Friday, 6 May 2011

Canary Islands: Winter or Summer?

What's the Best Time of Year to Visit the Canary Islands?

The Canary Islands, a chain of seven resort islands off the coast of Africa, have become an enormously popular vacation destination for Brits and Europeans, and for good reason! The islands are lush an beautiful and feature all manner of tropical flora and fauna visitors have come to expect from an island spot. Additionally, in the last decade hundreds of new restaurants and hotels have sprung up all around the Canaries to service the masses of visitors who come there each year.

Many people wonder what time of year is best to visit the Canary Islands. The good news is, there's no wrong answer! The weather on the islands is absolutely beautiful year round and the only factors to consider are costs and possibly crowds. In the winter season from December to March, temperatures are a bit more moderate and the daily high usually hovers around 20 degrees Celsius. Summers are hotter but a constant island breeze make the beaches feel cool and comfortable year round. In fact, the Canary Islands' own slogan is "The Land of Eternal Spring!"

Contrary to what most people think, winter in the Canary Islands is usually the most popular for tourists. Inns are more crowded, cheap flights are harder to find and prices of everything at the destination go up. Although summer is also a high season, if you're looking to avoid the hustle and bustle, consider summer your best bet. If at all possible, the ideal time to visit the Canaries is in one of the "shoulder seasons" which run during the spring and fall. Don't forget that Carnival season runs from February to March and brings in thousands upon thousands of visitors. Unless you plan on partaking in the festivities, this is not the best bet for visiting the Canaries.

Deciding when to visit the islands is an entirely personal decision. Some people say summer is the "peak" season and is most crowded while others hold firm that wintertime is peak but in actuality, the visiting population is just different each time of year. Summer usually means more families and children while winter is more couples and big holiday groups so deciding which crowd to avoid may be confusing. While the weather is hottest in summer, which most people enjoy, the months following the winter rains, usually January and February, are arguably the best weather to be found on the Canary Islands.

Although weather is a huge concern it's difficult to go wrong with this destination, so it makes sense to choose based on costs. It's important to keep an eye out year round for holiday packages and good flight prices - you never know when the right deal is going to fall into your lap!

Sergio writes reviews about hotels and travel destinations around the world.