Wherever you visit in the Canary Islands, there is no doubt that you’ll be mesmerised by the spectacular and truly diverse topographies. Explore the astonishing flatlands and whopping, snow-draped Mount Teide in Tenerife’s National Park, or discover the diversity of Gran Canaria, a mini-size continent, with lush, pine-forested peaks, rugged mountains and sun-scorched, desert-like settings. On Lanzarote, prepare to feel like you’ve graced another planet, as you unearth extraordinary, black lava fields. Fuerteventura’s landscape, meanwhile, boasts rich hues of burnished bronze, copper and gold gleaming across its boundless plains, interspersed with cacti and free-range goats. Wherever you go, expect to gape at the sheer drama of these natural wonders, many listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Every day is an adventure in the Canaries, and the superb settings of beaches, volcanoes, mountains and seas make an awesome natural playground for children. Take your pick from an array of unforgettable activities - from camel rides in the dunes or stargazing beside a volcano, to watching movies by moonlight, or looking out for whales. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, big and small, where little visitors can create fairy-tale castles and eat scrumptious ice-cream. For a break from the glorious sea, discover the huge assortment of family-fun attractions and epic theme parks, including zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and water parks. Best of all, the constant temperatures and sun-filled days mean this exciting natural playground is perfect all year round!
With predictable sunshine and a variety of backdrops, the Canary Islands offer some fabulous sporting opportunities. Golfers flock from all over the world, attracted to the top-class courses, flawlessly carved into the landscapes and boasting amazing ocean views. Expert instructors, caddies and buggies usually come as standard. Another popular activity here is hiking, particularly through the networks of ancient trails zigzagging across the islands. Whether you fancy a leisurely amble or challenging mountain trek, you’ll be sure to find the perfect route. Alternatively, head out into the shimmering waters of the Atlantic, where watersports - including sailing, surfing, windsurfing, scuba and more - allure all ages and abilities.
Art & Culture
Lovers of art and culture will not be disappointed when they set out to discover the Canary Islands. Highlights on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote include towering, abstract sculptures by native islanders, Cesar Manrique and Martin Chirino. Be sure to catch a glimpse at the amazing canvases by famous surrealist artist, Oscar Dominguez, on display in his home town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Meanwhile visitors with an interest in architecture will no doubt admire the traditional island buildings, featuring decorative wooden balconies and colourful façades.
Easyjet direct from London Gatwick to Tenerife. UK regional departures also available.
Easyjet direct from London Gatwick to Fuerteventura. UK regional departures also available.
Easyjet direct from London Gatwick to Las Palmas. UK regional departures also available.
Easyjet direct from London Gatwick to Arrecife. UK regional departures also available.
From London Gatwick to Tenerife South: 4 hours, 30 minutes. London Gatwick to Fuerteventura: 4 hours, 20 minutes. London Gatwick to Las Palmas: 4 hours, 10 minutes. London Gatwick to Arrecife: 4 hours 15 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.