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Enjoy diversity on the Canary Islands: Why a November holiday is particularly worthwhile

Only about five hours away by plane and with mild temperatures, the Canary Islands are a particularly attractive holiday destination in November. The Spanish archipelago offers a wide range of activities even in late autumn and winter.

2 November 2021

The dreary November weather in this country is a welcome reason for many people to pack their bags and escape the onset of winter. Especially for seniors, singles and couples without children who can organize their time and holidays more flexibly, November is a good time to go on holiday outside the high season. The Canary Islands offer, with their pleasant temperatures, little precipitation and only about five hours flight time to Gran Canaria, Tenerife or Lanzarote the optimal conditions for a holiday in Europe.

Low season with optimal conditions

While April to October is actually considered the best time to travel to the Canary Islands, the two eastern islands of the seven Canary Islands, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, can still offer bathing weather in winter. But due to the subtropical climate and the proximity to the gulf stream, the weather is also mild in the western islands La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. It is not for nothing that the Canary Islands are known as the islands of eternal spring, as it only rains up to seven days a month and even in November you can expect temperatures between 23 and 26 degrees and an average of six hours of sunshine per day.

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Enjoy bathing weather in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura

Those who prefer a classic beach holiday do not have to travel to the other end of the world. Due to their location, holidaymakers on the two eastern islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote can still expect temperatures of up to 26 degrees in November and the water temperature can also reach over 20 degrees in some places. While Fuerteventura impresses above all with its endless beach and dune landscape, holidaymakers on Lanzarote will also find the Timanfaya National Park, which is considered the most extensive volcanic landscape on earth.

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Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

It is not for nothing that Tenerife is considered a hiker's paradise par excellence: it is home to Spain's highest mountain, the Pico del Teide, at around 3,700 metres. The former volcano and the fascinating landscape around it, which is reminiscent of a lunar landscape, are both a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, holidaymakers can explore Tenerife's rare flora and fauna on countless hiking routes. Also worth seeing are the stair-shaped pyramids of Güímar, which were built on the island in the 19th century. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on La Gomera: the high-altitude Garajonay National Park with its extensive laurel forests. The second smallest of the Canary Islands is a rugged volcanic mountain landscape and criss-crossed by numerous hiking routes. If you are looking for peace and quiet and want to enjoy the beauty of the authentic and rural wasteland, this is the place for you. Especially in November, when the high season is over, you have many beautiful spots here almost completely to yourself.

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Surfing in the Atlantic

While from spring to about October mainly surf beginners meet on the islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, from November especially advanced surfers get their money's worth. Due to their location in the Atlantic Ocean, the islands are exposed to strong offshore winds, which provide optimal surfing conditions. Although the Canary Islands inspire with great surf and fast waves even in the high season in spring and summer, an even higher swell can be expected especially from the end of October. Surfers don't have to worry about sharks here either. The archipelago around the islands is home to more than 50 different shark species, but they rarely approach the coast.

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Natural treasures and lively city life on Gran Canaria

It is actually only the third largest of the Canary Islands in terms of surface area, yet it offers such rich diversity that it is often referred to as a miniature continent. For example, the largest city in the Canaries, Las Palmas, is located on Gran Canaria and offers holidaymakers an urban mix of pretty, historic streets and vibrant clubs, bars and restaurants. Just outside the city, one of Gran Canaria's most popular beaches awaits holidaymakers with glorious white sand, but Gran Canaria also boasts fantastic mountain scenery. Also worth a visit are the Cenobie de Valerón cave system, with over 290 caves, and the Maspalomas dunes, which stretch for six kilometres along the beach areas of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. If the temperatures here in November are not quite enough for a beach holiday, the island offers plenty of alternatives.

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