Tourist on Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote.

Canary Islands

Canary Islands

These islands are known for being the sunshine centre of Europe, and offer mild temperatures and a range of outstanding natural attractions. In fact, five of its seven islands have been declared a Biosphere Reserve, and the archipelago has four national parks.

Its beaches are its most outstanding attractions, and are perfect for relaxing in the sun or enjoying water sports such as windsurfing and scuba diving. In the interior you'll find amazing landscapes which are ideal for hiking, cycle touring, rock climbing and even caving.

Some of the most spectacular include the volcanic scenery of Lanzarote, the beaches of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria with their sand dunes, or the green forests of La Palma and La Gomera.The Canary Islands also offer a range of cultural options to explore, including the monumental site at San Cristóbal de La Laguna, which has been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO, and the work of César Manrique in Lanzarote. If you're going in February you'll also be able to enjoy the spectacular Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Practical information

How to get there - transport information

Select the means of transport to see how to get there or how to get around at your destination.

How to get to aeroplane

  • The Canary Islands have excellent air transport connections, reaching practically anywhere in Europe in 5 hours or less.

  • The seven main Canary Islands have their own airports. The airports with the most international traffic are Gran Canaria, Tenerife Sur, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

  • There are many daily flights between these airports and to the rest of the islands via the airports of Tenerife Norte, El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera.

  • You can see how to get to your destination on each airport’s information page.

  • You can check a table of approximate journey times to the Canary Islands from other parts of Spain.

How to get to boat

  • The Canary Islands are a major cruise line destination, and two ports stand out:

  • Las Palmas Port (Gran Canaria): just 5 kilometres from the centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with regular city bus services.

  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port (Tenerife): the cruise terminal is very near the city centre and you can walk to Plaza de España, a transport hub with many city buses.

  • The Canary Islands have many ferry connections from the Spanish cities of Cadiz and Huelva, mainly to the ports of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as well as to the Arrecife Port (Lanzarote).

  • You can check a table of approximate journey times to the Canary Islands by boat from other parts of Spain.

Practical information

  • The best way to explore each island is probably by car.

  • The islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, El Hierro, Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Palma have airports and ports with plenty of transport connections.

  • Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the two largest islands and have many transport options every day, both by plane and ship.

  • The island of Gran Canaria also has many daily connections to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

  • The island of Tenerife has many daily connections to El Hierro, La Gomera and La Palma.

How to get around in aeroplane

How to get around in boat

  • Ferries are a common way to travel between the Canary Islands. You will find a range of frequent connections, offering you the option of bringing your vehicle aboard.

  • The journey time between islands depends on the distance and type of ship. Journeys range from 35 minutes to ten hours. For example, you can travel between Gran Canaria and Tenerife in about an hour and a half. You can see other journey times in “Spain's main sea connections.”

  • Several islands have more than one port for cruise ships and ferries. Check your port of origin and destination carefully when booking tickets.