Could anyone tell me please if it's possible to buy the small resealable gas cartridges (for a Pocket Rocket stove) anywhere in Gran Canaria?
Also has anyone camped on the island, either at a specific camp site or wild camping? Is it possible to discreetly camp wild, i.e. are there plenty of out-of-the-way undisturbed areas?
In the last decade, the Canary Islands and if the police catch you camping where you are not supposed to be, they may move you on, they may arrest you or in some cases, people have been escorted to the airport and told to get the next plane home. Part of the reason for this is illegal immigrants arrive there and try to sleep wild. There are out of the way areas but many have houses near them who might report you or are inhospitable places.
I don't know about gas. This may be helpful:
Only Camping Gaz bottles can now be exchanged at the Texaco station. Other types of containers must be taken to the DISA station out of town (Don Pedro at the Texaco station will advise how to get there). Bottles are normally refilled with butane, but if there is sufficient demand, the plant will provide propane.
Labrador s/m, U.I. Salinetas,, Telde
Tel:0034 928 136400
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 0730-1630/Sat 0730-1100
Gas filling plant for any other type of LPG container.
Calle Labrador,, P.I. Salinetas, (behind IKEA close to the airport)
Opening Hours: 0730-1500 Mon-Fri, 0730-1130 Sat.
You can eat out fairly cheap on Gran Canary.
If the original poster is asking about the availability of small camping gas canisters rather than re-fillable ones, I bought a small adaptor for my camping cooker so that I had a better chance of picking up cooking fuel when I got off the plane in Europe. It gives me the choice between 'screw fit' and 'bayonet fit' canisters. Don't know if either of these are sold on Gran Canaria. Would like to know, as I was thinking similar stuff - maybe sleeping on a quiet part of a beach somewhere after taking advantage of a cheap flights over the winter.
Thanks very much for the advice. Sounds like wild camping may be a bit risky then. Such a shame they don't have any campsites open during the Winter months. By all accounts there are camping spots available but you need to apply for a permit several days in advance which is only given once proof is shown that you're a Spanish resident.
Thanks for the info on the gas, but that sounds like a facility for filling the large gas bottles. I was after the small 250ml cartridges for small back-packing stoves, but thank you anyway.
The adapter sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the tip. I think I'll have to invest in one of those.
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Nov-2009, at 15:49 by JJC1 ]