Holidays To The Canary Islands
No matter what type of holiday you are looking for the Canary Islands are sure to have it! Whether it’s a fun-packed family holiday or a romantic getaway for 2, the Canaries can deliver your dream break ... and with an average temperature of 21c and a flight time of just 3 1/2 hours then there really is no excuse not to go!
Seven islands and six islets make up the Canary Islands and this archipelago is situated just over 100km off the west coast of Africa. All islands enjoy a temperate climate – making any of them a perfect holiday location for a last minute booking for autumn, winter and spring and a chance to top up your tan, relax and enjoy some water sports.
By choosing an all inclusive holiday, you can enjoy three luxury buffet meals per day with hot and cold food, and unlimited locally produced wine, beer and spirits, soft drinks and tea and coffee. Because you pay for food and drinks when you book your holiday, all your spending money can be spent on entertainment and souvenirs for your friends and relatives (and for yourself, of course).
Being volcanic islands, the sand is mostly black, but there are some wonderful golden sandy beaches on all the islands.
There are five main holiday islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma. Other islands (or islets), such as El Hierro and La Gomera, are great for a day trip to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Tenerife is the largest and highest of the Canary Islands (and one of the most popular holiday destinations for the British)– Mount Teide is situated in the National Park, which affords excellent views of the island on cloudless days. Playa de las Americas is the hub of the island, bustling with nightlife, shops and surfing and water sport opportunities. Loro Parque (parrot park) is an amazing zoo with frequent dolphin, whale, parrot and sea lion shows.
Gran Canaria has a wonderful sandy beach in the south of the island (perfect for beach holiday lovers) and stretches for 4km from Maspalomas to Playa del Ingles. Walk from one end to the other and then catch the local bus back to your starting point. Puerto de Mogan is a beautiful olde worlde fishing port, just the place to try the local fish restaurants and take an afternoon trip on a boat to see the dolphins and whales splashing in the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean.
Lanzarote is the home of the Timanfaya National Park. Underground fire chasms where you can cook food on the BBQ at the Restaurant del Fuego. Hire a car, or take an excursion to the cactus garden (Jardin de los Cactus) which is home to over 1400 species of cacti, then on to the Cuevas de los Verdes (crawl through the caves)and then on to Jameo del Agua and see the tiny white blind crabs foraging in the blue lagoon.
Fuerteventura is known as the ‘windy island’. Gleaming white beaches, not too crowded, a plethora of water sports to enjoy, good restaurants with seafood, and some historical sites – pick up some leaflets from the local tourist office. This island is for the more adventurous and energetic holiday makers who are not just there for the sunbathing.
La Palma, the fifth largest of the Canary Islands, is the quietest of the main islands, and possibly the most beautiful as it is unspoilt by tourism. Black sandy beaches, luscious forests and blue Atlantic sea. Definitely a photo opportunity to capture the flora and fauna, quaint white-washed houses and beautiful sunsets.
A last minute late deal or a carefully planned holiday to any one of these islands will not leave you disappointed.
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