I’m just back from my 2nd trip to the Canary Islands and I’ll cut right to the chase: Why haven’t you been yet? I could do a listicle of all the reasons you need to go but will make this simple for you.
You need to go to the Canary Islands, and soon
If you’re European I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir. With almost twelve million visitors in 2015 the Canaries are hardly a secret. However, my informal polling shows more Americans haven’t considered visiting the Canary Islands than have. That’s a real shame.
Officially part of Spain and only a 3 hour flight from Madrid, the Canary Islands feel worlds away. The subtropical climate is often sited as the best in the world with near constant sunshine and little rain. Each one of the seven islands has its own distinct profile and after visiting Gran Canaria and Tenerife I can’t wait to explore the rest.
Best of all for travel hackers? They’re cheap!
Award flights from Spain, England, and Germany are plentiful. If you can’t find space (which would surprise me) many discount airlines fly to the Canaries from all over Europe, often for under $100.
I’ve had no trouble finding low level seats on both American miles (flying Iberia) and Air France/Air Europa (using Delta miles). An option I haven’t tried but would also work is Royal Air Maroc- Morocco is really close to the Canaries. Worse to worse, get over the pond and use Avios- it’s 7,500 to 10,000 each way from Europe. There are over 10 airports- the most common are Tenerife South (TFS) Tenerife North (TFN) and Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (NOT Las Palmas Island, which is different) LPA.
A few points properties exist (the Ritz Calrton Tenerife is a steal on FHR) but you’ll do better with independent properties. Weekly rentals abound and you can often find amazing deals. Spring Break we paid $88/night for a two bedroom oceanfront condo at BlueBay Beach Club that featured a jacuzzi tub…on our balcony. In Tenerife I paid $35/night for a one bedroom oceanview unit at Apartmentos Casablanca in Puerto de la Cruz.
“Cheaper Hawaii with Spanish culture”
That’s how I’d sum up the Canaries in five words but they’re truly so much more. The Canaries are also ground zero for sealife encounters. We checked out the Aldea Village to Gui Gui Beach plus Dolphin Watching Tour from Viator and it was stunning. The Deal Kids and I played (and I mean that- we played) with a pod of at least 15 dolphins that wove in and out of our sight. The Kids even got splashed by a dolphin jump! Seeing dolphins in the wild blows away the experience of visiting an Aquarium.
Readers: Can anyone else vouch for the Canaries? Which islands have you visited? I need help deciding which island to visit next!
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