The Canary Islands

Off the sun-drenched coast of Africa the Canary Islands are one of the more popular destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. A year round paradise of sun, sea and sand means this island chain is the perfect choice for your next holiday. 

 

With a glorious climate and breathtaking scenery carved by thousands of years of volcanic action, the mountainous landscapes showcase the Islands’ diverse character and ability to offer outdoor activities alongside picturesque coastal resorts famed for rest and relaxation. 

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Fuerteventura

Laid-back, lovely Fuerteventura is a perfect Canary getaway with miles of soft, sandy beaches, for swimming, surfing and sailing, coupled with well catered resorts, charming fishing villages and a volcanic but dramatic interior.

 

As with all the Canaries, the island’s sub-tropical climate and location just 80 miles from the African continent, mean warm sunshine is almost guaranteed throughout the year. Temperatures average a pleasant 21C in January to a peak of 28C in August.

 

The North African influence can be felt throughout and particularly in the architecture with many houses sporting flat roofs to collect rainfall. A more colourful reflection of its near neighbour Lanzarote – both are Unesco Biosphere Reserves – Fuerteventura boasts a volcanic landscape of surreal, reddy-brown conical peaks.

 

But most flock to Fuerteventra for the waves and the wind, meaning watersports are to the fore here. The second-largest of the Canaries after Tenerife, Fuerteventura has the biggest and best beaches of the island-archipelago.

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Corralejo in the north is one of the main resort destinations, but still retains the charm and atmosphere of the fishing village it once was. In the south, the sheltered bays of Costa Caleta provide safe bathing for all, just a short stroll from the resort’s main street filled with a great choice of restaurants and cosmopolitan bars.

Lanzarote

With guaranteed sunshine, great beaches, dramatic landscape and family-friendly resorts, you really can’t go wrong with Lanzarote.

 

This diverse island has been welcoming holidaymakers for decades and as such, caters perfectly for families, couples and explorers, with surprises around every corner.

 

Average temperatures rise to a peak of 29C in August, but the sub-tropical climate mean it’s still warm in the winter months. Lanzarote’s volcanic landscape sometimes gives the island a rather stark almost moon-like appearance but this rare mix of geology and ecology, is why it is registered as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

 

Lanzarote’s striking landscape is complimented by its distinctive whitewashed, cuboid buildings and architecture. This is largely down to the island’s most famous resident, the artist César Manrique who made the island his home until his death in 1992. Manrique’s influence can be seen throughout Lanzarote.

Away from the mountainous, lunar landscape, great beaches, appealing resorts and exciting activities are always to be found. Sporting facilities are excellent, particularly for cyclists, as are the surfing and windsurfing.

 

The quiet, laid-back resort of Playa Blanca is situated right at the foot of the island and boasts three fabulous sandy beaches and a pretty seafront promenade, while Paradise Island has some of the best selection of slides, lagoons and pools.

 

And as a fairly small island – just 37 miles long by 12 miles wide – Lanzarote is easy to get around meaning holidaymakers will quickly feel at home.

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Tenerife

The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife sits in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Africa and enjoys eternal sunshine – one of the reasons that makes this beautiful island such a hotspot for millions of holidaymakers every year.

 

The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife sits in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Africa and enjoys eternal sunshine – one of the reasons that makes this beautiful island such a hotspot for millions of holidaymakers every year.

 

Tenerife is a volcanic island that has been sculpted over time by several eruptions, the last being in the early 20th century. It has a great mix of rugged terrain, dramatic landscapes and a sub-tropical climate with temperatures averaging 20C – 22C in the winter months and 26C – 28C in the summer.

 

In March 1936, Francisco Franco was posted to the island by a Republican government wary of his growing influence and power. He agreed to collaborate with the military coup that led to the Spanish Civil War when the Canary Islands fell to the Nationals in 1936. Consequently many people moved away from Tenerife eager to escape from the new regime. Today, Tenerife’s population is around 900,000 and around five million tourists visit the island each year.

 

The magnificent site of Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, welcomes you as you come in to land and in the winter can even be covered in snow while on the coats the sun shines as usual. There have been four recorded volcanic eruptions with no casualties at all; two in the early 1700s, the third in 1798 and the last known eruption was in 1909.

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Gran Canaria

Despite its name, Gran Canaria is only the third largest of the Canaries archipelago but makes up almost a half of the islands’ population. There’s a dazzling variety of terrains, from the lush and verdant landscapes of the north to the mountainous interior and deserts of the south. Without doubt, a small island continent.

 

Gran Canaria is a round-shaped ball of an island nestling in the sea some 130 miles from the coast of west Africa. That means there’s a warm sub-tropical climate throughout the year with an average temperature of 24C, but still as a high as 18C in the cooler winter.

 

The island was "discovered" in 999AD, when the navigator Ibn Farrukh landed - and introduced the wonder plant aloe vera to its shores. Famous visitors include Christopher Columbus, who had his fleet repaired there in 1492 and more recently, crime writer Agatha Christie who came to Gran Canaria from Tenerife after complaining of the latter’s dearth of beaches!

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Family holidays are popular in the resort destinations of Peurto Rico and Maspalomas with a huge choice of accommodation styles, not to mention the sandy beaches and waterparks. For more peaceful escapes, there are lovely quiet fishing villages, while urban hustle and bustle is to be found in the capital of Las Palmas.