When is the best time to travel to the Canaries?
The Canaries are made up of seven islands, all unique and fascinating in their own way. Thanks to a temperate climate year-round, these idyllic Spanish islands are one of the most popular destinations for Irish holidaymakers. What’s more, their position just off the coast of Morocco means you’ll find a number of microclimates among the islands – great news for you, as that means it’s always a good time to travel there!
To help you pin down your perfect travel dates, we’ve taken an overview of the weather, events and holiday deals in the Canary Islands.
Weather in the Canary Islands
The weather in the Canary Islands is spring-like for the majority of the year, but from the snow-topped Mount Teide in Tenerife to the black-sand beaches of Lanzarote, the terrain varies greatly, which means the flora and fauna you’ll find there varies too.
Thanks to the toasty temperatures, December to February is the most popular time to visit the Canary Islands. During this time it’s a bit cooler than the rest of the year, yet it’s still hot enough for some glorious sunbathing sessions, especially compared to the temperatures of Europe in general.
However, if you’re looking for a bargain, March to May is a good time to travel, and you’ll enjoy sunning yourself on the islands’ many beaches with temperatures climbing gradually upwards.
Top temperatures over the summer reach as high as 29˚C in the Canary Islands. The hottest of the islands is Tenerife with a mean temperature of 24˚C, while you’ll find the cooler temperatures in Gran Canaria, which go as low as 18˚C in January.
Events in the Canary Islands
There are interesting events in the Canary Islands throughout the year. Keep an eye on the festival calendars to find an event to suit you, and to check exact dates, but here are a few of the highlights of the year:
- The Canary Islands Music Festival in January – this huge celebration plays across all of the Canary Islands. Attendees dress up in typical island costume, with Canarian wrestling, Canary sailing and Canary bowls to look out for.
- If you’re planning on a trip in February, try and coincide it with the annual Carnival celebrations. Take a trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife for exuberant costumes, vibrant floats and Latino-inspired rhythms.
- In May, Dia de Canaries (Canary Islands’ Day) is the official holiday for all of the Canary Islands. You’ll find celebrations everywhere from concerts and folk band performances to neighbourhood parties.
- Don’t miss the chance to visit Lanzarote in August, when the joyous Dia San Gines starts up, featuring fireworks, competitions and fun around El Charco, in honour of the island’s patron saint, Gines.
Falcon Holidays fly direct from Dublin to Gran Canaria year round, and from Belfast to Tenerife from May to October. Take a look at our summer 2015 deals for some great prices and even free child places.
You can fly from Belfast and Dublin to Tenerife in around 4 hours 30 minutes.
Alternatively, if you fancy a holiday to volcanic Lanzarote there’s a direct route from Belfast and Dublin all year and from Cork and Shannon from May to October.