The eternally mild climate of the Canary Islands is one of the region’s top-ranked attributes by visitors.
For a short break or a long holiday, any of the eight islands is the perfect destination any time of year. But when it comes to getting away from the cold and dark of winter in northern Europe, the Canaries are definitely the perfect choice.
The financial situation and rising energy costs in continental Europe are further convincing reasons to entice visitors to leave the cold in the north at this time of year and come to the Canary Islands, where you can keep warm with just a light jacket.
Spending the winter in the Canary Islands not only gives you the chance to save on heating and electricity: it also gives you the chance to enjoy exceptional quality of life. Thanks to the daylight hours and mild temperatures, you can enjoy an outdoors lifestyle most days.
It used to be only the older visitors who came back year after year to leave the cold temperatures behind, but now remote working allows many professional people to pack up their laptops and move somewhere warm and comfortable. The Canary Islands are one of the top telework destinations in the world according to the Nomad List platform.
Sitting at a terrace bar to check your emails over a coffee, going for a walk after dinner, or swimming at any of the wonderful beaches on the Islands are perfectly feasible options during winter in the Canaries.
The Islands have a range of options for all tastes: going hiking to discover the landscapes (greener and fresher at this time of year), doing water sports whenever you want, or having a drink at bars that cater for the LGBTQ community. You can also catch the local festivities where the biggest crowds gather, including Carnival, Maspalomas Pride and Winter Pride, plus other LGBTQ events and festivals held in a setting of diversity and freedom.
The Canary Islands’ eternal spring and limited rainfall mean you can enjoy nature to the full – take a dip at a beach or in a natural pool, enjoy the sea or immerse yourself in unique natural parks.
All of this can be easily combined with the great range of LGBTQ-friendly accommodation available, both for short or long stays. Apartments and bungalows in the more touristy areas, and holiday homes in the main cities and villages, welcome the influx of winter visitors escaping the cold, the dark and the rising electricity costs.
Although the temperature might drop a bit below the 23º year-round average, it’s never too cold to enjoy outdoor living. The weather’s pleasant enough for a walk in the mountains to breathe the aroma of our forests or enjoy a sunset as you sip a local wine.
And what about the nightlife, one of the biggest attractions for the LGBTQ crowd? You’ll find loads of terrace bars and outdoor pubs where you can make the most of the good weather and dance to great music. Did you know that the Canary Islands boast the world’s only LGBTQ shopping centre, home to a great range of outdoor options?
What better way to enjoy life? There’s definitely no better place to spend the winter and switch off from the harsh, cold months while you enjoy the best possible quality of life.