there is availability to park your car without any problems. This will allow you to save time looking for a place to park your vehicle and will guarantee that your car will always be close to where you are staying.

Lopesan Group has excellent hotels and accommodation services in some Canary Islands such as Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. In our hotels, we have a parking service where you can store your vehicle in complete safety.

If you have any other questions about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you!



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