Canary Islands travel guide

Weather and climate

There’s no such things as a bad time to take a holiday to the Canary Islands. Dubbed the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’, the archipelago enjoys an average temperature of 22°C throughout the year. If you’re looking for some serious suntan weather, book your Canary Island holiday between July and September, when there’s around ten hours of sunshine a day and highs of around 28°C.

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Canary Islands are best for...

Beach Lovers: You’ll find beautiful beaches on each of the Canary Islands offering something for everyone, from the pristine sands of Fuerteventura to the hidden coves of Lanzarote.

Families: If your little ones need to cool down and burn up some energy, it’s easy to spend a day at Gran Canaria’s best waterpark, Aqualand Maspalomas.

Night Owls: Tenerife is the best of the party islands in Canaries, with pubs, clubs and bars opening as the sun goes down and keeping the good times rolling until it comes back up!

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in the Canary Islands is Spanish. While the locals have a good understanding of English, it’s worth packing a phrasebook or downloading our handy language app, and give those Spanish basics a go.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before you jet off on your Canary Island holiday.

Local time: The Canary Islands are the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Fuerteventura Airport, Gran Canaria Airport, Lanzarote Airport and Tenerife South Airport. Transfers to the main resorts take 20–90 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time for the Canary Islands is 4–4.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Canary Islands tourist information can be found at https://www.hellocanaryislands.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 the Canary Islands.

*Please note - some hotels within the Canary Islands do not allow inflatables in the pool.

Holiday destinations related to Canary Islands:

 

 

in Fuerteventura

 

 

in Gran Canaria

 

 

in Lanzarote

 

 

in Tenerife

Getting around

By bus: Bright green buses nicknamed “guaguas” make getting around the Canary Islands quick and cost-effective.

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 islands.

Events

Carnival time: Take your holiday to the Canary Islands in February and you’ll experience the chaotic kaleidoscope that is the Carnival! Across the archipelago, you’ll see parades, colourful costumes, flamboyant floats, hear live music, eat sizzling street food, drink plenty of sangria, and watch fantastic firework displays. To really immerse yourself in the event, head to Tenerife’s capital city, Santa Cruz, where the festivities carry on for two weeks! It’s also worth looking out for the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. One of the biggest carnivals in all of Spain, it sees people travelling from all over to join in the non-stop party.

Semana Santa: Celebrate Easter in lively Canarian style during the festivities of “Semana Santa”, or Holy Week. Expect to see parades of nazarenos, carrying flickering candles, wooden crosses and, sometimes wearing heavy chains. While it’s a religious holiday, the Canarians seem to be able to turn any event into an all-night party!

Gay Pride: The Canary Islands have a strong, gay community and May sees the streets of Maspalomas explode into a riot of parades, music and outrageous costumes. The Gay Pride celebrations are fun and absolutely fabulous!

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to the Canary Islands, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security