Map

Cheap flights to Canary Islands

Adventure awaits in places away from large cities and other bustling areas. The world's islands make a delightful resting place away from these spots. One of them is the Canary Islands, lying off the coast of south-western Morocco. It remains a territory of Spain, which hark back to the times when Spain had colonies in the New World. Canary Islands then was a stopover point for Spanish galleons on their way to the Americas, due to the prevailing northeast winds. Now, the northeast winds bring over tourists from different parts of the world out to enjoy the sun, sea, and surf of the islands.

Visiting this part of Africa will find a dramatic landscape with the pine-forested peaks in mountainous interior or the fine waterfalls of La Palma. The verdant surroundings also call one to explore the national park, which can be enjoyable for those out to experience ecotourism. Each island also has its own attractions, making it fun to consider a sojourn to the islands one can possibly reach.

What to see & do

When out and about in the Canary Islands, tourists can start exploring in the city where various cultural landmarks can be found. The Casa Museo de Colon in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a marvel here, with two balconied patios, fountains, palm trees, and even parrots. Inside here are artefacts and old items dating from the time of the Las Palmas' early governors. There are also four sections here, including displays on the fascinating accounts of Columbus' voyages, and other significant instances of the islands' history. From here, tourists can check out various Old Towns in the islands. The historic district in La Orotava is one of the places to be. Traditional mansions flanked with ornate wooden balconies can be seen here, as well as the Plaza Constitucion, a large, shady plaza. Nearby here is the Iglesia de San Agustin, a simple church with a pretty wooden ceiling.

Those in Santa Cruz, on the other hand, can check out the Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves. It has great views over Santa Cruz and the shore, sitting on a spot surrounded by greenery with a typical Canarian colonial style with balconies and simple facades. The church has a fabulously decorated interior with many sculptures and crystal chandeliers. After looking around, tourists can go on to Centro de Arte Canario in La Oliva, where one will find a garden of sculptures and galleries containing works by various talented Canarian artists such as Cesar Manrique and Ruben Dario.

The rugged countryside of Pico del Teide is also a place to be. A cable car provides the easiest yet costliest way to get up to the peak, from where tourists can check out the beautiful view on clear days. The volcanic valley spreads out from here, as well as the islands of La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro. The nearby Parque Nacional del Teide is another place to check out by those who love the great outdoors. Its range features the tallest mountain in the Canary Islands at 3,718 metres. Those hiking around here will get a chance to look for a number of plants endemic to the park or check out the volcanic formations, from rough badlands to smooth pahoehoe or lajial lava.

How to get around within Canary Islands

When in the Canary Islands, tourists can ride the guagua (pronounced wa-wa) or buses. Each island has its own inter-urban service, allowing tourists to get to most of the main locations. The larger islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, have respectively their own public transport system. Those venturing to the islands, on the other hand, can ride the ferries. This allows for a relatively convenient option, especially those looking for alternatives other than domestic travel.

Tourists can also think about renting a car to get to different parts of the island. This can be easier for those following a strict itinerary. Biking, on the other hand, can be a choice for those out in the countryside, but it can be an option to consider for tourists who like to move around on their own.

How to get there

Tourists thinking about a trip to the Canary Islands can schedule flights to Gran Canaria Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air Mediterranee, Austrian Airlines, Binter Canarias, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, CanaryFly, condor, easyJet, Finnair, Germania, Germanwings, Iberia, Jetairfly, Lufthansa, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, and many more.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.