The Canary Islands’ eternal popularity with British holidaymakers is no fluke. Year-round sun, fantastic facilities, a splash of colourful Spanish culture, delicious food, and all less than 5 hours away…what’s not to love! The Canaries are made up of seven islands but the four most visited are Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, each offering a different appeal to tourists.
Things to Do
The Canary Islands are more than just a collection of fabulous beaches, although those are a definite draw! Depending on your island of choice, you’ll find lush tropical forests or volcanic landscapes so if you enjoy hiking, you’ll be kept happy. Watersports are extremely popular and the Atlantic waters are perfect for surfing, windsurfing and sailing, as well as snorkelling and scuba diving.
Food and Drink
There are hundreds of restaurants on each island to choose from, and you’ll find a huge variety of cuisine. Traditional Canary Island food takes influence from African, Spanish and Latin American cooking, with fish, meat and potatoes at its heart. For those who want their home comforts, the influx of British holidaymakers has brought with it a deluge of British favourites and international cuisine.
The Canary Islands are more than just a collection of fabulous beaches, although those are a definite draw! The year-round Spring climate make the islands an ideal getaway any time of the year. Depending on your island of choice, you’ll find lush tropical forests or volcanic landscapes so if you’re partial to a bit of hiking, you’ll be kept happy. Tenerife’s volcanic Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak, is a worthy adversary, and there are a variety of guided walks to steer you in the right direction.
Watersports are extremely popular, and the choppy Atlantic Ocean waters are a haven for sports like surfing, windsurfing and sailing, as well as diving. You’ll find plenty to explore in horse-shoe coves, hidden caves and volcanic rock formations, and there are a number of specialist centres to help you on your way.
Tenerife is the largest and most popular island for holidaymakers. Offering black, volcanic sands in the north and fine, white sandy beaches in the south, Tenerife’s coastline is encouraged by large, lively hotel resorts and plenty of shopping opportunities. If you’re looking for some after-dark entertainment, Tenerife’s Playa de las Americas delivers.
Gran Canaria’s sweeping white beaches and magnificent sand dunes are the real draw. Dubbed a continent in miniature, Gran Canaria’s appeal lies in its diversity; go inland and you’ll find picturesque villages and lush green landscapes.
From vast volcanic landscapes that make you think you’ve landed on the moon to vast stretches of palm-lined golden sands, Lanzarote’s landscape is a marvel. A pleasing mix between the neon lights of party towns and old-town charm, Lanzarote is an island that will make you feel right at home.
Home to some of the longest beaches in the Canaries, Fuerteventura is one of the more untouched islands. With over 150 beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to staking your claim on a patch of sand!
The second largest Canary Island, Fuerteventura is ideal for relaxing summer holidays, although no matter what time of year you visit here the weather is always warm and the sea inviting.
Jump on a plane and in just 4 ½ hours you can be in the sunshine, strolling along the promenade or heading for one of the many soft, sandy beaches scattered around the island of Gran Canaria.
White sandy beaches, warm Saharan winds and year-round sunshine, Lanzarote offers everything for the perfect Summer or Winter escape!
With sunshine 52 weeks a year, you can't go wrong with a visit to the largest and most popular or the Canary Islands, Tenerife.