Spending New Year’s Eve in the Canary Islands is an experience you should live at least once in a lifetime. Imagine enjoying the beautiful landscapes and climate founded in this archipelago located just 100 kilometres off the northeastern African coast and a couple of hours flight from the European continent while the rest of the world (at least the Northern Hemisphere!) suffers a rough winter…
As you can imagine, the wonderful weather conditions of the Canaries attract millions of visitors each year thanks to the Azores High and the trade winds (or easterlies) that make the islands enjoy an average yearly temperature of about 22 ºC. Amazing, isn’t it?
Therefore, one can even say that winter usually don’t come to the Canary Islands. That’s one of the reasons why many tourists choose this Spanish region situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as their alternative for New Year’s Eve (or Nochevieja in Spanish).
Below, you’re going to discover 5 places that will make your experience saying goodbye to the year a little bit different in the perfect destination for those who want to combine winter sun with an unforgettable party… Here, you can even welcome the new year in flip-flops and short sleeves!
5 best places to enjoy New Year’s Eve in the Canary Islands
The winter weather on New Year’s Eve may be frightful elsewhere, but in the Canarian archipelago it’s always delightful! Instead of shivering your way into 2020, why not opt for a warmer start to the New Year with a sunny holiday in the Canary Islands? Say goodbye to rain and snow and hello to the beach!
1. Las Canteras
Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the best urban beaches in the world. Located in the capital of the island of Gran Canaria, Las Canteras is a 4-kilometre-long sand beach with plenty of services along its promenade.
When New Year’s Eve arrives, both in the Plaza Saulo Torón square and the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, you can follow the Spanish tradition of eating the famous uvas (one grape for every bell ring) and say hello to 2020. Then you can enjoy the beautiful fireworks.
Next to Las Canteras you can get on foot to one of the most emblematic hotels in Gran Canaria, the Acuario Lifestyle Hotel. Located right in the lively Santa Catalina Park, here you can enjoy a city full of culture, museums or theatres, among others.
Spending New Year’s Eve in the Canary Islands is always a safe choice. What’s even better is spending it in Maspalomas, probably the most iconic place in the archipelago. Here you can enjoy its stunning dunes that look like those of the Sahara Desert and watching the sunset next to the old lighthouse.
Furthermore, the best way to say hello to 2020 is staying at HD Parque Cristóbal Gran Canaria, located in the nearby town of Playa del Inglés. Come to HD Hotels and have an incredible stay at one of the best family hotels in the Canary Islands.
3. Stargazing in Tenerife
Tenerife is the ideal place to observe the stars. In fact, the island is home to the Teide (the highest peak in Spain and the third-highest volcano in the world with 3,718 metres above sea level) and its quality sky.
Proof of this is that Tenerife has a renowned astronomy observatory that studies the stars. Stay at HD Parque Cristóbal Tenerife and hire a guided tour to discover the mysteries of the universe! The perfect place to spend New Year’s Eve in the Canaries.
4. La Graciosa
Did you know that the Canary Islands have a new recent member? La Graciosa was officially declared as the archipelago’s eighth island in late 2018! Here you can meet true rest and relax, as the island has less than a thousand people… As you can see, New Year’s Eve in the Canary Islands is an unforgettable experience.
Come to Lanzarote, the neighbouring island, and visit La Graciosa in a short boat trip to discover a real paradise. Stay at HD Beach Resort & Spa and enjoy all-inclusive accommodation like no other.
5. Lanzarote, the Fire Island
Lanzarote is an island known by its volcanic landscapes and its amazing wines thanks to its peculiar soil. Don’t forget to visit its famous vineyards known as La Geria and taste its amazing ‘grape juice’ along the delightful Canarian gastronomy.
In addition, the island is home to Timanfaya National Park, one of the most visited national parks in Spain. Here you can amaze yourself with landscapes from another world.
Canary Islands for New Year’s Eve
As you can see, the Canarian archipelago is a great alternative to enjoy a different New Year’s Eve. Here you can choose between a cosmopolitan city like Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in a miniature continent of Gran Canaria, a gigantic peak such as the Teide in Tenerife or a more relaxed island like Lanzarote or La Graciosa.
Come and enjoy a unique New Year’s Eve in the Canary Islands, a region full of natural and cultural attractions that will make you want to repeat!