Canary Islands Honeymoon Guide

Blessed with a warm year-round temperature, the Canary Islands offer numerous beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes, vibrant nightlife and excellent accommodation options.

The Canary Islands offer all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable romantic honeymoon in a unique island location that was once considered the edge of the world.

What to do and see in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands (or Islas Canarias) comprise Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. These Spanish territorial islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean around 1100km from the Spanish mainland, but just 100km from the northwest coast of Africa.

The most popular honeymoon playgrounds are rugged and mountainous Tenerife and Gran Canaria, each boasting several resorts, followed by the eco-friendly island of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which is famous for some of Europe’s top beaches and superb kite and windsurfing conditions.

The small, undeveloped island of Gomera is often visited from Tenerife on a day drip, while the green island of La Palma is a favourite for walkers. Further afield lies windblown El Hierro, popular with hikers and scuba divers.

Visit the Canary Islands in February to experience the colourful Carnival – one of the biggest and most colourful fiestas outside Rio de Janeiro.

The Canary Islands offer all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable honeymoon or romantic getaway, with each island offering different characteristics. Here is what you can expect on each of the Canary Islands…

Gran Canaria

Discover the most popular holiday playground in the Canary Islands.

With year-round sunshine, golden-sand beaches, vibrant nightlife, great accommodation options and a rugged mountainous interior ideal for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, Gran Canaria offer all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable European island honeymoon.

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Experience a choice of beach resorts on Tenerife – the best known Canary Island and one of Europe's most famous holiday islands.

Unwind at family friendly Los Cristianos beach resort where you have easy access to several theme parks, and party all night at Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife’s legendary resort best known for its vibrant nightlife.

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Experience a choice of romantic getaway holidays on this relatively undeveloped island, best known for the least spoiled and longest white-sand beaches of the Canary Islands.

With three major beach resorts boasting low-key, family friendly entertainment, world-class water sports and accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, Fuerteventura offers all the ingredients you need for a relaxing European island honeymoon holiday.

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Discover of the least developed isles of the Canary Islands.

Blessed with a 259km-long coastline comprised mainly of towering cliffs, headlands and spectacular rock formations (created by volcanic eruptions and erosion), Lanzarote boasts more than 90 mainly golden-sand beaches.

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La Palma

Relax on the greenest and arguably most authentic of the Canary Islands, more commonly known as La Isla Bonita (the pretty island).

Unspoiled and tranquil, La Palma is a UNESCO-listed World Biosphere Reserve and the perfect island for escaping the crowds and getting close to nature.

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La Gomera

Unspoiled La Gomera is perfect for hiking or cycling through a choice of stunning natural landscapes.

From a rugged cliff-edged coastline occasionally indented with black-sand and pebble beaches, follow walking trails through green valleys and deep ravines past small whitewashed villages into a verdant, mist-shrouded laurel forest scattered with mountain streams and unique Canarian fauna and flora.

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El Hierro

Escape the crowds on the smallest, least visited and most westerly of the Canary Islands – once considered the edge of the known world (until Columbus sailed to the Americas).

Discover a coastline of soaring lava-sculpted cliffs and a calm, unspoiled rural interior covered with green farmland, divided by rough stone walls and dotted with vineyards, pine forest and dormant calderas.

The UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve of El Hierro is best explored on foot: hike through banana plantations and fig trees in the verdant Frontera Valley, along the Camino de Jinama, through the peaceful El Pinar pine forest and the vineyards around Echedo. Then cool off with a dip in the nature-sculpted pools of Charco Manso, located on the rugged south coast amid lava arches and blowholes.

Go swimming at the red-sand beach of Playa de la Verodal and scuba diving in the pristine waters of the Mar de las Calmas, an underwater maritime park near the south coast town of La Restinga.

By air, El Hierro can be reached from Cran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma. By ferry, El Hierro is a two-hour boat ride from Los Cristianos on Tenerife.

Best time to honeymoon in the Canary Islands

The best time to visit the Canary Islands for a beach holiday is from late-June to late-September. Although, anytime during May through September is good.

The Canary Islands are considered a year-round destination, with year-round sunshine and a mild climate.

For more climate info: Canary Islands Weather Guide

Getting there

The Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) are a Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean just 100km (62mi) from the northwest coast of Africa, and around 1100km (683mi) off the Spanish mainland.

Also known informally as the Canaries, the Canary Islands comprise seven main islands, (from large to small in size) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro; plus many smaller islands and islets.

The Canary Islands have eight airports altogether, with the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma receiving daily direct flights from Spain, Europe and North Africa, as well as connecting flights from Asia, Australasia and North America. The smaller islands receive daily flights from Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

The most convenient route to the Canary Islands is by air to Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), also known as Gando Airport and Gran Canaria - Las Palmas Airport.

The airport is located in the eastern region of Gran Canaria Island on the Bay of Gando (Bahía de Gando), 19km (12mi) to the south of the capital, Las Palmas, and 32km (16mi) north of the popular tourist areas of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés on the south coast.

Alternatively, you can fly into Tenerife South Airport (TFS), which is located around 62km (38mi) from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and around 15km (9mi) from Playa de las Americas.

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By sea, the Canary Islands are well serviced by fast hydrofoil and jetfoil as well as interisland ferries and cruise ships, which mainly stop at Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Arrecife on Lanzarote.

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Getting around

The best way to get around the individual islands is to hire a car. The archipelago's many winding roads are generally in excellent condition. Cars can be hired at any of the airports as well as in the larger towns and from resorts.

The islands' are also excellent for cycling. Alternatively, each island operates a useful bus network to all the major towns and attractions. Taxis are generally inexpensive and are best for short distances only.

A fleet of fast ferries are good for hopping between adjacent islands, although flying is quicker.

Information on how to get around the Canary Islands

Places to explore in the Canary Islands…

Latest update: Canary Islands: 5 January, 2023