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10 Useful Spanish Phrases When Travelling in the Canary Islands

learning spanishWith its stunning beaches, gorgeous weather, and many natural attractions, it comes as little surprise that the Canary Islands are such a popular tourist spot. Located off the coast of Africa, the islands welcome more than 12 million visitors from across the globe each year.

Forming part of the nation of Spain, the residents of the islands speak Spanish with their own unique dialect. For those planning to travel to the islands, it is important to be armed with a few useful phrases.

The following 10 phrases should be on any would-be tourist’s list to learn before departure.

1. ¿Puedo comprar un billete por el tranvía, por favor?

May I buy a ticket for the tram, please?

Tenerife is home to the Tranvía de Tenerife, or Tenerife Tram. This public transport option is one of the most popular ways to get around the island.

2. ¿Dónde está la Iglesia de la Concepción?

Where is the Church of the Conception?

Located in La Laguna, the Church of the Conception is one of Tenerife’s most popular tourist spots.

3. Quisiera las papas arrugadas con mojo canario.

I would like the Canarian wrinkly potatoes with traditional mojo sauce.

The Canary Islands are well-known for this delicious potato dish, often served with a spicy sauce known as mojo.

4. Disculpe, ¿podría decirme dónde está la Caldera de Taburiente?

Excuse me, can you direct me to the Caldera de Taburiente?

The Caldera de Taburiente is a massive area located within a national park on La Palma. This natural area is a particular favorite of visitors and residents alike.

5. ¿Cómo puedo llegar al Centro Insular?

How can I reach the Centro Insular sports arena?

The Centro Insular is home to the CB Gran Canaria, a professional basketball team located in Las Palmas. Seeing a game can be a great addition to any vacation.

6. ¿Hay algún guagua que pase por el Parque García Sanabria?

Is there any bus that passes near the García Sanabria Park?

Visiting this popular park in Santa Cruz is a popular activity. In order to reach the area, it may be necessary to take public transportation.

7. No entiendo bien el español canario.

I don’t understand Canarian Spanish very well.

The unique dialect of the Canary Islands can be difficult for visitors to understand. Fortunately, many Canarians are used to speaking English with the visitors who come to the islands each year.

8. Disculpe, estamos perdidos. ¿Estamos cerca de la Playa de Las Teresitas?

Excuse me, we are lost. Are we near the Playa de Las Teresitas (beach)?

Playa de Las Teresitas is probably the most popular beach in the Canary Islands. Of course, it is easy to get lost in an unfamiliar city. Using this phrase should help out tourists who may be disoriented.

9. ¿Cuánto cuesta en euros?

How many euros does this cost?

As the Canary Islands form part of Spain, the euro is used for commerce across the different cities of the region. Travelers from outside Europe will need to exchange currency at one of the cambios de moneda (currency exchanges) in large cities.

10. ¿Voy bien por aquí para la Plaza de España?

Am I headed towards the Plaza de España?

The Plaza de España is one of the most central areas of Santa Cruz.

These translations are provided by EVS Translations – specialists in Spanish translations.


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