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These islands are known for being the sunshine centre of Europe, and offer mild temperatures and a range of outstanding natural attractions. In fact, five of its seven islands have been declared a Biosphere Reserve, and the archipelago has four national parks.
Its beaches are its most outstanding attractions, and are perfect for relaxing in the sun or enjoying water sports such as windsurfing and scuba diving. In the interior you'll find amazing landscapes which are ideal for hiking, cycle touring, rock climbing and even caving.
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How to get there - transport information
Select the means of transport to see how to get there or how to get around at your destination.
How to get to aeroplane
The Canary Islands have excellent air transport connections, reaching practically anywhere in Europe in 5 hours or less.
You can see how to get to your destination on each airport’s information page.
How to get to boat
The Canary Islands are a major cruise line destination, especially two ports:
Port of Las Palmas (Gran Canaria): just 5 kilometres from the centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with regular city bus services (routes 12, 24, 33, 44, 47 and 301).
Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife): the cruise terminal is very near the city centre and you can walk to Plaza de España, a transport hub with many city buses.
The Canary Islands have many ferry connections from the Spanish cities of Cadiz and Huelva, mainly to the ports of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and also to the port of Arrecife (Lanzarote).
The best way to explore each island is probably by car.
The islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, El Hierro, and Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands. Tenerife and La Palma have airports and ports with plenty of transport connections.
Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the two largest islands and have many transport options every day, both by air and by sea.
The island of Gran Canaria also has many daily connections to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The island of Tenerife has many daily connections to El Hierro, La Gomera and La Palma.
How to get around in aeroplane
Most flights between the islands take 30 to 60 minutes. You can see approximate journey times in “Air connections for exploring Spain”
How to get around in boat
Ferries are a common way to travel between the Canary Islands. You will find a range of frequent connections, offering you the option of bringing your vehicle aboard.
The journey time between islands depends on the distance and type of ship. Journeys range from 35 minutes to ten hours. For example, you can travel between Gran Canaria and Tenerife in about an hour and a half. You can see other journey times in “Spain's main sea connections.”
Several islands have more than one port for cruise ships and ferries. Check your port of origin and destination carefully when booking tickets.