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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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Take an independent-style apartment break on the glorious shores of sunny Tenerife…

Stay in a prime location on Puerto de la Cruz's seafront and discover northern Tenerife.

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.

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

Relax at this friendly hotel just outside Puerto de la Cruz

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

Hotel Reina Isabel QQQQ+

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A stylish beachfront hotel in the island’s vibrant capital

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

The 4-star Hotel Costa Calero is located in Puerto Calero, one of Lanzarote’s premier resorts. The peaceful location of the hotel, along with its extensive grounds and wonderful views across the Atlantic make it ideal for a relaxing holiday.

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

Riu Palmeras QQQQ

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Set in the popular resort of Playa del Ingles, the 4Q-rated Riu Palmeras is conveniently close to the resort's famous dark golden sands.

A great seafront location and panoramic ocean views are among the high points of this new addition to our range of hotels in Gran Canaria.

Costa Canaria QQQQ

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The locally rated 4-star Iberostar Costa Canaria enjoys a superb seafront location in Playa de San Agustin

Enjoy spectacular ocean views from this welcoming hotel.

Relax in a beachside hotel on sub-tropical 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.

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

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

Look forward to a truly relaxing experience at this Fred. Olsen hotel, a Canarian village-style resort which sits amid peaceful, subtropical gardens.

Hotel Jardin Tropical QQQQ+

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With stunning ocean views and a fantastic location on Tenerife's sunny south coast, the Hotel Jardin Tropical offers a luxurious holiday destination.

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.

Discover six sun-drenched Canary Islands on this winter fly cruise sailing from Tenerife.

Soak up the Canaries' glorious winter sunshine and explore four islands in the Cape Verdes, all from the comfort of Fred. Olsen's elegant Braemar.

Gaze in awe at the unusual landscapes of the Canaries and experience the unique African culture and intoxicating blend of music and colour in Senegal and The Gambia aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar.

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

Revel in the romance of Casablanca as you sail south to the Canaries, alive with the colours of summer.

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

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

Enjoy a spring-time cruise south to the balmy warmth of the Canary Islands, with calls at ports in Spain, Portugal and Madeira.

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

Explore six fabulous islands on this new year voyage.

Contrast the varied scenery of the Canary Islands and North Africa on this island-hopping cruise.

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.

Discover the contrasting landscapes of five Canary Islands

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

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

Explore the rugged and beautiful scenery of the Canaries before calling at the exotic shores of Morocco.

Swap the British winter for the sun-blessed shores of the Canaries for a Christmas with a difference.

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

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…