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CURRENCY
AND FORM OF PAYMENT

The official currency of the Canary Islands is the Euro. If you arrive with other currencies, there is a large number of exchange bureaus and banks where you can exchange money. Many hotels also offer this service.

You will also find automatic tellers everywhere on the islands. Most shops accept payment by credit card, although many of them will not accept American Express.

SHOPPING
HOURS

In urban areas the shops are usually open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 8:30pm, depending on the type of business. Many shops close on Saturday afternoons or at lunchtime but shopping centres remain open between 10am and 10pm.

If you are visiting tourist areas, businesses are open every day of the week.

TAX
ADVANTAGES

The Canary Islands have an economic and tax regime that is different to the rest of Spain and is recognised in the Spanish Constitution. Sales tax is much lower than in the rest of Europe (7%), which means a considerable reduction in price for most products.

Moving around
within the island

Each island has a safe and modern transport network that is easy to use and a taxi service with meters and regulated fares that offer routes and bespoke tours. Local buses (called guaguas in the islands) are a convenient, budget option for getting around although they are more limited on the smaller islands. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna you have modern rail system. And, of course, the main international car hire companies operate in the islands along with good quality local car rental companies. Some have offices by the cruise docks.

WHERE TO EAT

DISCOVER THE CANARY CUISINE

As intense and full of contrasts as the landscapes and the coasts, the cuisine of the Canary Islands is characterised by flavours which are simple and traditional, appetising and surprising for those travellers who wish to enjoy the typical dishes made with fresh products and using recipes that can turn a simple meal into a feast of sensations. The Canary Islands are a land of excellent cheeses, wines of renown, delicious desserts and a great variety of mojos, those delicious sauces that accompany the kneaded gofio (toasted cornflour) and the wrinkly potatoes.
Their cuisine is as seductive as their beaches. Whether the cuisine is from the islands, from the mainland, international or exotic, there is a myriad of restaurants suitable for all, capable of satisfying the most demanding of palates and experienced ‘foodies’.

THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS

Top of the range cuisine with first class service, a real temptation for lovers of signature cuisine, small establishments offering design tit bits, tascas serving highy flavoured dishes, typical bars and new gourmet areas where you can enjoy a full ‘brunch’ while looking at the sea.

The seven islands offer a thousand and one different dishes, a thousand and one suggestions and addresses for you to discover. This fantastic selection includes the best restaurants, distinguished in the prestigious Michelin and Repsol guides: succulent dishes to make you fall in love with the excellent cuisine of the Canary Islands plus a complete guide with which to draw up a ‘cuisine plan’ for your holiday. All you need so as not to miss a thing and let the delicious taste of every meal linger with you.

THE CLIMATE

The days in the Canary Islands are long and sunny with mild temperatures and few variations. The thermometers register between 19ºC and 24ºC all year round due to the presence of the Trade Winds and the thermal inversion that they generate. There are very few cloud formations and rain is scarce.

These are the reasons why, every day of the year, the Canary Islands invite you to spend a holiday out in the open air where you can enjoy the sunlight, clear skies and make the most of your free time.

ARCHIPELAGO

PRICES AND TIPS

The standard cost of living of the Canary Islands is very similar to the rest of the Spanish autonomous communities and the average prices can usually be considered reasonable.

Approximate prices:

Breakfast: between €5 and €8 a head
Beer: between €1,5 and €3
Dinner: between €15 and €35 a head
Alcoholic drink: between €6 and €12
Taxi from the airport: €30 approx
Car rental: from €20 a day
Urban bus ticket: not more than €1,5

A EUROPEAN REGION

The Canary Islands form a Spanish archipelago of seven islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,739 km southwest of the capital of the country. They are part of the Macronesian tropical region and they enjoy a mild climate all year round. The geographical relief is the result of hundreds of volcanic eruptions over millions of years, which is why the archipelago has one of the most unusual landscapes in the whole of Europe.

As a Spanish autonomous region, it is governed by European Union law allowing free movement of its citizens. Its currency is the euro. For this reason, European residents on the islands can enjoy all the rights and privileges awarded to European citizens by the Maastrich Treaty of 1992.

HEALTH SYSTEM

As a region belonging to the EU, the Canary Islands have a health system equivalent to that of the rest of the EU. This is why all European residents have a right to free health care within the Canary Islands public health system.

All the islands have public health centres and hospitals with emergency services that attend to the public 24 hours a day. There are also many pharmacies open 24 hours or pharmacies on duty to cater for emergencies.

LANGUAGE: SPANISH CURRENCY: € (EURO) TIME ZONE: UTC / UTC +1 ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES: 220V TIPS: THE WILL

TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

EMERGENCIES AND SECURITY: 112
ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES (A&E): 112
GENERAL INFORMATION: 012
AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation):
902 404 704 - Web AENA

TOURIST INFORMATION

EL HIERRO: (0034) 922 550 302
LA PALMA: (0034) 922 423 340
LA GOMERA: (0034) 922 870 281
TENERIFE: (0034) 922 635 192
GRAN CANARIA: (0034) 928 771 550
FUERTEVENTURA: (0034) 928 860 604
LANZAROTE: (0034) 928 820 704