Whether you’re looking for a winter escape or a sun-kissed summer holiday, the Canary Islands offer fun in the sun all year round. A short flight to this exotic destination sees you lounging poolside in just 4 hours. As a series of islands created by volcanic activity, the landscape’s got no chance of being called boring. Stark, almost lunar looking landscapes created by the lava have been colonised by forests further inland and rejuvenated with golden sands in the purpose built resorts. Traditional villages and white-washed homes mingle with hotel complexes and luxurious pools to create a beautiful mix of the old and the new. Beach-lovers will want to flock to the islands, set just off the northern coast of Africa, where highs soar into the high twenties. And when the sun sets a Canary Island holiday really kicks off. The streets come alive with legendary nightlife, where the fun continues into the early, early hours.
The party isn’t just in the bars and clubs. With a year-round calendar of festivals and events, everything from patron saints to farming and music is a cause for celebration. So pack some fancy dress and get swept up in the carnival atmosphere!
Whether you’re looking for beach lounging, all night raving or a chance to explore the landscape, the Canary Islands are waiting to welcome you.
Truly an island catering to all tastes, Gran Canaria’s range of resorts are diverse. Upscale and bijou spots like Playa Tourito and Meloneras offer a chic break under the Canarian sun. Party animals will want to head to the neon lights of Playa del Ingles, while laid-back beach lovers will adore the more tranquil atmosphere in Puerto Rico and Puerto Morgan. Wherever you stay, all the island’s top attractions are just a short drive away. Beaches are first class across the entire island and with Gran Canaria’s varied scenery on the coast and inland your holiday will be filled with picture-postcard views.Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife’s beaches make the island a great family destination. Tropical forests, a volcanic landscape and plenty of theme parks mean there’s lots to do and explore. Perfect for a lively or quiet break, Tenerife’s bustling resort of Playa De Las Americas is perfect for groups and families. For a more laid-back break, Los Gigantes is a little more peaceful. You won’t forget the sight of dolphins playing in the crystal blue waters just off shore.Lanzarote
With its mixture of black sand beaches - a remnant from the island’s volcanic past - and glorious golden sandy shores, Lanzarote is a classic Canarian island. The volcanic landscape spills down into the sea, with plenty of fantastic resorts and hotels dotted amongst the beaches. Lively resorts such as Puerto Del Carmen see things get truly hedonistic. Playa Blanca’s range of activities and gorgeous beach makes for a perfect family holiday destination.
Exploring the Canary IslandsTake to the water
No holiday to the Canary Islands would be complete without taking advantage of the warm coastal waters. Take a boat trip to do some dolphin and whale watching, enjoy a luxury afternoon sailing on a catamaran or book a spot on a guided diving trip. With a huge range of water-sports available, as well as snorkelling and swimming, the options are endless.Hit the beach
Each island benefits from a huge range of beach options. Purpose built resorts have beautiful sandy beaches lined with sun loungers and umbrellas waiting to be claimed. Other secluded beaches are simply long stretches of empty sand just waiting to be explored. Whether you prefer a bustling beach atmosphere or a tranquil stroll among the sand dunes the Canary Islands has a beach for you.Explore a volcano
The group of islands were all formed by volcanic activity off the northern coast of Africa. With seven volcanos to explore, there are lots of exciting ways to discover the peaks. Scoot off on a 4x4 safari, hike to the top or let a cable car do most of the leg work. Remember to pack warm clothes, while the temperatures are toasty by the beach, the air gets much colder on the dizzying heights of the volcano slopes.Heritage, Culture and Nature
Each island has cultural delights waiting to be uncovered. Away from the modern tourism developments you can find rural villages, palaces, churches, gardens and museums. Inland national parks offer wild, green places to explore - along with a host of different plants and wildlife than you’ll see on the coast.
Heavily influenced by Spanish menus, Canarian cuisine may have mainland roots, but there are many unique flavours and dishes to try. Every island benefits from the wealth of fresh fish and seafood caught in the coastal waters. Expect to see plenty of vegetables, fish, and mojo sauce on the menu in an authentic Canarian restaurant. Goat is a popular meat sauce on the island too. For a delicious dish, try the Ropa Vieja. A meat stew made with pork, chicken or beef with beans and vegetables. A side of papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) and mojo sauce is a must too.Canary Island Restaurants
While you’ll never be too far away from an English fry up or a Sunday roast in many resorts, there are lots of international options too. So if you’re done with ex-pat bars and fast food, head to an authentic Canarian restaurant to sample some local cuisine. With everything from small and locally owned cafes to upmarket gourmet restaurants, there’s plenty of choice on offer.
Canary Island holidays have something for every type of holidaymaker. From families to all night ravers. With day trips to other islands and volcanos as well as world-class golf courses, annual festivals, unspoilt beaches and a huge range of attractions, the Canary Islands are a diverse and beautiful place to visit.
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