The Casa Romantica restaurant was an institution in the Agaete Valley for years before closing down in the 1990s. It's now reopened after an extensive refurbishment and with a brand new menu.
The food is a cut above the standard 'papas con mojo and ropa vieja' you get in most Gran Canaria country restaurants. It's right on the line between cookery and cuisine; accessible yet elevated. All dishes made with local produce, much of it from the Agaete Valley and Puerto de las Nieves harbour.
We visited on a Wednesday afternoon and chose to sit out on the front terrace because it was warm and sunny. However, the spacious indoor dining rooms, decoared with local art and plenty of plants, would have been just as pleasant. Next door is a museum dedicated to Gran Canaria rural life and its local produce.
The welcome glass of Los Berrezales rosé from the bodega just up the road was a lovely welcoming touch. The green almogrote (a pesto of mature goat cheese, coriander and garlic) canapes delicious.
We ordered a light lunch of rabbit gyozas in gravy, onion soup made from local Galdar onions, and baked vegetables with slow-cooked bonito flakes. For dessert an orange and chocolate montage with lemon grass and basil.
Rabbit is a classic Gran Canaria country meat much appreciated by the locals (everybody loves free food). It's not the tastiest meat and is very lean. The rich gravy did the trick in this dish with each ravioli a little parcel of umaminess.
The onion soup, with a cured cheese parcel lurking at the bottom, was rich and tasty, and beautifully presented.
The baked vegetables, cooked slow and topped with big flakes of just-cooked bonito, were superb. The veggies (local tomato, aubergine and leek) jammy and full of flavour, their richness offset by the intense fishiness of the bonito.
The chocolate dessert, a deconstructed mousse with little blobs of citrus and basil jelly, worked well.
Based on what we ate, we'll be going back ASAP to work our way through the rest of the menu, and to try the tasting menu and paired local wines (40 euros per head with wine).
All in all, the Casa Romantica is a welcome return for the Agaete Valley and a recommended stop on a tour around the island. The surrounding are beautiful and the food is quality and made from the best local ingredients.
Alex Says: One of my earliest memories is at the Casa Romántica back in the 1980s. I was there with my mother to photograph their vervet monkeys, at the time probably the only monkeys in Gran Canaria. She got too close to the bars of the cage and one of the monkeys ripped out a big handful of her hair. The monkeys have gone and my mum's hair grew back in the end!
Located three kilometres up the Valley from Agaete town, you can't really miss the Casa Romántica. It's on the left as you drive up, tucked into it's own little side valley. If you don't drive, a taxi from Agaete town costs a few euros (taxis next to the church).
See the Google Map location.
There is plenty of parking at Casa Romántica. Book if you plan to visit at lunchtime at the weekend.
There are three main types of Gran Canaria airport transfer services, each with its own benefits, risks and price point. Here's our guide to them all, and a shameless plug for the in-house transfer service that helps keep the lights on at Gran Canaria Info's headquarters.
The cheapest airport transfer service is the 'man (or woman) with car' service operated by a Gran Canaria resident who picks people up in their own car from the airport. They often advertise in pubs or run pubs in resort area, and get customers by word of mouth. They don't advertise online or in public because this type of service is 'under the radar'.
With the man with car model you are basically paying cash in hand for someone pretending to be your friend to pick you up from the airport (or drop you back). They won't be standing waiting for you with a sign because they are not allowed to (all transfers have to be registered in advance to be legal).
This airport transfer service is often the cheapest option because the bloke with car does not have to pay for advertising and often doesn't pay business rates, taxes or professional insurance from their takings.
We don't really support this model of airport transfer service for two reasons. The first is that we don't know if a particular man with car is insured and / or a safe driver. The second is that we have no idea whether he pays anything back into the local Gran Canaria economy. We do know that informal transfers undermine the local drivers who do pay their taxes and business fees. Imagine the scandal in Puerto Rico if taxi drivers started selling beer to tourists!
These are the services like Hoppa, Viva, Sun, etc.
These airport transfer services have large advertising budgets and websites that offer transfers from any airport. You book, pay upfront and when you walk through into arrivals, there is a driver with a sign waiting for you. The booking service takes a big chunk in commission and pays the rest to the company that owns the car and pays the driver.
Services like Hoppa and Viva never actually own the car or employ the driver that you meet. Instead they are based offshore and because they spend so much on advertising, these big services ask for huge commissions. None of the money they take in commission stays in Gran Canaria or any of the other destinations they offer.
There is very little difference between these services because they all use the same local companies to do the actual driving. A licensed local driver will reach the airport and pick up the next passenger on their list without even knowing which website they booked with. The driver is paid and the car insured by the local transport company that owns the cars, not by the booking service.
That said, all big branded services tend to be reasonably priced and are quite reliable. However, if something does go wrong there is nobody on the ground to sort it out. If a big transfer service drops the ball, then you are likely to be on your own, or at least face a long delay until someone at the call centre works out what happened.
The transport companies that operate the cars and pay the drivers that do Gran Canaria airport transfers do take direct bookings. However they also work with local transfer services to handle international bookings. It is easier and just as economical for them to pay commission as it is to take bookings themselves.
This is what we do at Gran Canaria Info. We work with exactly the same drivers and cars as all the branded transfer services. However, the commission we keep is much smaller than the wedge that big services pocket. The commission we earn for handling the booking helps us to keep improving Gran Canaria Info.
Gran Canaria Info's airport transfer service is reliable, fairly priced and is all operated from Gran Canaria. This means that if something does go wrong (delays, traffic, breakdowns) we are here to sort things out as quickly as possible.
The local Gran Canaria bus network is decent and you rarely have to wait more than half an hour before hopping on a bus to the main resorts or to Las Palmas. Just follow the bus stop signs at arrivals, then check Google maps for the next bus to your destination. Then take a taxi from the bus stop or station closest to your accommodation. For one person, or a couple, using the buses saves money but once there are three of you or more, a taxi or transfer often works out cheaper.
Taxis queue right outside the arrivals lounge at Gran Canaria airport. They are reasonably priced and you can normally just walk over and get one right away. However, there can be queues at peak times and prices rise late at night, on fiesta days and on Sundays. There is a limited supply of large taxis so if your group is bigger than four (three if the Covid Levels go up), then it is better to book a large vehicle with a local Gran Canaria transfer service. A transfer is always cheaper than using two taxis and transfers are cheaper than the standard taxi meter rate for resorts like Mogán and Puerto Rico that are further from the airport.
So, there you have it. The facts about Gran Canaria airport transfers. Obviously we'd love you to use our own reliable service, or to book an excursion or boat trip with us but the decision, like the holiday, is all yours. Thank you for visiting Gran Canaria Info and we hope to see you in our Gran Canaria Info Facebook Group soon.
If you want to book the Gran Canaria Info airport transfer service, or a transfer back to the airport, you can do it here. Our service is reliable and well-priced and using it helps us keep the lights on at GCI headquarters.
Morning or afternoon, a Gran Canaria buggy tour is the way to see Gran Canaria through fresh eyes and yes, the odd cloud of off road dust. This is the thrill seeker's Gran Canaria tour and it takes right into the island's heart away from the resorts.
The Buggy Tour goes every morning from 10-12:30 and every afternoon from 13:30-16:00. Return transport is included from your hotel in all resorts in the South of Gran Canaria.
The buggies are very easy to drive and control and you can book one for yourself or fit two to a buggy. The buggies are in great condition and fully insured. Their small size and maneuverability means that the tour takes you to places that you just can't reach by car or bus.
You are in control as you drive through the rugged Gran Canaria mountains over rough terrain and you'll get a great overview of the islands rock formations, steep valleys, cave houses and mountain roads. The tour also includes stop that teach you about Canarian culture. Bring a camera or even better a GoPro because you are going to want to record the experience and the views.
Book this wildly popular Gran Canaria buggy tour right here and reserve your spot in advance for just a small deposit. You won’t find it cheaper anywhere in the resorts.
One of the longest-standing dolphin and whale-watching trips in south Gran Canaria and led by local sailors know the most about where to find the local cetaceans.
The Glass Bottom Dolphin & Whale boat trip in Gran Canaria sails daily from 11:00 – 13:30 and currently departs from the port of Puerto Rico. This trip is run by the Lineas Salmon company with decares of experience of the area.
Hotel pick up is included from the main tourist resorts in Gran Canaria including Playa del ingles, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico, Amadores, San Agustin, Taurito, and Puerto Mogan. The glass bottom boat is purpose built for Dolphin & Whale watching and sails with minimum disturbance to the sea life. The capacity of the boat is 100 but a maximum of 75 passengers is allowed on each trip to guarantee comfort and space.
Sightings of whales and dolphins in south Gran Canaria are very common and the boat has a success rate of over 90%. If you don't see them you get a free trip another day.
As well as enjoying the excursion you will enjoy the comfort of the boat. There are seats on the top deck for you to enjoy the sun and on the lower deck, there is a seating area and this is a great place to find shade especially for young children and of course this is where you can admire the glass bottom views.
This excellent whale and diolphin trip leaves every day except Friday at 11am. Pick up times are from 09:00am - 09:45 depending on your resort and will be confirmed in your booking confirmation email as soon as you have booked. Return transport is included.
Bring a sun hat and plenty of sunscreen and please don't waer high heels for this trip.
Book this trip here today to reserve your spot on this popular trip. You pay a small deposit and pay the rest on the day.
We also have a price match promise, if you find the same excursion cheaper anywhere else online we will refund the difference. If you have any questions you can call our helpline on +44 800 920 2208 and it is open from 08:00-22:00, every day and we will be happy to help. The deposit that you pay when you reserve your trip, is processed through our secure SSL encrypted booking platform.
Tour the south coast of Gran Canaria on the Supercat, Europe’s biggest catamaran with an onboard Jacuzzi and two decks.
This all-inclusive 4-hour boat trip includes all your drinks (beer, sangria, soft drinks) and a decent lunch of BBQ Chicken, Canarian potatoes, Canarian salad, bread and Canarian salsa. This trip includes a dolphin & Whale search, a swimming and snorkelling stop in a calm bay, and half price water sports.
The trip includes free pickup from all main tourist resorts in Gran Canaria including Playa del ingles, Maspalomas, Amadores, San Agustin, Taurito, and Puerto Mogan. Sailing time is 2.5 hours and the boat leaves Puerto Base in Puerto Rico at 10.45 every day except Friday.
The Supercat, purpose built for coastal tours and dolphin watching, is 30 metres long and 12 metres wide and glides quietly through the water without disturbing sea life. Although the Supercat can take up to 240 passengers, capacity is limited to 100 to make sure that everyone has plenty of space to enjoy the experience in comfort.
The Supercat has a bar on the lower deck and a sunbathing area on the upper deck. As with all Gran Canaria boat trips, bring a hat and sunscreen.
You can reserve your spot on this popular trip at an unbeatable price here. Book your Supercat trip using our secure booking engine:
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Fundgrube started back in the 1980s with one shop in the CITA centre in Playa del Inglés and has now grown into the biggest Gran Canaria-based retailer in the Canary Islands. It sells a huge range of quality cosmetics, perfume, tobacco, jewellery and fashion accessories like shoes and sunglasses. It's a must-visit store on a shopping day in Gran Canaria thanks to both the range of brands it stocks and the excellent value for money it offers.