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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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Canary Islands?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 18,860 vacation rentals near Canary Islands. From 3,371 villas to 8,950 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Canary Islands for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

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

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canary Islands. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tenerife: 7,215 vacation rentals
  • Lanzarote: 3,890 vacation rentals
  • Fuerteventura: 2,436 vacation rentals
  • Costa Adeje: 4,287 vacation rentals
  • Playa Blanca: 2,746 vacation rentals

And Vrbo UK offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Canary Islands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Canary Islands?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canary Islands:

  • Costa Adeje: 4,287 rentals
  • Arona: 4,249 rentals
  • Adeje: 4,449 rentals
  • Puerto del Carmen: 2,649 rentals
  • Tias: 3,000 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Canary Islands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Canary Islands are:

  • Tenerife (TFS-Tenerife South): 4,551 vacation rentals
  • La Gomera (GMZ): 372 vacation rentals
  • Puerto del Rosario (FUE-Fuerteventura): 1,648 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Canary Islands?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Canary Islands. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Marina Rubicon: 4,258 rentals
  • Puerto Colon Marina: 4,897 rentals
  • Siam Park: 4,925 rentals
  • Fuerteventura Golf Course: 842 rentals
  • Golf Costa Adeje: 5,306 rentals

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

Explore destinations around Canary Islands

Costa Adeje
4,287 holiday rentals
Arona
4,249 holiday rentals
Adeje
4,449 holiday rentals
Puerto del Carmen
2,649 holiday rentals
Tias
3,000 holiday rentals
Yaiza
3,720 holiday rentals
Teguise
2,682 holiday rentals
Antigua
718 holiday rentals
Playa de las Americas
3,950 holiday rentals
Santiago del Teide
1,646 holiday rentals
Acantilados de Los Gigantes
1,154 holiday rentals
La Oliva
2,557 holiday rentals
Maspalomas
2,334 holiday rentals
Mogan
2,380 holiday rentals
Puerto de la Cruz
1,187 holiday rentals
San Bartolome de Tirajana
2,896 holiday rentals
Granadilla de Abona
1,100 holiday rentals
San Miguel de Abona
4,225 holiday rentals
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
1,439 holiday rentals
Arico
1,741 holiday rentals