Canary Islands: where they are, when to go and what to see

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Going on holiday to the Canary Islands means, first of all, choosing the island that best suits our needs. Or, if you have a lot of time and budget, you can also decide to visit them all, in order to fully enjoy all the spectacles of nature present there. Here is some useful information for the organization of the holiday.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 15 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. What to do in the Canaries: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a holiday in the Canary Islands cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments
  9. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 2.101.924
  • Capitals: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: mild climate with limited fluctuations
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Identity card valid for expatriation or passport
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are

    The Canary Islands are an archipelago of seven major islands and other smaller islets, all of volcanic origin, located in the Atlantic Ocean off northwestern Africa. These form an autonomous community of Spain. The seven main islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro.

    How to reach us

    • From Rome and Milan: The international airports of Los Rodeos (Tenerife north), Reina Sofia (Tenerife South), La Gomera Tenerife, Gran Canaria Las Palmas, Valverde Hierro, Fuerteventura Puerto del Rosario are available in the Canary Islands, served by companies such as Vueling, Iberia, Air Europa and Alitalia. Furthermore, it is possible to move from one island to another by sea or by internal flights, lasting between 40 minutes and about 2 hours.
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 62,00
    • From the main European capitals: London and Berlin are connected to the same international airports by direct flights, while those departing from Paris all make a stopover in Madrid.
      Compare flights to the Canary Islands - from € 30,00

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: particularly mild climate, given their position on the Atlantic, just north of the Tropic, and a short distance from the coasts of Morocco and Western Sahara. In the islands with hills such as Tenerife or El Hierro there are cooler and cloudy microclimates. The eastern islands (Lanzarote and Fuerteventura), characterized by few hills, have a greater wind, which makes them a surfer's paradise.
    • Best time: they can be visited all year round, but those who want to do the beach life will appreciate them more in the period from May to mid-October, with the sea that will gradually warm up.
    • Period to avoid: late autumn and winter, when there is the possibility of encountering mid-season temperatures, a few cloudy days, a little wind and some rain.
    • Advice: in summer, bring summer clothes, but also a sweatshirt or light jacket for the evening and windy afternoons; comfortable hiking shoes. In winter, bring light clothes for the day, a sweater and jacket for the evening, a raincoat or umbrella. To climb the mountains, the down jacket, hat, gloves, and hiking shoes. In Lanzarote and Fuerteventura a scarf for the wind and when the sand arrives from the desert.

    Which island to go to?

    The Canaries belong to Spain; the main islands are: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, to which are added some smaller islands and islets. Here are the most suitable for a holiday.

    1. Tenerife: it is the largest and most populated island of the archipelago, rich in historical evidence from the period following the conquest of the Canaries. Some deposits and places dating back to the indigenous islanders have also been preserved in good condition such as the Cueva de Achbinico in Candelaria and the Barranco de Herques in Fasnia - more info on Tenerife
    2. Lanzarote it is the oldest of the islands, and boasts 13 protected natural areas, including the Timanfaya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. The island has many natural beauties but few historical ones, so it is mainly recommended for nature and beach lovers - more info on Lanzarote
    3. Gran Canaria: the island has very beautiful beaches, including San Augustìn, Las Canteras and the Maspalomas dunes, but the peculiarity of its territory is represented by the Roquesa, rocky hills, the result of erosion, which rise both from the earth and from the sea ​​- more info on Gran Canaria
    4. Fuerteventura: the island boasts the most beautiful beaches in the entire archipelago, the reason for the rapid tourist development. The best beaches are located in the south and are Costa Colma and Jandia. Corralejo park is also not to be missed. The island is also famous for its nightlife, a detail that makes it the right environment for young people, nature and beach lovers, while it is not suitable for those who prefer cultural visits - more info on Fuerteventura

    15 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Parrot: deep inlet, therefore protected from the winds, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Canaries and is located on the island of Lanzarote.
    2. La Gomera: smallest and most colorful island of the seven major ones, it is home to several villages that still preserve their traditions intact and numerous forests.
    3. La Palma: the island enjoys legendary landscapes, consisting of laurel forests and numerous water sources. Additionally, it is home to several museums, parks, and beaches.
    4. Caldera de Taburiente National Park: located in La Palma, this is a crater of 10 km in diameter, where it is possible to go trekking and exploring. During the Spanish conquest, the area was used as a stronghold by the natives.
    5. Mirador de Las Playas: located in El Hierro it is a 360 ° observation point of the uninhabited and wild side of the Canary Islands.
    6. Timanfaya National Park of Lanzarote: volcanic area symbol of Lanzarote where a lava flow draws undulations and shapes that extend to the sea.
    7. El Hierro: the island measures only 280 sq km, but still enjoys numerous tourist beauties, including the stupendous landscapes, ranging from volcanic ones to flowering meadows.
    8. Garchico: located in Tenerife, this is one of the coastal towns still authentic and less influenced by tourism.
    9. The organs: it is located in La Gomera and is nothing more than a basaltic cliff, formed by lava flows, which in effect has the shape of an organ.
    10. Santa Cruz: main city of the island of Tenerife, capital of the province of the same name and cradle of archaeological remains found on the territory of the entire archipelago. The city is also the seat of important religious structures and political buildings, given its role as the capital of the Canaries until 1927.
    11. Icod de los Vinos: charming village located on the island of Tenerife, nestled in the countryside and banana plantations. Here there is a cave, El Viento, formed following a volcanic eruption of the Pico Viejo volcano: the site is a labyrinth of underground passages.
    12. Betancuria: capital of Fuerteventura until 1834, the city has an important religious heritage and an imposing cathedral, La Catedral de Santa María de Betancuria. Other important religious buildings are the San Diego Hermitage and the Franciscan Church Convent.
    13. Playa de Santiago: extends to the municipalities of Lomada de Tecina, Laguna de Santiago and a fishing village. Beach suitable for lovers of relaxation and tranquility, away from the chaos and "super-development" of other sea areas.
    14. Puerto del Carmen: located on the island of Lanzarote, it boasts a coastline 10 meters wide and one kilometer long, which allows you to enjoy the sun on a "lively" beach, while maintaining your privacy, given the abundance of space. The crystal clear waters with a sloping bottom make it suitable for families and swimming lovers.
    15. Corralejo: is a seaside town in the north of Fuerteventura, immersed in a desert landscape. Due to the presence of a fishing port, the city combines seafaring culture with a tourist holiday atmosphere. Particularly beautiful are the picturesque houses that are located around the port.

    What to do in the Canaries: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in the Canary Islands cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Thanks to their mild climate, the Canaries can be visited all year round but, despite this, the prices remained in an "economic" average for a tourist destination like this.
    Il average cost of a night in a hotel, for example, it ranges from € 32,00 for hostels, € 54,00 for 1-star hotels, € 61,00 for 2-star hotels, up to € 82,00 for 3-star hotels.

    As for the meals, in an inexpensive restaurant, one person pays on average between € 8,00 and € 10,00, while in a middle-class restaurant, two people for a menu of three dishes each pay instead from € 25,00 to € 45,00.
    The most convenient of all means of transport is the taxi, with € 2,40 as the start of the ride and € 0,64 for each kilometer traveled.

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