Deciding where to go on holiday is difficult at the best of times but when four fantastic islands are right next door to each other, all offering a long list of amazing qualities, it makes it ten times harder! Yep, you guessed it, we’re talking about the Canary Islands.
Off the north coast of Africa, this diverse archipelago boasts year-round sunshine that drenches its unique volcanic landscapes, enchanting towns and captivating coastlines.
Whether you’re up for beachfront lazing or all-day adventuring, there’s a Canary Island destination that’s got your name written all over it. Not convinced? Let’s delve a little deeper…
Want to give Tenerife a try?
Think lively nightlife and mighty mountains
As the biggest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife
is jam-packed with things to see and do. It’s home to a handful of amazing theme parks, including Loro Parque, one of Europe’s largest wildlife parks, and Siam Park, a huge water park that’s spread across four acres!
Looking to get active while you’re away? The majestic Mount Teide and its surrounding national park in the centre of the island is a great spot for hiking, walking, mountain biking and even stargazing!
In the evening, head south for a night out in Playa de las Americas where you can experience everything from karaoke bars and tribute acts to cabaret shows and cocktail making. This Canary Island destination has a little something for everyone!
Fancy a slice of Fuerteventura?
Think endless sandy stretches and natural beauty
If it’s white-sand beaches and a constant warm temperature you’re after, Fuerteventura’s the one for you. You’ll be in heaven in Correlajo
as the soft sand stretches for more than 10km and the turquoise waves that lap the shore are just as dreamy!
You can bask in the sunshine that covers the island while enjoying cooling winds that create the perfect climate for exploring. Hike to the towering Tindaya Mountain that you can see from miles around, before wandering the tiny village that sits at its base.
Want fun days out for all the family? Check out Acua Waterpark which has 14 different rides and slides, including a huge wave pool, or head to Oasis Park Fuerteventura where you can see sea lions, camels and flamingos and even feed the giraffes by hand!
Looking at Lanzarote?
Think lunar-like landscapes and a vast national park
Holidaying in Lanzarote
means relaxation and adventure in equal measures. There’s a diverse coastline, quaint towns and villages and plenty of natural landscapes to help you enjoy the great outdoors.
The south coast is an ideal choice if you’re after lively beach resorts. Take your pick from Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen where the pristine sands were made for sunbathing and there are enough shops, bars and restaurants to keep you busy in the evenings. On the north coast, you’ve got family-favourite Costa Teguise with its thrilling water parks and bustling markets.
Timanfaya National Park is definitely one to tick off your holiday wish list. You’ll feel like you’ve ventured to Mars when you step out onto its orangey-red surface that was shaped by more than 100 volcanoes back in the 1700s. The best part? You can witness natural geysers in action that shoot water from underground where the temperature is around 600°C!
Going for Gran Canaria?
Think brilliant beaches and a fascinating underwater world
Between Tenerife and Fuerteventura, gorgeous Gran Canaria attracts holidaymakers of all ages. On the south-west coast, you’ve got sleepy Puerto Mogan which is all whitewashed houses and al fresco eateries while bustling Playa Del Ingles draws in the younger crowd who want to dance until the early hours in its bouncing nightclubs.
The sea that surrounds the island is filled with fish in all the colours of the rainbow. With crystal-clear waters and calm waves, it’s the ideal time to enjoy a spot of snorkelling. Playa de Amadores and Mogan Beach are both very popular with underwater explorers!
Looking to experience something a little unusual here? A camel ride across the Maspalomas sand dunes will have you feeling like you’re in the Sahara Desert rather than on a Canarian coast.
Know which is the best Canary Island for you now?
Posted: 18th Jun 2019.