The Canary Islands offer tourist of all kinds an exciting and relaxing holiday. The single islands of the Canaries vary in terms of landscape and vegetation massively from each other: The east located islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote have very sparse vegetation and a cragged almost desert-style landscape.
Gran Canary and Tenerife are much thicker covered with green. On the high volcanoes lays partially some snow not far from the beautiful beaches. Thanks to the good ferry connections between the islands the Canaries are ideal for a round trip.
Similar ideal is the destination further for beach and sports holiday due to the good weather. Due to the many reef breaks surfer will have lot of action. The often-strong winds take that also wind & kite surfers can enjoy the islands.
On the Canary Islands exists eternal spring. The change in temperature over the year is not bigger than 6 degrees. The monthly average temperature is about 18-24 degrees.
Therefore you can bath all year long with very ideal conditions. This mild and subtropical climate results from its geographic location. The diversified landscape with high snow covered mountains close to exquisite beaches is a further plus.
La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canary are known for their occasional tropical rainfall, whereas Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are extremely dry and guarantee almost continuously sunshine. The winter is the time of the year where most rainfalls, however the average days of rain is 8 per month.
Every year lots of surfers come to the Canary Islands in order to use the very good wave conditions. The amount of spots of which many have reached or overcome their limit of capacity is rising.
Some places you even have to take care as many locals react aggressive on foreign surfer. You should listen to their warnings and rather look for another wave as there are enough spots on the islands where you can surf without problems.
You will mainly meet reef breaks but there are also some waves, which roll over sandbanks. The winter month from September till May thanks to the powerful winter swells and the relative weak winds compared to the summer the best.
The water is relatively warm and allows with 18-20 degrees long surf sessions. The water temperatures are with 22 degrees very comfortable and allow a thin wetsuit only.
Scheduled flights go regular from all major European airports to: Gran Canary, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma. Offers from charter airlines and low budget airlines vary depending on the season.
There is just one direct ferry route from the Spanish mainland to the Canary Islands. This operates only once a week from Cadiz in the south of Spain to Tenerife (approx. 22 hours). In between all Canary Islands multiple ferries operate several times a day, which makes island hoping possible.
The two Canary Islands with the highest population are Tenerife and Gran Canary, which are the hubs of the ferry traffic. The ferries are run by different private organizations; therefore no standardized timetable exists.
Often the ferries don’t depart from the capital but from the harbour, which is geographic closer to the destination. The ferries are quiet reliable and delays are rare.
The public transport on the islands is limited to cabs and busses but the offer of these are large.