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What do you need to travel to the Canary Islands?

21 Jun 2024

If you're thinking of spending your next holiday in the Canary Islands, you're in luck! This mid-Atlantic paradise is the perfect destination for both families and couples looking for an unforgettable place to relax, explore and enjoy. 

From necessary documents to practical tips and the best time to travel to the Canary Islands, here's everything you need to know to plan your next trip to paradise.

Documents and entry requirements


For those wishing to travel to the Canary Islands from Spain, Europe or third countries, please note the following information:

From mainland Spain: if you’re travelling to the Canary Islands from anywhere in Spain, all you need is your DNI or passport.

European Union citizens: if you’re travelling from any European Union (EU) country, you only need a valid ID card or passport to enter the Canary Islands. No visa is required for short stays of up to 90 days.

Citizens of other countries: For visitors from outside the EU, you may need a Schengen visa, depending on your country of origin. Be sure to check the specific requirements at the Spanish consulate in your country.

How do I plan my trip to the Canary Islands?

Are you already sure you're coming to the Canary Islands? The next thing you need to consider in order to enjoy paradise is how you’re going to get there and where you’re going to stay

Accommodation: booking in advance is key, especially if you plan to travel during the high season. Dunas & Resorts offers a variety of accommodation options, from family resorts like the Suites & Villas to romantic getaways for couples at the Don Gregory. Make sure you choose a hotel that suits your needs and preferences.

Flights and transport: The Canary Islands are well-connected to Europe and other parts of the world. The main airports are Gran Canaria (LPA), Tenerife South (TFS) and Tenerife North (TFN). Booking flights in advance can save you money and ensure better flight times. To move between the islands, you can opt for inter-island flights or ferries.

Explore the Canary Islands with activities and experiences

On your next holiday in Gran Canaria, you can't miss out on the activities that each one of the islands has to offer. From the best golden sandy beaches, through trails where you’ll discover dream landscapes to discovering the best of the island's culture.

Don't miss out on activities such as:

Beaches and water activities: the Canary Islands are famous for their stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. You can enjoy activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, and paddle surfing. The beaches of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria and Playa de las Americas in Tenerife are popular destinations.

Hiking and outdoor adventures: For nature lovers, the Canary Islands offer numerous opportunities for hiking and exploring. The Teide National Park in Tenerife and Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria are a must.

Culture and gastronomy: don't miss the opportunity to sample the local cuisine. Dishes such as papas arrugadas con mojo, sancocho canario (Canarian stew) and local cheeses will delight you. Also, explore the rich culture and history of the islands by visiting museums and historical sites such as the Columbus house Casa de Colón in Gran Canaria or the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

When is the best time to visit the Canary Islands?

Any time of year is a good time to visit the islands. Thanks to their subtropical climate, they’re a perfect destination. However, the best time to travel to the Canary Islands depends on the season you decide to come:

High Season (December to April): ideal for those looking to escape the European winter. It's a good time to enjoy outdoor activities, although prices can be higher and the islands more crowded.

Low Season (May to November): fewer tourists and lower prices. The weather in the Canary Islands is still pleasant, perfect for a quiet and relaxing holiday.

Enjoy the Canary Islands

Travelling to the Canary Islands is an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. From spectacular beaches to rich culture and gastronomy, there’s something for everyone. Make sure you plan ahead, take the essentials and be prepared to enjoy all that this incredible destination has to offer.

At Dunas Hotels & Resorts we look forward to welcoming you with open arms at our hotels Suites & Villas by Dunas, the Don Gregory by Dunas, Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas and Maspalomas Resort by Dunas.