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Beach lovers

There’s a beach for everyone – from the golden sands of Fuerteventura to the hidden coves of Lanzarote.


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.

Fast Facts

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 here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel,click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Majorca.

Weather & Climate

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.

Getting Around

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.

Holidays in the Canary Islands

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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.

Prices start from £249

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.


Tenerife in Canary Islands

Tenerife, the largest and most popular of the Canary Island holiday destinations, combines popular coastal resorts with spectacular mountain scenery. Book a Tenerife hotel in upmarket Costa Adeje on the south-west coast for relaxing evenings by the marina and lazy days on the golden sands of Playa del Duque.


Lanzarote in Canary Islands

Lanzarote’s beautiful sandy beaches ring the dramatic volcanic interior of the island that’s the closest to Africa. Head to the south-west corner to stay in a Lanzarote hotel near the secluded cove at Playas de Papagayo. Relax on the black sand beaches of tranquil Playa Quemada.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria in Canary Islands

Gran Canaria is almost as popular as Tenerife, but you can find plenty of quieter places when you book a Gran Canaria hotel. The old fishing village of Puerto de Mogán on the southern coast has an attractive marina lined with bars and cafés.


Fuerteventura in Canary Islands

Fuerteventura offers miles of broad, white, sandy beaches and peaceful resorts, sea breezes from Africa give this island a perfect year-round climate. It also has a beautiful volcanic landscape, sand dunes at Corralejo, local markets and relaxing bars. Book your holiday to Fuerteventura for some of the loveliest beaches in the Canary Islands.

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