Are you dreaming of golden-sand beaches, endless summer activities and gorgeous port towns? An ‘old favourite’ of UK holiday makers is increasing in popularity again – The Canary Islands! With its fantastic weather all year round, and each Island offering something a little different, here’s a guide to see which island is right for you…
Holidays in Tenerife are for the Explorer
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, so finding something to do wont be that difficult. Tenerife‘s influence comes from the tribal culture of the Guanche’s, who were actually the first inhabitants of the island. For those interested in learning about different cultures and history, then Tenerife is a great place to visit.
Spain’s largest peak, Mount Teide offers a dream for outdoor adventurists, with breath-taking views, and hikes for all levels, it’s a firm favourite for those wanting to keep active on holiday.
Loro Park offers an abundance of tropical birds, and the Zoo Monkey Park is a great day out for those wanting to slow the pace down. If you’re looking for an action packed water-park, then the 28 rides at Siam Park will no doubt keep you entertained – it’s also rated one of the top water parks in the world, so definitely worth experiencing.
A Lanzarote Holiday Offers Variety
Lanzarote is known for is beautiful beaches, stunning volcanic landscapes, and the fact you can drive round the whole Island in 2-2.30 hours – exploring is definitely on the menu here!
The Timanfaya National Park has a vast volcanic, and ‘lunar like’ landscape which Star Wars fans might recognise from the original films. In fact Lanzarote is a film makers favourite, with One Million BC (Rachel Welch, 1966 – Remember that?) and Krull, which featured a very young, Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson (You probably won’t remember this), both filmed in Lanzarote.
Another must visit in Lanzarote is the underground entertainment mega-complex of Jameos Del Agua. Built with an array of cafes, restaurants and shops underneath a tropical island beach, this product of artist Caesar Manrique captures elegantly all the beauty of the Lanzarote. With warm weather all year round, Lanzarote is a great choice for those wanting winter sun, or a hot summer holiday.
Lots of Sun and Stunning Beaches in Gran Canaria
A Gran Canaria holiday is known for experiencing its breath-taking beaches that stretch along the coast. Mogan Beach faces onto picturesque villages, that are perfect for finding those little holiday trinkets to take home. Beaches like Anfi del Mar are covered in beautiful white sands, and offer plenty of opportunities for those water-sports enthusiasts to have some fun.
With 500 years in the making, the gastronomy on the island is first class. Born out of its tradition as a great Atlantic port, travellers from over a hundred countries descended on Gran Canaria, bringing with them the flavours of ten meridians from all around. The Queso de Flor cheese, sweet potato pasties, wines, sugar cane rum and coffee, will all get those taste buds flowing.
Whilst the beaches are spectacular and will be great for darkening your tan, also think food, fiestas, golf and impressive culture when you think of Gran Canaria.
Fuerteventura is for FUN
Did you know that Fuerteventura sits on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico? This basically means that the weather is breath-takingly similar, and can be reached in only a third of time. Regarded as the oldest of the Canary Islands, it’s geographical location just 60 miles off the coast of Morocco, means that for thousands of years the sand from the Sahara desert has been deposited on its beaches – all 150 of them!
Fuerteventura has some quirky carnivals, top class restaurants, and even a few cocktail bars to dance the night away in. It’s an island that caters for families, friends and couples of all ages.
Water sports are very popular on this island, and each year you’ll find lots of surfers and divers descend to Fuerteventura. The conditions are so good in July, that the P.W.A World windsurfing speed and slalom event is held in the south of the island (Sotavento).
For those wanting to hear about the islands history, then head to the Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography for some inspired learning. Tefia Craft Village is also well worth a visit for those wanting to take home some of the islands arts and crafts.
We love the Canary Islands here at Travel Club Elite, and it’s not difficult to understand why people feel it offers some of the best holiday destinations in the world. Warm weather, great beaches, and lots of things to see and do – The Canary Islands have never looked so good!
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