Travel guide to Canary Islands

Facts

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Local name
Islas Canarias
Inhabitants
1.605.000

Travel preparation

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Best time to visit

The Canary Islands can be visited all year round because the weather is always good. From December to February tourists flood the islands, which makes the prices go up and the charm go down. From March to May you will find the cheapest prices.

Literature

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Local conditions

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Time zone

When it is 12 am in England it is 12.a.m. at the Canary Islands

Culture and entertainment

There are festivals all year round at the Canary Islands. In the city Palma at Gran Canaria there is an international music festival in January and an opera festival in February and March. Every second year there is an international film festival in October and November. In February and March a lot of people go to the islands to experience the carnival that lasts for days. It is also possible to do a lot of sports at the Canary Islands, especially water sports.

Accommodation / Hotel

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Since the Canary Islands almost exist of hotels only it should not be any problem to find a place to spend the night. Big and rather expensive hotel chains primarily dominate the islands, but you can also find more humble and cheap places. The islands also have several camping sites of a fairly good standard. Sightseeing Book your hotel in Canary Islands here

Local transport

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Taxi

It is easy to get a taxi in the main cities at the Canary Islands. If you cannot get one on the street you can get one from the stand. The rates are standardised by the metre and fairly cheap.

Other transport

The Canary Islands have several domestic airports. There are no trains but the local busses are quite good. There are connections between the cities, beaches and sights. Ships connecting the islands to the mainland sail several times a day.

Special conditions

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Be aware that the Canary Islands draws a lot of tourists, especially from Europe. The islands are especially crowded during the winter so if you want to avoid too much mass tourism you should pick another time to travel.
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