when to come
The holiday season lasts almost all year round. Islands are particularly popular with holidaymakers in Europe in winter months. The second popular season is summer, especially July and August.
Spain, including the Canary Islands, is a member of the Schengen Agreement, which establishes a common border for the European Union, so one needs a Schengen visa to enter the country.
The currency is Euro. In the cities, you can usually find an exchange office or bank, where you can exchange currency, there is a small fee for the exchange everywhere. Also, it is easy to find an ATM almost in every corner.
The official language on the island is Spanish. Local pronunciation is different from the mainland, but large differences exist. The second most popular language among the local population is German, but most people also speak in English.
Reference services and tourist offices
Getting any information on the island is not a problem for a tourist. In cities and tourist centers there are information offices - oficina de turismo. There you can learn about the features of the terrain, the availability of housing, about tourist routes and excursions.
Most of the monuments and museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday. Normal working hours are from 10.00 to 20.00, the siesta is from 14.00 to 17.00. Usually, all the institutions, including parks, are closed at this time. Opening hours of museums in small towns are almost unpredictable. Shops, except those located in the major tourist centers, are closed on Sundays.
Vacation with children
Thanks to the mild climate, the island is ideal for families with children. You can always find a decent selection of goods for children in the local shops. In addition, there exist quite a lot of options for recreation with children: acquaintance with local flora and fauna, amusement parks and Holiday World Maspalomas Sioux City Park, water parks Aqualand Maspalomas and Lago Oasis Waterpark, Dolphinarium in Palmitos Park, Crocodile Park, Camel Park Arteara.
Perhaps such a variety of choices in such a small space is difficult to find anywhere else. The island has all the possibilities to practice golf, go-karting, fishing and diving, paragliding, skydiving, surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, mountain climbing, cycling, trekking, tennis, sailing and much more.