Are you ready to revel in the ultimate Canary Islands Christmas?
Although it definitely won’t be the classic white Christmas that plenty of people dream of, celebrating Christmas in the Canaries is an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of festive markets and Christmassy hot spots getting you into the spirit.
On top of that, the Canary Islands are blessed with the warmest temperatures in Europe during the winter months, so if you’re craving some warmth, then it’s time to escape the frost and head for the Canaries, one of the best destinations for winter sun.
If Christmas at the beach sounds tempting but you don’t want to pass up on a traditional Christmas dinner, you’re in luck. Your Canary Islands Christmas 2019 can be the best of both worlds.
Enjoy the traditional feast you know and love on the big day, whilst also making a point of sampling all plenty of the delicious local food during the rest of your Christmas by the beach.
Check out our selection of the best places to enjoy a Canary Islands Christmas meal.
Canary Islands Christmas: Tenerife
Christmas in Tenerife will certainly be a holiday to remember, for its stunning weather and scenery, and you’ll be able to find somewhere for Christmas dinner in Tenerife 2019 with no problems at all.
If you need somewhere to stay for your Tenerife Christmas holidays, then the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach can offer you a Christmas in paradise, with both an adults-only and family resort tailor-made to suit your preferences.
Picture spending Christmas Day surrounded by the lush ocean waters of La Caleta beach with spectacular views of La Gomera.
Located just 2.7 kilometres from the popular Plaza del Duque shopping centre, enjoy some last-minute Christmas shopping and treat your loved ones over the festive period.
Here are some of our top picks of where to feast for a Christmas lunch in Tenerife.
The Gulliver’s Grillhouse Christmas menu offers plenty of festive delights at a reasonable price.
Restaurant Sebastian is a great option if you’re in Tenerife over Christmas, with great food, friendly staff and unbeatable value for money. Available from 1-24 December, don’t miss the 3 course à-la-carte festive menu for €22 per person.
Located in Los Gigantes, Paddy’s Lounge Bar and Grill offers excellent and reasonably priced range of dishes including Asian, British, Indian, grill and even a Christmas menu for the festive period. Enjoy a classic Christmas dinner on the big day.
And once you’ve had your fix of traditional British Christmas fare, don’t forget to indulge in some classic local dishes.
The best places to eat in Tenerife are the fascinating guachinches, typical spots that serve local wine and locally sourced food (often without a menu).
They can only open for up to four months a year, or until their wine has run out, but the festive season is the perfect time to visit, not long after the grape harvest. Toast an alternative Christmas in one of these quirky spots.
Christmas in Gran Canaria
Let the festivities begin and enjoy your coastal Christmas celebrations on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria.
If you need a hotel for your Christmas trip, why not check out the all-inclusive and family-friendly Occidental Margaritas?
With the hotel hosting exclusive Christmas and New Year’s Eve gala experiences, there is no better place to enjoy a magical Christmas getaway.
Then check out where you can indulge in a classic Christmas dinner in Gran Canaria, when you’re not busy exploring the island or tasting the delicious local seafood.
Can you imagine anything better than feasting on a Christmas dinner whilst admiring the sunset? Taste Mesón lies in an idyllic beachfront setting with stunning views over the beach and harbour. As the sun goes down in the most picturesque of settings, indulge in the restaurant’s Christmas menu.
Taste Mesón boasts a selection of over 280 wines, including more than 70 different champagnes and cava, so there’s plenty to choose from if you fancy a Christmas tipple.
Christmas holidays in the sun: Lanzarote
Who needs a white Christmas when you can spend the festive season in an island paradise?
Barceló Teguise Beach is the perfect choice for your stay, set in an unparalleled location right on the oceanfront in Costa Teguise—one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Lanzarote. Celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s Eve periods with the hotel’s gala experiences and enjoy a holiday to remember.
Here are a couple of ideas for places to enjoy a classic Christmas meal in Lanzarote.
Situated in the Old Town Harbour in Puerto del Carmen, Carvery Bodega Jose offers a dreamy traditional roast dinner.
The Good Old Days Bar & Kitchen is another spot in Puerto del Carmen that offers a mouth-watering festive menu too. Enjoy a traditional turkey roast served with all the classic Christmas trimmings, turkey and cranberry spring rolls, Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, and plenty more culinary delights. Booking for this hot spot is essential so get your table booked in to avoid disappointment.
Tips for the best Christmas in the Canaries
It’s important to remember that, just like back at home, most places will be shut on the 25th of December, and if you want to go out for a Christmas meal, you should always book in advance. Luckily the beach is always open!
The biggest celebration here is actually on the night of the 24th, which is known as ‘nochebuena’, so if you really want to get into the local spirit of things, book to go out for a big seafood supper late in the evening on the 24th at a restaurant that’s popular with locals.
It’s also traditional to visit the large Nativity scenes that are set up all over Spain at this time of year. Every community will have a ‘belén’ open to visitors. If you’re on Gran Canaria, don’t miss the incredible nativity scene sculpted out of sand on Las Canteras beach.