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
Cheap holiday deals to Canary Islands
This good-looking, whitewashed, low-rise apartment complex is much loved for its perfect location right next to a great little beach and five minutes from the main beach in laid-back Costa Teguise. Plenty of shops, bars and restaurants nearby. The Galeon Apartments offers bright, functional and exceptionally spacious self-catering accommodation.
Club Siroco Apartments in Costa Teguise provides a comfortable base in a popular tourist resort, and offers family-friendly accommodation, and special adults-only areas. Located in a great spot for both the beach and the resort centre, these value-for-money apartments exude a laid-back and peaceful atmosphere, with a range of recreational activities for guests.
The Cay Beach Sun offers laid-back and peaceful accommodation on the island of Lanzarote, with all the basics needed for a relaxing getaway in the sunshine. Located in the popular tourist resort of Playa Blanca, the apartments are in an ideal spot for all the local amenities, but far enough away to offer a quiet haven, set back from all the hustle and bustle.
The Morromar Aparthotel provides an affordable base for a getaway to Lanzarote, and features a well-equipped low-rise property, with some impressive facilities. Located in Matagorda, a recent development which is part of Puerto del Carmen, the accommodation is just a few hundred metres from the beach. But it enjoys a quiet setting with wonderful views.
The three-star Laguna Park II has plenty of loyal fans thanks to a great location and terrific value for money. It’s the type of modest complex that delivers the holiday essentials with considerable care, and works hard to create a friendly relaxing atmosphere. It’s clean, friendly, quiet, well-run and remarkably cheap.
The Iberostar Papagayo lies in the popular resort of Playa Blanca, and offers easy-going accommodation for a relaxing holiday on Lanzarote. This large-style beachfront hotel is located on the southern coast of the island, and boasts expansive views right out across the Atlantic.
A large all-inclusive hotel close to sandy beaches and local attractions, the Fanabe Costa Sur Hotel offers a comfortable and contemporary base in Tenerife. Located on the east coast of the island, the accommodation lies in the recently developed region of Costa Adeje, an upmarket area with modern facilities.
Enjoying a seafront location, the family friendly Mediterranean Palace boasts a fine array of amenities. Matched with impeccable service and fine cuisine in all of the restaurants, this hotel is perfect for a luxurious break
The Hotel Botanico and the Oriental Spa Gardens are set in landscaped tropical gardens and have views of Mount Teide, the Orotava Valley and the ocean