Few destinations draw in as many tourists each year as the Canary Islands. However, if you’re not entirely sure where they are, you wouldn’t be alone!
Despite their popularity, there’s a lot of things about the Canary Islands many people don’t know. So, if you’re thinking of jetting off to the likes of Tenerife, Lanzarote or Gran Canaria, here you’ll discover our travel guide to the Canary Islands.
Where are the Canary Islands?
A common belief is that the Canary Islands are situated within Europe. However, while they are in the EU, the geography of the islands might just surprise you. The Canary Islands are actually located just off the North West African coast. They’re approximately 100km west from Morocco. It is because the islands are recognised as Spanish Nationality that they are included within the EU.
How many Islands are there?
Officially, there are 13 islands in total. However, not all of them are popular tourist destinations. The most popular Canary Islands include Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
All of the islands boast beautiful beaches, but each has a slightly different atmosphere to the next.
How do I get to the Canary Islands?
There are a few ways to get to the Canary Islands from Ireland. You can either take a direct flight, or head to Portugal and take a ferry across.
You’ll find a lot of flights to Canary Islands, particularly to the most popular island destinations. The two cheapest islands to fly to are Gran Canaria and Tenerife. These are the two major airports within the Canary Islands. You can fly to other islands, but as they aren’t as popular, the prices are usually a little higher. Check out our Dublin to Canary Islands holidays today.
What can I do in the Canary Islands?
There’s a vast range of attractions, sights and activities to enjoy in the Canary Islands. If you’re heading to Tenerife, as well as soaking up the sun on some of the world’s best beaches, you can also head to the fun-packed Siam Park waterpark and the breath-taking UNESCO Mount Teide.
With its charcoal tinted sand and volcanic landscape, Lanzarote looks and feels like a totally different planet. It boasts some incredible attractions you won’t want to miss such as Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park, Playa de Papagayo and the beautiful Playa Dorada Beach.
Gran Canaria is the best island to head to if you love a good nightlife scene. The island manages to perfectly combine epic nightlife and breath-taking natural scenery. If you are there for the party, you’ll want to stay in Puerto Rico, whereas if you’re there to take in a little culture too, you won’t want to miss Las Palmas with its stunning Colonial architecture.
Finally, for Fuerteventura it’s all about the sandy beaches. Did you know there’s actually 100 different beaches on the island? It has a beach to suit everyone on its vast shoreline, with many secluded stretches of sand to be enjoyed. However, if you do want to do more than just laze on the beach, you’ll also find lots of great attractions to enjoy such as the Oasis Park Fuerteventura and a trip to Lobos Island.
Whichever island you’re heading to on holiday, you’ll find an extraordinary number of sights and attractions.
When is the best time to visit?
Although the weather is great in the summer months, it’s actually best to visit the Canary Islands off-peak if you can. This is because during the summer months, the beaches and resorts do get extremely crowded with tourists. You’ll also find the prices are much cheaper off-peak. So, if you’re looking to get away with your partner, heading to the Canary Islands anytime other than summer would be recommended.
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