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Holidays to Canary Islands

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Key points

  • Booking your holiday to the Canaries in advance can translate into an early-bird rate that could well be cheaper than the same booking made later on
  • On the other end of the scale, a last-minute booking made late in the day can also result in a discount on the standard price. There’s more of an element of luck involved, though
  • Comparing holiday prices with GoCompare can help identify some low, low prices, while also highlighting alternative options you may have overlooked

With hot weather, beautiful beaches and awesome attractions, what's not to love about holidays in the Canaries? Best of all, these tropical climates and exotic landscapes can be yours to behold in less than four and half hours. That’s half the time it takes to fly to the Bahamas.

But it’s not just the close proximity that the Canaries have going for them... To say holidays in the Canary Islands are a pick ‘n’ mix of pleasures would be an understatement. From the pristine sands and turquoise waters of Fuerteventura to the red and black volcanic rocks of Lanzarote, the Canaries have an attraction and activity to suit every mood and personality. 

Enough appetite whetting – time to get stuck in! So, open the cage, peek in and join us as we take a closer look at the Canaries. 

Where can you visit in the Canary Islands?

Officially recognised as part of Spain, the Canary Islands are made up of seven primary islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, in addition to several smaller islands, islets and large rocks. Think of them as an ensemble movie with the primary islands making up the lead characters and the latter islets taking the roles of supporting cast.

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While there are seven main islands in the Canaries, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are generally considered the two hottest, with average daily temperatures of over 20 degrees Celsius. Naturally, this has made them two of the most popular destinations. However, overlooking the other quintet of Canaries would be the biggest island tragedy since Wilson floated out to sea in Castaway. 

Are the Canary Islands part of the EU?

Despite the fact that the Canary Islands are considered a Spanish archipelago and do use the euro currency, the Canaries are actually a lot closer to Africa, lying just off the coast of Morocco. The North African location has led to occasional confusion as to whether or not the Canary Islands are part of the European Union. 

The gist of this uncertainty is down to the fact that, while the Canary Islands are technically part of Spain (and, as such, the EU), they’re also classed as an ‘outermost region (OMR)’ outside the EU VAT Area. So, to cut a long story short, the Canary Islands are part of the EU but aren’t part of the EU for customs purposes, and do enjoy some fiscal/economic benefits.

Holidays in the Canary Islands  

If you're on the hunt for cheap holidays in the Canary Islands, two of the most popular options available are the tried and tested package route and the ever-awesome all inclusive. 

Package holidays to the Canary Islands  

Finding cheap holidays in the Canary Islands can be as easy as bundling everything together in one package. Travel companies typically buy their flights and rooms in bulk, allowing them to gain a discounted rate overall, which they can then pass on to the customer at their discretion. Plus travel companies are often privy to cheaper rates than Joe Public as well, making it a lot easier for both them and you to gain an exclusive discount. 

Did you know...?

The Canary Islands has been used as the location for a number of big-budget blockbusters over the years. These include such movies as Clash of the Titans, Fast & Furious 6 and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

What’s more, the sheer convenience of the package option is hard to beat, with flights, hotels and transfers all typically wrapped up in one bundle. It can also pose a great option for those with children, as some of the best family holidays the Canary Islands have to offer come in the form of package holidays. Better still, these packages usually come with ATOL/ABTA protection as well, should you run into any hiccups along the way.  

All-inclusive holidays to the Canary Islands  

When it comes to Canary Islands holidays, all-inclusive is arguably as good as it gets. With virtually everything included in the price from the moment you check in, all-inclusive holidays in the Canary Islands are the ultimate in carefree getaways. Provided you eat and drink on-site at your hotel, you don’t even need to carry cash or card with you during your stay. 

Despite commonly being costly for the initial expense, all-inclusive holidays to the Canary Islands can prove to be particularly economical overall. This is particularly applicable for those that spend a lot of time on-site at the hotel and enjoy indulging at the restaurant or the bar. If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, all-inclusive holidays to the Canary Islands could be the one for you. 

Things to do in the Canary Islands  

Tenerife in particular is internationally renowned as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’. It enjoys a warm tropical climate year-round, making it the perfect destination for those considering Canary Islands Christmas holidays. Meanwhile, a location like Fuerteventura is ideal for those that love water sports and is considered a hotspot for surfing and water-skiing.

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Even the lesser-known island of La Gomera is a haven for trekking, with sights like Roque Agando, El Monumento Natural de los Roques and Hermigua appearing like something straight out of Jumanji or Jurassic Park. With so many tourist attractions throughout the cluster of islands that make up the Canaries, it’s almost impossible to fit it all in… the operative word being ‘almost’.

The best way to truly experience the full Canary package is to get some spring in your step and indulge in some island hopping. Many visitors like to soak up a few islands during their stay, with many of the islands connected by a short ferry ride.

And prepare to raise your eyebrows: nudist holidays in Canary Islands are also a popular holiday option. According to UK search engine stats, it seems like more than a few Brits have considered shedding their budgie smugglers in the Canaries. No judging here at GoCo… just remember to cover up in sun cream, if nothing else.

Compare cheap holidays to the Canary Islands 

Whether you're looking for luxury Canary Islands holidays, villa holidays or even family holidays to the Canary Islands, finding a great bargain can be a lot easier than you may think. You can even find cheap all-inclusive holidays to Canary Islands if you simply shop around. However, to make things easier for you, we’ve thrown a few handy hints and tips in below to help you secure a bargain. 

One of the simplest ways to bag cheap holidays to the Canaries is to simply get ahead of the game and book early. The early bird definitely gets the worm in this case… and we all know that Canaries love worms, right? 

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Meanwhile, the exact opposite approach can also bear fruit, and last-minute holidays to the Canary Islands can be a great way to secure a discount holiday. Travel agents commonly slash the price of holidays the closer it gets to the departure date, so a timely booking could prove to be the perfect storm for a cut-price getaway. However, availability isn’t guaranteed, so proceed with caution. 

Another great way to experience the Canaries at a lower price is to visit during the off-season. Planning a trip outside of the popular tourist window of school holidays and the summertime can be a great way to avoid the crowds and, more importantly, avoid the inflated summer prices. 

Better still, the climate of year-round toasty weather also allows you far more latitude on dates. In fact, holidays to Canary Islands in November and December can be just as enjoyable as summer breaks, if not more so. Christmas holidays in the Canaries can be a great option for anyone looking to celebrate the festive season in style. 

Whichever option you ultimately decide to go for, it’s always worth comparing with GoCompare first. We can help highlight some awesome holiday prices instantly, while also unearthing alternative options you may not have even considered. 

By Martyn Grant