Canary Islands

Key facts

  • Currency: EUR:Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Flight duration: 4 hours 15 minutes from Gatwick
  • Timezones: GMT +0

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WHEN TO GO

Thanks to their proximity to Africa, the Canary Islands are the ultimate year-round destination. In the summer months, daily highs often top the mid-30s, and rainfall is practically non-existent. The winter months, from December to March, are a bit cooler, but you’re still looking at average temperatures of 18 degrees. You might want to bring a jacket for the evenings, though, especially if you’re headed to Lanzarote, which can get pretty windy. It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you’re going to Tenerife, and want to hike Mount Teide, snowfall can sometimes close the mountain in the height of winter.

Weather

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Health & Safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. It’s also a good idea to get a European Health Insurance Card – or EHIC – before leaving the UK. Though it’s not a substitute for travel insurance, it entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. For the latest health and safety information, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/health

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Spain but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

For more information visit the Foreign Office website - www.fco.gov.uk/en/