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Canary Islands Destination Guide
A Guide To Holidays In The Canary Islands
If it's year round, warm sunshine you're after, the Canaries are the ideal destination for a sunny getaway. Plus Canary Islands holidays don't have to break the bank, with low cost airlines flying regularly throughout the year from across the UK. For beautiful sandy beaches, try Fuerteventura, or if you're after keeping the family busy, give Tenerife a go. Gran Canaria's Playa del Ingles is great for those who want to party all night, or if you just want a relaxed break in the sunshine, Lanzarote could be just what you're after. Whoever you are heading here with, holidays in the Canary Islands are a safe bet for fun in the sun.
Nightlife in the Canary Islands can vary depending on the resort you decide to stay in, so choose carefully. Busier resorts like Playa De Las Americas in Tenerife and Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria have plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs to enjoy if you prefer to party through the night. Many of the popular areas will have restaurants and bars to choose from, but if you prefer to stay in resort, take a look at places like the Sol Beach House Fuerteventura or the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora in Tenerife which are designed to help you enjoy your holiday, without needing to go out of the hotel.
Holidays To Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is home to some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands. Head out to the long expanses of soft sand up towards Corralejo in the north of the island, or towards Jandia, further south, and you'll also get to splash about in Fuerteventura's beautiful turquoise waters. Known for it's windy weather, Fuerteventura is also a popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing in Europe, but many holidaymakers choose the island for its laid back lifestyle.
Holidays To Tenerife
Tenerife is a great all round sunny holiday destination, whether you're a family looking to getaway in Summer, a couple seeking a relaxing break with a few activities, or a group of friends needing plenty of nightlife to let your hair down. There really is something for everyone and and it's definitely not tacky either. You might be surprised that it's not all about partying and lounging by the pool, with activities like kayaking with dolphins, waterparks and festivals to enjoy too.
Holidays To Gran Canaria
Another great option for your next Canary Islands holiday is Gran Canaria. Resorts along the south coast are busier and great for a lively getaway in the sunshine. Otherwise try one of the smaller beach resorts dotted about the island. It's the "capital" of the Canaries so you'll find it's well connected and there's plenty going on.
Holidays To Lanzarote
Perhaps not the most famous for its white sandy beaches, Lanzarote is better known for its volcanic, black sand beaches and is a great family holiday destination. From luxury resorts to cheap self catering apartments, there's something to suit all budgets. For something a little different, try exploring the Cesar Manrique trail and find hidden art around the island.
When To Go
There really is no best time to visit the Canary Islands. The weather is good year round, reaching the 30s in the summer and late teens to early 20s in the winter months. If it's winter sun you're after, the Canary Islands are a great choice, offering around six hours of sunshine a day in December and January, which is why many expats choose to spend several months in the islands to escape the cold fo the UK.
The summer school holiday months of July and August can get hot (and hotel prices can be higher), so making sure you've got a pool at hand or you're near the beach is important. If you're choosing a villa holiday in the Canaries during the summer, make sure to get one with a private pool.
The climate during spring and autumn is perfect. With an average 8 hours of sunshine a day in April, May, September and October. It's worth noting that some hotels don't have heated pools, so particularly during the winter months, they may be a bit cold to use, as is the sea. It's the Atlantic Ocean here so sea temperatures are cooler.
Cruises To And Around The Canaries
You'll find that most of the big cruise companies will offer cruises to the Canary Islands, stopping in ports like La Palma and Arrecife, allowing you to jump off and either take an organised excursion to see more of the islands or simply get off and wander of your own accord. Most cruises, have a number of prebooked excursions available per port so there's usually something you'll like.
You might find that some cruises start or finish in the islands, allowing you to fly into Tenerife, for example, and spend a few days enjoying the island before you join the ship and sail around the other islands. If you don't know which island to choose, a cruise in the Canaries can be a great option.
Weddings & Honeymoons
The Canaries are ideal for a destination wedding or honeymoon. Many resorts cater for wedding parties, with set packages to choose from or tailored experiences to be created. Whether it's the backdrop of Mount Teide, or simply getting married at sunset on the beach in Gran Canaria, there are a host of options for you.
If you're choosing the Canary Islands for your honeymoon, you're choosing well. You can enjoy a relaxed poolside honeymoon, or a more active adventure, or combine the two to create a truly memorable experience. Again, most hotels and resorts will cater for honeymoon couples, so make sure you let them know before you arrive so that they can try and make your experience even more special.
Family Holidays To The Canary Islands
Family holidays to the Canary Islands are very popular. With so many family friendly resorts and hotels, there's no hiding the fact that kids are very well catered for. Take a look at hotels like the Holiday Village Tenerife or the Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort for a stay that is filled with plenty of activities and children's clubs to keep the little ones entertained while on holiday. Many of the top holiday companies like TUI and Jet2holidays also offer free child spaces throughout the year, helping to make a holiday in the Canaries, more affordable and kid friendly.
Canary Islands Holidays Frequently Asked Questions
All of the Canary Islands are warm in winter, however you might find that Tenerife and Gran Canaria are slightly warmer in December, January and February and are less windy than other islands.
No, you do not need any injections or vaccinations to visit the Canary Islands.
The legal drinking age in the Canary Islands is 18, however, 16 and 17 year olds can have beer and wine if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
This is all about personal preference. The best Canary Island to go to depends on what you want to enjoy. If you prefer wide open beaches, try Fuerteventura, if you're after a family friendly break, try Lanzarote. There's plenty to enjoy on each island.
Safety In The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are generally considered a very safe holiday destination. As you would when travelling anywhere, you should always be careful of your belongings and pickpockets and thieves do operate in tourist resorts, however, local police forces are in full operation and often very visible in touristy areas like Maspalomas, Corralejo and Playa de las Americas.
Canary Islands & Coronavirus
Although one of the first cases of Coronavirus in a European holiday destination was discovered in a Tenerife hotel, the Canary Islands haven't been impacted as much by Covid-19 as other areas. The Canaries have taken the health pandemic very seriously, with the local authorities heavily involved in policing the restrictions that were put in place, such as wearing face masks outdoors. At the time of writing, UK visitors didn't need to quarantine when arriving in the Canaries, however, they did need to when returning to the UK, whether that's London, Manchester, Edinburgh or even Belfast, and there is currently no air bridge or travel corridor in place. Many Brits are still choosing to enjoy a holiday in the Canary Islands, however, for some, they are choosing to wait to book their holiday after coronavirus.
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