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Canary Islands holidays: Plan your perfect island escape

If you are looking for beautiful beaches, year-round sunshine and warm temperatures, a holiday in the Canary Islands is the perfect choice for you. But which of the seven Canary Islands is the best one for you? Read on to discover the best destinations, from Tenerife to Gran Canaria and more.

No matter which type of holiday you're after - a relaxing beach holiday, a luxury island escape or an adventurous outdoors trip - you can find the right Canary Islands holiday deal for you right here. And if you're asking yourself which is the cheapest Canary Island to visit, we've got all the information and tips you need to make the most of your holiday.

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The best destinations in the Canary Islands

Want to go to the Canary Islands but not sure which island you should visit? The good news is that these islands are home to a range of holiday destinations that suit just about every budget.

You can find a wealth of accommodation options and activities on every Canary Island. If you're keen to save some money, why not visit a Canary Island that's known for its outdoor pursuits? You can also make savings on flights, as a number of low-coast airlines fly direct to the bigger islands like Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

For more destination inspiration, here's more on what to expect from each of the Canary islands.


The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife boasts warm and mild temperatures all year long. This gives visitors plenty of opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes that Tenerife is known for.

Expect historic towns and attractions, beaches, rural farmlands, national parks and the highest mountain in Spain - Mount Teide. It's a popular destination for all kinds of travellers, from solo travellers and couples to families.

Gran Canaria

The third largest of the Canary Island group, you can never go wrong with a holiday to Gran Canaria. This island is home to breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous beaches and buzzing resort areas.

Cenobio de Valerón, Risco Caído and the Maspalomas Dunes are some of the island's unmissable attractions; Meloneras, Maspalomas and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are some of the most popular areas to stay.

Other destinations in the Canary Islands

  • Fuerteventura: This is the perfect Canary Island for you if you love beautiful long beaches and watersports.

  • Lanzarote: This island is very different compared to Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Lanzarote is home to otherworldly landscapes and black-sand beaches.

  • La Gomera: This island offers visitors a chance to escape the crowds and embrace nature. If you're looking for a party vibe instead, head to Gran Canaria or Tenerife.

  • La Palma: This island is a hiker's paradise; it's a must visit for anyone looking to get away from it all.

  • El Hierro: The smallest of the Canary Islands is home to unforgettable and unique landscapes. This island is ideal for nature lovers.

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The best things to do in the Canary Islands

All of the Canary Islands are filled with places and activities that are worthy of any travel bucket list. After all, the islands are filled with historical sites, unmissable outdoor spots and stunning coastlines, including plenty of beaches. If you're looking for some inspiration, here are some top things to do in the Canary Islands.

  1. Pay a visit to Tenerife's Teide National Park

  2. Take in the massive dunes at Maspalomas in Gran Canaria

  3. Try your hand at surfing at Fuerteventura's beaches

  4. Explore a lava tube at Lanzarote's Cueva de los Verdes

  5. Hike to Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria

  6. Get away from it all at La Gomera's Garajonay National Park

  7. Catch the sunset at El Hierro's Mirador De La Peña

  8. Go on a dolphin and whale watching tour in La Palma

  9. Meet the wildlife at Tenerife's Loro Park

  10. Get a glimpse of the past at Gran Canaria's Cenobio de Valerón

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Tips for visiting the Canary Islands

Ready to start planning your trip to the Canary Islands? Whether you're travelling as a large group or planning a romantic escape for your partner, we've addressed some of your most frequently asked questions below.

Are the Canary Islands family-friendly?

Without a doubt, yes!

Any of the islands would be suitable for a family trip, as you need only head to the quieter beaches anywhere in the Canaries for kid-friendly coastlines. A number of the islands are home to kid-friendly theme parks and water parks, such as Aqualand in Gran Canaria and Acua in Fuerteventura.

Meanwhile, teenagers and parents who love active holidays can make use of the islands' superb windsurfing conditions. For some outdoorsy family fun, Lanzarote boasts the mighty Timanfaya Natural Park, which is a volcanic wonderland.

Are the Canary Islands good for romantic breaks?

That's another yes.

There's plenty of options when it comes to planning a romantic escape to the Canary Islands. You can make the most of the delicious local food, such as sancocho (sea bass stew) and conejo (rabbit), washed down with some cocktails before a night of dancing. Head to the larger islands such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria for excellent bars, clubs and restaurants.

For something, head to El Hierro, the smallest of the Canaries, and easily the most tranquil. Take a stroll along the rocky coast known as Las Playas.

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What else can you expect from a Canary Islands holiday?

  • Consistent temperatures of 20 °C all year round, even in the middle of winter; temperatures reach 30 °C in the summer months.

  • Some of the greatest views and natural beauty found anywhere in Europe, such as on top of Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain.

  • Gorgeous Spanish architecture, buzzing local markets and an abundance of superb cafes and restaurants.

  • Authentic seafood and tapas restaurants, as well as home comforts at British-style cafes in the larger towns.

  • Beautiful coastlines; don't miss out on the chance to watch dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.