There are lots of perks to living in Gran Canaria, including the weather, the cheap petrol and wine, and the general smugness that it gives you. Then there are the Gran Canaria resident discounts …
Here’s our guide to the top discounts that Gran Canaria residents are entitled to.
Once you get your Gran Canaria residencia, make sure you register for the 50% discount on travel between the Canary Islands. Most municipios allow you to do it online, but the system isn’t perfect so it may not recognise you straight away.
If you have a problem, just head to your ayuntamiento and ask for “el certificado de residencia para bonificación de viajes”. It costs a few euros and you need to show it to each transport company at least once to get into their system as a resident.
If you book resident fares without a certificate, the travel companies will ask you to pay up, or even refuse you passage.
Canary Islands residents get 50% of travel between the islands and mainland Spain. However, be careful when you book an indirect flight through a Spanish airport. Some airline websites apply the discount to the second leg, then get in a huff when you check in.
The discount is only valid between the Canaries and your first Spanish stop.
Taking a car from Gran Canaria to the Mainland? The 50% discount also applies to ferry travel.
Most tourist attractions offer a resident discount. For example, if you book the Yellow Submarine as a resident you get a 20% discount. Add this to the 10% discount you get for booking online, and you’ve saved a good chunk of change.
Another offer to look out for is frequent user tickets from theme parks like Palmitos Park. You can often buy a ticket that gives you unlimited trips for the cost of two or three visits. Not much use if you’re a tourist, but pretty good value if you are resident. The Angry Birds Park in Puerto Rico does an annual use ticket that is great value if you live close by and can use it regularly.
Lots of Gran Canaria’s museums offer cut-price entrance to residents. All you need is your green NIE form or card.
Also, look out for free entry days at Gran Canaria museums. For example, many museums are free on the first Sunday of the month.
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