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Canaries Holidays

Canaries Holidays

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Whether it’s Lanzarote’s lava-laden landscapes, Tenerife’s traditional towns, Gran Canaria’s golden dunes or Fuerteventura’s family resorts, one thing that we do know is that the Canary Islands are a perfect blend of sun, sand and sea. It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking a fun-filled family holiday, a romantic couples’ escape or a last-minute break, this cluster of islands with its coast-hugging beaches, winding forests and year-round sunshine has something for everyone – so take your pick!

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Best beaches in the Canaries

Think teal-tinted waters blending into a pillowy-soft coastline – that’s what dreams are made of. The Canaries combines small coastal villages with lively beach resorts, so you can find a beachy backdrop that works for you. Many of the most natural beaches on the Canary Islands are lined with a rich, volcanic sand, but there are plenty of golden coves to lay down a towel if that’s more your style. Maspalomas in Gran Canaria frames the coast in a languid 17km stretch, pairing desert-like sand dunes with a brilliantly blue seascape for a colourful scene that can’t be missed. If beachfront wanders and watersports are on your to-do list then Corralejo in Fuerteventura is a popular choice with its white sands and open seas, whilst Papagayo in Lanzarote encompasses rocky headlands and translucent waters perfect for snorkeling. Plus, there are always a handful of waterfront bars and restaurants within easy reach, so you can make a whole day of it.

Lanzarote beach

Best hotels in the Canaries

You might be looking to soak up the sunshine but choosing the right hotel for you is an important part of any holiday, and you’ll be spoilt for choice in the Canaries. From family-friendly resorts with kids’ menus, mini clubs and waterparks to peaceful adult-only hotels with quiet pools and on-site spas, these islands have something for everyone. Paradise Lago Taurito & Aqua Park is the perfect pick for a break with the kids in Gran Canaria, bursting at the seams with sports facilities and an extravagant pool complex with thrilling waterslides. Looking for something a little quieter? Hotel KN Arenas del Mar Beach & Spa is a great choice for an adults-only Tenerife trip, whilst Oasis Duna is nestled amongst tropical gardens in Fuerteventura for a truly idyllic setting.


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All Inclusive holidays to the Canaries

You can have it all when you opt for an All Inclusive holiday to the Canaries. Not only will your beach break be filled with sunshine – this destination is well-loved for its year-round good weather – you’ll also get your food, drink and fun in a lovely package too; a lovely package holiday that is. Whether you’ll be living it up in Lanzarote or making memories in Gran Canaria, you can get away your way when you go all in. You can rest assured that restaurants and bars will adhere to strict hygiene guidelines, so you can kick back with your complimentary cocktail (or coffee) without a care in the world.

The Canaries

2021 holidays to the Canaries

Well, if ever we’ve needed a holiday to look forward to, it’s now. Booking next year’s flights and hotel today means you can start looking forward to that Spanish sun, sea and sand right away. We can’t think of a better way to brighten up the winter than with an exciting 2021 Canaries holiday countdown! Whether you fancy sneaking in a winter break in January or February, or getting the summer started with a bang, the Canary Islands are great for grand plans. From school holidays to romantic escapes, this island is just the ticket for the hot holiday you deserve.


Can't pick which island you like the most? Not to worry! Have a read of our blog and find out which canary island is right for you.

Family holidays to the Canaries

The Canaries have long been a firm favourite when it comes to Family holidays. With gorgeous golden beaches, glorious year-round sunshine and fantastic family-friendly hotels, it’s a winner with the whole gang. Little ones will love the splashtastic watersports, aquaparks and ocean adventures, whilst older ones can enjoy some laid-back relaxing in the sun. Jet off to resorts that rank highly for family getaways like Los Cristianos in Tenerife and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, where you can explore beachfront promenades, seafront restaurants and exciting activities the whole family can join in with. From thrilling days out to wild and wacky pool days, the Canary islands offer the family adventure of a lifetime!

Playa De Las Americas

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Luxury holidays in the Canaries

Escape to the Canary Islands in style with a lavish luxury break like no other. Lap up the sea breeze on the dreamy Corralejo shores in Fuerteventura, where five star hotels are nothing but the norm. Live it up in Gran Canaria’s magnificent Melonares, where you can shop till you drop at fashion boutique high streets and laze away sunny days with an extravagant hotel stay. If picture-perfect hotel hideaways and boating exploration days are your dream kind of getaway, then lay over in Lanzarote’s Puerto del Carmen for a true taste of paradise. Whether your off on a secluded adults-only escape with your loved one or you’ve been saving for the honeymoon holiday of a lifetime – the Canary islands are sure to offer a stunning scenic backdrop to your slice of sun-soaked luxury.

Puerto Rico Gran Canaria

Nightlife in the Canaries

From the twinkling lights of the famous Playa De Las Americas strip to the laid-back beach bars of Lanzarote and the lively Las Palmas capital, the colourful Canaries offer nightlife adventures to suit all kinds of traveller. For those seeking a more casual end to the day head to Maspalomas in Gran Canaria, where you can enjoy evening meals accompanied by sensational island sunsets and head for after-dinner drinks at lavish cocktail bars. If late-night dance parties, fruity cocktails and up-beat crowds are your kinda thing, then we’d recommend hitting up the Playa De Las Americas strip for your late night antics. Grab your pals for a mates escape filled with sun, sea and feel good fun, party holidays in the Canaries are simply unforgettable.

Gran Canaria harbour

Things to eat in Gran Canaria

Canarian cuisine is fresh and flavourful, with plenty of variety. You’ll find Spanish classics like tapas and paella in restaurants all over the islands, as well as plenty of local dishes to discover too. For example, you must try mojos, a variety of sauces served with potatoes, meat or fish. Make sure you sample some seafood, wherever you choose to stay. Island holidays mean fresh fish and menus based around the catch of the day. Living that plant-based life, or simply not a fish fan? There are plenty of menus based around deliciously prepared veggies too. Pair these with a local wine (we love the sweet Malmsey wine, produced in the La Geria area of Lanzarote), a classic Spanish sangria or a fresh fruit juice, and your taste buds will be in paradise too.

Las Palmas

Culture in the Canaries

The Canary Islands are a part of Spain, and it isn’t just the language that they have in common with the mainland. From food to architecture, you’ll notice nods to Spanish culture wherever you look. These islands also have many influences from Latin America. Life in the Canaries is all about family and food; even better if the two can be combined. There are also plenty of events and celebrations to take part in, such as Las Palmas Carnival in Gran Canaria every May and music festivals such as I Love Tenerife in Costa Adeje. Smaller resort towns or fishing villages may offer weekly markets or local gigs – in many cases you can ask at your hotel reception desk for tips and information about Canarian cuture.

Things to do in the Canaries

Hiking

With their volcanic landscapes, lush greenery and stunning crystal-blue waters, the Canary Islands are perfect for those who love to hike. If you’re looking for a challenge, head to Tenerife and climb the jaw-dropping Mount Tiede, reaching heights of 3718m. In Gran Canaria, there are plenty of trails around the island to choose from, including the 10km hikes up Montaña del Viso and Camino de Santiago. The trails in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote may not be as well known, but are definitely still worth checking out, especially if you fancy a day exploring in the wonderful Canarian sunshine.

Theme parks

One of the largest waterparks in Europe, Siam Park in Tenerife, promises a fun-filled day for all the family. Get your adrenaline pumping with the 28m-high Tower Power or sit back, relax and take it easy on the Mai Thai Lazy River. Over in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria you can head to Aqualand, offering a fantastic variety of pools and slides for all-round family fun! If you prefer to stay dry, there’s the Angry Birds Activity Park located in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria that’s a hit with the younger ones.

Watersports

The beautiful islands offer sun-soaked beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, which can only mean one thing….watersports! From surfing to wakeboarding, scuba diving to paragliding – there’s something for everyone. Those who love to ride the waves will find the best spots for surfing in Corralejo (Fuerteventura) and La Santa in Lanzarote. If windsurfing is your passion, make sure to go to one of the best windsurfing spots in the world - Pozo Izquiero in Gran Canaria. With crystal-clear waters, it’s great for those who prefer to be underwater rather than on top of it, as scuba diving and snorkelling is a fantastic experience when you’re in the Canary Island waters.

Vibrant Nightlife

If you’re hoping to dance until the early hours, Playa de las Americas in Tenerife has 2 main strips, both lined with bars and clubs including the hugely-popular Linekers Bar. DJs make regular appearances at Tramps Bar, while Murphy’s Irish Pub is great for live music. Over in Gran Canaria, Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria all offer a great range of bars from chilled-out spots to jazz clubs. Fuerteventura may be a calm, relaxing island, but you can still find your dose of evening fun in Corralejo where you can dance, drink cocktails or even watch some sports with a couple of beers. If it’s clubbing that you want, Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote has the buzzing atmosphere that you need for a fabulous night out on the tiles.

What's the weather like in the Canaries?

The Canary Islands enjoy great weather all year round due to their location just off the west coast of Africa. Summer months have an average of 24°C with highs of 28°C while December and January see temperatures drop to a still warm 17°C. July and August see the smallest amount of rainfall with an average of 1 rainy day while the winter months are slightly wetter with an average of 6 rainy days.

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan18 °c19 °c10 h
Feb18 °c18 °c11 h
Mar19 °c18 °c12 h
Apr19 °c19 °c13 h
May20 °c20 °c13 h
Jun22 °c21 °c14 h
Jul24 °c22 °c14 h
Aug25 °c22 °c13 h
Sep24 °c23 °c12 h
Oct23 °c23 °c12 h
Nov21 °c22 °c11 h
Dec18 °c20 °c10 h

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Important Information about travelling to the Canaries

Canary Islands negative test requirements update

Please note, that all visitors to the Canaries who are 6 years of age or older (and not residents of the Canary Islands) must be able to prove that they tested negative within 72 hours prior to their arrival. Hotels are permitted to refuse entry to customers who do not comply.

If necessary, hotels will be able to inform visitors of the nearest test centre, or visitors may have the test completed at the hotel – at their own expense – if available. If a visitor agrees to being tested they can be allowed entry until their results are available, however they must self-isolate in their hotel room until they receive their results.

Evidence of a negative test can be shown via a printed or digital test certificate, which must clearly display the date and time of test, identification details, the name of the testing laboratory, the test type and the negative result.

Additionally, customers will be required to download the RADAR COVID app (free to download from Apple and Google Play stores) and must use the app during their stay in the Canaries as well as for a period of 15 days upon their return home.

As an On the Beach customer it is your individual responsibility to arrange the COVID-19 test before you travel. Further information relating to Covid-specific entry requirements and your obligations as a passenger can be found in our terms and conditions here.

How long does it take to fly to the Canaries?

It takes about four and a half hours to fly to the Canaries from the UK.

What’s the time difference between the UK and the Canaries?

There is no time difference between the Canaries and the UK

What currency do they use in the Canaries?

The official currency of the Canaries is the Euro.

What language do they speak in the Canaries?

The official language spoken in the Canaries is Spanish.

Customer reviews

At On the Beach, we've sent many satisfied customers to the Canary Islands and beyond for a little bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

James Harkness:


Again another enjoyable experience through On the Beach, never had a bad one in twelve years, long may it continue :+1:.


Tracy Edwards:


Very helpful and loved the hotel the staff where very helpful and lovely


Craig Harrald:


Amazing service as always this is the 5th time I've booked quick easy and good value :O) would highly recommend.


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Canaries Weather

The Canary Islands enjoy great weather all year round due to their location just off the west coast of Africa.

Summer months have an average of 24°C with highs of 28°C while December and January see temperatures drop to a still warm 17°C.

July and August see the smallest amount of rainfall with an average of 1 rainy day while the winter months are slightly wetter with an average of 6 rainy days.

Jan 13ºC
Feb 15ºC
Mar 16ºC
Apr 18ºC
May 21ºC
Jun 24ºC
Jul 27ºC
Aug 27ºC
Sep 25ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 16ºC
Dec 13ºC

Things To Do on Canaries Holidays

Theme Parks
One of the largest waterparks in Europe, Siam Park in Tenerife, promises a fun-filled day for all the family. Get your adrenaline pumping with the 28m-high Tower Power or sit back, relax and take it easy on the Mai Thai Lazy River.

Vibrant Nightlife
If you’re hoping to dance until the early hours, Playa de las Americas in Tenerife has 2 main strips, both lined with bars and clubs including the hugely-popular Linekers Bar. DJs make regular appearances at Tramps Bar, while Murphy’s Irish Pub is great for live music.

Surfing Lessons
Due to their location in southern Europe, each of the Canary Islands offer great surfing opportunities, although Corralejo in Fuerteventura and La Santa in Lanzarote tend to get the bigger waves. Classes are available on most beaches whether you’re a surfing master or want to learn a new skill.

Canaries Resorts

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura

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Gran Canaria

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Lanzarote

Lanzarote

Boasting brilliant beaches, lunar-like landscapes and over 300 days of sunshine each year, Lanzarote is a one-of-a-kind island with a lot to offer. Th…

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Tenerife

Tenerife

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