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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.

22-28 °C

Dubbed the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’, the Canary Islands enjoy an average temperature of 22 throughout the year.

4-5 hours

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.

Featured Canary Islands Holidays

Globales Tamaimo Tropical

Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Thomas Cook Lollo and Bernie Kids Club
  • Three outdoor pools
  • Adults-only rooftop sun terrace

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2817 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£240

smartline Teide Mar

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Swimming pool and children's pool
  • Buffet restaurant
  • 1.5km to Puerto De La Cruz centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 245 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£240

El Sombrero

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award 2015
  • Only 200m from bars and restaurants
  • Pre-bookable breakfast welcome pack available

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 388 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£280

Castillo de Sol Apartments

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Relaxed, informal atmosphere
  • Near the beach and shopping centre
  • Refurbished, modern apartments

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 398 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£283

SBH Jandia Resort

Jandia, Fuerteventura

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront hotel
  • Three swimming pools
  • Sports facilities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 490 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£300

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.

CANARY ISLANDS ARE BEST FOR...

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.


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 have the same time as 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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

With an average temperature of 22(°C) throughout the year, it's no wonder the Canary Islands have been dubbed the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’. Up to ten hours of sunshine and highs of 28 (°C) make summer a great time to hit the beach, but the weather is still warm enough during the other seasons to enjoy a swim in the sea.


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.


EVENTS

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.


Why choose Thomas Cook

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