Luxury holidays in Canary Islands

Known for their black- and white-sand beaches, the dramatic Canary Islands – off the coast of northwestern Africa – are a rugged volcanic archipelago dotted with pine forests, lunar-like landscapes, dramatic mountains, sandy coves and seaside towns. The largest island, Tenerife, has cobbled-street towns full of authentic Spanish charm, Blue Flag beaches, a rugged northern coastline and a snow-topped active volcano (Mount Teide) with its own observatory.

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Areas in the Canary Islands

When to go

July and August are the hottest months of the year – temperatures peak at 38°C – but the latter is prime holiday time for Spanish mainlanders, so expect more visitors. Daytime temperatures from May to June and September to November hover around 28°C, and nights are refreshingly cooler.

Getting there

  • Planes

    All seven major Canary Islands have airports; most direct international flights (and those from mainland Spain) land at Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma.
  • Boats

    A ferry service links up the Canary Islands.
  • Automobiles

    Having your own set of wheels is ideal for exploring the islands; the most scenic routes are best enjoyed when you can spontaneously stop for a longer look.