What to wear in Canary Islands

What to Wear in Canary Islands


Top Style Tips for the Canary Islands

  • Throughout the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and La Gomera, in the tourist resorts dress is casual.
  • For most visitors the draw are the glorious beaches so beachwear, sarong and sunhat, flip flops, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) are the essentials for the day.
  • But it's usually windy, so don't be fooled by the temperatures – the breeze may cool you but the sun is still very strong.
  • Jeans are very popular everywhere, but in the hottest months may be too uncomfortable. Opt instead for lightweight natural fabrics.
  • Shorts, t-shirts and camisoles are perfectly acceptable.
  • We would suggest that you pack a smarter outfit for more up-market restaurants.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes.
  • If you are looking for a highly versatile travel jacket to bring along we highly recommend the SCOTTeVEST range. Their range of jackets have been specifically designed with traveling in mind and include RFID security (to protect your passport information), 23 secure pockets and personal connectivity integration.

Shoes to pack for the Canary Islands

  • We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Ladies, take your heels, but save them for evening dining or nightclubbing. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range – using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • All of the islands have some rugged terrain which is ideal for walking and exploring. This can be done on your own or with a guide. Make sure you take comfortable sneakers or trekking shoes, or if you plan to go right into the wilds take well worn-in walking boots with good ankle support, plus walking socks which will wick away moisture (we like Thorlos hiking socks – they're especially designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable when trekking in hotter climes).

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A few well chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too.
  • If you're going to visit any religious sites, use your pashmina again to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.

Community photos from the Canary Islands

Pack for the Weather

  • From November through December, January February and March it can be cool and wet so pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella.
  • And the winter months can be cold in the evenings, so take a jacket or sweater to put round you.
  • We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Travel essentials for the Canary Islands

  • If you're out walking all day, a light day sack is handy to carry all your essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack – it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Local pottery and rum are good Canarian buys, but remember you'll need to pack the latter in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.