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Canary Islands: Introduction

The Canary Islands offer everything the curious holiday maker could want: sun, sea and fantastic resorts. You’ll quickly discover why they're also known as the Fortunate Islands – with all the sunshine and fun you could hope for, this is one holiday that will leave you rested, rejuvenated and ready to face the world. For year round sunshine, incredible resorts, great beaches and lots of activities to keep you busy, the islands are perfect. Whether it’s a package holiday, all inclusive break or family villa, the Canary Islands has the holiday for you. 

The Canary Islands has a rich, exciting history. Located south-west of Spain and north-west of Africa, directly in front of the coast of Morocco, the archipelago consists of seven larger islands, including Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, and a few smaller ones. The beauty of the Canary Islands is their variety and intrigue; the landscape of each island differs from the others, and you’ll be constantly surprised by the beautiful vistas. It’s the perfect place for a beach break. With a reliable climate and constant temperature all year long and splendid beaches of fine sand, the Canaries offer the perfect escape from a cold European winter. 

Why Choose the Canary Islands for a holiday?

There are so many reasons why you would choose the Canary Islands as your next holiday destination. The weather is fantastic throughout the year, meaning you can enjoy a beach break whenever you fancy. With scorchingly hot summers, amazing beaches and lots of water activities, it’s the place to come for some fun in the sun. And with over ten islands to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the amazing variety in the region - from the fun and buzz of Tenerife, to the dramatic sand dunes of Gran Canaria and the beautiful landscape of Lanzarote, the Canary Islands are blessed with natural beauty to discover. There are so many amazing sights in the Canary Islands, including amazing beaches, museums and resorted houses, that you can make your break as active or relaxed as you fancy

Attractions and activities in the Canary Islands

Holidays to the Canary Islands are all about exploring the rugged beauty of the area - with some fantastic spots for beach days. Attractions and activities in the Canary Islands all depend on which island you choose as your base. Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, known for its endless sunshine, sea and sporty fun. The island is dominated by Mount Teide, which is among the world’s largest volcanoes, at over 7,500m high. It’s an island of two halves, with the diverse, tropical north and the rocky south. From beaches and watersports to the natural beauty of Loro Parque, Tenerife’s plethora of activities makes it a popular holiday destination every year. 

Gran Canaria, another of the larger islands, is a golfer’s paradise, with great courses at Maspalomas, the home of international golf events, amazing views at Salobre Golf and sea facing beauty at Meloneras Golf. The sunshine means you're pretty certain to be able to play every day - with challenging modern courses. For family holidays in Gran Canaria, explore the natural beauty of the island at Palmitos Park, home to 150 species of birds, a butterfly house, aquarium and gibbon island - a wonderful oasis of natural beauty. Just two miles north of Maspalomas is the biggest water park in the Canary Islands, with around 50 flumes, rides and even a minigolf site.

And, of course, there’s Fuerteventura. Fuerteventura holidays are all about beaches – miles and miles of beautiful beaches. Corralejo boasts some excellent spots: Grandes Playas, Olivia beach, Waikiki beach, Glass beach, small harbour beach, and Flag beach and sand dunes. Costa Caleta boasts a man-made beach and Las Solinas beach. If you’re looking for a day trip, head out to Los Lobos island by boat. This tiny volcano tipped island is absolutely beautiful, with a nature reserve, wildlife and beautiful sea birds, you can easily lose yourself in the island’s natural beauty. 

Lanzarote is another great choice for families. The Cueva de los Verdes, in north Lanzarote, are among the island’s best sights. You can take a guided tour of these ghostly tunnels, and discover their 5,000 year old history. As well as its many beaches and hidden coves, such as Jabillo Beach, Lanzarote is also home to some interesting cultural attractions. For a day trip, the town of Teguise, founded in the 15th century, is beautiful. This town has a fun market on Sundays, and treelined plazas for watching the world go by.

Events in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands holds many regular events throughout the year, including village fiestas, carnivals and more. In January, there’s Cabalgata de los Reyes in Fuerteventura, with parades and decorated floats around Puerto del Rosario. In February, the carnival in Fuerteventura is an important event in the calendar, with food stalls, paradises and carnivals in every town. In March, Semana Santa is celebrated with special Easter processions throughout the Canary Islands. Every June, the Ironman triathlon competition is held in Lanzarote, where hundreds of athletes complete a gruelling day of running, swimming and cycling around the island. In October, Lanzarote hosts the Visual Music Festival with exceptional concerts in unique venues around the city, including the volcanic caves of Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes. Culture lovers should head to Tenerife in June, where one of Europe’s best classical music festivals takes place. There are live performers and orchestras every night, and always a great vibe. What’s more, Sabandeño Festival happens every September. This is a folklore music festival held in La Laguna where various Canarian and international bands showcase their music. Of course, New Year’s Eve is a huge celebration here, with a superb fireworks display along the coast at midnight.

Canary Islands: Weather

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