To get to the Canaries, you can easily find flights to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) Airport. It is well served by the European scheduled airlines like British Airways, Monarch Airlines and Iberia. Direct flights to the Canaries take around 4 hours, but most have a stopover in Madrid or Barcelona. There are also numerous low-cost airlines operating flights to the Canaries from the UK, such as Ryanair, Jet2.com, Air Europa, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Easyjet. The other option for flights to the Canary Islands is to land at Tenerife South Airport in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Much smaller than Gran Canaria Airport, it is still served by British Airways, Iberia and Monarch Airlines. Low-cost airlines Easyjet and Norwegian Air Shuttle operate flights to Santa Cruz. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura also have international airports. Ryanair, Easyjet, Monarch Air and Norwegian Air Shuttle fly to both these airports from the UK. Some of the flights have stopovers, but in general direct flights take around 4 hours.
The coolness of the Atlantic Ocean combined with the heat of the sun make the Canary Islands a year-round destination. This archipelago consists of seven islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Each island has its own character, but one thing is sure: they are all well worth a visit! The climate of the archipelago is mild and constant all year round. The trade winds that blow across the coasts make the heat easily bearable, all without making it too cold. The landscapes of the islands are very diverse and stunningly beautiful. Snowy mountain tops alternate with luscious volcanic plains. The high sand dunes conjure up images of the Sahara just a few nautical miles away, while the lush forests are a reminder that the Tropic of Cancer is not far off. Although the Canary Islands have gorgeous fine sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, the archipelago also contains lots of other treasures. Emerging from a volcanic chain, the landscapes of the island of Lanzarote are both arid and unusual. Classed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is nothing like the seaside scenery seen on postcards. The National Park on the island of La Gomera is another curiosity of the Canaries: its highly dense vegetation, like forests from the Tertiary era, creates an enchanting atmosphere. Perfect for walks!