The Canaries

The Spanish Canary Islands are nestled a surprisingly long way south of the Spanish mainland, 100km west of the southern tip of Morocco. Their southern location lends them a warmer and more tropical climate than Spain, and one whose average temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius all year.

The Canaries are made up of several familiar islands including Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura. Due to their climate and heavily Spanish influenced culture, the Canaries have long been a popular destination amongst British tourists.

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Package deals and cheap flights mean that the Canaries are a top choice for holidays. Tenerife is the largest island, with a deserved reputation for its heady nightlife, as well as some beautifully scenic landscapes that make it a wonderful location for hillside walks and bike rides. Gran Canaria is typically Spanish, perfect for those looking for the most authentically "Canarian" experience. Gran Canaria also has a dramatic and varied landscape, offering naturalists and nature lovers much to marvel at.

Lanzarote was born of a volcanic eruption 15 million years ago and offers some of the most stunning landscapes in the Canaries. Due to its size and location, Lanzarote is less touristy than the larger destinations, and works well for those looking for a quiet break. If you want to sample several of the islands, choose a centrally located one and take day excursions by boat to the surrounding islands, so you can experience each place’s individual charm.

Top 5 things to do in The Canaries

10 facts about the Canaries


Gran Canaria is only the third largest island but houses half of the native population, making it a fascinating place to enjoy traditional Canarian culture.


Vibrant traditional carnivals offering music and dancing take place between January and April in most of the towns in the Canary Islands.


The Canary Islands are home to the rare and endangered Loggerhead Turtle, which can be spotted while snorkelling or scuba diving into the depths.


Lanzarote boasts the famous El Golfo Crater, a volcanic crater with a glittering lagoon in the centre filled with bizarre green glowing water.


Gran Canaria is the perfect spot to watch traditional Canarian wrestling, known locally as Lucha Canaria, it’s one of the most popular sports in the Canaries.


Located in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Lago Martianez’s seven natural salt water swimming pools come complete with an underground dance hall and casino.


Local dishes are a mix of Spanish, North African and Mediterranean cuisine. Try Ropa Vieja, meaning ‘old clothes’, don’t be put off by the name it’s delicious.


The island of La Gomera is a relaxing paradise of beautiful beaches, forests and coral reefs. No wonder Christopher Columbus lived here in the 15th century.


Tenerife is perfect for families, boasting various theme parks like the dolphinarium, Loro Parque and the impressive waterpark, Siam Park.


Fuerteventura lies on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico and is the closest of the Canaries to the African coast, making it seriously sunny and warm.