Famed for its resorts and nightlife, each of the Canary Islands offers a unique experience beyond the sun-drenched beach. Whether you want to explore the countryside, climb volcanoes, get active on the water or just relax – there is something for everyone in the Canaries.
There is no real off season in the Canaries. It is a great destination for winter sun, and holidaymakers flock to the islands for a summer break.
Prices are highest between December and April and during July and August. The autumn is the quietest time in the Canary Islands, but there can be downpours so pack a brolly.
As it is such a popular destination planning ahead is vital when looking for cheap flights to the Canaries, particularly if you intend to visit during the peak season.
A bit of flexibility with your schedule can help find return fares for less than £100. If you are unsure about which island to visit our ‘Nearby airports’ option can find the best deals for different locations in the Canary Islands. You can also compare prices from different departure airports in the UK.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to the Canary Islands are:
There are two airports in Tenerife, in the north and south of the island. Tenerife South Airport is the larger and busier, and it’s located near the island’s hotspots, such as Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Buses are available to the major destinations around the island.
Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura airports are well served by buses. Lanzarote airport is just three miles from the capital Arrecife.
The main airlines flying from the UK to the Canaries include:
The Canary Islands bus network links airports, attractions and the main tourist hotspots. Taxis are also widely available but the best way to explore an island is by hire car, however you’ll need to book ahead during high season.
All the islands have airports so it is possible to hop from one to another by air or ferry.
Mount Teide National Park on Tenerife should not be missed. A cable car takes you to the peak, offering panoramic views of the island and its neighbours, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. Arrive early to beat the queues and bring a jacket, the summit can be chilly.
To escape the tourist vibe head to the island of El Hierro, the smallest of the group, and experience the culture of the Canary Islands away from the resorts.
Fiestas are a large part of life on the Canary Islands, time your visit to coincide with one of the many celebrations that take place throughout the year. Carnival in Tenerife is one of the biggest in Europe.
The Canary Islands are part of Spain, but the language sounds different to that spoken on the mainland.
Hire cars are not allowed to be taken off the island where they were rented.