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If you’re searching for sun, sea and sand, our holidays to the Canary Islands deliver in spades. Anchored 80 miles off the northwest coast of Africa, this Spanish archipelago consists of eight isles, but the famous ones are Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. And, when you see their sweeping beaches and volcanic scenery, it’s easy to understand why this quartet is the most popular.

When you’re looking at holidays to the Canary Islands, you’ll find a real range of choice, with options for both couples and families. The largest isle, Tenerife, is home to child-friendly beaches and Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide. Lanzarote is loved for its lunar-like landscape, where you can explore volcanic caverns and subterranean lakes, alongside its picture-perfect coastline. Idyllic Fuerteventura boasts the best beaches in the Canary Islands. Gran Canaria is famous for its rolling sand dunes, fantastic snorkelling and lively nightlife. And each island is has a variety of accommodation, ranging from all-inclusive hotels to five-star resorts.

Whichever isle you choose, your holiday to the Canaries is sure to be a sunny one. The archipelago is just a four-hour flight away, but it’s warm all year round, with temperatures remaining toasty even in winter.  And, since there’s no time difference, you’ll be able to enjoy your time there without jet lag interrupting your plans. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday to Tenerife or a romantic break in Lanzarote’s winter sun, our experts will help you plan the perfect trip to the Canary Islands.

Beaches

Nature

Nightlife

Best time to go

Best beaches in the Canaries

Holidays to the Canary Island are all about time at the beach – and there’s certainly a lot to choose from. Sleepy Fuerteventura has some of the best beaches in the Canaries. Watersports enthusiasts should head to Corralejo, while romantics should make tracks for picturesque Sotavento Beach. At low tide, you can marvel at the beautiful swirling effect in the sands, reminiscent of Australia’s iconic Whitehaven Beach.

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Volcanic Tenerife is peppered with black-sand beaches – dramatic Playa el Bollullo is a must-see – but there are a few golden ones, too. Near Santa Cruz, crescent-shaped Playa de Las Teresitas is a beautiful spot made up of caramel-coloured sands and green-clad cliffs.

If you’re planning a family holiday to the Canaries, Amadores in Gran Canaria is ideal for children. The bright blue waters are lovely and shallow, so little ones can paddle and parents can relax. Or, if you’re going to Lanzarote, make sure Papagayo is on your list. With turquoise seas in one direction and a lunar-like landscape in the other, this is one of the best beaches in the Canary Islands. And the crystal-clear waters are sheltered by the rocky headlands, making this a safe spot for swimming.

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Natural wonders

The Canary Islands are, understandably, associated with relaxing beach breaks. But if you prefer to keep busy on holiday, there are lots of natural wonders to discover, too. For starters, there’s Mount Teide – an active volcano in Tenerife, and Spain’s highest peak. You can don your hiking boots and trek to the top, or hop in the Teide Cable Car and admire the Mars-like landscape from above.

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Meanwhile, unique Lanzarote has so many natural attractions that the entire island has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You can visit the subterranean lake of Jameos del Agua, and explore the volcanic tunnels and lava caves of Cueva de los Verdes. And make sure you spend a day in Timanfaya National Park. With jagged mountains and rust-coloured craters, this place looks like another planet.

And the Canaries’ natural wonders aren’t just on land. Snorkellers and divers will find plenty of treasures beneath the sea’s surface. Playa Puertito in Tenerife is frequented by dozens of green sea turtles, while El Cabron Marine Reserve in Gran Canaria features a series of coral-covered caves, arches and pillars, where you can dive among rays, seahorses, tropical fish and angel sharks.

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Nightlife in the Canaries

Not everyone goes on holiday to the Canary Islands for a quiet week away. If you’re looking for a lively place to stay, there are plenty of buzzing hotspots across the archipelago.

In Tenerife, Playa de las Americas is the main nightlife hub, with bustling pubs, swish wine bars and all-night clubs. There are also lots of live music bars, where bands perform everything from Motown hits and timeless classics, to recent chart-toppers. Over in Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen is the place to go. From family-friendly bars to pulsing nightclubs, there’s something for everyone here.

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But, when it comes to nightlife in the Canaries, Gran Canaria takes the crown. Las Palmas – the island’s capital – is filled with vibrant bars and cocktail lounges. Or you could dance the night away in Playa del Ingles. This lively coastal town is crammed with nightclubs and, thanks to its popularity with the LBGT community, there are regular drag shows and Pride events, too. 

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Best time to visit the Canary Islands

Put simply, there’s no bad time to go on holiday to the Canary Islands. The archipelago is warm and sunny all year round, so much so that Tenerife is known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’. In the summer months – July to September – average temperatures hover in the high-twenties, but often climb up into the thirties. Unsurprisingly, this time of year is incredibly popular, as families seek a break in the sun. If you’re looking to enjoy the hot weather without the crowds, consider going in June or October, when the mercury stays around 25°C.

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But winter is also a great time for a trip to the Canaries. Obviously it’s not quite as hot as the height of summer, but it’s still much warmer than winter in the UK. Between November and March, you can expect temperatures to remain in the high teens – so you can make the most of the beaches and return home with a healthy glow.

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Beaches

Best beaches in the Canaries

Holidays to the Canary Island are all about time at the beach – and there’s certainly a lot to choose from. Sleepy Fuerteventura has some of the best beaches in the Canaries. Watersports enthusiasts should head to Corralejo, while romantics should make tracks for picturesque Sotavento Beach. At low tide, you can marvel at the beautiful swirling effect in the sands, reminiscent of Australia’s iconic Whitehaven Beach.

Show More
Show Less

Volcanic Tenerife is peppered with black-sand beaches – dramatic Playa el Bollullo is a must-see – but there are a few golden ones, too. Near Santa Cruz, crescent-shaped Playa de Las Teresitas is a beautiful spot made up of caramel-coloured sands and green-clad cliffs.

If you’re planning a family holiday to the Canaries, Amadores in Gran Canaria is ideal for children. The bright blue waters are lovely and shallow, so little ones can paddle and parents can relax. Or, if you’re going to Lanzarote, make sure Papagayo is on your list. With turquoise seas in one direction and a lunar-like landscape in the other, this is one of the best beaches in the Canary Islands. And the crystal-clear waters are sheltered by the rocky headlands, making this a safe spot for swimming.

Show More
Show Less

Nature

Natural wonders

The Canary Islands are, understandably, associated with relaxing beach breaks. But if you prefer to keep busy on holiday, there are lots of natural wonders to discover, too. For starters, there’s Mount Teide – an active volcano in Tenerife, and Spain’s highest peak. You can don your hiking boots and trek to the top, or hop in the Teide Cable Car and admire the Mars-like landscape from above.

Show More
Show Less

Meanwhile, unique Lanzarote has so many natural attractions that the entire island has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You can visit the subterranean lake of Jameos del Agua, and explore the volcanic tunnels and lava caves of Cueva de los Verdes. And make sure you spend a day in Timanfaya National Park. With jagged mountains and rust-coloured craters, this place looks like another planet.

And the Canaries’ natural wonders aren’t just on land. Snorkellers and divers will find plenty of treasures beneath the sea’s surface. Playa Puertito in Tenerife is frequented by dozens of green sea turtles, while El Cabron Marine Reserve in Gran Canaria features a series of coral-covered caves, arches and pillars, where you can dive among rays, seahorses, tropical fish and angel sharks.

Show More
Show Less

Nightlife

Nightlife in the Canaries

Not everyone goes on holiday to the Canary Islands for a quiet week away. If you’re looking for a lively place to stay, there are plenty of buzzing hotspots across the archipelago.

In Tenerife, Playa de las Americas is the main nightlife hub, with bustling pubs, swish wine bars and all-night clubs. There are also lots of live music bars, where bands perform everything from Motown hits and timeless classics, to recent chart-toppers. Over in Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen is the place to go. From family-friendly bars to pulsing nightclubs, there’s something for everyone here.

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But, when it comes to nightlife in the Canaries, Gran Canaria takes the crown. Las Palmas – the island’s capital – is filled with vibrant bars and cocktail lounges. Or you could dance the night away in Playa del Ingles. This lively coastal town is crammed with nightclubs and, thanks to its popularity with the LBGT community, there are regular drag shows and Pride events, too. 

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit the Canary Islands

Put simply, there’s no bad time to go on holiday to the Canary Islands. The archipelago is warm and sunny all year round, so much so that Tenerife is known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’. In the summer months – July to September – average temperatures hover in the high-twenties, but often climb up into the thirties. Unsurprisingly, this time of year is incredibly popular, as families seek a break in the sun. If you’re looking to enjoy the hot weather without the crowds, consider going in June or October, when the mercury stays around 25°C.

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Show Less

But winter is also a great time for a trip to the Canaries. Obviously it’s not quite as hot as the height of summer, but it’s still much warmer than winter in the UK. Between November and March, you can expect temperatures to remain in the high teens – so you can make the most of the beaches and return home with a healthy glow.

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Teide National Park

Walk through this otherworldly national park in Tenerife, where you’ll be able to hike to the top of Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide.

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El Cabron Marine Reserve

Snorkel and dive among rich corals, tropical fish and ghostly rays in this protected area, just off Gran Canaria’s east coast.

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Siam Park

Kids and adults alike will love the thrilling water slides and rides at Siam Park in Tenerife. This Thai-inspired attraction has been rated the world’s best waterpark by TripAdvisor.

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Timanfaya National Park

Explore the lunar-like landscape of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, where you’ll be able to see orange mountains and volcanic earth.

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Playa del Ingles

Vibrant and non-stop, this town in Gran Canaria knows how to party. Spend your night sipping fruity cocktails, or dance ‘til dawn in one of the many clubs.

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