Threat level: Low
The current safety travel advice for the Canary Islands is to remain cautious throughout your visit, however the risk of trouble or attack is extremely low.
Located just off the southern coast of Morocco, the 7 main islands are considered to be on the outermost parts of Europe. The islands are a popular tourist destination, as such the security is at a relatively high standard and crime rates are low.
Recent Security Risk Events
In 2015, 40 African migrants landed on a beach in Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands. Migrants trying to reach the country have long troubled the Canary Islands, however the Spanish navy have begun patrols around the islands in an attempt to protect them from migrant ships reaching their destination.
Although there is a relatively high alert for Spain, this does not apply to the Canary Islands except for the tightened security on the islands.
Some of the islands are known to be party destinations for tourists such as Tenerife. Partying and excessive alcohol consumption at these destinations can leave tourists vulnerable to crimes including muggings, anti-social behaviour and drink spiking. Whilst these issues are relatively rare, tourists are advised to remain aware at all times and do not drink excessive amounts in order to stay in control.
The international relations are mostly associated with Spain’s relations. On behalf of the islands, Spain has developed and broaden its contacts with sub-Saharan Africa and countries such as Mauritius and Mali in order to deal with the issues of illegal immigration to the Canary Islands.
Roads can be winding but are in excellent condition. Exploring the island by car is considered to be the most effective method, and vehicles can be hired at airports. You should book these in advance for smaller islands.
Every island has sufficient public transport that can take you to main points of interest. If you are looking to visit multiple islands during your visit, there are fast ferries that can transport you between them.