Holidays in the Canary Islands have been a popular choice with British holidaymakers for many years. Located just off the coast of North Africa, the Canary Islands are made up of the islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma - all have their own character, but one thing they have in common is lots of sunshine. Summers are hot and in winter temperatures rarely drop below the late teens. From beautiful beaches and dramatic volcanic landscapes to party towns, golf courses and water parks, there's something in the Canary Islands to suit everyone. When it comes to Canary Islands accommodation, choose from self-catering apartments, luxury spa hotels and all-inclusive complexes. Whether you're looking for a family holiday, a young and lively getaway, a relaxing retreat or a bargain late deal - a holiday in the Canary Islands ticks all the boxes. Why fly long-haul for some winter sunshine when a four-hour flight to the Canary Islands fits the bill just as well?
There's more to holidays in the Canary Islands than just sunshine. Each island is different, but they all offer an array of activities including diving, water parks, snorkelling, jeep safaris, horse riding, fishing, boat trips, windsurfing, golf, shopping, biking and hiking. In Tenerife, don't miss stunning Mount Teide or Loro Parque animal park. Haggle over local food and artwork at the lively Teguise market in Lanzarote, or visit Timanfaya volcano for an unforgettable day out. Over on Fuerteventura, Oasis Park is home to beautiful botanical gardens and a great zoo. The spectacular sand dunes of Maspalomas are a must-see when visiting Gran Canaria, while in quieter La Palma you may choose to discover untouched forests, or take to the Atlantic for a day of whale watching.
Nightlife in the Canaries is varied depending on the resort and the island. The two liveliest resorts are Tenerife's Playa de las Americas and Gran Canaria's Playa del Ingles, where revellers head for clubbing and late nights. Fuerteventura's main resort Corralejo and Lanzarote's Puerto del Carmen offer plenty of pubs and karaoke bars. On each island, the established resorts have a good choice of bars and clubs and many hotels offer in-house, family friendly entertainment. There's a type of nightlife for everyone in the Canary Islands.
There are countless restaurants to tempt your taste buds in the Canary Islands. Canarian specialities include papas arrugadas (potatoes cooked in their skins and seasoned with salt,) freshly caught seafood, tapas, spicy sauces and locally produced wine. In the northern regions of Tenerife and La Palma, charming rural restaurants serve up traditional fare. Most hotels offer international dishes and larger resorts have a host of international restaurants, fast food joints and British-style pubs.
Popular destinations in the Canaries you may be interested in:
Corralejo, Costa Caleta, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Los Cristianos, Maspalomas, Playa de las Americas, Playa Blanca, Playa del Ingles, Puerto de la Cruz, Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Rico