Holidays to the Canary Islands serve up year-round sun, big-name resorts and scenery worthy of the big screen.
The Canaries are actually the tips of a volcanic mountain range, which explains the crazy mix of scenery – the islands showcase everything from tropical forests and moon-like lava deserts, to giant sand dunes. And then there are the beaches, which tick off white sandy sweeps and black-sand coves.
Tenerife and Gran Canaria
The biggest island is Tenerife, which does a nice line in lively resorts, shopping streets and please-everyone attractions. It’s also home to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. Further west, Gran Canaria’s been dubbed a continent in miniature, thanks to its diverse landscapes. It’s also got upbeat beach resorts like Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico to its name.
Fuerteventura and Lanzarote
Turning the tempo down a notch, there’s Fuerteventura. This place is big on sand. Not only has it got towering dunes, but it’s also home to the longest beaches in the Canaries. Lanzarote, meanwhile, is quietly confident, lining up Blue Flag beaches, an other-worldly volcanic landscape and buzzing resorts.
Last but not least, La Palma is the place for a taste of the Canaries of old. This tiny, off-the-radar island is all quiet coves, cobbled streets and volcanic peaks.
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Resorts like Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de la Arena boast large, sandy beaches that have attracted holidaymakers for hundreds of years – starting with Britain’s Queen Victoria in the 19th century and continuing to today, when 450,000 tourists a year travel to Tenerife. The year-round sunshine, tonnes of watersports and beachfront cafes, bars and clubs make the beaches of this island hard to beat.
The third-largest island of the Canaries, Gran Canaria is part of the world’s vintage collection, because it’s been attracting holidaymakers since the 19th century. And, with its collection of long, sandy beaches and hidden coves, its legendary, round-the-clock nightlife and its traditional hamlets, it seems that this spot will be a popular holiday destination for years to come.
Even though it’s a volcanic island, Lanzarote boasts many resorts – such as Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa de los Pocillos – with stunning, white-sand beaches. These long stretches of sand have been attracting people to the island since the Seventies. In fact, Lanzarote helped to create the concept of the classic beach break. Nowadays, the beaches all feature tonnes of watersports .
Set on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Corralejo has a laid-back, natural vibe. This modern, low-rise resort spreads out from the original old town and fishing port. Surfers come for the breaks, beach-lovers for the year-round sunshine – and the ad crew to do fashion shoots against the vast expanses of fine, white sand.
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