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Canaries
The Canary Islands lie in the Atlantic Ocean, one hundred kilometers west of the Moroccan coast.

Will you choose Tenerife, the largest of the archipelago? It's renowned for its diverse landscape of lush forests, mountains and dark volcanic beaches and there's always plenty to see and do.

Or perhaps you'll plump for Gran Canaria, best known for its stunning swathe of sand dunes.

Lanzarote has a distinctive lunar-like landscape and nowhere are the Canaries' volcanic origins more evident than here.

Or there's Fuerteventura, whose seemingly never-ending beaches are gloriously uncrowded. Decisions, decisions . . .

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This 4-star hotel is situated between two excellent golf courses in the sunny southern part of Tenerife.

Enjoy a stay at the modern 3-key Apartamentos Aguamarina Golf which is ideally located close to the shops, restaurants and bars of Golf del Sur

For the ultimate, great-value holiday, choose an Essential stay at IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace near idyllic Morro Jable beach on the southernmost tip of Fuerteventura.

For the ultimate, great-value holiday, choose an Essential stay at this welcoming hotel beside Tenerife's best beach.

For the ultimate, great-value holiday, choose an Essential stay at the 4-star Olé Olivina Lanzarote.

Staying at this locally rated 4-star hotel you can enjoy all the attractions of the charming town of Puerto de la Cruz and northern Tenerife.

Enjoy fabulous views as you relax at this contemporary hilltop hotel in the small resort of Playa de Taurito.

Soak up the spectacular views at this seafront hotel during a relaxing stay in popular Playa Blanca.

With three pools, live entertainment and great, all-inclusive value, it's time to relax at the 4-star Olé Olivina Lanzarote.

This 4-star hotel is situated between two excellent golf courses in the sunny southern part of Tenerife.

The modern 4-star Hotel Elba Carlota boasts a superb level seafront location with a golden sandy beach and is ideally situated for exploring Fuerteventura.

Get away from it all and escape to idyllic Morro Jable beach, located on the southernmost tip of Fuerteventura.

Hotel Reina Isabel QQQQ+

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The 4-star Hotel Reina Isabel enjoys an outstanding beachfront setting on the promenade of Playa de Centeras with its cafes and restaurants. It is also ideally placed to explore the region, including the capital, Las Palmas.

Enjoy a great seafront location and panoramic ocean views at the Hotel Dunas Don Gregory in Gran Canaria.

Part of the popular IBEROSTAR chain of hotels, IBEROSTAR Bouganville Playa in Costa Adeje sits on the coast of subtropical Tenerife.

Riu Palmeras QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Set in the popular resort of Playa del Ingles, The 4Q Riu Palmeras is located just 350m from the seafront and 250m from the city centre.

The locally rated 4-star Costa Canaria enjoys a superb seafront location in Playa de San Agustin on Gran Canaria’s south coast.

Enjoy spectacular ocean views from this welcoming hotel.

The H10 Rubicón Palace, with its five swimming pools, is the perfect place to relax and unwind amidst stunning surroundings.

Relax at the 4-star Hotel Costa Calero Talaso&SPA located in peaceful Puerto Calero, one of Lanzarote’s premier resorts.

Relax amid elegant surroundings at this peaceful resort.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at Mogan Princess & Beach Club in the small resort of Playa de Taurito.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at this seafront hotel in popular Playa Blanca.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at the locally-rated 4-star Olé Olivina Lanzarote.

Relaxation is a given at this locally rated 5-star, 5Q hotel.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at this 4-star hotel situated between two excellent golf courses.

Opt for a special upgraded stay at the modern 4-star Hotel Elba Carlota which has a superb level seafront location with a golden sandy beach and is ideally situated for exploring Fuerteventura.

Opt for a special upgraded stay at the Hotel Dunas Don Gregory which has a great seafront location in Gran Canaria.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at this welcoming hotel beside Tenerife's best beach.

Opt for a special upgraded stay at the locally rated 4-star Costa Canaria which enjoys a superb seafront location in Playa de San Agustin.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at this welcoming hotel which offers spectacular ocean views.

Opt for a special upgraded stay at the H10 Rubicón Palace, where you can relax and unwind amidst stunning surroundings.

Relax on a special upgraded stay at the 4-star Hotel Costa Calero Talaso&SPA located in Puerto Calero, one of Lanzarote’s premier resorts.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace which is set beside idyllic Morro Jable beach on the southernmost tip of Fuerteventura.

Discover the rich botanical beauty of Tenerife, including exotic blooms, ancient dragon trees, wild flowers and more...

Enjoy two exciting concerts on this music holiday including a choice of the London Philharmonic or the famous Vienna Boys Choir

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded stay at this elegant 5-star hotel.

Expand your botanical repertoire, search for rare wild flowers and make forays into seven stunning gardens, including the Jardín de la Marquesa.

Discover a different sun-blessed destination every time you disembark on this 10-night cruise calling at Spain, Morocco, Madeira and the Canaries.

Combine your holiday at the 4Q Riu Palmeras on the southern tip of Gran Canaria, with a stay at the 4Q+ Hotel Reina Isabel on the island's northern coast.

Join this island-hopping adventure encompassing from Lanzarote's volcanic landscapes, the beautiful beaches of Fuerteventura and the carnival atmosphere of Gran Canaria.

Canary Island Hopping

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A fresh look at the Canary Islands starting with a stay in Tenerife, then exploring unspoilt La Gomera and beautiful La Palma.

Embark Black Watch and set sail for three of the sunny Canary islands, also calling at the floral island of Madeira and Portugal's historic capital, Lisbon.

Follow the winter sun south to Morocco and a trio of the Atlantic's subtropical islands.

Discover the springtime flowers of the Canary Islands and Madeira on this cruise that also visits Portugal and Spain.

It's all about winter sun on this fly-cruise aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar. Visit Mount Teide in Tenerife, dance to Portuguese folk music in the Cape Verde islands, and smell the flowers of Funchal in Madeira.

Enjoy the winter sun as you explore the capital cities of Portugal and Madeira, and discover the unusual landscapes of the Canary Islands.

Compare the beautiful Atlantic isles of the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries on this enchanting cruise.

Head to the sun-drenched Canary Islands on this relaxing 15-night cruise that visits vibrant ports in Spain and Portugal too.

Ride a vintage tram in Lisbon, relax on the beaches of Arrecife, see Mount Teide in Tenerife then inhale the floral scent of Funchal before winding down with a glass of port in Oporto's vineyards.

Enjoy the festivities on board as you celebrate Christmas at sea, and see spectacular New Year fireworks over Funchal.

Sail around this Spanish archipelago close to Africa, aboard a sleek and stylish 55-metre yacht and visit six of the seven islands.

Discover inspiring landscapes, colourful cultures and cities brimming with history on this charming cruise to the Canary Islands aboard Saga Pearl II.

Island hop from Madeira to Cape Verde and back via the sunny Canaries on this three-week winter warmer.

Relish this dose of winter sun and contrast the wildly diverse scenery of the Canary Islands with the Moorish vibe of Morocco.

See the lush volcanic landscapes of the Azores, experience the colonial Portuguese vibe of Cape Verde, soak up the sun in the Canary Islands and drink Madeira in Madeira.

Cruise to the winter sun on this Canary Island voyage which also visits Madeira and Portugal's mainland.

The Canary Islands – famous for their unique volcanic landscapes, lush green valleys and historic architecture – will be revealed on this island-hopping voyage aboard Saga Pearl II.

Contrast each of the Atlantic's pretty archipelagos on this springtime voyage aboard Fred. Olsen's Boudicca.

Visit alluring Casablanca and the beaches of Arrecife, then see fireworks in Tenerife and the flowers of Funchal, before experiencing the best of Lisbon.

Discover the contrasting landscapes of five Canary Islands

Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas on board Braemar before starting 2016 in style exploring the Caribbean.

Explore six fabulous islands on this new year voyage.

Head to the Canary Islands on this festive fly-cruise aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar before celebrating New Year's Eve with fireworks in the Caribbean.

Discover the unusual landscapes of the Canaries as you island hop to Tenerife and Lanzarote, El Hierro and La Gomera.

Take to the seas and sail south to the Canaries, the Cape Verde islands and Portugal.

Escape the chill and cruise to the Canaries with this fantastic Christmas cruise aboard Saga Pearl II

Join Black Watch on this leisurely transatlantic crossing before discovering a host of beautiful Caribbean islands.

Experience the colourful Rio Carnival on this memorable South American voyage visiting Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.

Enjoy the Caribbean sunshine while visiting a string of paradisiacal islands on this epic 42-night cruise

Set sail for the southern hemisphere on this grand voyage encompassing great cities, great landscapes and the Panama Canal.

Language

Spanish; Castilian -

Castillian Spanish is the official language, with other Spanish languages and dialects varying in different regions.

English isn’t widely used outside of the main coastal resorts, so you may find it very handy to learn a few words before you travel.

Tipping

Tipping is similar to the UK: the typical amount in restaurants is 10% (most establishments don’t add a service charge to the bill). Taxi drivers and porters expect a small tip too.

Population and size

Spain has a population of 47.4 million, which is relatively low in comparison to other European countries such as France and Italy.

At 505,988 square kilometers, Spain is more than twice the size of the UK.

Currency

Euro - The currency is the euro, divided into 100 cents.

Culture

The main religion is Roman Catholic, which accounts for around two-thirds of the country, along with a small minority of Muslims.


When meeting new people, a handshake is the common greeting among men, and a kiss on the cheek between women – the number of kisses can vary, so prepare yourself for two or even three!


You’ll also find that the Spanish eat much later than we do in the UK, with lunch between 2-3.30pm and dinner between 9-11pm, so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself in a relatively quiet restaurant. Oh, and the Spanish love to party, so depending on when you visit you might find yourself embroiled in one of their many annual celebrations – including one that involves a battle with tomatoes!


Pablo Picasso is among Spain’s most celebrated sons, along with Antoni Gaudi, whose eccentric architecture dots the Barcelona cityscape. More recent times saw Spanish cinema come into its own with directors like Pedro Almodovar breaking into the English-speaking world. And films like the Guillermo del Toro’s darkly fantastic masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth, a Spanish-Mexican venture, solidified Spain as a big player in the film industry.

Phrases

A few basic words of Spanish to get you started…

Hola – hello

Adios – goodbye

Por favor – please

Gracias – thank you

Si – yes

No – no

Perdon – excuse me

No hablo espanol – I don’t speak Spanish

Timezone

Spain is one hour ahead of GMT, two in British summertime.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and all sockets take small round two-pin plugs. You’ll need an adaptor for your British appliances, so remember to bring one with you as you probably won’t be able to find one in Spain.

Climate

The climate varies depending on the region, but generally the further south you go, the warmer it will be. The weather on the south and east coast is fairly reliable all year round, enjoying a balmy Mediterranean climate, while the interior tends to stay hot and dry as it’s located on a plateau.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay. British citizens don’t require a visa.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in enclosed public areas and is not allowed on public transport, in bars or restaurants, except in designated areas. Be sure to remember this or you may be stuck with a hefty fine.

Flight time

London to Madrid and Barcelona – from 2 hours

London to Seville – from 2.5 hours


Places in the Canary Islands

Fuerteventura

A remarkable island with a character all of its own

Gran Canaria

A continent in miniature, protected as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve

Lanzarote

Black-sand beaches and dramatic luna landscapes…

Tenerife

Tenerife is a lively, typically Spanish island with an interesting history…