Canaries coast
Canaries coast

The Canary Islands

A sunshine paradise in the Atlantic 

Published: 24 February 2023, 12:30

Enjoying the benefits of a subtropical climate and eternal spring, the Canary Islands offer mild temperatures and, therefore, wonderful, all-year round holiday conditions. Whether you’re after an active hiking or water sports holiday or simply want to soak up the sun and relax, the seven islands off the northwest coast of Africa, with their fine sandy beaches and lush green forests, offer something for everyone. It’s no wonder that the islands in the Spanish archipelago are also fondly known as “the happy islands”.

Those who want to get to know the Canary Islands have the choice between the well-known large islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife and the smaller, lesser-known islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. Each island has its own character combined with scenic highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park in Tenerife, the vast dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria or the colourful shimmering mountains of fire in Lanzarote.

Figures, dates, facts

  • Time difference: - 1 hour
  • Population: 2.2 million
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro

An overview of the Canary Islands

It’s most beautiful outside


Each of the seven main islands offers incredibly beautiful landscapes. If you like being out in nature, you’ll love the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are a dream destination for outdoor activities, whether it’s relaxed walking and swimming or more active sports like kitesurfing, surfing and challenging hiking on mountain trails. Water sports are big on the islands because of their location in the Atlantic. And there’s an abundance of parrotfish, mullet and moray eels to see when diving and snorkelling. There’s an incredible wealth of beautiful beaches to choose from. 

Outdoor holidays in the Canary Islands

Canaries from BER

Five travel tips for …

1.     Tenerife: for an active holiday with plenty to explore 

2.     Gran Canaria: for family holidays with children

3.     Fuerteventura: for water sports fans and beach holidaymakers

4.     Lanzarote: for everyone who like volcanoes and cacti

5.     La Gomera, La Palma + El Hierro: for hiking and relaxing

1.     Discover the art of the painter César Manrique on Lanzarote.

2.     Admire the abstract sculptures of Martín Chirino on Gran Canaria

3.     Experience 400 dolls and how they were made on Tenerife at ARTlandya

4.     Visit old windmills on Fuerteventura like the Molino de Antigua

5.     Celebrate carnival with the locals 

1.     Enjoy the romantic sunsets

2.     Walk through the dunes of Corralejo on Fuerteventura

3.     See exotic animals at Loro Park in Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife

4.     Sunbathe on the white sandy beaches of Gran Canaria

5.     Join a yoga retreat on La Gomera

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