Canary Islands Holidays
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Canary Island Holidays – The perfect sunshine destination
Dependable sunshine and nicely contrasting resorts make the Canary Islands our most popular summer and winter beach holiday destination. The Canaries cater superbly to a wide range of ages and holiday styles. Parents will find exceptionally safe beaches and easily accessible attractions. Getting around the major islands is easy on excellent local buses. Couples can choose between lively nightlife resorts and smaller destinations that remain peaceful in peak summer.
Both Tenerife and Gran Canaria offer terrific variety. Many of the best beaches are found on Lanzarote and quiet Fuerteventura. Complete your holiday with watersports, boat trips, top-class golf or an excursion into dramatic island interiors.
When to go to the Canaries
Holidays to the Canary Islands are rewarding at any time. The weather remains warm and sunny throughout the winter and there is always plenty of life in the larger resorts of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The Canaries are liveliest in July and August but the vast majority of resorts still retain a pleasantly laid–back atmosphere. Many hotels lay on activities and entertainment during a long summer beach holiday season that runs from May to October.
Prices are highest during peak summer and the Christmas and Easter school holidays. Good-value beach holidays can be found throughout the year.
The weather in the Canaries
The Canary Islands have the best beach weather in Europe. All the islands offer dependably sunny weather all year round. Winter is much warmer and drier than mainland Spain, with an average 6 hours a day of bright sunshine. Temperatures around 20º feel even warmer when arriving from the gloom of the UK!
The spring and autumn will enjoy incredibly long hours of sunshine. Temperatures hit the high 20’s by June and stay that way until October. July and August are the hottest months but the heat never feels extreme. Gorgeous summer evening temperatures around 20º are perfect for outdoor bars and restaurant terraces.
Getting the best deal to the Canary Islands
For the widest choice of hotels and apartments you should plan well in advance. Leave it late in summer and you may find much of the best-rated accommodation is fully booked. The Easter and Christmas holiday periods are also popular. An early holiday search can also find the best early booking discounts. Late deals can offer significant savings but require more flexibility.
For the cheapest flights and holiday packages try quiet months like October and February. The cheapest package holidays to the Canary Islands are often found between October and Christmas and between New Year and Easter. Keep an eye on our current best deals. Take advantage of our low deposit scheme. Book now, pay later.
Travel preparations for a holiday to the Canaries
Here are some additional tips to help you plan your holiday to the Canaries
- There is no time difference between the Canary Islands and the UK at any time of year
- The average flight time to the Canaries from the UK is 4 hours 15 minutes
- The local currency is the Euro
- The official language is Spanish
- Eating out is inexpensive. A typical three course menu del dia at lunchtime will cost about 10€ (£8). Perhaps a little more in the evening. Tapas are very economical, with generous raciones costing around €5 (£4)
- There are no special visa requirements and no need for vaccinations