About the Canary Islands, Spain
Blessed with a warm year-round temperature, the Canary Islands offer numerous beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes, vibrant nightlife and good accommodation options – all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable beach holiday in a unique location that was once considered the edge of the world.
The Canary Islands (or Islas Canarias) comprise Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. These Spanish territorial islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean around 1100km from the Spanish mainland, but just 100km from the northwest coast of Africa.
Things to do and see
The most popular playgrounds are rugged and mountainous Tenerife and Gran Canaria, each boasting several resorts, followed by the eco-friendly island of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which is famous for some of Europe’s top beaches and superb kite and windsurfing conditions.
The small, undeveloped island of Gomera is often visited from Tenerife on a day drip, while the green island of La Palma is a favourite for walkers. Further afield lies windblown El Hierro, popular with hikers and scuba divers.
Visit the Canary Islands in February to experience the colourful Carnival – one of the biggest and most colourful fiestas outside Rio de Janeiro.
The Canary Islands offer all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable beach holiday or romantic getaway, with each island offering different characteristics. Here is what you can expect on each of the Canary Islands:
Discover the most popular holiday playground in the Canary Islands. With year-round sunshine, golden-sand beaches, vibrant nightlife, great accommodation options and a rugged mountainous interior ideal for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, Gran Canaria offer all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable European island holiday. Read more about Gran Canaria . . .
Experience a choice of beach resorts on Tenerife – the best known Canary Island and one of Europe's most famous holiday islands. Unwind at family friendly Los Cristianos beach resort where you have easy access to several theme parks, and party all night at Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife’s legendary resort best known for its vibrant nightlife. Read more about Tenerife . . .
Experience a choice of romantic getaway holidays on this relatively undeveloped island, best known for the least spoiled and longest white-sand beaches of the Canary Islands.
With three major beach resorts boasting low-key, family friendly entertainment, world-class water sports and accommodation options to suit all budgets, Fuerteventura offers all the ingredients you need for a relaxing European island honeymoon holiday. Read more about Fuerteventura . . .
Discover of the least developed isles of the Canary Islands. Blessed with a 259km-long coastline comprised mainly of towering cliffs, headlands and spectacular rock formations (created by volcanic eruptions and erosion), Lanzarote boasts more than 90 mainly golden-sand beaches. Read more about Lanzarote . . .
Relax on the greenest and arguably most authentic of the Canary Islands, more commonly known as La Isla Bonita (the pretty island). Unspoiled and tranquil, La Palma is a UNESCO-listed World Biosphere Reserve and the perfect island for escaping the crowds and getting close to nature. Read more about La Palma . . .
Unspoiled La Gomera is perfect for hiking or cycling through a choice of stunning natural landscapes. From a rugged cliff-edged coastline occasionally indented with black-sand and pebble beaches, follow walking trails through green valleys and deep ravines past small whitewashed villages into a verdant, mist-shrouded laurel forest scattered with mountain streams and unique Canarian fauna and flora. Read more about La Gomera . . .
Escape the crowds on the smallest, least visited and most westerly of the Canary Islands – once considered the edge of the known world (until Columbus sailed to the Americas). Read more about El Hierro . . .
When to visit the Canary Islands?
Any time. The Canary Islands enjoys year-round sunshine with average daytime temperatures of around 24°C during July and August and around 15°C in January and February. The water temperature is around 18ºC in winter and 22ºC in summer. For more climate info: Canary Islands Weather Guide
Location – The Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) are located in the Atlantic Ocean around 1100km off the Spanish mainland and just 100km from the northwest coast of Africa.
Getting there – By air, the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma receive daily flights from Spain, Europe and North Africa. The smaller islands receive daily flights from Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
By sea, the islands are well serviced by interisland ferries as well as cruise ships, which mainly stop at Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Arrecife on Lanzarote. How to get to the Canary Islands . . .