The Canary Islands

The local bus services outside of Teneriffe and Gran Canaria tend to be infrequent. If you have booked a package holiday your tour operator will be able to arrange transportation and excursions for you and most of the hotels will be able to direct you to local tour operators who will be able to arrange visits to the major sites. You could also rent a car locally and drive around the islands. This is by far the best way to see the place and gives you a great deal of flexibility when travelling with a baby or toddler. Some rental agencies will allow you to take the car between the islands (by ferry) but ensure that this is allowed under the terms of your rental agreement before doing so.

Inter-Island Travel – You can travel between the islands by boat or plane. Taking a plane is a better option as ferries can be delayed and cancelled if the weather is not suitable. Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas are the two local ferry operators. Flights are run regularly between the islands with Binter Canaries and Islas Airways.

Driving in the Canary Islands – Driving in the Canaries allows you to see more of the area. Make sure you pre book a car with a car seat if you are going to be driving (or you could take one with you on the plane) and remember to carry driving licence along with your passport with you at all times. Seat belts must be worn front and rear and speeding and other offences are subject to on the spot fines. Children under the age of 12 cannot travel in the front passenger seat unless they use a special child restraint.