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Spanish culture; African landscapes
The Canary Islands are open to UK customers and are welcoming visitors once again. Spain's Mainland & Balearics however, remain restricted with the FCDO advising against all but essential travel.
If you are due to travel to the Canaries (which include Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomara, Lanzarote and Tenerife) a negative COVID Test must be taken within 72 hours of your flight arrival time. This will be verified by the accommodation supplier and check in will not be permitted without proof. Testing must be completed by all passengers including, children/infants. Also, a visual health assessment and temperature check will be completed on your arrival and you must provide contact information 48 hours prior to travel by downloading the SPTH app or on the following website www.spth.gob.es – a QR code will be issued and must be shown on arrival. Lastly, 48 hours before you return to the UK, a passenger locator form must also be completed. On return to the UK from your holiday, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
Please familiarise yourself with the information found on www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements . For general booking FAQs, head to our Travel with Confidence page.
The Canary Islands have been a popular option for holidaymakers since the 1960s. This volcanic Spanish island chain sits off the coast of Morocco and has been shaped by the influence of North African and European settlers and centuries of Atlantic trade. All seven islands boast dramatic scenery, with black and white sand beaches, vast sand dunes and rugged rock formations.
Tenerife is the largest in the archipelago and boasts azure blue seas, pretty beaches and charming towns. The capital, Santa Cruz, is a cosmopolitan centre with a thriving arts scene and is a popular spot for couples. There’s a range of family resorts on the coast. To the west is Lanzarote, which is home to the extraordinary lunar landscape of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Timanfaya National Park. The European Space Agency trains astronauts for future Mars missions here.
Gran Canaria is the southernmost point of the chain and offers some exceptional seaside resorts which edge onto warm Atlantic waters. Its main town, Las Palmas, is known for its brightly painted houses and fine cathedral.
Around 4 hours 15 minutes from the UK.
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.
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.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.