When’s the best time to go?
A popular year-round holiday destination, the Canary Islands are home to sun-soaked seafront resorts, lush pine forests, beautiful beaches and national parks. You’ll find something to suit all tastes here, whether you’re after a relaxing or lively holiday. Our Canary Islands travel advice will tell you all you’ll need to know to ensure you have a memorable time.
Known for its mild climate, the Canary Islands get more days of sunshine than almost anywhere else in the world. Come here from May to July and you’ll enjoy average temperatures of around 26°C, with a cool sea breeze. August is the most popular time of year for beach breaks, when the sea temperature is around 23°C, ideal for snorkelling, fishing and swimming.
Visitors come to the Canary Islands for winter sun breaks too. Winters are cooler despite the tropical climate, but temperatures of 22-24°C are normal, with colder days rarely dropping below 15°C. If you’re looking to explore the Canaries and enjoy a peaceful break, the spring and autumn months are the ideal time when the tourist attractions and beaches are generally quieter than during the busy summer months.
What should I pack?
What you pack for your trip will depend on what time of year you’re visiting the Canary Islands. The days here are generally long, hot and sunny, particularly during the summer months, so pack plenty of high-factor sun cream and don’t forget your after sun, hat, and a cover-up for the beach or poolside. Other essentials include sunglasses, plenty of cool, light clothes, and a jumper for cooler evenings.
It’s a good idea to pack comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and an EU travel adaptor to keep your mobile phone and other devices charged on your trip. A Spanish phrasebook can also come in handy, although English is widely spoken in the Canaries.
Passport and Visas
Do I need a passport?
Anyone visiting the Canary Islands will need a passport, which must be valid for the duration of your stay. No specific period of validity is required beyond this.
For more information on Canary Islands passport requirements and details of the entry rules and regulations, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter the Canary Islands as a tourist. If you’re in any doubt as to whether or not you need a visa, it’s always best to contact the Spanish Embassy to check.
For more Canary Islands visa information as well as details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
Anybody jetting off on a holiday to the Canary Islands should ensure they have comprehensive travel and health insurance in place. If you become ill or are injured in an accident on holiday, your insurance could cover the cost of any medical treatment you urgently need. It’s a good idea to have a read through your policy documents before your trip so that you’re aware what is and what isn’t covered, and also check whether or not any activities you’re planning for your holiday will be covered too.
Any other tips?
- The currency in the Canaries is the Euro. You’ll find plenty of cash machines in major resorts and towns, but you may be charged a fee by your card issuer for withdrawing cash abroad.
- Save your swimwear for the beach. It’s a good idea to cover up when you’re visiting towns or cities.
- Keep an eye on your belongings and don’t leave cash, credit cards or expensive electrical goods unattended while swimming or at the beach.
- Although most people here speak English, practising a few words of Spanish is always appreciated and will usually earn you a smile.
- For more information and Tenerife travel advice, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.