Closer to northern Africa than mainland Spain, holidays to the Canary Islands promise unlimited sunshine. But its year-round warmth isn’t the only draw - its extraordinary terrain is just as alluring. From Lanzarote’s fiery landscape to Gran Canaria’s never-ending sand dunes, no two of its seven islands are the same. Then there’s the largest of them all, Tenerife! Other than buzzing beach resorts and soaring sea cliffs, this popular spot is home to Spain’s highest and most famous volcano. Wherever you choose to visit, there’s a holiday hotspot for everyone hiding in this Atlantic archipelago.
Things to do
With such a diverse landscape, the Canary Island holidays offer up experiences of every kind. Beach lovers will have their pick of sunbathing spots. For swathes of white sand, they don’t get much more beautiful than Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote and Corralejo Grandes Playas in Fuerteventura thanks to their natural park surroundings. Elsewhere, you’ll find a good mix of golden and black shorelines, some filled with tourist facilities and others completely remote.
The varied scenery also promises plenty of wildlife sightings. If you’re heading to the south on your holiday to Gran Canaria, don’t forget to look out for whales and dolphins swimming in the Atlantic. Or, you can always spend a day observing tigers, pandas and sloths in Tenerife’s popular Loro Park. More of a waterpark fan than an animal enthusiast? Then, make sure you visit Siam Park, Spain’s top splash-filled attraction! Families will love the giant waves as adrenaline junkies try and pluck up the courage to ride its near vertical slide.
And the adventures don’t end there! Those who appreciate the great outdoors shouldn’t miss out on the chance to explore one of the Canary island’s most famous natural attractions on their holidays to Tenerife. Whether you come here to hike to the top of the towering Mount Teide, or hunt down its stargazing spots - there’s no better way to soak up the archipelago's true beauty than a trip to this national park. While the views across Timanfaya National Park’s lava fields are listed on just about every tourist guide as are the sunsets at Roque Nublo. Prefer wet activities? Then, the Atlantic will be waiting with its long list of watersports, from surfing to snorkelling and sea kayaking.
Places to stay
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, home to Spain’s highest mountain, fine sandy beaches and some of the archipelago’s most vibrant nightlife. Often referred to as a ‘mini continent’, Gran Canaria is famous for its rocky beaches, sandy dunes and cosmopolitan capital city; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. While Lanzarote holidays are all about exploring its amazing lunar landscape. It’s also home to an impressive contrasting coastline, from its dark volcanic sands to its golden coves. Speaking of beaches, Fuerteventura has the most of all the Canary Islands, with vast dunes stretching for miles. Nature lovers, on the other hand, will love La Palma with its abundance of greenery and incredible clear skies drawing stargazers from around the world. Not to mention La Gomera and El Hierro for their forest trails.
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