The Canary Islands, to the south of the Iberian Peninsula and of volcanic origin, enjoy a perfect climate with warm winters and mild summers - perfect for a fabulous holiday any time of year. They are well connected, with international airports, and are sometimes called a 'miniature continent' thanks to their variety of landscapes and microclimates. There are 8 islands: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.
The wonderful scenery and picturesque enclaves make these islands a very romantic destination for a couple. Some of the most striking natural areas include the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, the sand dunes of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, the lush green forests of La Palma and La Gomera, and Tenerife’s Mount Teide, the tallest mountain in Spain. There is a huge range of sports activities available, such as windsurfing, diving, hiking, etc. You can sunbathe on unspoiled wild beaches or black volcanic sand, and swim in natural pools, or perhaps go sailing along the coast, or take an excursion on a boat. These islands are also among the best places in the world to see the stars.
Other attractions include the lovely World Heritage City of San Cristóbal de la Laguna (Tenerife) or art by César Manrique, on Lanzarote.
National Parks: the Canary Islands are unusually rich in biodiversity. Five of the islands are Biosphere Reserves, with four National Parks: Teide (Tenerife), Caldera de Taburiente (La Palma), Timanfaya (Lanzarote) and Garajonay (La Gomera).
Carnival: celebrated in February. The most famous Carnival is in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
You are sure to need to shop in the islands, so we recommend their shopping districts and street markets, and local products such as cosmetics with aloe vera, or Canary Islands craftwork. VAT is lower than in the rest of Europe, meaning prices are lower on many items. More information