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Luxury Canary Islands Holidays

Spanish culture; African landscapes

Canary Islands

Just off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands offer up Spanish island life with a North African flair. Volcanic landscapes, rolling sand dunes and year-round beach weather make the Canaries popular pretty much all the time.

Fuerteventura lines up a curved coastline of dune-backed beaches and a virtually untouched interior landscape that hikers and bikers are fans of. The biggest island, Gran Canaria, has little seaside resorts and vibrant cities dotting its coast, including the charming capital of Las Palmas, known for its cobbled streets and UNESCO-listed old quarter.

Lanzarote’s gorgeous scenery also has UNESCO status – its huge national park is scattered with more than 100 volcano craters, while Tenerife’s towering Mount Teide is a dramatic backdrop to its Instagram-worthy beaches. Just off Tenerife’s west coast is the littlest Canary. La Gomera may not draw in the big crowds, but that’s just the way we like it.

Destinations in Canary Islands
Fuerteventura is the second-biggest island in the Canaries, stretching from sand-swept Corralejo in the north to wild Jandia Natural Park in the south. A jagged volcanic landscape lies in-between.
Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria stars some of the best-loved beach resorts in Spain, from lively Playa del Ingles to the Sahara-style dunes of Maspalomas. The gorge-scored interior, meanwhile, is ideal for afternoon walks.
La Gomera
La Gomera might be one of the smallest Canary Islands, but it’s also one of the most scenic. Bright white villages spring up between volcanic black-sand beaches, mountains and valleys.
Lanzarote is the most easterly island in the Canaries. It balances gold-sand beach resorts like Playa Blanca with UNESCO-listed national parks and volcanic cave systems.
Tenerife is full of surprises, looping beach resorts like Los Cristianos around the towering moonscape of Mount Teide National Park. Head north and you’ll find culture-filled towns and vineyard-striped hills.
Flight Information

Around 4 hours 15 minutes from the UK.

When to go

The Canaries are a true year-round holiday destination. Being so close to Africa, you get steady average temperatures that stick in the high teens and early 20s throughout winter, climbing steadily to a mid-30s peak in July and August. The heat is tempered by winds, particularly in Lanzarote, which takes the edge of summer humidity but can make evenings feel cooler.

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.


Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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