Ultimate Guide to Planning a Destination Wedding in Canary Islands

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Hello friend, chances are you were searching for a wedding photographer in Canary Islands and found us here. For an adventurous couple like us, Canary Islands is one of the most favorite places on earth! A heaven for outdoorsy people. 

It's a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean that many people have fallen in love with. They belong to Spain and are a melting pot of South American and Spanish cultures. They combine a year-round mild climate, diverse nature, good food, music, warm and cheerful people and much more.

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1) How to Get to Canary Islands

There are two ways to travel to the Canary Islands: by ferry or by plane.

If you are planning a longer stay in the Canary Islands and want to take your own car or even a camper with you, then you can use one of the large ferries from mainland Spain which takes at least 37 hours.

The shipping companies Trasmediterranea and Naviera Armas offer huge ferries from both Cádiz and Huelva in southern Spain. It is around 49 hours from Cádiz and around 37 hours from Huelva. The ferries usually stop in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, where the ferries are loaded and unloaded, which can delay the arrival in Tenerife. With every booking that you should make online beforehand, you have booked a standard seat. However, it is worth booking a cabin for the very long crossing. Because you are not allowed to be down in the car deck and therefore not able to sleep in the car or mobile home. There are restaurants on board as well as mostly microwaves to warm up food or baby food that you have brought with you. Animals such as dogs and cats etc. are allowed on the ferries, but they are housed in a cage in an additional room or on the top deck during the crossing.

Most travelers arrive by plane though. Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma are served by international flights. The best way to get to La Gomera and El Hierro is by ferry from Tenerife. But there are also flight connections from all islands, should you not be able to arrive by ferry. The Canaries are well connected with each other with ferry and flight connections, should you travel from one island to another.

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2) Best Time to have a wedding / elopement in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands belong to the subtropics. Due to the interplay of the geographical location, i.e. the proximity to the equator, the Canary Islands current (cool to moderate currents) and the constant trade winds, you have a pleasantly mild climate in the Canaries all year round.

The Canaries are known as the islands of eternal spring. With a sun guarantee on over 300 days a year, the islands are warm all year round. The interplay of the dry Sahara air that comes to the Canaries and the refreshing trade winds conjures up a wonderful climate that is particularly inviting in summer to vacation. The average annual temperature in Tenerife is 25 °C. The average water temperature in the year is 18 degrees Celsius. The warmest month is August with eleven hours of sunshine and up to 29 °C. The coldest month in the Canary Islands is January with around six hours of sunshine per day and up to 20 degrees Celsius. At night, temperatures cool down to 13 °C in winter. In summer the average temperature at night is 20 °C.

Even if the climate there is constant and mild all year round, on the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro there are various small climatic zones, also known as microclimates. Depending on the location, you will find temperature differences of more than 10 °C on one island alone, thick clouds on one side and sun on the other, as well as ever-moist cloud forests next to dry lava landscapes. At certain times of the year the highest peaks are even covered with snow.

The water temperatures are relatively constant due to the Canary Current in the Canary Islands. There they move around 20 °C all year round, with the water being cooler in the first half of the year and warmer in the second.

The best time to travel to the Canary Islands is from April to October. The two Canary Islands in the east, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, are warm travel destinations all year round. The high western islands of La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are particularly suitable for travel in spring, summer and autumn. In winter, mild to warm temperatures between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius await you on the Canary Islands. Especially for those who want to escape the cold temperatures in this country, the winter months are the best time to travel to the Canary Islands. The main travel season for the Canaries is the summer months. If you want to avoid the tourists, it is best to travel to the Canaries in the off-season between autumn and spring.

ALSO, depending on which activities you are aiming to do, certain months are best for traveling:

- Beach vacation:
Lanzarote & Fuerteventura: all year round;
Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro & La Gomera: April-October

- Island hopping & cruises all year round, optimal weather conditions with little chance of rain: April-October

- Trekking: Spring & Autumn Months

- Active vacation March-May & end of October-November

- Surfing in Fuerteventura & Lanzarote
Beginner Surf: July-November;
Advanced surfers: October-mid-December;
Kitesurfing in Lanzarote: late March-late October

- Surfing in Gran Canaria & Tenerife
Surf beginners: all year round;
Advanced surfers: October-March

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3) Which Island to have a wedding in Canary Islands?

The Canary Islands are very diverse tropical islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The landscapes range from dry steppe to damp cloud forests and snow-covered peaks. The landscape of the Canaries could hardly be more varied. Due to the diversity given by nature, the Canaries also have space for visitors with the most varied of needs. There are islands for a beach holiday, for culture fans, hikers, surfers, divers ...

Lanzarote

is the island for explorers, art and architecture lovers. But surfers and beach fans also get their money's worth here. The northernmost island of the Canaries is known for its volcanic landscapes. Dark lava stones in different shades give Lanzarote a unique look. Not only are extinct volcanoes to be discovered, but also volcanic activity. These forces of nature become a real experience in the Timanfaya National Park. 

Huge lava fields, lava valleys, mountains of fire and rising heat from the depths of the earth. In Lanzarote you can experience the forces of nature up close. If you are interested in volcanoes and untouched nature, Lanzarote is your island.

White large selection of sandy beaches and waves all year round, beach lovers will love Lanzarote. Although the island is of volcanic origin and the black lava sand is omnipresent, there are light sandy beaches that are in stark contrast to the rest of the landscape. 

Another special feature is the small neighboring island of La Graciosa, which is located in the northwest of Lanzarote. This small, untouched island has only a few inhabitants and is perfect for people who are looking for seclusion. There are only a few places to stay on La Graciosa, some you can find on AirBnB.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the surf mecca of the Canaries and a paradise for beach lovers. Miles of golden sand beaches , turquoise blue sea. This is Fuerteventura. If you love to lie on the beach for days on vacation and bathe in the turquoise blue Atlantic, then Fuerteventura is the place for you.

The fine sandy beaches are unique on this Canary Island, as is the steppe landscape. Unlimited expanses, rolling hills and huge dunes give Fuerteventura a very special charm. Another highlight is the Cofete nature reserve. A kilometer-long sandy beach, wild waves and untouched nature await those seeking peace and quiet in Cofete. Due to the seclusion and the unpaved path, only a few tourists reach this natural place.

Whether in the north or in the south, surfers in Fuerteventura find their perfect wave all year round . You will find both beach and reef breaks on the island . But the wind is also a magnet for many windsurfers.

Gran Canaria

In the south of Gran Canaria the sun shines almost all year round, and beach holidays in this region are popular with many tourists. The sand dunes in Maspalomas are a special highlight. Outside the south, Gran Canaria's coast is wild. The mountains reach into the Atlantic Ocean, which has resulted in beautiful natural swimming pools in some places. There aren't many places where you can bathe between rocks and lava rocks in the ocean.

Anyone interested in mountains and rustic villages is in good hands far from the south. Green mountains, terraced fields and incredibly beautiful views can be found in the interior. A highlight in Gran Canaria's heights is the Roque Nublo. 

The most popular outdoor activities in Gran Canaria are hiking, mountain biking, diving and surfing. But there are also opportunities for paragliding in the mountains.

Tenerife

Tenerife is a multifaceted island where every vacationer can find their favorite place. Sandy beaches, natural pools, mountains, volcanic landscapes, cloud forests. Where are you going In the south of Tenerife the sun shines almost all year round . You will find everything in the south, from the touristically popular beach to the lonely, natural dream beach. Exactly the right island for beach vacationers or occasional sun worshipers.

If you like it a little wilder on the coast, then you are in the right place in the north and northwest of Tenerife. There are natural pools, lava rocks, steep coasts and wild waves waiting for you. You can also go on a culinary discovery tour in these regions. In the north of Tenerife, the density of restaurants is highest in the entire Canary Islands.

Do you like to be active on vacation? Then choose Tenerife, because there you can surf, windsurf, hike, mountain biking, paragliding, diving ... The island is a paradise for active vacationers. The Teide National Park is a special highlight . In addition to beautiful hiking trails through the lavalan landscapes, there is also the opportunity to register for a summit ascent of the Teide. An unforgettable experience. A second highlight is the clear night sky in the Teide National Park. The perfect place for amateur astrologers.

La Palma

The northeast is lush and green, the west sunny and warm and in the south the volcanoes line up. Do you like to go hiking and love nature? Then you are exactly right on La Palma. 

Lush green mountains, steep coasts and a charming town with Canarian balconies that are well worth seeing are ideal for hiking. Countless hiking trails lead you through the most diverse regions of La Palma, up to the high mountains in the center, on which sometimes even the snow remains. One of the highlights is the Caldera de Taburiente , through which some of the best hiking trails in the Canary Islands lead.

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La Gomera

- Are you looking for peace and quiet, want to enjoy nature and hike? Visit La Gomera. This Canary Island is significantly smaller than its large neighboring islands, and mass tourism has remained far from La Gomera to this day. Through lush mountains, the peaks of which are often shrouded in fog, are home to an incredibly beautiful flora and fauna. A dream for hikers who also like to be out and about in damp areas.

- In the west of the island is Valle Gran Rey, the most popular region among tourists, which is nevertheless not overcrowded. Some dropouts have been spending their lives there for several decades, so they also contribute to the very special atmosphere in this area. If you spend a little more time on the coast and are patient, you may be lucky enough to see dolphins and whales...

- The Garajonay National Park in the middle of the island of La Gomera has the highest mountain on the island.

- El Cedro is the laurel forest on the edge of the national park is an El Dorado for hikers.

- There are several beaches in the south of the island at Playa de Santiago on La Gomera. It is the only place with a little "mass tourism".

- Vallehermoso is a small town in the green north of the island, near the lovely Roque Cano volcanic gorge.

El Hierro

Probably the most unknown of the Canary Islands is El Hierro. Very few tourists visit this small island, which offers a lot of tranquility and varied landscapes. 

The clocks tick very differently on El Hierro. There are hardly any cars on the streets and you hardly meet people. If you want to relax, El Hierro is the right place for you. With this calm and relaxation you can watch whales and dolphins directly from the island.

Even if this island is the smallest of the Canaries, it is home to a very varied nature. Rugged coastlines, solidified lava rock, volcanic cones, lush deciduous forests, almond trees, extraordinary trees in the mountains ... El Hierro is ideal for hiking. 

Due to the favorable winds and a large open space for flying, paragliders in particular are drawn to El Hierro. But things also get interesting below the surface of the water. In 2011 an underwater volcano erupted on El Hierro , which has greatly changed the underwater world in this zone. This area attracts many divers.

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4) How to Travel between different Canary Islands?

The easiest way to island hop in the Canaries, and almost certainly the most pleasant, is by inter island ferry. All seven of the main islands are connected in this way, with Tenerife and Gran Canaria acting as hubs. Three companies operate ferry services between the islands, Fred Olsen, Naviera Armas and Trasmediterranea.

Although crossing by water is far nicer, sometimes it is quicker to fly between the Canary Islands, particularly if you want to combine some of the further flung islands, or two islands that aren’t immediate neighbours. Two airlines operate inter-island flights in the Canary Islands, both based out of the airport on Gran Canaria. Binter Canarias has the most useful schedule of flights, serving all seven major islands, while the newer CanaryFly links Gran Canaria with Tenerife North, La Palma and Lanzarote. Again, if you’re planning to island be sure to check airline websites as close to your trip as possible.

An exmaple itinerary by air would be to start by exploring Tenerife, ending up in the north, and flying from Tenerife North to Arrecife on Lanzarote with Binter Canarias (50 minutes by air, no direct ferries). After a few days on Lanzarote you could hop back to Gran Canaria (45 minutes by air, rather than five and a half hours by ferry).

The most important ferry connections for island hopping in the Canary Islands:

- Ferry from Tenerife (Los Cristianos) to La Gomera
With: Naviera Armas or Fred Olsen / Duration: approx. 1 hour / 6 times a day

- Ferry from Tenerife (Santa Cruz) to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)
With: Trasmediterranea / Duration: approx. 4h / 1 x week
With: Naviera Armas / Duration: approx. 2.5 hours / 3 x week

- Ferry from Tenerife (Santa Cruz) to Gran Canaria (Agaete)
With: Fred Olsen Express / Duration: 1.5h / 6 times a day

- Ferry from Tenerife (Santa Cruz) to Lanzarote
With: Trasmediterranea / Duration: approx. 17h / 1 x week
With: Naviera Armas / Duration: approx. 11h / 6 x week

- Ferry from Tenerife (Santa Cruz) to Fuerteventura With: Naviera Armas / Duration: approx. 6.5h - 10.5h / 7 x week

- Ferry from Tenerife (Santa Cruz) to La Palma
With: Trasmediterranea / Duration: 5.5h / 1 x week
With: Naviera Armas / Duration: 4h / 8 x week
With: Fred Olsen Express / Duration: 2.5h / 10 x week

- Ferry from Tenerife (Los Christianos) to El Hierro
With: Naviera Armas / Duration: 2.5h / 7 x week

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5) What to Do & See in Canary Islands

The seven larger islands off the coast of Northwest Africa are characterized by the mild and year-round warm climate. Its sights are first and foremost its nature and climate. The archipelago can be divided into two holiday areas:

- "Sun vacation": the rather dry and sunny eastern islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. A last-minute vacation is ideal almost all year round, where you stay at a hotel, hang out at the pool and beach and take one or more excursions on the island. Here the Canary Islands can almost compete with the destination island Zanzibar or the Seychelles dream vacation.

- Nature and hiking vacation: the western Canary Islands Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro get much more rain, especially in the north, than their eastern neighboring islands. That's why these islands are far greener. Since they are mostly mountainous and have fewer beaches to offer, a different type of tourism has developed there. Hiking, trekking, nature and relaxing are particularly popular in the western Canary Islands.

Gran Canaria

- Gran Canaria is considered a miniature continent within the Canary Islands. 

- Maspalomas is the second beach stronghold near Playa des Inglés with a huge sand dune landscape. The ambience is reminiscent of the Sahara from which the sand was blown. The wave is often very strong, but the water is very clean, but sometimes clouded by the swirling sand. The landmark of Maspalomas is the 56 m high El Faro lighthouse.

- Puerto Rico on Gran Canaria is another tourist center for sport fishermen with a marina and a small beach and many apartments, hotels and bungalows.

The town of Teror houses a basilica from the 18th century and is an important ecclesiastical center with the patron saint Nuestra Señora la Virgen del Pino. The attractive town center and great location in the mountains make Teror probably the most beautiful mountain village in Gran Canaria.

- Plants and cacti in the botanical garden of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain The botanical garden Jardin Bótanico is located in the Barranco de Guiniguada in the region of Pino Santo in central Gran Canaria and is one of the special sights in the center of the island. It was built in the 50s and mainly shows the endemic plants from the Macaronesian islands such as the Canary Islands, Madeira or the Azores and offers a unique variety of flowers and plants.

- Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, founded in 1478, with its historic old town (Vegueta), which is well worth seeing. It is also the largest metropolis in the Canary Islands. Today Las Palmas is the most important historical and cultural center on Gran Canaria. The port of Las Palmas is one of the most important Atlantic ports.

- Puerto de Mogán is a picturesque but also touristic fishing village on Gran Canaria. Friday is the weekly market. The pretty boat harbor modern restaurants and cafes is a good starting point for an evening stroll and dinner at sunset.

Agaete , archaeologically interesting small town, prominently laid out around the Iglesia de la Concepción, with some stately buildings and a large number of prehistoric sites.

- Dolphin and whale watching are among the unforgettable activities in Gran Canaria. The catamarans and glass bottom boats start in the port of Puerto Rico, a trip takes about 3 hours.

- Submarine Tour: With a squeaky yellow submarine, vacationers like to go into the depths of the sea and experience an exciting journey at depths of up to 20 meters. The Yellow Submarine casts off in the port of Puerto de Mogan. Huge portholes and TV monitors offer a view of the underwater world.

Tenerife

- Do you like to be active on vacation? Then choose Tenerife, because there you can surf, windsurf, hike, mountain biking, paragliding, diving ... The island is a paradise for active vacationers.

- In contrast to the western islands of the Canaries, Lanzarote is not very rainy. In addition, the 845 square km island suffered from severe volcanic eruptions in the 18th century that shaped the island. The formerly fertile west is still covered with lava today.

- The Montanas del Fuego in Timanfaya National Park are also called Fire Mountains. They are probably the largest of the sights on Lanzarote and represent a grandiose lunar landscape. Visiting them is an absolute highlight of a stay in Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. Unfortunately, it can only be booked as a tour with the organizer. If you are looking for a similar wonderful landscape that is still active, you will find it at Piton de Fournaise on La Reunion.

The market in Arrecife is the best place to see how people live and shop in Lanzarote, in the bustling capital of the island of Lanzarote. The beach promenade and the main shopping street Calle Leon y Castillo with many boutiques, cafes and shops typical of the country are worth seeing.

- El Golfo is a semicircular crater landscape with bizarre rocks and colors, very worth seeing. Half of the formerly round crater has slipped into the sea and a small lagoon with green shimmering water has formed.

- Salinas de Janubio are chessboard-like salt fields surrounded by a pitch-black beach. They offer a view of the Los Rostros plain in Lanzarote. Today the operation of the salt works has become uneconomical. There is a nice little black sand beach nearby.

- Jameos del Aqua - very interesting grotto and cave system in the northeast of the island of Lanzarote, with an underground concert hall and a small lake that is home to an endemic albino cancer.

- La Graciosa - the small neighboring island of Lanzarote to the north can be reached by boat from Punta Fariones. We recommend a hike to the great Playa de las Conchas, one of the most beautiful (and empty!) Beaches in the Canary Islands, the island's attraction.

Fuerteventura

With over 1,700 square kilometers, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. With its 300 days of sunshine a year, it is the ideal holiday destination for all sun and beach-hungry holidaymakers. There are hardly any real sights on the sandy island of Fuerteventura, but the fine sandy beaches of the holiday centers Jandia, Corralejo, Sotavento, Costa Calma or Playa del Castillo attract more visitors every year with their crystal clear water. There are dunes similar to those in Corralejo in Maspalomas on Tenerife. Because of the year-round wind, Fuerteventura is also popular with windsurfers. A well-known diving area is also the area around the El Rio strait in the south of Fuerteventura.

- Jandia , here is the tourist center of Fuerteventura with flat, kilometer-long fine sandy beaches

- Corralejo dunes , natural park with the Corralejo tourist center for surfers and divers, known far beyond Fuerteventura, nearby

- Betancuria is a place worth seeing in the center of the island with an archaeological museum and cathedral.

- Vega de Rio Palmas is located south of Betancuria and is the largest palm oasis on the island of Fuerteventura

- Puerto del Rosario , the beautiful capital of Fuerteventura.

Lanzarote

Huge lava fields, lava valleys, mountains of fire and rising heat from the depths of the earth. In Lanzarote you can experience the forces of nature up close. If you are interested in volcanoes and untouched nature, Lanzarote is your island.White large selection of sandy beaches and waves all year round, beach lovers will love Lanzarote.


La Palma: 

- La Palma is the greenest island in the Canary Islands - a true paradise for hikers, which will especially inspire hobby botanists.  

- The fact that there are only a few beaches on La Palma has saved the island from mass tourism. Today this is exactly what makes the green island of La Palma so charming.

- With the small area and its 2433 m high summit, La Palma wins the title as the steepest island in the world. 

- The Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente in the center of the island impresses with its huge, 30 km long crater, which is covered with pine trees and crossed by numerous torrents whichis valued for its lush vegetation and higher mountains as well as the many well-marked hiking trails.

- In the south of Santa Cruz, the island's capital, lava flows commemorate the recent activity of Teneguia, which last erupted in 1971.


La Gomera: 

On a total area of 378 km² it offers a wide variety of landscapes: monoliths that dominate the steep slopes, terraced plantings in the Valle Gran Rey, the beautiful pebble beach of Playa de Santiago, the basalt columns of Los Organos, not to forget the huge lava mass of the Roque de Cano, near Vallehermoso. But the most extraordinary part of the island is the Garajonay National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The architectural and cultural heritage of the city, founded in 1440, includes the Ermita de San Sebastián, the Church of the Assumption (Iglesia de La Asunción) and the Tower of the Count (Torre del Conde).

El Hierro: 

The westernmost and smallest island of the Canaries (278 km²) is still very off the beaten path.

Rugged coastlines, solidified lava rock, volcanic cones, lush deciduous forests, almond trees, extraordinary trees in the mountains ... El Hierro is ideal for hiking, paragliding and diving. 

Above all, La Hierro has astonishing fauna and flora as well as enchanting landscapes under the sign of El Golfo, a fertile depression that arose from a former crater.

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6) Wedding Venues / Hotels in Canary Islands


Gran Canaria

Our Gran Canaria Airbnb list

Salobre Hotel Resort & Serenity

Santa Catalina, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

Lopesan Baobab Resort

Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Thalasso

Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

Hotel Melva Suite

Hotel Rural Las Longueras

Finca la Isa 

Tenerife

Our Tenerife Airbnb List

H10 Atlantic Sunset

Green Garden Resort & Suites Hotel

Flamingo suites Apart hotel

Fuerteventura

Our Fuerteventura Airbnb list

Villa Upupa

Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort

Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort

Lanzarote

Our Lanzarote Airbnb List

H10 Timanfaya Palace

Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa

Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa

La Casona De Yaiza Restaurante

La Palma

Our La Palma Airbnb List

Hotel Hacienda de Abajo

La Gomera

Our La Gomera Airbnb List

Parador de La Gomera

Hotel Jardín Tecina

Las Casas del Chorro

Villa Delfines

El Hierro

Our El Hierro Airbnb List

Parador de El Hierro

Casa Rural De Piedra

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7) What to Pack for Canary Islands

The most important tip: bring comfortable clothes and shoes.

- Light Rain Jacket.

- Zip-off Hiking Trousers.

- Hiking Shoes.

- Sunscreen. Sunglasses. Headwear.

- Small day backpack.

- Smart casual outfits. The whole islands have a very relaxed vibes.

- Packing Cube.

- Powerbank & Adapters.

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8 ) How many days do you need in the Canary Islands?

We recommend that you stay for at least 1 week in the Canary Islands to appreciate the culture and extraordinary sites. Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria are perfect for long-term vacation. In case you only visit the Canaries for a short vacation break, you can stay on one of the smaller islands, like La Graciosa, El Hierro, La Palma, or La Gomera.

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9) Other Tips for Planning your Wedding & Stay in Canary Islands

- We recommend that you drive or rent your own vehicle when going island hopping in the Canary Islands. Although the transport network is good on most of the islands, a private vehicle gives you freedom to explore every hidden spot.

- Island hopping in the Canaries is all about nature exploration and amazing landscapes.

- Bring your best hiking shoes to walk comfortably among the hilltops and volcanoes.

- Make sure you bring enough water and snacks; you'll surely feel hungry spending a whole day on the road.

- One of the best ideas for island hopping in the Canary archipelago is to plan your trip, so that you fly back home from the last island hopping stop of your itinerary.

Spain is an EU country, so a valid identity card is sufficient for a stay of up to three months in the Canary Islands.

- The vast majority of Spaniards and Canaries are Catholic.

- Money: The major credit cards are generally accepted in larger hotels and shops in the Canary Islands. Often also in the restaurants of the larger cities as well as with various car rental companies. With your EC card + PIN number or your credit card you can get cash at many ATMs and larger hotels.

- There are no statutory closing times in Spain. Most shops are closed in the afternoon (on the Sieste between 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m.). The shops usually open until at least 8 p.m. in the evening. In rural areas, post offices, banks and public offices are usually only open until the siesta break.

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