Destination guide

A year-round destination for fun in the sun

The rugged Canary Islands is a Spanish archipelago that lies just off the coast of Morocco and the Western Sahara. While each island has its own distinct personality, the archipelago is known for its long stretches of palm-fringed golden beach, dramatic lava fields and cactus-studded mountain landscapes. Your days here can be as sedate or active as you want. Some like to fly and flop on the sand, others lace up their boots and hit the spectacular trails. It doesn't matter whether you're after a romantic break, a fun-filled family getaway or an outdoor adventure holiday, you'll always find a Canary Islands holiday let that fits the bill.

History

Explore the unique culture of the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands has a long and fascinating history that dates back to before Roman times. Centuries after they discovered the islands, Arab traders passed through and left their mark on the cuisine and culture. It wasn't until the 15th century that Castilians from what is now Spain settled on the archipelago and began introducing the agriculture of sugarcane and wine. Years later, mass emigration from the Canaries to South America reduced the population, but those who returned brought back influences from Venezuela and beyond. Fast forward to the 1970s and tourism began to revive the islands' economy. Today, the distinct layers of cultures that have come and gone can be seen, tasted and heard in the architecture, food and music.

Outdoor activities

You won't be short of outdoor activities near your holiday let

In the unlikely event you tire of the beach, there are plenty of activities near your Canary Islands holiday rental, from rambling up along the meandering mountain trails to snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters, surrounded by a dazzling array of marine life. Alternatively, you could learn a new water sport, like sea kayaking or kitesurfing, at a beachfront school, or tee off from 1 of the coastal golf courses. Culture vultures don't have to miss out, either. Some of Spain's most celebrated artists, like Oscar Dominguez and Cesar Manrique, came from the Canary Islands and their unmistakable works can be seen in the public sculptures and galleries.

How to get around

Getting around the Canary Islands

If you want to see a little more than just the path down to the beach from your Canary Islands holiday let, there are plenty of options for getting around. While each island is different, you'll always find moving around a breeze. On Tenerife, there are 140 bus routes to choose from that criss-cross from north to south. Then there are the taxis, which are both inexpensive and easy to find. Alternatively, you could nab a car rental from one of the big firms at the airport and have the freedom to move around at your own pace.

Food & drink 

Sample the Canary Islands' regional delicacies

The cuisine of the Canary Islands is like nowhere else in Spain. Sitting at a crossroads between Europe, Africa and the Americas means the gastronomy has picked up influences from across the 3 continents. Throw in year-round hot weather, perfect for growing vegetables, and the surrounding rich ocean waters, and it's hardly a surprise that the food here is as good as it is. Look out for island classics, like papas arrugadas, potatoes smothered in spicy mojo picon sauce, and almogrote, a kind of fondue-like dip made from melted cheese, best eaten with chunks of locally-made bread. Then there's the seafood, which needs nothing more than to be pan-fried and drizzled with Spanish olive oil.

Where to stay around Canary Islands?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 18,621 holiday lettings near Canary Islands. From 3,321 Villas to 3,791 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Canary Islands is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Canary Islands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Canary Islands. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tenerife: 7,043 holiday homes
  • Lanzarote: 4,018 holiday homes
  • Playa Blanca: 2,775 holiday homes
  • Fuerteventura: 2,368 holiday homes
  • Puerto del Carmen: 2,139 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Canary Islands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Canary Islands?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Canary Islands with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Playa Blanca: 2,775 holiday lettings
  • Puerto del Carmen: 2,139 holiday lettings
  • Costa Adeje: 3,971 holiday lettings
  • Los Cristianos: 3,715 holiday lettings
  • Tías: 2,949 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Canary Islands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Canary Islands are:

  • Fuerteventura Airport (FUE): 1,597 self catering accommodations
  • Tenerife South Airport (TFS): 4,438 self catering accommodations
  • La Palma Airport (SPC): 769 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Canary Islands?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Canary Islands. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Marina Rubicon: 4,298 holiday rentals
  • Puerto Colon Marina: 4,683 holiday rentals
  • Siam Park: 4,733 holiday rentals
  • Fuerteventura Golf Course: 806 holiday rentals
  • Lanzarote Golf Resort: 4,283 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Canary Islands listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Canary Islands

Playa Blanca
2,775 holiday rentals
Puerto del Carmen
2,139 holiday rentals
Costa Adeje
3,971 holiday rentals
Los Cristianos
3,715 holiday rentals
Tías
2,949 holiday rentals
Costa Teguise
1,739 holiday rentals
Corralejo
2,566 holiday rentals
Playa de la Américas
3,724 holiday rentals
Adeje
4,144 holiday rentals
Castillo Caleta de Fuste
582 holiday rentals
Golf del Sur
3,399 holiday rentals
Arona
4,101 holiday rentals
Yaiza
3,745 holiday rentals
Antigua
671 holiday rentals
Puerto Rico
1,825 holiday rentals
Puerto Calero
2,842 holiday rentals
Los Gigantes
1,297 holiday rentals
La Oliva
2,675 holiday rentals
Maspalomas
2,200 holiday rentals
El Cotillo
1,190 holiday rentals