Whether you are a family, group or a couple seeking a spot of warm weather, a holiday to the Canary Islands is sure to provide a break from the UK winter or help you make the most of summer.
Why? With year-round temperatures not dipping below 15C, and rising to around 30C in the summer months, relaxing beaches, inspiring scenery – including volcanic rock formations – and great entertainment day and night together with fresh seafood, the four holiday hot spots we’ve picked out are sure to meet your every need.
Here, we pick out four of the most popular destinations on offer in the 13 islands that make up the Canaries to help you plan your next holiday.
If you’ve never been to the Canaries before, here’s the lowdown on what to expect.
Tenerife, for the fun and nature loving
Tenerife is a volcanic island and the largest of the Canaries. Here you’ll find black sand beaches, an incredible natural landscape and plenty of nighttime activities. For thrill seekers, the Thai-inspired water park Siam Park should do the trick, with a huge range of attractions, including a 28m water slide, lazy river and The Volcano – a ride that plunges visitors into the dark before the start of a laser show..
If you’re into nature then you will love Mount Teide National Park, where you can discover the volcanic landscape and visit the highest point in Spain.
There is also a real party scene in Playa De Las Americas, with plenty of bars and clubs open until dawn. For beach holidays in Tenerife, one of the best resorts has to be Costa Adeje, where the imported golden sands contrasts beautifully with the cobalt blue waters.
Gran Canaria, for the beach lovers
It’s all about beautiful beaches in Gran Canaria. Thanks to its gentle African climate and calm waters, this island attracts sun worshippers and watersport fanatics all year round. Maspalomas on the south coast of the island is particularly impressive, with its huge sand dunes that will make you think of the Sahara; Maspalomas is also famous for its nightlife, not to mention the Gay Pride festival which is always good fun.
Gran Canaria is most noted for its rugged coastlines, white sandy beaches, calm waters and African-influenced climate. However, this popular holiday destination is not just favoured by swimmers, surfers and those who wish to relax on the golden sands.
There’s much more to see on this island and the landscapes are wonderfully diverse. Check out terracotta rock formations of Roque Nublo, the lush green sights of Guayadeque Ravine, the unique nature of the Caldera de Bandama and the sand dunes of Maspalomas on the south coast of the island.
Gran Canaria is also home to awe-inspiring sunsets. We’d advise heading to Puerto de las Nieves harbour for the best sunsets in Gran Canaria, but after dark the liveliest night life is found in Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.
Fuerteventura, for the laidback
Similar to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura is famous for its no less than 150 beaches, boasting 150 of them. However, the island has a more laidback pace, which makes it the perfect place to unwind and really relax. Although Fuerteventura does boast a nightlife, it’s low key compared to other Canary Islands; Gran Tarajal in particular is a quaint resort that’s perfect if you value quiet evenings. If you really want to escape the hustle and the bustle then you can visit Playas De Jandia, a peaceful beach resort surrounded by natural landscape. For families, the Baku waterpark is a fun day out and makes a change from the beach.
Lanzarote, for everyone!
Lanzarote is a great all-rounder with its beaches, nightlife and natural landscapes. For those who like to explore, Timanfaya National Park has stunning volcanic landscapes that are definitely worth a visit, as are the lava caves of Cuerva de los Verdes and Los Jameos del Agua. For nightlife, Puerto del Carmen has a lively scene, perfect for those looking to have a bit fun on holiday. For beach holidays, look no further than Playa Blanca, which has miles of white sandy beaches and clear waters making it ideal for families.