5 reasons to visit the Canaries this autumn

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After a UK summer that’s more disappointing than finding out the text you received over the weekend was from your local pizza place, it’s often the turn of an autumn holiday destination to restore our faith in mother nature. And not only do we want somewhere with a generous share of vitamin D, but we also want somewhere that’s affordable, lively, and packed full of things to do. We’re not asking for much though, right?

And really, where better is there than the Canary Islands? From glorious year-round sunshine to a range of accommodations to suit all budgets, the Canaries are a winner for families, couples, friends and single travellers looking to extend those summer vibes.

Don’t believe us? Below are 5 reasons why you should visit the Canaries this autumn. Now the only thing you have to do is search for your flights on Cheapflights.co.uk…

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1. The weather is still great


The Canary Islands are lucky enough to revel in warm weather all year round, so there really isn’t a bad time to visit. However, it’s arguably autumn where things are at their most comfortable. The temperature average rarely dips below 20 degrees, bringing a climate that’s warm, rather than overwhelming and sticky. You’ll still need to pack a light cardigan for your evenings, but during the day you’ll be free to lap up that sunshine and top up your tan.

2. It’s the best time to enjoy the islands’ natural habitats

Caldera de Taburiente National Park, La Palma

Want to spend time in the great outdoors on your trip? Autumn’s the season for you. The Atlantic Ocean is warmer in autumn than any other month, often reaching 20 degrees. Surfing, kayaking, and swimming in the sea just got a lot more appealing…

Elsewhere, that mild but warm climate provides the perfect temperature for you to tackle other outdoor pursuits, from climbing Tenerife’s Teide volcano, to hiking through La Gomera’s ancient Cloud Forest. The autumn air is also said to bring spectacular sunsets to the skies of Gran Canaria, with few clouds to block your view for that perfect Instagram shot.

3. There are fewer crowds

Teresitas beach near Santa Cruz de Tenerife

As schools start back across Europe, the Canary Islands start to quieten down and crowds begin to disperse. That’s not to say they turn into complete ghost towns though – far from it. But now you’ve got the pick of the bars, restaurants and clubs, as well as more space to spread out on the beach or by your hotel pool.

Many of the big tourist attractions have opening times that remain the same year-round, so you won’t miss out on seeing the big sights. Some places like Siam Park water park in Tenerife have longer summer opening hours stretching until the end of October, too.

4. They’re not too long a flight away

Sunset at Playa de Las Teresitas in Tenerife, Canary Islands

With flights to any one of the Canary Islands taking just over 4 hours, the journey time makes this archipelago the ideal destination for a quick break away. Even if you can only spare a few days, you can still maximise your time by the pool – simply catch a Friday evening flight, and return on the Sunday, ready to be back at your desk the next day. Plus, with zero time difference with the UK, there’s no jet lag to wrap your head around.

5. And there are cheaper deals to be found

Harbour and Cityscape of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands bustle with families in the summer and then welcome the winter sun-worshippers from December onwards, making the quieter autumn months the optimum time for finding off-season bargains for both flights and accommodation. For example, you can bag flights to Gran Canaria from just £83*.

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*Just so you know, the prices for this story was compiled on 19th September 2017 from departure points across the UK to the destinations above and is intended as a guideline only. Check the latest up-to-date prices and search for flights at Cheapflights.co.uk.

5 reasons to visit the Canaries this autumn was last modified: October 19th, 2017 by Emily Ray
Author: Emily Ray (8 posts)

Emily is a freelance food and travel writer who loves nothing more than planning her next getaway. She's on a personal mission to enjoy a cup of tea at every cat cafe around the world.