Gran Canaria Walking Insurance

Walking insurance in Gran Canaria

Walking insurance in Gran Canaria

If you love hiking in the Gran Canaria highlands, the Federación Canaria de Montañiso (Canarian Hill-Walking Federation) offers an annual insurance policy for just €25.

It’s an excellent way of covering the risks of walking, climbing and trail running. The insurance covers death, serious injury resulting in paralysis, medivac costs and medical costs associated with a mountain-sport injury.

It’s a bit fiddly to get, but worthwhile if you do lots of walking or outdoor sports.

The insurance is organised by the FCM but is issued by associated walking clubs all over Gran Canaria. There’s a list of them on the FCM website.

The easiest way to get the insurance is to track down your local walking club and ask them about signing up and getting the insurance.

Any club can organise the insurance for you (except in August, when the whole federation goes on holiday). Most charge a few euros on top of the €25 to cover the costs.

The Las Palmas workaround

The Perojo walking gear shop on Perojo Street has its own walking club so it can do the insurance for you on the spot. You can even pay by card.

Arista Eventos has moved from Calle Lepanto to an industrial estate up by Siete Palmas. It also has a club and can handle walking insurance on the spot.

What to do if you have an accident

The policy covers the costs of emergency evacuation and hospital treatment in any hospital if you have a life-threatening injury.

If your injury is serious but not life threatening (broken arm, etc), call 902 108 509 and the insurance company will tell you how to get to the nearest clinic participating clinic. You’re not covered unless you go to the right centre.

After you have an accident, download the accident report, fill it in, get it stamped by your walking club, and send it to siniestros.federaciones@aon.es within seven days. You also need to send a copy of your license card.

The FCM insurance policy is available here (in Spanish).

This insurance policy runs from January to December so sign up early in the year for maximum cover.

It’s a faff, but it could well save your bacon if you have a serious accident in the Gran Canaria countryside. 

For more info on insurance in Gran Canaria, visit our insurance section.


How To Save Up To 50% On Your Gran Canaria Car Insurance

 

Expats get up to 50% off their Gran Canaria car insurance

Expats get up to 50% off Gran Canaria car insurance

International residents get up to 50% off their Gran Canaria car insurance with expat car insurance from Caser Expat.

Caser Expat Insurance now has offices in Gran Canaria (in Las Palmas and San Fernando), and resident English-speaking brokers.

The discount isn’t a one-off offer. Caser has analysed expat driving skills and insurance claims and found that they are a low-risk group and shouldn’t have to pay full whack for car insurance.

Along with the discount, you also get the huge benefits of an English-speaking broker based in Gran Canaria, and 24-hour English language assistance. Read More


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If you live in an apartment block or communidad in Gran Canaria, home insurance that covers damage to third parties is essential.

A burst water pipe or electrical fault can cause thousands of Euros of damage to other flats, often before you know there’s a problem.

And while we don’t get much bad weather, when it does rain the damp has a habit of sneaking under the roof.

The mess takes ages to sort out and can cost a fortune. Read More


Really Useful People: Nayra, Gran Canaria’s Expat Insurance Expert

As the island’s leading website for expats and international residents, we’re always looking for really useful people and services.

So, when Caser Expats Insurance opened in Gran Canaria, we had to interview Nayra H. Fleitas, the company’s Exclusive Agent for International Residents in Gran Canaria. She’s someone that everybody who lives in Gran Canaria should talk to.

Alex: Hello Nayra. Tell us about your role as exclusive international agent for Caser Expats?

Nayra: Hello Alex! As the Exclusive Agent in Gran Canaria, I am the person who helps people to choose the right insurance and solves any problems they have. Along with my workmates Carmen and Victor, we offer a personal and professional service tailored to international resident’s needs. Read More


How To Change Your Gran Canaria Insurance Company

Changing Gran Canaria insurance company

Changing Gran Canaria insurance company: It’s simply about the timing

Changing Gran Canaria insurance company is simple. Just make sure you get the timing right.

Most policies all over Spain are annual and you have to notify your current insurer at least a month in advance of the end of the contract. Otherwise, they just renew the policy automatically and the first you know about it is that the money disappears from your account.

By then, it’s too late and you have to wait another year to cancel the policy.

Changing Gran Canaria insurance

Print out the form attached to this article, then either take it to your insurance company’s office and get it signed, stamped and approved, or fax (really) it to your insurer. Some companies also accept forms sent as a scan via email.

Now you’re free (once you have confirmation) to sign up to a new insurance company.

Before you do, read our essential Gran Canaria insurance tips. Read More


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Discount Gran Canaria resident insurance

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Caser Expat Insurance is now open in Gran Canaria. It’s Gran Canaria resident insurance is  designed specifically for residents who live or work on the island.

This brings great value insurance deals, like 50% off expat car insurance and 20% off home insurance, to Gran Canaria’s foreign residents for the first time.

Caser Expat Insurance In Gran Canaria

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The best Gran Canaria resident discounts

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.

Gran Canaria resident discounts on inter-island transport

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. Read More


Gran Canaria Health Insurance For Expats

Live happy and healthy with Gran Canaria health insurance

Live happy and healthy with Gran Canaria health insurance

The Spanish National Health Service is often named as one of the best in the world.

This is true if you have an urgent medical problem or serious illness in Gran Canaria. Emergency health care on the island is excellent.

Where it falls down is with prompt diagnosis and treatment of chronic problems such as backache, minor illnesses, injuries, etc.

Waiting lists for specialists can be months long and many locals people just pay to skip the queue and see a private specialist (often the same doctor). Read More


Gran Canaria Pet Insurance

Gran Canaria pet insurance for peace of mind

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There are lots of vets in Gran Canaria and you’d think it would make vet treatment cheap, but the cost of repeat visits and medication soon adds up.

Operations are expensive, and the cost of having a pet rises as it gets older.

If you decide to get a dog or a cat in Gran Canaria, pet insurance is a good idea. Read More


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Funeral insurance in Gran Canaria

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Death in Gran Canaria starts off a long chain of paperwork and can be expensive for your family.

If you get funeral insurance, you spare your loved ones from a huge amount of extra hassle and pain as your broker deals with the bureaucracy and procedures associated with death in Spain. Read More