Tips for Enjoying Your Holiday at the Canaries
The Canary Islands offers a beautiful ;mix of South American, European and African cultures–and warm, accommodating people. Every day on the archipelago can be a new experience–relax on a beach Caribbean-style, climb a snow-capped volcano or be amazed by gigantic lizards in a tropical field. Of course, in the end, a holiday can only be as enjoyable as how you plan it to be. The following are helpful tips you can consider:
If you want to save money during a holiday, stay put. Island-to-island ferry and plane costs can sore. If you concentrate on the charms of a specific island instead of scratching the surface of all of them, and you will certainly save some cash. As well, schedule your trip in the spring or fall, which is when hotels are less expensive and tourists are not as many. And when booking, do it early and target the big cities, such as Sta. Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas, where budget hotels are mostly found.
Like Spain, the Canaries use the euro (EUR1 EUR). As the euro-U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuates every now and then, make sure you check the current rate just before you go. Most restaurants and shops accept major credit cards.
Each cuisine that you can imagine is probably in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. If you want try the islands’ specialties though, you’ve got to order poached parrot fish or sea bream, which are eaten with hot sauce and fresh vegetables. Sea salted potatoes with spicy pepper sauce is another popular side dish. Several restaurants on Fuerteventura serve up majorero, which is Spanish for local goat cheese. And if you visit Lanzarote, do sample some of their excellent wines, which are made of grapes grown in volcanic ash.
Sunburn is the biggest risk you’ll encounter when you travel to the Canaries. Be sure to slather on some sunscreen and drink lots of water, whether you’re at the national park or the. Be on guard as well against petty thieves, especially when you’re in a crowd-filled touristy area. Leave all of your valuables at the hotel when possible; if you must take them with you, just make sure you don’t leave them unattended.
By car and by plane are the two best ways of getting around the Canaries. Bus systems are available everywhere on all the islands, but most don’t run that frequently to be helpful to tourists. And with the islands’ attractions being far too spread out, you can’t see them completely on foot. If you want to get around by boat, many companies provide inter-island ferry services. All seven islands have their own airports, but three of the busiest are Tenerife North Airport (TFN), Tenerife South Airport (TFS) and Gran Canaria Airport (LPA).
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