Often wrongly placed in the Mediterranean, probably by analogy with their cousins the Balearics, the Canary Islands are actually located several hundred kilometres west of the Moroccan coast, a latitude that guarantees them summer temperatures all year round. The two main islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, have long distinguished themselves as specialists in all-inclusive travel for a fan-folded holiday. It would be a pity, however, to sum them up as a few large hotels. Tenerife is home to the majestic Teid, a volcano with a lunar landscape and an excellent stargazing spot. More wild, their neighbours each have their own specialities: La Gomera impresses with its lush pine forests and black sand beaches, La Palma with its rugged coves and recent volcanic activity, Fuerteventura with its endless expanses of white sand, El Hierro with its unsuspected geological formations in which to try diving and Lanzarote with its waves and folklore. Many excursions are also available to meet whales and dolphins, who also enjoy the warm waters of the archipelago. This tourist guide will allow you to trace the outline of your trip on site. Finally, it is impossible to talk about the Canary Islands without mentioning their gastronomy: fish and seafood are the basis of most of the typical dishes, but it is the papas arrugadas, small seasoned potatoes that are almost worth the trip on their own.

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When to go to Canary Islands?

In the Canary Islands, there is no low season as such because the weather is fine all year round and temperatures fluctuate between 20 and 30°C. The high tourist season corresponds to summer, from May to October, with peaks in July and August. Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are sold out in summer due to the beautiful beaches that these islands offer. Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are not visited very often and will delight those who are looking for more tranquility. The best time to leave is, without a doubt, from November to April, because when our landscapes catch cold, those of the Canaries still bask in the sun. And it is also an opportunity for many Spanish and international families to spend Easter holidays or see the carnival in the sun! However, accommodation is more expensive during the period of December, January and February.

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  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

The Canary Islands offer both all-inclusive trips to hotel complexes with tailor-made activities and excursions and theme trips, especially for hikers and volcano lovers. Stays last from 10 days to three weeks and generally include visits to two islands, or even three for the more ambitious ones.

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The Canary Islands are very safe and modern islands, so travelling alone does not pose any particular difficulty. In addition, the diversity of the offer in transport, accommodation and activities will allow you to build the trip that suits you. However, make sure to book transport and accommodation in advance during the high season to avoid surprises

You must inevitably take a boat or plane to travel between the islands. The price and time of the trips are very variable, but between very distant islands, we recommend flying, a little more expensive but very fast. On the other hand, if you do flea jumps, the boat is much more practical. On the islands, renting a car remains a good solution but buses also exist and serve many destinations.

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When to travel?

In the Canary Islands, there is no low season as such because the weather is fine all year round and temperatures flu...
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Weather forecast

The Canary Islands enjoy a mild climate all year round: a warm climate for all the islands except for a moderate clim...
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Budget

Accommodation and catering rates are slightly lower than those in France. Be careful, however, there is a local consu...
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Formalities

Spain being in the Schengen area, like France, a simple identity card is sufficient to travel to the Canaries. An up-...
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Health

There is no particularly serious disease listed in the Canary Islands. Mosquitoes are present, but despite the proxim...
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How to travel by yourself?

The Canary Islands are very safe and modern islands, so travelling alone does not pose any particular difficulty. In...
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How to get organized?

The Canary Islands offer both all-inclusive trips to hotel complexes with tailor-made activities and excursion...
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Getting around

You must inevitably take a boat or plane to travel between the islands. The price and time of the trips are very vari...
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