Canary Islands on a budget – Learn how to do

How to travel the Canary Islands on a budget? In this article you will learn about the basic tips and recommendations how to save money when visiting world famous travel destinations like Tenerife, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote. Read on to find our top three suggestions you should consider when planning your budget holiday to the Canary Islands.

Canary Islands on a budget – Your overview

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria things to do highlights one day travel tips hotel recommendation: View from La Puntilla over Playa Grande / Las Canteras

When it comes to holiday shopping, we all want to get the most for our money. However, many travelers aren’t willing to compromise on factors like accommodation and the time of year they travel in order to reduce costs. Well, what if we told you that you don’t have to? Whilst you may think it’s impossible to see this highly commercialized archipelago on a budget, we’re here to tell you that you can enjoy a memorable holiday here without breaking the bank. From picking the location, to deciding where to eat, there are a number of opportunities for you to tighten the purse strings without losing out on an authentic Canarian experience. Here are the top four tips & recommendations: 

Plan wisely where to go

It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that the more popular islands can be cheaper. But you will tend to find better deals when traveling to the more commercialized spots in the Canaries. Consider places like Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which have a vast selection of resorts, giving you the opportunity to compare and find the cheapest option. 

According to experts, Tenerife is one of the best value-for-money islands. It is owing to its vast range of attractions that can keep you busy on a budget. Instead of staying in the more popular resorts like Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, consider venturing out to some of the quieter locales, where you may find better value for money. 

Remember, if you are planning a trip to one of the smaller islands, such as El Hierro or La Gomera, you will need to factor in the additional costs of connecting flights. Direct flights to these islands are in limited supply. 

The stunning landscape of Tenerife - learn how to visit on a budget

Canary Islands on a budget: Create an itinerary

Whilst spontaneity can create some magical holiday memories, if you’re looking to save the pennies, then it’s important to plan your trip carefully. Depending on how much detail you want to go into, this can include things like places you want to eat, day trips you want to do and potentially any evening entertainment. 

From nature reserves to stunning beaches, there is an abundance of budget activities to keep you occupied during your stay in the Canaries. If you like the great outdoors, there are plenty of awe-inspiring landscapes and botanical gardens to explore. Additionally as well as some of the best stargazing spots anywhere in Europe. If you’re looking to explore the best beaches, head to Fuerteventura which is widely known for its stunning collection of sandy stretches. Money saving tip: Cook your own meal

When it comes to food, consider shopping at a local supermarket for your own groceries, providing your accommodation has kitchen facilities. You can eat out relatively cheaply in many restaurants across the islands. But: cooking your own food will always save you money and it can also make for a fun activity with your travel companions.

To get a taste of some local specialties without breaking the bank, why not try putting your own twist on some traditional Canarian recipes?

La Casa Roja on the Las Canteras promenade

Canary Islands on a budget: Use alternative transport

Local taxi services can be invaluable to tourists looking to get from A to B in as fast a time as possible. Particularly when they are unfamiliar with the area. However, with a little research, you can save your euros by taking advantage of the easy-to-use and convenient public transport services across the islands.

For example, in 2020 the authorities in Tenerife announced a new scheme to encourage tourists to use public transport. As part of the new plan, visitors will be offered the chance to buy a week-long pass costing €50. The pass will grant them access to unlimited use of the tram and bus links that operate across the entire island. If you’re spending less than a week on the island, purchase a day pass for just €10 per person. 

For the more active traveller, there are plenty of services offering bicycle rentals which can be hired for the duration of your stay. Gran Canaria in particular comes equipped with breathtaking cycling trails and infrastructure suited to getting around on a bicycle, so consider this option if you’re looking to travel like a local in the Canaries. 

Use alternative transport on the Canary Islands to save money

Canary Islands Travel Guides

If you plan to travel to the Canary Islands, make sure you check out the following travel guides to simplify your planning – and not to miss out any highlights:

Gran Canaria


Now you learned about possibilities how to travel the Canary Islands on a budget.

What are YOUR best tips & recommendations to experience the Canary Islands on a budget? Let us know in the comments!


See you on the Canary Islands – buen viaje 🇮🇨


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