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Useful Spanish for your Canary Islands Walking Holiday

If you are planning to travel to the Canary Islands you should probably get acquainted with the local language. Spanish is the language most commonly spoken on the Canary Islands, however, they do have a unique whistling language on La Gomera also!

While you might meet many English speakers on your walking holiday (both walkers and service providers), you will also need a few basic phrases in Spanish to help you communicate, particularly in smaller villages and towns.


There are many quaint villages and towns on the Canary Islands, particularly in La Gomera and along our off the beaten track walks in Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

In fact, one of our own team Pedro hiked recently in La Gomera and for him, having some basic Spanish was essential to ask directions and find out information about the area.

Spanish vocabulary for your Canary Islands walking holiday

This walking holiday adventure might be your chance to brush up on your Spanish!

So to help you, here’s a list of basic Spanish vocabulary you might find helpful:




I’m looking for… Estoy buscando
I’d like to… Quisiera
Where is…? Donde está…?
How much is …? Cuanto cuesta…?
I don’t like it No me gusta
It’s fine Vale
Too expensive Demasiado caro
Cheaper Mas económico
Where are the toilets? Dónde están los servicios?
Conversation Essentials
Does anyone here speak English? Hay alguien que hable inglés?
Hello Hola
Good morning Buenos días
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good evening Buenas noches
Bye/See you Adiós
Please Por favor
Thank you Gracias
You’re welcome De nada
Sorry/Excuse me Perdone
What’s your name? Como te llamas?
My name is Me llamo
It’s a pleasure to meet you Encantado/a
Where are you from? De dónde eres?
I am from… Soy de…
Can I have a … beer please? Una cerveza por favor?
Can I have a … glass of wine please? Un vino por favor?
I am a Vegetarian Soy vegetariano/a
Could you help me please? Puede ayudarme, por favor?
I’m allergic to… Soy alérgico/a a…
ATM Cajero
How do I get to…? Como puedo llegar a…?
Is it far? Está lejos?
Go straight ahead Vaya derecho
Turn left Tuerza a la izquierda
Turn right Tuerza a la derecha
Open Abierto
Close Cerrado
I am lost Estoy perdido/a
Where is the …hospital? post office? bus station? Dónde está… el hospital? correos? estación de bus?

If you have any questions about Spanish vocabulary or if you need any more basic Spanish phrases for your trip to the Canary Islands, give us a shout.

For more information about our walking holidays in the Canary Islands or to book your trip, contact our travel experts!

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