Nestled deep in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands are a collection of sun-drenched Spanish jewels, each showcasing their own extraordinary beauty. From the volcanic jungle of Pico del Teide in Tenerife and the Saharan-style dunes of Fuerteventura to the palm tree kissed cities in Gran Canaria, each island is bursting with its own captivating spirit which offers something for every type of visitor. Just as each island is individual, every kind of holiday rental in the Canary Islands has its own character, all of which are waiting to be explored and secured on Airbnb or TripAdvisor today.
Find and book the perfect apartment or holiday villa in the Canary Islands
Formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, each of The Canary Islands has developed into a rocky paradise, boasting black- and white-sand beaches and craggy national parks which are glazed by the year-round sunshine. When this guaranteed sun sets for the day, however, you can return your very own home away from home by reserving unique accommodation in The Canary Islands. What makes The Canary Islands so unique is the dramatic landscape and subtropical climate which continue to attract visitors to the shores of this volcanic paradise. Each of The Canary Islands' offer the unique mix of a fiery mountainous jungle, along with the friendly fiesta fun from its Spanish influences. Reserve a holiday villa in The Canary Islands to experience the individuality of your chosen destination, whether you spend your days eating at the peak of a volcano or bathing on the black sands of the Atlantic shore, there is nowhere quite like these ancient Canarian wonderlands.
What types of holiday rentals are available in the Canary Islands?
With every island offering a range of different experiences, no resort is the same, and neither are any two-holiday rentals in the Canary Islands! If you are a couple who are looking for a romantic trip with some guaranteed sun, choose a townhouse in the urban heart of Santa Cruz in Tenerife which is filled with fine dining eateries, bars and harbour. There is nothing quite as romantic as a luxury apartment rental in Playa De Caleta on the island of La Gomera, where you can star gaze from your private balcony. The Canary Islands are perfect for families and groups of friends who can rent a holiday villa with a private pool in Playa de las Américas in Tenerife, or a holiday home in the water-sports haven of Corralejo in Fuerteventura, which are bursting with attractions for all ages.
When to Visit?
There is no bad time to visit the Canary Islands, with its renowned eternal sun shining over these islands throughout the entire year. As you are almost guaranteed a hot climate in every month, it is a good idea to avoid the peak summer months of July and August, when holidaymakers bathe in the peak of the islands' climate.
How to get to the Canary Islands
Each of the Canary Islands is easily accessible from across the UK, with flights from all major British airports, including London Gatwick and Manchester, directly to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. There are also indirect flights available to the islands of La Palma and La Gomera by connecting in Madrid or Tenerife Airport. Flight times vary depending on the destination; however, most flights to The Canary Islands take over four hours, with flights to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura taking 4 hours 15 minutes and a flight duration of 4 hours 35 minutes from London to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Each of the island's airports has accessible transport links to the popular tourist resorts across the island. Almost all visitors from the UK arrive in The Canary Islands by air; however, you can easily hop between the islands by ferry once you have landed.
The Canary Islands are all compact and can easily be explored by a rental car, public transport or boat, for those who want to discover more than one island. The 'Guagua' (bus) is the most cost-effective mode of transport between the major cities and popular tourist hotspots across each island. Tenerife has a 'Tranvía' tram line which runs from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to San Cristóbal de La Laguna. The distance between The Canary Islands is only small, meaning visitors can choose to discover more than one island, even if it is just for the day! Scheduled boat services by Armas, Fred Olsen, Biosfera Express and Líneas Romeo travel between the islands, with some routes even offering the chance to spot dolphins on the way.
Where to book a holiday villa in the Canary Islands
If you have ever wanted to join in a carnival in a volcanic paradise, then look no further than the largest of all the Canary Islands, Tenerife. Secure a holiday apartment rental in the cosmopolitan heart of Santa Cruz, where you can dance the night away in this historic city during the Carnival, and beyond! Even when the colours of the Carnival pass, Tenerife shines as a rainbow kissed kingdom, with its emerald fringed beaches and the dramatic rugged shades of Mount Teide, the active volcano which is Tenerife's best-known landmark. The most famous of these shores include Playa de las Américas, a resort which is bursting with waterparks, eateries and a renowned nightlife scene. Choose a holiday villa in Tenerife with private pool near its electric coast, ideal for families, along with large groups of friends who can enjoy this resort around the clock. If you crave Canarian adventure, or if you want to marvel at one of the largest volcanoes in the world, then choose a holiday home in the shadow of Mount Teide to wake up in a room with a view of the most impressive landscape in which this volcano is the peak.
Famed for its exciting water-sports scene, Fuerteventura is the go-to destination for all adventure lovers who want a slice of the Canary Island sun. With a surfing reputation as excellent as Fuerteventura's, it is no surprise that the beach resorts are among the most beautiful in the whole of the Canary Islands. Choose a holiday villa with a garden in Fuerteventura's coastal paradise of Corralejo to enjoy the water, even before you hit the waves on the dune-backed beach of Playa del Moro. A holiday apartment in Fuerteventura in Caleta de Fuste to stay in an oceanic resort which is another favourite among families who want to play the day away on the Playa del Castillo, all of which is only a ten-minute drive from Fuerteventura airport. For a slightly more peaceful side of the island, choose a bed and breakfast in El Cotillo, along the northern coast of Playa Los Lagos, which is only a 20-minute drive to the Sacred Mountain of Tindaya, the most magical landscape in the Canary Islands.
Much of Lanzarote's landscape has been sculptured by volcanic eruptions which took place in the 18th century, which today showcases some of the most impressive rocky scenery in the world. Reserve a self-catered holiday rental in Lanzarote's volcanic region in the Timanfaya National Park and wake up feeling fuelled and ready to take on this wild adventure. Do not be put off visiting tis sublime setting if hiking is not your thing, as there is even more to this volcano than what would meet the eye. After an afternoon witnessing the splendour of the geysers, you can enjoy a dining experience like no other in the Canary Islands, as El Diablo Restaurant cooks up fine food from a furnace which uses the natural heat from the earth underneath your feet. A visit to Lanzarote is not complete without spending some time along the famous black beaches which are made up of dark lava sand. Choose a villa to rent on the unique shores of Playa Quemada for a seaside experience like no other, or, for a more conventional beach experience, reserve an apartment rental in the Playa Blanca, Lanzarote's most family-friendly destination.
Home to over 80 beaches, and the Roque Nublo volcano which stands 80 meters above the island, it appears 80 really is the magic number in Gran Canaria. There are, however, over 80 things to see and do in the second largest Canary Island, as this land is a kingdom of volcanic scenery, whitewashed beaches and multicoloured cities. Choose a bed and breakfast in Gran Canaria near the Playa del Ingles to find a sanctuary on the sapphire shore of this popular tourist hive. You can similarly enjoy the sands of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, one of the most fashionable cities in the Canary Islands by reserving an apartment with a beachfront roof terrace which is perfect for watching the sunset before heading out to the bars in the Spanish architectural wonders of Las Palma de Gran Canaria's bustling old town.
Just like its Canary neighbours, La Palma's scenery is formed around an impressive volcano, this one being the Cumbre Vieja whose trademark crack continues to captivate geologists across the globe. La Palma is a serene alternative way of experiencing these Atlantic gems, making it the perfect place to choose a luxury apartment rental in the Canary Islands. The unspoilt waterfront resort of Los Cancajos is one of the most peaceful seasides in La Palma, which has allowed the region to hold onto its rustic beauty and offers stunning star gazing opportunities. The capital of the island, Santa Cruz de la Palma, is the answer to all of your Canary city dreams, with its historic streets and traditional port, making it the most vibrant place to choose a townhouse in La Palma.
As a jungle of ecosystems, verdant forests and black sands, La Gomera is a mystical utopia nestled in the Atlantic waters. Choose a charming holiday cottage in La Gomera's natural valley of Hermigua to enjoy views across black sands of the Playa De Caleta which this island is so famous for. Another island hotspot where visitors can enjoy the attractions in a multicoloured setting is San Sebastián de La Gomera, where you can choose a cost-effective holiday apartment rental amongst the towns palm tree paradise, where you can gaze upon the dramatic Roque de Agando volcanic plug, before enjoying some Canarian cuisine in one of the quaint local eateries.