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Canary Islands

Information about the Canary Islands

Planning a trip to the Canary Islands? Browse our articles for information on the Canary Islands including top nature escapes and city guides. Our articles feature all you need to know about this sunshine destination, from how to spend a day in Las Palmas to how to make the most of the vibrant carnivals of Gran Canaria.

Wildlife in Fuerteventura
Wildlife in Fuerteventura

With over 150 sandy beaches and warm weather all year round, Fuerteventura has the ideal climate and rich natural landscape for vast expanses of amazing scenery housing lots of wildlife.

Exploring Lanzarote's volcanoes
Exploring Lanzarote's volcanoes

The most easterly of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is known for its spectacular landscape, much of which was formed during six years of volcanic eruptions between 1730 and 1736.

Watersports in Fuerteventura
Watersports in Fuerteventura

With it being an island and all, Fuerteventura comes with all the water-sporting opportunities you might expect. But maybe what you didn't anticipate are the excellent wind conditions Fuerteventura boasts, making it a top holiday destination for surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers alike.

Top nature escapes in La Palma
Top nature escapes in La Palma

Move over Madonna – it's La Palma that's earned the nickname 'La Isla Bonita'. As the greenest island in the Canaries, and with volcanic beaches, laurel forests and towering peaks, it's no wonder UNESCO has designated it as a Biosphere Reserve.

How to Spend a Day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
How to Spend a Day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The climate of Gran Canaria is recognised as one of the world's best. Yet more than the gorgeous weather attracts holidaymakers and sun lovers – the island's capital, Las Palmas, is a superb destination in its own right.

Carnivals in Gran Canaria
Carnivals in Gran Canaria

The Spanish island of Gran Canaria is bursting with excitement all year round, especially during the annual celebration of Carnival in February and March. But whatever time of year you're looking to visit, there's usually a festive event happening somewhere on the island, and here are some of the best.

A party guide to Lanzarote
A party guide to Lanzarote

As one of the quieter Canary Islands, you might think that Lanzarote is all sleepy beaches and the occasional quiet cocktail, but that's only half the story.

Tenerife city guide
Tenerife city guide

Tenerife is no one-trick pony – the cities and resorts here come in all shapes and sizes, with beaches and amenities to suit every holiday preference. You just have to know where to go. To give you more of a full picture, here's a starter guide on some of Tenerife's top cities.

Water-based excursions in Gran Canaria
Water-based excursions in Gran Canaria

Boasting year-round tropical temperatures and some of the best-loved beaches in the canary islands, it's understandable that taking to the water will be one of your main priorities during your holiday in Gran Canaria.

Interesting facts about the Canary Islands
Interesting facts about the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a collection of beautiful Spanish islands but they're actually far closer to Africa than Spain. When you head off on your holiday to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or Fuerteventura you might want the scoop to impress your friends and family with.