The exotic islands of the Canaries are closer to Africa than to Europe, but they belong to Spain, therefore they are considered European islands. The Canaries are in fact Europe's most exotic islands!
The Canary Islands constitute an all-year-round exotic destination. You can visit them at any time, the weather is warm throughout the year with scarce rain.
But, when to book late for lower prices? Well, there's a trick... and we'll reveal it under the dedicated title ("When to Visit at Last Minute"), on the lower part of this page...
First, let's see what these warm islands have to offer!
Canary Islands Factsheet
Country, Region: Spain, Canary Islands
Region's Capitals: Las Palmas and Santa Cruz
Population: 2,1 million (in 2010)
Local language(s): Spanish
Other widely spoken or understood languages: English, German
Voltage info: 230 V, 50 Hz - Plug type: C, F
Time zine: UTC (UTC 0)
Getting There & Away
Gran Canaria Airport, La Palma Airport, Tenerife South Airport and Tenerife North Airport, Fuerteventura Airport and Lanzarote Airport are linking the islands with the rest of the World - primarily with Europe and Latin America.
You can also fly between the islands.
Although low cost airlines won't offer you last mintue fares (or very rarely), there are plenty of flag carriers, including Spain's Iberia, which drops prices on plane tickets when there's lower demand.
Cruise ships offer a plethora of trips to these islands. Check their offers for details! Also consider repositioning cruises for lower prices.
See & Do
Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, La Graciosa are the big islands, others are juste tiny islets, rather obscure uninhabited sea cliffs.
All of the major islands are very attractive. Depends on what you'd like to see...
Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura are the most popular islands...
Shapes, sizes, vegetation, flora and fauna of these islands vary... some have desert-covered surface, others have the best sandy beaches, some have dense green jungle-like vegetation.
Big cities and small towns, they are all to be found on these islands.
Activities would include hiking and biking, beach life and night life, of course!
Decide what you want to do, get yourself a guidebook and thoroughly examine the islands. If you have a whole month, then you can visit them thoroughly, but if you have a week, then pick 2-3 or just one island to explore!
Eat & Drink
Spanish cuisine, latino cuisine, Caribbean specialties and Italian are most well-represented.
You will find plenty of other choices for eating and drinking on the Canaries.
It would be ideal to rent a car, while on one of the islands.
Try guided bus tours and hiking trips, they're fun and you'll get to see most of the attractions you wouldn't discover by yourself - not knowing where to go to find them.
Regular ferry service and some airline connections link the islands with each other, you will find transportation easy. But perhaps a bit costly to travel from one place another.
When to Visit the Canary Islands at Last Minute?
These islands consitute an all-year-round destination. The weather is great almost all the time! Heat and strong sun are far more abundant than rain or cloudy weather.
But, people tend to travel more during the summer months and fall. So, the trick is that during winter, the prices are lower, because most people work during that time. It's not due to the weather-related off-season that you should have a high chance of finding late booking opportunities, but due to the low demand from travelers.
Try October - April. Less people travel then, because they are busy at home. You will find reduced prices, but don't expect the biggest discounts. After all, the Canaries are warm and comfortable throughout the year and if not the biggest crowds, large numbers of tourists and at least medium demand still exists.
Theft, especially bags, jewelry and wallets are among the targets of criminals.
In clubs and discos, occasional fights, scandals occur.
Otherwise, the islands aren't particularly dangerous for personal safety.
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