Plane Spotting Gran Canaria

Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto Business & Convention Hotel
Is a business hotel located in Vecindario, which sits inland on a 4 mile final to the 03 Runways at Las Palmas. The town is not a holiday resort and is situated away from the major resorts and beaches and therefore is only of use for spotting, or a relaxing sun holiday if happy with just staying in the hotel. 
Location: * Situated away from the airport complex by around 4 miles and also well away from tourist resorts. The lively holiday resorts are around 30 minutes drive from the hotel whilst the airport itself is around 10-15 minutes drive away
Spotting: **

The major plus of this hotel is it’s rooftop pool. If traffic is landing on the 03 Runways (the predominant runway direction most of the year) it will pass virtually in front of the hotel at around 1200 feet, therefore the majority of traffic should be able to be read off with a good telescope. With flight tracking the moderate amount of airways traffic will also be seen over the hotel.

Report from Kev Stokes:

Some more information on the above. I have a week here. The hotel is around 10 minutes from Las Palmas airport and has a free shuttle.

It has 4 floors and rooftop pool. The fourth floor rooms are suites. I booked an executive room and asked for a sea facing room and was given 309. The third floor has sea facing rooms 305-326 excl 312/323 (I assume so do 1 &2 floors as well). All sea facing rooms have balconies. 309 is a twin bedded room. Aircraft pass by the hotel around 1400/1500 ft inbound and can be read off with good optics.

Occasionally I needed sbs to tie up a few things and if you FR24 this will work just as well. I noticed PP didn’t have any coverage here.


Saturdays in the Winter is the busiest day, lots of Scandinavian flights, Sunday quite a lot of German charters.


The hotel also has free wifi, free buffet breakfast (very good too), free parking, pool, gym, sauna etc. (The free wifi and breakfast maybe applicable to executive rooms or higher only, check your room type when booking). 5 minutes walk away is a shopping mall with a huge Carrefour supermarket and various eating establishments incl a Chinese restaurant with a buffet dinner for 7.60 Euro and Beer is less than 2 Euro a pint! Also across the road from the hotel is a diner, American bar and a McDonalds. The hotel also has its own bar and restaurant as well.

Pictures below are taken from my balcony. First is a general view with a aircraft centre of the picture, the other  is full zoom and cropped a little. 

Photos: ** A long lens is required with cropping to get the result shown below.
Value: ** Good value at around £60 a night
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General view of the approach from the balcony of the Elba Vecindario
Full zoom and cropping can get you results like this

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