Gran Canaria makes an excellent base to explore the Canary Islands due to it’s central location and frequent and comprehensive Air and Car Ferry Links with the other Islands.
If you want to take your Rental Car with you onboard a Car Ferry, do consult the Car Hire Firm beforehand as not every company allows you to do this.
Daily Car Ferry services and even more frequent flights between the Islands, make the beautiful white-sand beaches of Fuerteventura very accesible from Gran Canaria. The Ferry between Las Palmas and Morro Jable takes approximately 3 hours with Naviera Armas.
The volcanic attractions of Timanfya National Park are accessible from Gran Canaria via frequent Air connections operated by both Binter and Islas Airways. A direct Car Ferry option is available with Naviera Armas, although the Journey time of between 5 and 12 hours may put you off. If you need to take your car, perhaps a more attractive option is to first take the ferry to Morro Jable in Fuerteventura (3 hours), followed by the short crossing (20 mins) between Corralejo (in northern Fuerteventura) and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote.
Mount Teide is Spain’s highest mountain (and the World’s third largest volcano) and offers majestic views of the Canary Islands from it’s often snow-capped peak. The cities of La Laguna and Santa Cruz offer stunning examples of both Canarian and Spanish Colonial Architecture.
Air Connections between Gran Canaria and both of Tenerife’s Airports are frequent and a 1 hour Car Ferry crossing between Agaete and Santa Cruz is also available.
La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma
El Hierro and La Palma are served with direct flights from Gran Canaria, to get to La Gomera by air, you will need to catch a connecting flight in Tenerife. To get to the Western Canary Islands by Ferry, a stop-over in Tenerife is required.
Canary Islands Tourist Guide