The Canaries offer some of the best beaches within easy escape from a snowy European winter.
Luckily, it’s not all mass tourism. Beyond the mega resorts you can still find tiny fishing villages, whitewashed hamlets perched on hilltops and even a few wild places within earshot of the dull roar of a volcano or with mist dripping through primeval forests.
Visas: Spain (of which the Canaries are a part) along with Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal, forms part of the border-free travel zone known as the Schengen Area. US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Israeli citizens are among those who may enter the Canary Islands as tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days. EU passport holders can come and go as they please.
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1
Dialling Code: 34
Electricity: 220V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
When to Go
Go whenever – the weather is great year-round. December to March are the islands’ busiest months, bringing the thickest crowds and higher prices. Being winter, the weather is also slightly cooler. The best value on airfares is offered from November to mid-December and even better, April to May (with the exception of the Easter rush).