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Canary Island Holidays
Seven islands with seven completely different personalities – the Canary Islands entice you with their sheer variety. Nature has blessed these volcanic islands near the African coast with breathtaking landscapes, sandy beaches and a wonderful year-round climate. Savour the peace of tiny El Hierro or join the fun in Tenerife’s lively resorts.
The weather in the Canary Islands is pleasant all year round. It’s hot and dry in the summer, with temperatures often reaching the 30s (°C). Visit during November when temperatures are often in the low 20s (°C).
There is an airport on all seven of the Canary Islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Two airports serve northern and southern Tenerife.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, home to Spain’s highest mountain, fine sandy beaches and some of the archipelago’s most vibrant nightlife. Lanzarote’s lunar landscape of dark volcanic sand contrasts with the golden beaches of the coast. They call Gran Canaria a “mini continent”, with rocky beaches dotting the northern coast and pale sands covering the south. Fuerteventura has the most beaches of the Canary Islands, with vast dunes stretching for miles. La Palma is the greenest, its uncannily clear skies drawing stargazers from around the world. Nature lovers head to La Gomera and El Hierro for their forest trails.
You won’t run out of things for kids to do in the Canary Islands. Gran Canaria’s Aqualand, Siam Park in Tenerife and Baku Waterpark in Fuerteventura will keep children entertained for hours as they hurtle down water slides and rapids. Give the kids an exotic day out at some of the best animal attractions in the Canary Islands. Loro Parque in Tenerife teems with jaguars and gorillas, while dolphins and whales put on mesmerising acrobatic displays. Oasis Park in Fuerteventura and Palmitos Park in Gran Canaria are two of the best places in the Canary Islands to get up close to animals and birds from around the world.
Ride a cable car in Tenerife to discover why Spain’s highest peak is one of the biggest attractions in the Canary Islands. Majestic Mount Teide rises up from the centre of Tenerife, surrounded by lava streams and colourful minerals. Feel the temperature rise during a camel ride in Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, one of the best places in the Canary Islands to explore smouldering lava fields. Cool down with a boat ride in one of the many places in the Canary Islands where you can watch dolphins and whales cavorting in the Atlantic Ocean.
Watch the surfers ride the crashing waves at Lanzarote’s Playa de Famara, one of the most beautiful places in the Canary Islands for watersports. The dramatic dunes at Corralejo in Fuerteventura are among the biggest attractions in the Canary Islands, their rippling golden sand more like the Sahara than Spain. The African desert comes to mind too in the long beaches backed by the high sand dunes of Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas. The giant red volcano Montaña Roja looms over the wide stretch of Playa de la Tejita, one of the most peaceful beaches in Tenerife.
Beach Lovers: There’s a beach for everyone – from the golden sands of Fuerteventura to the hidden coves of Lanzarote.
Families: Kids will love splashing about in Gran Canaria’s Aqualand.
Night Owls: The party goes on all night at the clubs in Tenerife’s Playa De Las Americas.
Language: The language spoken in the Canary Islands is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in the Canary Islands is Euro (€).
Local time: The Canary Islands are 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: There is an airport on all seven of the Canary Islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Two airports serve northern and southern Tenerife.
Flight time from UK: 4-4.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Canary Islands tourist information can be found at www.turismodecanarias.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Majorca.
Temperatures: Mid 20s(°C).
Best time to visit Canary Islands: Spring and Autumn.
The weather in the Canary Islands is pleasant all year round. It’s hot and dry in the summer, with temperatures often reaching the 30s (°C). November can bring heavy rains to some parts including Tenerife.
By bus: Bright green buses nicknamed “guaguas” make getting around in the Canary Islands easy and cheap.
By taxi: Taxis in the resorts and cities of the Canary Islands are easy to spot and all have meters.
By car hire: Hiring a car is a good option for exploring some of the more remote places in the Canary Islands.
Carnival time: Come in February when the islands explode in a riot of colour during carnival time. Join the fun in the biggest carnival in the Canaries, when the spirit of Rio takes over Tenerife’s capital city, Santa Cruz. The dancing goes on all night during two weeks of parties.
Semana Santa: Celebrate Easter in lively Canarian style during the festivities of “Semana Santa”, or Holy Week.
Gay Pride: May in Gran Canaria brings one of Spain’s largest Gay Pride parties, with the streets of Maspalomas filled with colourful parades.