Canary Islands

More Jet2 Flights to the Canary Islands

The budget UK airline, Jet2, is increasing its flights to the Canary Islands with the opening of a new aircraft base in Lanzarote.

Jet2 will be basing a Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Lanzarote from November 2016 onwards, in preparation for a busy 2016-2017 winter season when the company will increase the number of flights between Lanzarote and the UK. Capacity is expected to increase by 30% for the summer of 2016, with an additional increase in capacity of 35% in 2017.

Jet2 already services the island directly from bases in Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast, East Midlands, Blackpool and Newcastle. The airline has 92.8% load factor, which is one of the highest rates of any airline serving the region.

Further services announced for 2016/4 include:

Increased number of flights to Gran Canaria from Glasgow, Leeds, and Manchester in both summer and winter season timetables,

Increased frequency of flights to Lanzarote from Manchester, Glasgow Newcastle, East Midlands, and Belfast,

Fuerteventura will benefit from a new service in April 2017 when the company begins flights from Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester, Increased frequency of flights to Tenerife from Glasgow, Leeds Manchester, Newcastle, East Midlands, and Blackpool.

Gran Canaria Train Service Opens in 2018

The latest feasibility study conducted by Ineco, the public entity of the Ministry of Public Works, responsible for the planning and monitoring of the new Gran Canaria train service, suggests that 14.6 million passengers will use the new service during the first year of operation, a figure that is comparable to the current Global bus service.

The new railway in Gran Canaria will create 18,000 jobs during the four years of its construction, using 12,000 tons of iron. Journey time from Santa Catalina in Las Palmas to Meloneras will be around twenty minutes by direct route, moving around 14.6 million passengers in the first year of operation.

Ticket prices will be comparable to the current Global bus service. The total cost of the work is 1,545 million euros, which includes installation of 57.6 kilometres of track, the building of eleven stations, power lines, driveways, land expropriation and a wind farm that will produce 30 megawatts per hour to power the service.

Despite the lack of enthusiasm of the current PP (right wing) administration, 18 to 24 million euros have already been spent on the project and that the funds allocated from central government cannot be spent on other island projects.

The first option is that the state will continue to bear the total construction costs, as planned before the economic crisis. A second alternative is the use of private funding and contracts with foreign investors.

Projects will be delivered in mid-2014 and work could begin immediately, to begin the new service in 2018.

How to Prepare for the Best Beach Holidays

Beach holidays are an incredibly popular vacation choice. It makes sense. Beaches are relaxing, there are tons of fun activities to do on the beach, and a change of scenery is always nice. However, many people think that planning beach holidays can be too expensive or time consuming to do. The truth is that there are great and affordable ways to visit the beach and all that you need is a little bit of creativity.

When planning beach holidays you need to determine which beach you are going to be visiting. Here is where you can really begin to set your budget. Are you going to head somewhere far away, or would you rather stick closer to home? Either option is fine, but often further away that you go the higher your travel costs. Be sure that when you are choosing where to go that you take some time to ensure that you are going to be visiting when the weather is nice and the water is temperate. The worst beach holidays are those that result in you shivering on the beach too cold to head into the choppy surf.

Once you have a location you will need to think about your lodging. There are many different ways to stay on the beach, and each of these can fit a different budget. Perhaps the most inexpensive and common is a motel or hotel stay. These will usually offer you a bedroom and a bathroom to stay in. If you are looking for something a bit more homey for your beach holidays, you might want to look at a vacation rental. Vacation rentals can vary from condos to full blown mansions. You can typically find something that fits the needs of your party and the constraints that your budget has. The truly fantastic thing about a vacation rental is that it will come with a kitchen, which will allow you to cook your own meals and consequently save a fair amount of money on food.

While packing for beach holidays you are going to want to be sure to pack for your own entertainment. Include some great books, fun sand toys, and rafts for your play in the water. You may even want to pack a couple of balls to play football or volleyball on the sand. You may also want to bring along a few card or board games just in case you get stuck inside due to some bad weather.

Additionally, you will want to pack few necessities that you need while on beach holidays. Of course, beach towels are a must, and you cannot forget sunscreen. The sun on the water can be more intense so you want to be sure that you have proper protection. You might want to bring an umbrella to set up on the beach and of course a swimsuit, cover up, and some sandals.

Beach holidays can be a lot of fun, and they do not have to be expensive. The trick is to plan for you needs and to pack accordingly so that you are genuinely prepared to have a great time on your trip!

Canary Islands Weather Information

When planning a trip to somewhere like the Canary Islands, It’s always a good idea to get familiar with what the weather will be like when you get there and for the duration of your stay.

This page covers some of the unique aspects associated with the climate of these fascinating and iconic tourist islands. Now you can spend five minutes hearing and seeing what Canary Islands weather is really like through the eyes of a seasoned local.

The Weather in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands weather, of course, has historically been one of the main attractions which have made the archipelago such a popular all-year round holiday destination. Sometimes advertised as ‘the islands of eternal spring’, the warm, sunny weather that characterises the climate has resulted in millions of northern Europeans being drawn to these friendly, scenic islands just off the western coast of Africa.

The comparatively small variation between the temperatures throughout the year in the Canaries has meant that the larger of the islands now have two distinct tourist seasons. In the summer, although temperatures can sometimes rise to above 30° , it is far more common for the daily highs to be a much more comfortable 27º.

For many people, though, it is the prospect of winter sun which draws them here, with frequent days of warm sunshine meaning that many visitors from, especially, Scandinavia, Germany, Britain and Ireland choose to dedicate large parts of their winters to Canary Island Holidays. The average daily temperature of 19 – 22º and the generally prevalent mild breezes sum up the attractions of Canary Islands weather.

Canary Islands weather is significantly influenced by the trade winds which usually blow from the north east and help moderate the temperatures. Generally stronger on the eastern sides of all the islands, the winds tend to be stronger in the summer than the winter and help encourage the surfing and wind surfing activities which are so popular here. Just occasionally, the winds can change direction and blow from the Sahara, which can result in what the locals call a calima, a hot sand-carrying wind which can be quite discomforting.

However, although the seven major Canary Islands do share this beautiful climate, there are many significant differences between them. Indeed, some of the individual islands have considerable variations within a comparatively small geographical location. Broadly speaking, the islands closest to the African coast are the hottest and driest; the islands to the west of the Canarian archipelago are the greenest, coolest and wettest.

Canary Islands weather, therefore, is very different in the western Isla Bonita, La Palma, to the desert-like conditions of Lanzarote, the island of fire just 60 miles from the African coast. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura both feature largely dry, arid landscapes and can all but guarantee sunshine throughout the year. La Palma and La Gomera are much wetter in the winter and have an enormous range of flora and fauna.

Even the weather conditions in the two most popular tourist destinations, Tenerife and Gran Canaria change within the islands themselves. Gran Canaria’s description, a continent in miniature, aptly symbolises this split. Both of these two picturesque islands have significant mountain ranges which divide the northern and southern regions. Consequently, the northern parts of the islands are both wetter and cooler than the southern areas, where the tourist areas tend to be found.

The differences between the regions are greater in the winter, where it is common to wear a jumper during the day in the north although there will still be good ‘beach days’ in the south. Even in the summer, though, the main motorways travelling back to the northern cities from the southern beaches tend to be packed in the evenings with locals driving home.

The mountains in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, with their spectacular volcanic landscapes and breathtaking ocean views, can also surprise visitors even in the summer with their lower temperatures – after all, Mount Teide on Tenerife is Spain’s highest mountain.

Canary Islands weather will continue to help attract holidaymakers to these fascinating subtropical islands. If you visit in the summer, you’ll enjoy glorious days of warm sunshine, cooling breezes and a perfect sea temperature.

In the winter, although you might have the excitement of a ferocious rain storm, especially in the western islands, you’ll still have days when you can lounge comfortably in your shorts and t-shirts – although it’s as well to pack a jumper for the evenings.

Exploring Tenerife: Canary Islands

While every one of the Canary Islands has it’s own natural beauty and splendor to exibit, Tenerife (Canary Islands’ largest island) really does offer something special and unique.

Learn more about Tenerife and it’s many different fascets which prove to be a huge drawcard for families, singles and couples alike, from all around the world below.

Situated in the vast Atlantic Ocean off the shores of mainland Africa, Tenerife is the largest of all the Canary Islands formed by ancient deep-sea volcanoes. It only takes a few hours to fly to the Canary Islands from most places in Europe, and Flights to Tenerife can be found at very affordable prices online. Another benefit is that the currency used in Tenerife, as well as all of the other islands, is still the Euro. Fondly referred to by some who are familiar with the island as the ‘island of eternal spring-time’, Tenerife has gained it reputation from over 30 years of tourist activity which flocks from all around Europe (and the rest of the world) every year to take advantage of the consistantly fine weather.

Whilst much of Europe is deep inside the cold of winter, Tenerife is being drenched with warm sunshine and a beautiful beach-side atmosphere. Much of the tourist activity occurs around the bottom half of Tenerife, with places like Playa de Las Americas and other popular resorts located at Los Cristianos being very well established. This region has and still is a hot spot for investors in holiday property and so there is a great variety of accommodation options to choose from.

When it comes to recreation, there are an abundance of options. If you are right into water activities and particularly water sports, Tenerife has a wide range of exciting things to offer you. Some of the more common activities include sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling, wakeboarding and boating, jetski riding and diving.

Another great experience when out on the waters of Tenerife is to see the friendly whales and dolphins that frequently pass through or live around the waters of Tenerife. Canary Islands holidays really do offer a great range of things to see and do for the whole family, and the natural beauty and wonder of this biggest island is what contributes significantly to this.

Even if you don’t want to spend all of your time in, on or around the water, there are numerous other things for you to see and experience while in Tenerife. Venturing into the more interior parts of the island, you will open up a whole new side of Tenerife for exploration.