We always say the Canary Islands are the perfect year-round destination. Why? Well, the sun is always shining in these islands! So, whether it’s a summer holiday or a dose of winter sun, the Canaries are always a good choice. But what about the rest of the year? Find out which Canary Island is best for each time of the year, so you can make all the right choices all year round.
Winter sun holidays
An average of 22°C
8/9 hours of sun a day
Best Canary Islands to visit: Gran Canaria & Tenerife
End the old year and start the new year off in the right way… with a trip to the Canaries. It’s the perfect remedy for escaping the grey skies and cold weather. In the Canaries you’ll get sun, sea and sand. What’s there not to love? Embrace the warmth of these islands and find yourself in Gran Canaria or Tenerife for the winter months.
Christmas in the Canaries
Christmas in the Canaries is always special, so there’s no wonder why travellers often flock here for something different. Instead of a cold, wet Christmas, opt for the warmth of the Canary Islands instead. Here you won’t get snow, but you’ll get sand! Admire the sand sculptures of the Gran Canaria Nativity Scene on Las Canteras Beach, afterwards you can enjoy a festive swim. If you choose to spend Christmas in Tenerife, don’t miss the open air Christmas concert in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it’s the perfect way to welcome in the festive season.
In December, you’re going to want to spend a night stargazing. The Canaries are known for having some of the clearest skies, meaning seeing the stars and all things glistening isn’t a hard feat. The islands are home to three starlight reserves and one is in Tenerife. Cumbre de Tenerife offers the perfect conditions to see the best of the night sky. Whilst Gran Canaria has the Roque Saucillo Observatory. Moonless nights are the best for stargazing, but for even more of an insight, check out our guide to stargazing in the Canaries.
New Year in the Canaries
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on 1st January every year, it is a tradition to take a dip in the sea. And we think there’s no better way to start the year! So, don’t miss out on this popular event when in Gran Canaria.
Also, Europe’s first music festival of the year happens in the Canaries too. The Canary Islands International Music Festival is well worth a visit, especially for classical music lovers. The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Gran Canaria is an iconic spot to listen to the sweet sounds of these classical symphonies.
Plus, all you really want to do in January is relax and rejuvenate before the New Year really kicks off. In Gran Canaria you can do just that! Whether it’s spending your days at the beach or exploring the island’s natural scenery. The Maspalomas Dunes are a favourite and the Bandama Caldera is fascinating for any traveller. Just 20 minutes from Las Palmas, the caldera gives you some insight into the Canaries’ volcanic landscapes.
More winter sun fun
Pack a colourful wig and a mysterious mask because it is time for Carnival! Taking place in February, these islands go all out to have fun and it’s hard not to join in on the party. Gran Canaria and Tenerife have some of the biggest celebrations in the form of the Drag Queen Gala in Las Palmas and the Carnival Queen of Tenerife Gala. In Gran Canaria, look out for the mogollones (the biggest street parties) and the murgas (groups singing funny and entertaining songs).
February is also the month of Valentine’s Day and Gran Canaria and Tenerife are perfect for a couples break in the sun. You’ll find loads of lovely hotels, perfect for the both of you, as well as stunning beaches and beautiful surroundings. Whilst you’re going for romantic strolls around Gran Canaria, you might even notice the stunning almond trees blossoming. These trees are so important that there are blossom celebrations on the islands, specifically in Tejeda.
Shoulder season holidays
An average of 23°C
10/11 hours of sun a day
Best Canary Islands to visit: Tenerife & Fuerteventura
Shoulder season is also known as ‘off-season’. We’re typically talking about March – May and September – October. This is when the spring and autumn have arrived and the Canaries experience mild weather. It’s the perfect time to explore the islands in depth. We’re talking about going on hikes and discovering the area’s natural beauty.
Hiking and water parks in Tenerife
Head to Tenerife and enjoy elaborate hikes without feeling uncomfortable from the heat. The mild weather makes March and September a great time to get out and about with a range of activities. In Tenerife, there are loads of hikes to choose from, ranging in difficulty. Teide National Park is a popular choice for the amazing views and choice of hiking trails. If you really feel like challenging yourself, hike right to the top of the Teide summit.
After that, you’ve no doubt worked up a sweat. Don’t worry, there are loads of ways to cool down in Tenerife. If it isn’t at the beach, it’ll be at one of the island’s popular water parks. A great day out for any family holiday to Tenerife, choose Siam Park (Europe’s largest water park) in Adeje. Whizz down high waterslides or learn to surf. The park is huge and has plenty to enjoy!
Then, once the day is over, make sure you treat yourself to a cocktail and a sunset spectacle. Whether you’re at one of the beach bars in Playa de las Americas or you’re walking along the beach, it’s a stunning moment to remember on your Tenerife holiday.
Heading out to sea in Fuerteventura
Spring and autumn holidays are all about the beach and being at sea! Exciting right? Well, if you’re looking to optimise the waters of the Canaries, Fuerteventura is your best bet.
Firstly, get up close and personal with whales. Whale watching is a great activity, not only does it get you out at sea, but you get to experience these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. But it’s not just whales, there are six types of dolphins in this area too. In Fuerteventura, you can book an excursion with Barrakuda Perdomo or Odyssee Tercero (to name a couple) to see these amazing animals.
Fancy swimming in clear waters with beautiful surroundings around you instead? No problem, it’s all possible in Fuerteventura. Hop on a boat from Corralejo for 20 minutes and you’ll find yourself in Puertito de Lobos. This islet has natural pools perfect for swimming and snorkeling. It is calm, tranquil and peaceful to say the least. There’s also just one restaurant on the islet, so no worries if you’re feeling peckish. You’ll also get to enjoy fascinating views of the north of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
An average of 27°C
12 hours of sun a day
Best Canary Islands to visit: Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife & Gran Canaria
This is when the Canaries are really starting to heat up! And each island has something great to offer. They all share the amazing sunshine, they all have fantastic beaches and spectacular hotels to boot. But there’s so much to see and do during the summer months too!
Water sports in Fuerteventura
Call yourself a water sports enthusiast? Well, if that’s the case, you’ll love Fuerteventura in the summer! July is perfect for windy conditions on the island, making your water sports holiday an unforgettable experience. Sailing and kite surfing are both very popular on the island, so you’ll be sure to meet like-minded people on this trip.
Go sightseeing in Lanzarote
Lanzarote has loads of nice sightseeing spots that will keep you occupied for days on end. Timanfaya National Park shows off the island’s famous volcano landscapes, lava fields and salt marshes. Cueva de los Verdes (the Green Caves) are always a fascinating sight to see. A trip to these caves is an educational experience as well as an amazing photo op. Then, there’s Jameos del Agua. Designed by top Lanzarote-born architect, designer and artists, Cesar Manrique. Jameos del Agua boasts a natural lake, a cafe, stunning gardens, an auditorium and an underground cave bar. Such a unique experience!
Join in the festivities in Gran Canaria
Summer is a time of togetherness in Gran Canaria. You’ll find loads of festivals taking place during these months, so it’s always worth attending the events and getting your dose of Canarian culture. If you visit in June, you can celebrate the summer solstice or St. John’s Eve. Expect bonfires on the beach, where tradition has it that locals dance around the fire and burn everything that’s bad in order to be purified.
Or if you choose to holiday on the island in August, you’ll be there just in time to celebrate Bajada de la Rama in Agaete. This sees a large parade making its way through the town, all the way down to the sea. Expect music, dancing and the shaking of branches from eucalyptus, laurel and pine trees.
Chillax in Tenerife
Tenerife is perhaps the most popular Canary Island and there’s good reason for that. It’s most likely because Tenerife is the perfect all-rounder. Which is why for the summer holidays, you can’t go wrong with a Tenerife getaway. Relax by the pool drinking cocktails all day, head to the beach for some vitamin D and sea (ha!) or head out in the night time in top resorts like Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. These resorts have a buzzing nightlife, filled with bars, restaurants and clubs. Plus, Tenerife is always good for family breaks thanks to water parks and other exciting family-friendly activities!