Travelling to... The Canary Islands, my highlights, and top tips*

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Having been lucky enough to visit the Canary Islands in the past couple of years, I know a fair few things about what to expect, and how to make the most of your time there. I stayed in one of the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria) several times with family when I was younger, but have enjoyed a trip back there with my boyfriend, which gave me the chance to experience it in even more detail! If you're looking for somewhere to head off to this summer, or maybe even a last minute winter break to escape the cold, then Holiday Gems have a fantastic selection of affordable holidays to the Canary Islands, and this post will be full of what you can get up to in this amazing destination!

Why The Canary Islands?

I chose to go as they were somewhere I really wanted to explore more, and there was so much available for tourists as all the islands are well-established tourist destinations. They're also slightly cheaper than other warmer parts of Europe (such as the Greek islands) making it a very affordable break and meaning you don't need to spend extortionate amounts of money to get something of very good quality!

The Canary Islands are situated just off the west coast of Africa, so while Spanish by territory, they are African by climate, and have beautiful sunshine all year round, making it the perfect destination at any point in the year. This means that you can often get a cheaper break if you go slightly out of season, but will still be guarenteed lovely weather, yay!

My highlights

All-day boat trips are so much fun! In Gran Canaria I got the chance to go paragliding which I was absolutely terrified about, but found it fantastic and was so glad I did it! All day boat trips are awesome because they generally let you do as little or as much as you want, so if you wanted, you could just spend the whole day relaxing, but they also let you do activities like paragliding, jetskiing, or going on banana boats, if you're more of a thrill seeker. The ones I have been on have had free flowing drinks which is always a bonus!

Gran Canaria has a fantastic outdoor cinema open all year round, which is a truly luxurious way to experience a film. Cocktails galore and pizza made to order, you get to enjoy this on comfy sofas after sunset. One thing I will say, is that the films won't start until it is dark enough, so the times listed on the website can vary, and I'd recommend going for the earlier slot incase it does start later than planned!

Taxis in Gran Canaria are uber cheap, and it's easy to get round the island this way, as well as on public transport. We also ventured on some excursions that we were able to book through our rep, but there's plenty you can find through whichever hotel you stay in, or online, and they're easily bookable and generally pretty good value for the sorts of things on offer.

ALSO: Cocktails, so many of these. That is all.

My top tips for travelling there:

  • Temperatures can reach mid to high 30s in the summer, so make sure you're prepared with sunscreen!
  • Don't drink tap water in the Canary Islands, buy bottled water instead (most hotels will be happy to provide this for free) 
  • Gran Canaria was founded in 999AD, so it has fantastic history and culture behind it. Las Palmas Cathedral (included in this photo diary) is definitely worth a visit!
  • The Canary Islands are duty free, so if you want to make an expensive purchase or two (think make up, perfume, bags...) then do it here, and you'll save lots of money!
  • This is a perfect place for you if you are looking for some luxury and like being by a beautiful beach and coastline (Maspalomas and Amadores are my favourite beach locations, )
  • If you're looking for something super jam-packed and busy, this might not be the place for you unless you're willing to pay extra for it
  • The flight is around 4 hours, so take this into consideration if you're not a big fan of flyin
  • The main resorts are: Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, San Agustin, Puerto Rico, Puerto de Mogan and Las Palmas, so look to be near one of these when booking
  • Enjoy it! The Canary Islands are stunning and have guarenteed good weather pretty much all year round

*This post was kindly sponsored by Holiday Gems


  1. Fab post! I went to Fuerteventura with my family back when I was like 15, so it was really interesting to read your take on the Canaries! Especially as I can hardly remember my holiday years later hahaha! x

    1. Thanks, glad you found it interesting! :) xxx

  2. The Canary Islands look amazing I have always wanted to go! Your photos are so gorgeous! Xo

    1. They are so lovely, I'd defo go if you get the chance! aw thank you! <3

  3. I've always wanted to have an outdoor cinema experience! Beautiful photos by the way.
    Aleeha xXx

    1. It's so much fun, I'd definitely recommend doing it! Thank you!! xx

  4. Great post, the cocktails seem amazing!

  5. Looks like you had an amazing time! I'm so jealous xo

    Faye Jessica |

  6. Great weather all year round sounds absolutely perfect!

    Madiha /


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