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The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, is made up of 8 islands ranging in size. Some of the most well-known and popular amongst tourists are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The Canary Islands vary greatly in their landscape, from mountainous and volcanic regions to sandy beaches and areas of thick tropical vegetation. The islands experience a sub-tropical climate which brings mild temperatures year-round with dry summers and somewhat rainy winters.
The Canary Islands are so popular amongst tourists for a variety of reasons. The beaches are incredible, and offer the perfect place to lie under the sun and relax or enjoy watersport activities such as windsurfing and scuba diving. There are also many opportunities for physical activities such as hiking and mountain climbing due to the region’s hilly terrain. The climate makes the Canary Islands very attractive to tourists due to their mild and comfortable temperatures year-round.
The varied nature of the Canary Islands means that there is something for every type of traveler. Solo travelers, couples and families will all love the islands' many beaches, opportunities for excursions and varied dining options.
Flights depart from numerous Irish airports to the Canary Islands regularly. The flight time varies depending on which island you are flying to. We always have great deals on flights from Ireland to the Canary Islands.
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Many of the Canary Islands have a bustling nightlife that both locals and tourists will enjoy, with a mixture of bars, clubs and theatres. Many night-time establishments offer live entertainment, such as bands, flamenco dancing, quizzes and comedians. Whether you want a traditional Canarian night out or want to feel slightly closer to home, the Canary Islands will provide you with a memorable night.
There is no shortage of dining options on the Canary Islands, from gastropubs to seafood restaurants, beach bars to guachinches serving local food and wine, the Canary Islands have something for everyone. Fish is a particularly popular dish in the region, with a multitude of different options available to try. Tourists should definitely try some of the local delicacies while they’re here, such as Ron Miel, a honey rum readily available in restaurants, shops and market stalls. Of course, traditionally Spanish tapas are extremely popular across the Canary Islands and should be experienced at least once!
The Canary Islands make for a great family holiday destination. With activities including whale watching tours, waterparks, national parks and watersports, kids and adults alike will be kept entertained for the duration of their stay in this beautiful region!
The Canary Islands are home to over 500 beaches perfect for sunbathing, watersports and relaxing. Many of these offer facilities for tourists such as sun loungers and are in close vicinity to a range of bars and restaurants, so they make for a perfect day out. Some of the most popular beaches of the Canary Islands include Costa Calma Beach in Fuerteventura, Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria and Puerto de Tazacorte Beach in La Palma.
There are plenty of opportunities for a shopping trip on the Canary Islands. At the open-air markets, you will find souvenirs, locally made crafts and antiques which will really allow you to get a feel for the Canarian style. There are also many commercial centres such as shopping malls and shopping territories where you will find clothing, food items and jewellery. As the Canary Islands have the lowest tax rate In the European Union, this means items are very affordable.
This event is adapted from an aboriginal rite in which the gods were asked to bring water to the area. Nowadays, on August 12th every year people gather in the Lomo Magullo district, Gran Canaria and essentially have a massive water fight, throwing water over themselves and others while dancing to music and enjoying the festivities. La Traida del Agua has been growing in popularity amongst tourists over the last number of years.
Due to it pleasant year-round climate, any time of year is suitable for a holiday to the Canary Islands. The summer months are the most popular time for tourists due to the weather being at its hottest and driest. As a result, there can be large crowds during this time which can make for a lively atmosphere, but if you’d prefer a quieter, more relaxing holiday its recommended that you visit just outside the summer months, when you’ll still experience good weather but with fewer crowds.
Euro is the currency used in the Canary Islands.
There is no time difference between Ireland and the Canary Islands.
The most efficient way to get around the Canary Islands is by car. There are lots of car rental agencies throughout the islands that offer reasonable rates. If you want to visit a number of the Canary Islands while on your holiday, it is recommended that you travel by ferry or by plane to get from island to island.