Often wrongly placed in the Mediterranean, probably by analogy with their cousins the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands are actually located several hundred kilometres west of the Moroccan coast, a latitude that guarantees them crystal-clear water and summer temperatures all year round. The two main islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, have long established themselves as specialists in all-inclusive holidays for a fan-footed holiday. However, it would be a shame to sum up a holiday on the Canaries as a holiday in hotels with large swimming pools. These Spanish islands that fill our lazy holidays are endowed with varied landscapes. Tenerife, for example, is home to the majestic Teid, a volcano with a lunar landscape and an excellent stargazing spot. Their wilder neighbours each have their own specialities: La Gomera impresses with its lush vegetation and offers us beautiful walks in its pine forests and black sand beaches. La Palma, with its heavenly creeks where swimming is so pleasant and its recent volcanic activity. Fuerteventura, with its large expanses of fine sand and turquoise waters promises you an unforgettable trip. El Hierro with its unsuspected geological formations where you can try your hand at diving and Lanzarotte with its waves and folklore. And finally, Gran Canaria, with its divine sand dunes! There are many tropical activities on offer, including many water sports such as scuba diving. You can also meet whales and dolphins who also enjoy the warm waters of the archipelago. This tourist guide will allow you to outline your trip on the spot. Impossible to talk about the Canary Islands without mentioning their gastronomy: fish, seafood and tapas are the basis of most typical dishes, but it is the papas arrugadas, small seasoned potatoes, perfect for a good meal during a family trip.

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In the Canary Islands, there is no off-season as such, as the weather is fine all year round and temperatures range between 20 and 30°C. The high tourist season is summer, from May to October, with peaks in July and August. Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are fully booked in summer due to the beautiful beaches that these islands offer. Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are rarely visited 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 a cold, those of the Canary Islands are still basking in the sun. And it is also the occasion for many Spanish and international families to go on a trip during the Easter holidays or to see the carnival in the sun! However, accommodation is more expensive during 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 off-season as such, as the weather is fine all year round and temperatures range b...
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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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