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4 things to know before you go


Planning to take the kids to the Canaries this year?

With a total of seven islands to explore, with four already perfectly equipped for tourists, this star-studded destination makes for a memorable holiday.

Crystal-clear waters set on golden sands lined with palm trees and promenades set the scene for a family-friendly paradise. You could go all-out luxury with an all-inclusive resort or choose quaint self-catered apartments to move at your own pace.

No matter your style, we’ve covered some key tips for your first Canary Island holiday below.

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4 tips for your first in the Canary Islands

  1. Pack for the weather

If you’re getting fed up with the weather in the UK, you won’t be disappointed by the local climate on your holiday. With a pleasant subtropical climate, temperatures in the Canary Islands range from 18 to 24 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

In the height of summer, temperatures average at a barmy 28 degrees Celsius but regularly tip into the 30s. With hours of warm sunshine guaranteed, it’s important to prepare for some UV exposure. If you’re travelling with little ones, make sure you’re familiar with some of the best sunscreens for children’s sensitive skin.

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  1. Keep it affordable

Travel prices are rising, but the Canary Islands hold their reputation for being a reasonably priced destination throughout the year. However, it’s worth knowing that seasonal price fluctuations are common – and that you should expect price hikes at popular spots.

If you’re looking for the best deal, it’s worth travelling in spring, autumn, or even during the winter. You’ll still get t-shirt weather and the same remarkable views throughout the year, so why not escape to the Canaries for some winter sunshine?

Flight prices are lower off-season too, so it’s worth getting yourself a good return deal. And when it comes to your flights, try to secure the best rates by booking in advance. If you’re travelling from the north of England, you should be able to find cheap Manchester airport parking online.Â

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  1. Get to know the beaches

While all the Canaries are unique, their beautiful beaches stand out as a selling point. North of Fuerteventura, for example, the 7 km long Corralejo Grandes Playas boast outstanding natural beauty and the opportunity to partake in a range of water sports.

In Tenerife, Las Teresita’s Beach offers pristine golden sands, imported from Africa! It’s ideal for swimming, relaxing and sunbathing, boasting those picture-perfect vistas ready for your family photos. If you’re after the authentic black sand experience, northern resorts connect you to the island’s volcanic nature. Playa de Benijo is one of our favourite examples.

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  1. Explore natural beauty

Most families head to the Canary Islands for some fun on the beach, but it’s crucial not to neglect the natural beauty on offer. From ancient volcanoes spouting red-hot lava to decadent forests and luscious green valleys, there’s a rich variety.

The Parque Nacional del Teideis the largest and best-known natural area in the Canaries, officially recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to the active volcano Mount Teide, you’ll be able to see incredible rock formations and live lava flows too.

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