With sun all-year round and a mixture of nature and attractions to enjoy the question isn’t why go to the Canary Islands but which one should you choose? With ferries leaving between islands every day then you could do them all in one go, but let’s take a rundown of the ‘big five’ to see which offers what you want from a holiday.
We start with the biggest island, and the most established tourist hotspot of all 13 islands. With the third largest volcano in the world – Mount Teide – mixed with attractions like Loro Parque and the stunning Siam water park, not to mention the beaches you can enjoy it has something for all the family. The infrastructure of tourism means that everything is catered for and it’s a top family destination. Want something more adventurous? Try diving, parasailing and kitesurfing in the Atlantic whilst you are there.
If ever there was an island that epitomised the volcanic beginnings of these islands it’s Lanzarote. Sometimes called the ‘Hawaii of Europe’, it is famous for black sandy beaches and the coastline is protected by the recognition that it is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Many of the sculptures and buildings are from the famous architect Cesar Manrique but it’s all about the magic of this unique landscape that makes the island a popular hotspot. The beach of Famara on the north-west coast is one of the best in all the islands and you can check out Lanzarote holiday offers to get the chance to visit hotspots like Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise.
Beaches, beaches and more beaches. One of the islands most characterised by volcanic activity is also home to a 340 kilometre coastline that boast some 150 beaches. A relaxed option to the larger, bustling Tenerife it has black and white sandy beaches that have coves to explore. Aside from this 4×4 rides are on offer for the sandy dunes, the smaller towns offer an interesting flavour for a day tri and places like the Baku Euro Waterpark shows there are good attractions on offer.
The microclimates and lanscapes on offer on Gran Canaria means that it offers great trekking and hiking options. Whether you want to spend a day in the enchanting valley of Barranco de Guayadeque, take a trip to the natural dunes of Maspalomas or enjoy Aqualand, this can tick all the boxes. With the capital and industrial city of Las Palmas to explore, along with Palmitos Park and the peaceful streets of La Vegueta to see, there is plenty in the pro Gran Canaria column for it to be your destination of choice this year.
Eco travellers rejoice, “la isla bonita” is the place to see some of the most amazing landscapes and untouched resources on the planet. While the other islands may have established themselves as tourist havens, La Palma is a lush green island with clear skies and little pollution. Astronomers love is and walkers can get plenty of action from Los Tilos, Ruta del los Volcanos and a hike to the highest point – El Roque de los Muchachos.
These are five of the favourites but that’s before you’ve even considered the unexplored La Gomera and the beautiful El Hierro – the two smallest islands. They all have their plus points and the year-round sun makes them a perfect addition to a family’s holiday wishlist!