Puerto Rico Gran Canaria tips from Ireland/anywhere
1) Flight-it’s very long 4 and a half hours so have lots of reading material, snacks etc. If flying with Aerlingus, it’ll be terminal 2 you’ll be flying from- very poor choice of food so eat before you go. Check in online if you can-saves the queue. NB: Baggage restrictions are very strict so do not over pack. (DAA long term blue car park also does great rates for parking if booked in advance if parking in Dublin, free shuttle to and from the airport.)
2) Arrival at Las Palmas airport- get a trolley for luggage, they get heavy. If you have a transfer provided the rep. waits outside the main exit of airport and they drop you right to the hotel. (If you have no transfer, bus is the cheapest option (taxi 50 euro)- walk out main exit of airport but do not leave the building, walk to the right and go up the escalator, then exit the building to the right. The bus is on the right outside the building. No.91. 8.50euro each one way-NB have correct change. (globules.net for timetable) It’s air conditioned and takes 45 minutes. You will pass through few small towns. Watch out for Playa del Ingles-it’s huge. You’ll know Puerto Rico when you get there because it’s built into the mountain. The bus stop is 8 minutes walk from the apartments. Walk up the hill to your right. (towards Montebello apartments) Take a right at the phone box and walk along that road for 5 minutes. (Taxi is 6 euro but it’s really not far unless it’s the middle of the day-then it’ll be very hot)
3) Apartments- Make sure you have all paperwork ready. They take your passports but will return them if you ask the next day. There are computers to use in the reception area as well as a large seating area, a shop (dearer than the centre), bakery & a bar. The safety deposit boxes are to the left of the reception. It was 12 euro for a week and 15 euro deposit that you get back when you return the key. Definitely need one as the apartment balconies are all joined so someone could easily climb onto yours and break in when you’re out. (We never heard of this happening but it could!) Next to the safety deposit room is a left luggage room where you can leave luggage if you are checking out early in the day. (The apartments are very strict on checking out on time but you can stay by the pool and shower in the shower room before leaving for the airport.) The travel rep. also sits in reception which is handy if you want to ask bout trips but buy them down in the centre as they are cheaper. They have leaflets about trips in the reception area for you to take too and about manicures/pedicures that take place by the pool.
4) As for the apartments they are lovely, very clean and quiet at night-there’s a kitchen, bathroom, living area (even a small few English channels on TV) and twin bedroom. (There is a massive wardrobe-I lifted my suitcase into mine and just left it open for the week) . The balconies are massive for each apartment and you get 2 loungers and a little table, chairs & umbrella. Try get a room high up with a sea view, the views are amazing!!! You can email them direct for this. Our room was 1811. (on the 8th floor- 2lift journeys but a great view) The apartments have air conditioning too which you need at night, it’s 36 euro for a week! They give you a bottle of water in the fridge on arrival. Walk down to the spar in the centre to stock up on more. (We bought some 500ml bottles and filled them from the 8 litre bottles each day-we drank 3 of these in a week!! Take out the shelf in the fridge and the 8 litre bottles fit in and stay cold. 1euro 8 cent for 8 litres compared to 2 euro for 500ml in some places) In spar you can also buy nibbles, cereal, drinks, rashers, bread etc. They have everything you need in the apartment to make breakfast-microwave, hob, frying pan etc. The bakery downstairs does nice croissants and buy milk in shop in reception (it goes sour with the heat if you carry it from the centre!) Bring your own teabags if like tea. Do not drink the tap water- don’t even use it for brushing teeth- too many dodgy stories. We put bottled water in the ice tray to make ice for drinks before we went out. Also handy if taking water to pool with you. NB. Put out the do not disturb sign if you do not want the cleaner calling early in morning but you may not get clean towels if you do this. We just hung them out to dry on the rack after a shower and they were grand.
5) The pool is gorgeous, 10th floor one is best but there’s also one on 1st floor (across the road-you might be able to see it from balcony if you are high up) and there’s also a pool in sun suite royal (11th floor across the road). There are loads of sun beds around the pool-be sure to get one with an umbrella as a bit of shade is nice when you get too hot and bring your towel to lie on. We also bought a ball and a ring in the centre very cheaply. The weather was gorgeous when we were there 25-28 degrees every day. There was a nice breeze too, a little cloudy one day but still hot. (I had a light cardigan at night but didn’t need it most nights)The weather is very deceiving in terms of burning-loads of people got sunburn (But we didn’t-factor 50 applied generously & often, loads of water, a sun hat & some shade-also my bag strap rubbed off my suncream and himself forgot to reapply after the pool one day) The travel rep. is by the pool every day, there are loads of games & activities, water polo was fun and we got to know some other Irish people by playing. There’s a restaurant on floor 11 and a pool bar/snack bar on floor 10-nice for lunch. They do entertainment on floor 11 most nights too before people go out for the night.
6) Puerto Rico is laid out like a valley, all the apartments are up along the side of the hill and the centre is down the bottom. The shops, bars, restaurants are down there. There’s a shortcut down to the centre- (4 minutes walk) take the lift to ground floor then walk down road to right for 1 minute or 2. You’ll come to some steps on the left- go down them and you’ll see the entrance to the centre there. As regards shopping- electrics are the main bargain- i pods, cameras, dvd players etc. Then there’s loads of perfume shops, leather bags, purses, wallets etc jewellery and a little clothes. Alcohol & cigarettes also are very cheap. You must haggle with the price to get the best deal. The bars and night spots are all upstairs. Restaurants are upstairs and downstairs. The one annoying thing is the touts- people that stand outside the bars, restaurants, shops etc and try to get you in. Just say no thank you and walk on, do not stop and talk if you are not interested. A good tip is to look at restaurant menus in daytime when they are mostly shut to decide where you want to eat that night and look at the shops in the evening-it’s cooler then and there are less people around.
7) The beach is about 10 minutes walk from the apartments. The best way is down the steps to the resort and instead of going into the centre, follow the path through the park to your left. There’s a little tunnel that goes under the road that leads to the beach. The beach is very nice-loads of sand and nice warm water. The lilos are 3.50 euro each and an umbrella is 3 euro. Venetain restaurant by the beach does a nice burger and chips for 4 euro- it’s a good lunch for the beach day. There’s a spar across from the beach where you can buy water, icecreams even sandwiches. There’s also a communal pool area. The marina is lovely for a walk when the sun goes down. You can walk out to Amadores beach. We stopped in restaurants along the way for a dessert/ice cream etc. There’s another centre called Europa there with more shops, bars, restaurants etc. You can also get a taxi or the bus but it’s not far in the evening without the heat. There are also boat trips from the harbour but they are expensive. They do water sports by the marina too and buggies.
You can get a bus from resort to do any trips you like too. The timetables are down by the bus station. Walk down the road to the right when you leave the hotel for 8 minutes or so. The waterpark and Palmitos park (Large zoo with a great dolphin show) are on the same bus route- there’s a special of 48 euro if you go to them both. No need to prebook (despite what the travel reps say) the bus is only 3 euro, it’s half an hour away and its 2 days out. If you do one it’s around 28 euro each. Buses only leave between 10am and 12pm for these and they come back all afternoon. The market is on a Friday, it’s a bus ride away (do not book with a rep for this as it is a ripoff-18 euro each when the bus only costs 1.50euro) It’s well worth going to if you want to buy the goods I mentioned earlier but much cheaper. Haggle Haggle. It’s great for presents .Don't pack too much tho....few light dresses is all u need, its very casual there even at night, most people in flipflops & summer dresses on nights out, no high heels or anything like that & shorts/skirts during the day. Spent most of time in bikini...I brought two so one was always dry. The plugs are spanish so you'll need a 2 pin adaptor if you want to charge things.
9) Lastly just to mention some places we liked (Directions given as you stand at entrance to strip & look down the street)
The Restaurants are all very alike in terms of the menu- all served mexian food, steaks, meat dishes e.g. chicken, pork, pizzas, pastas. Some places did tapas. There were 3 indian restaurants and lots of chinese buffets. Best time to eat is around 8/9. Because there are so many restaurants nowhere was full and they were all buying for your business. Some will offer a free drink.
• Chinese Buffet upstairs on the right at the start of the strip- go hungry & early.
• Planet steak house-downstairs on the right at end of the strip- this was very busy and delicious.
• El Toro- upstairs on the right at end of the strip- t bone steak and scampi were very nice.
• There was a place we ate across from El Toro but up a bit-Garlic chicken was gorgeous.
• Murphy’s do a fantastic Irish breakfast from 3.50 euro. It’s upstairs in centre but at the back kind of behind Shamrock bar or along there.
• Shamrock bar-upstairs on left at the start of the strip, this is an Irish bar, hypnotist on a Mon is good craic. All acts start around 11pm.
• Dicey Reilly’s upstairs on left at the end of the strip, same music every night- very Irish- Say hi to Leah if she still works there
• Harvey’s is the main bar/nightclub but really doesn’t get going until late. What we did was have light breakfast in apt, eat big lunch out, enjoy our day with few snacks in between, have a few drinks in apt then head out for dinner, go to the Irish bars, the quiet bars/clubs (again some can be quiet, like the restaurants, because there are so many bars and they all want you to come in) e.g. snoopies (cheap drinks) then go to Harveys. Some places do happy hour all night (but charge more for the drinks) Others do happy hour only for one hour e.g. 12-1 but they do cheap drink all night and then when it’s happy hour you get one free when you buy one. Some places give free shots. Be careful-we seen some drugs around. But it’s pretty safe to walk back up to apt at night. Taxi is a few euro but we never needed it. Sometimes we had breakfast in Murphys and then didn’t eat til Dinner. Also sometimes we had a nap when sun went down as the sun plus late nights would tire you out
when you are leaving- the queue at the airport check in desk is so so long- so rush inside with luggage as soon as you get off the bus. There is very little do do or eat in this airport so eat a good meal before you leave & stock up on snacks. Also some more reading material, music etc is a good idea.
• Have a ball. It’s a fantastic holiday.
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- The Hotel Servatur Terrazamar Suite & Sun Suite has 306 double apartments (9 of them equipped for handicapped), each of approx. 80 M2, whereof 40 m2 are terraces to enable you to fully enjoy our enviable climate. They are equipped in a way that you will feel at home immediately: telephone, independent bedroom (twin beds with latex mattresses), sitting room with TV (parabolic antenna), convertible sofa-bed and ventilator. Independent kitchen equipped with nice and practical cupboards, fridge, microwave oven, two ceramic cooking rings, a dinner service, glassware, pots and pans, etc. The bathroom with shower, electrical water heater and hair dryer. Sun beds and parasols on the terrace. Within the Servatur Terrazamar Suite & Sun Suite we offer 48 upgraded apartments, especially equipped for your comfort - the Servatur Sun Suite Royal Apartments, which are intended for those guests who like a little extra comfort on their holidays. ... more less
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