The Canaries have been favourites of the British holidaymaker for a number of years and it is not surprising to see why. The temperature rarely goes below the mid 60s, the sun shines at least 6 hours a day in the winter, 11 in the summer, the people are friendly and accommodating, English is widely spoken and every cuisine is available. The accommodation ranges from basic self-catering apartments and villas to deluxe 5*+ hotels. Canaries Tenerife and Gran Canaria are more developed islands and provide a wider range of resorts to chose from. However, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote offer a more gentle and relaxed atmosphere to unwind in. For the party animals Playa de las Americas in Tenerife and Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria provide bars and discos throughout the night. Both of these resorts are however, still favourites with families and couples both young and old.
Fuerteventura is an island of great history – particularly within the town of Betancuria and the capital of Puerto de Roseario. The island also possesses some spectacular beaches; the less crowded sands of Jandia and Sovento (south of island) are especially good for diving. To the north of the island are the beaches of Corralejos where a trip to the small island of Lobos is offered. The winds from the Sahara Desert make this location perfect for windsurfing – the shallow waters of Caleta de Fuste are ideal for beginners. The nightlife is not as developed as some of the other islands, although there are a variety of bars, restaurants and shops.
Caleta de Fuste is situated on the East coast with the airport close by. Breakwaters protect the beach making the shallows an ideal place for those attempting windsurfing for the first time. There are a wide range of restaurants and bars catering for all tastes. The resort also offers squash courts, bicycle hire and a mini-train that leaves the harbour and travels to the top of the hill overlooking the harbour.
Corralejo is located in the north of the island and is the largest resort in Fuerteventura – offering a beach strip of 11km and the best nightlife on the island is located here. The coastal breeze is ideal for experienced windsurfers. The village is relatively unspoilt and evenings are quite low-key with a few bars, discos and restaurants. During Feb/Mar there is a carnival where bands, discos and stalls provide entertainment through the town centre.
Gran Canaria has about 236km of coastline beaches graced with golden sands. The main holiday resorts are situated in the south where there is something for everyone. Some daytime activities include scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, golf and water parks. The great attractions are the sand dunes of Maspalomas, a trip not to be missed. An excursion to the Capital – Las Palmas situated in the North of the island, is again highly recommended.
Maspalomas is much quieter than its neighbouring Playa del Ingles, but close enough if you would like the happening nightlife. You may have heard about the spectacular sand dunes – these are virtually on your doorstep! The resort also has a golf course, windsurfing and two water parks.
Playa del Ingles is a popular resort for people who like well-developed areas with a lot of activity. The resort offers a 1km stretch of sandy beach ideal for sunbathing. There are numerous bars, restaurants and shops, which cater for every budget and taste. As the evening draws in the bars and clubs open to keep you entertained until sunrise. Maspolomas is much quieter than its neighbouring Playa del Ingles, but close enough not to miss out on the evening’s entertainment offered there. The resort also has a golf course, windsurfing, two water parks and with the spectacular sand dunes on your doorstep, there is an abundance of activities to keep anyone and everyone occupied.
Puerto Rico is contained within three valleys and boasts its own secluded cove. The man-made beach is popular during the day with water sports located at the marina. The resort has many bars, discos, restaurants and shops. Please Note: Many properties are located on slopes and hillsides and may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties.
Situated close to the Sahara Desert, the island offers the three essentials to most holidays – sun, sea and sand. The scenery is diverse from the golden sand beaches to the volcanic landscape. Many people are happy to relax on one of the various beaches or around the pool but the more energetic can find water sports, camel treks and water parks. The capital Arrecife is an excellent excursion for shopping and to appreciate the culture of the local area.
Costa Teguise is a quiet and relaxing resort. It has a number of beaches to choose from – the Los Cucharas beach is excellent for water sports. The resort also has an 18-hole golf course and water park. There is a popular Sunday market selling Spanish and African handicrafts for all your holiday gifts and souvenirs.
Puerto del Carmen is Lanzarote’s liveliest resort and only 20 minutes from the airport. The main area is along the beach’s avenue that is lined with bars, nightclubs and shops. By day you can relax on the beaches – Playa de los Pocillos offers windsurfing and other water sports. The old fishing area is more relaxing and peaceful and is a good location to find some excellent restaurants!
Tenerife is located in the Atlantic sea, just off the north coast of Africa, providing sunny all year-round climates. It is the largest of the Canary Islands and is an island of contrasts and stunning scenery. The north is tropical and in contrast, the south is hot and dry with a desert landscape. A highly recommended excursion is a trip to Mount Teide, a giant volcano 3,700 metres high boasting Spain’s highest point. Playa de las Americas situated on the South East Coast is the islands liveliest resort. Playa de Troya is situated in the centre of the resort and is one of the numerous dark volcanic sandy beaches.
Los Cristianos is located to the south of Playa de las Americas. The original port and harbour still exists from when Los Cristianos was a small fishing village. Today it has developed into one of Tenerife’s favourite holiday resorts. There is a sheltered crescent of sandy beaches lined with bars, restaurants and shops that provides much of the night’s entertainment. Popular with families as it is much quieter than Playa de las Americas.
Playa de las Americas situated on the South East Coast, is the island’s liveliest resort. There are a number of dark volcanic sandy beaches – Playa de Troya is situated in the centre of the resort. Nightlife is lively, with countless bars and discos and all night partying! The resort is also close to the Octopus Water Park guaranteeing fun for all the family.
Playa Paraiso is a quiet and relaxed resort. There are a few bars in the centre, however most of the entertainment is focused around the hotels. A small beach adds to the resort although the Paraiso del Sur complex has its own large pool. The resort also has its own lido complex.
Puerto Santiago is a relaxing resort, overlooked by the Los Gigantes cliffs, only a short bus ride for a day’s excursion. For those looking for a relaxing break this is the ideal resort offering breath-taking scenery. There are a small selection of restaurants and shops within the resort centre.