Holidays and Travel Guide to the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands have long been a hotspot for holidaymakers in search of sun, sea and holiday fun
The Canary Islands have long been a hotspot for holidaymakers in search of sun, sea and holiday fun
The Canary Islands are located 72 miles to the west of Morocco and is Spain’s farthest found territory from the mainland. This unique archipelago draws around 9 million holiday makers each year to enjoy the diverse landscapes, stunning beaches and unbeatable climate.
The Canary Islands, often referred to as the Canaries are made up of 7 larger islands, in order of size they are, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. There are also a number of smaller islets which include Isla de Lobos, found just of the northern coast of Fuerteventura and La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montana Clara and Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste all located to the north east of Lanzarote.
Of the huge visitor numbers each year Tenerife is the most popular holiday destination followed by Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.
Due to the islands privileged position, close to the coast of Afriaca, the enviable climate makes it perfect all year round holiday destination. The summer months are the hottest, around 30 degrees Celsius on average with plenty of sunshine and very little rain.
The winter months are slightly cooler with an average temperature of around 20 degrees with the possibility of a few heavy showers, so a jumper may be required for those evening strolls.
For marine and water sports enthusiasts there are many water and sea activities to part take in the Canary Islands, one such activity is scuba diving. Diving is exciting and unforgettable allowing you to explore much of the diverse marine life which surrounds the islands.
Fish species include trigger fish, bream, grunt, goby, blenny, and grouper. You can also take underwater photography, breathtaking photos of sea urchins, jellyfishes, molluscs, and crabs amongst many other marine life species.
The Canary Islands is a land of much contrast and offer holidays makers and visitors alike every possibility to enjoy unforgettable Island holidays. The islands offer a fusion of modern Spanish and traditional Guanche cooking in an area steeped in history, culture and humanitarian beauty. But which of the Islands would best suit your holiday requirements, here then is a brief round up of each of the Canary Island chain.
Tenerife is the largest and most popular of all the islands chain with a wealth of beach resorts found on the sun-blessed south. There is an amazing choice of accommodation from Tenerife canary islands hotels, hostels, self catering, to luxury villas for rent.
Tenerife is home to Mount Teide the world’s third tallest volcano and the highest point in Spain. Moreover, this mountain is so high that it makes Tenerife the world’s 10 highest island.
It is a must place to visit and you will be welcomed with the spectacular site of and unworldly like landscape, over two million people visit this mountain each year just to witness the unique and stunning landscapes. Mount Teide is of extreme importance to the natural world which became a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site in 2007.
Top things to do and see in Tenerife:
» Teide national park in central Tenerife
» The millennium tree near Icod de Los Vinos
» The golden beaches of the Costa Adeje in the south.
» The capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the north.
» The stunning cliffs at Alcantillado de los Gigantes in the west
» The natural park around Las Lagunetas in the north
» Enjoy the spectacular volcanic scenery of Guia de Isora in the West.
Fuerteventura is the next most popular holiday hotspot after Tenerife home to some of the best beaches you will find anywhere in the world.
The climate is sub tropical and boasts around 3000 sunshine hours a year. The diverse landscapes, awesome beaches and tranquil and spectacular surroundings has made Fuerteventura a special place to enjoy a holiday for sun and beach enthusiasts sit alongside as sea and nature lovers.
Fuerteventura is the each capital of the Canary Islands with long stretches of idealic sand found from Morro Jable in the south to Corralejo in the northern which is part of the Corralejo National Park, home to 7 miles of rolling sand dunes.
Top things to do and see in Fuerteventura
» Jandia Nature Park in the south.
» The rural park of Betancuria in the west.
» The sand dunes of Correlejo
» Puerto Rosario fishing port
» Caleta de Fuste in the East
» The Costa Calma ( the Clam Coast ) in the south
» The Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Antigua, which dates back to 1785
3. Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is a classic holiday destination, Europe’s love affair with this Island goes back to the 19th Century and is as popular as ever today.
Gran Canaria originally meant the great island of dogs where inhabitants are known as the Canarii, there arival on the Islands dates back to around 500 BC. A wealth of beach resorts can be found on the sun-blessed south – the most attractive part of the island.
Don’t forget to visit the spectacular golden sand dunes of Maspalomas, a true testament to the pristine wilderness of the region.
Take the opportunity to visit the Palmitos bird park, and don’t miss out on the town of Agüimes, on the eastern flank of the island: a wonderfully charming place where you can enjoy local delights and venture beneath the sea in the island’s most popular scuba-diving area.
Top things to do and see on Gran Canaria
» Visit the Nublo Rural Park in the centre of the island
» Visit Puerto Mogon, a charming coastal town in the south west
» The Painted Cave, an historic site of an ancient Canarian settlement.
» The Tamabada Nature Park on the west coast
» Visit Agata and Puerto de Las Nieves a beautiful town in the north west
The popularity of Lanzarote as first class holiday destination started back on the 1970s as a top choice for holidays makers looking for sun sea and beaches and was the forerunner of the package holidays.
Lanzarote is the eastern most island of the chain and was born out of volcanic eruptions around 15 million years ago. The island is a land of contrasts, with amazing beaches and black and reddish rocks that give you a feel that you could be on another planet.
The island was declared a World Biosphere site in 1993.
Top things to do and see on Lanzarote
» See the volcanic landscapes of the TimanfayaNational Park
» Spend a day or two on Playa de Papagayo, a paradise beach
» Visit the stunning lava caves at Cueva de Los Verdes
» Explore the Charco de ls Clicos, a crater by the sea containing an emerald green lagoon
5. La Palma
La Palma is known as the beautiful Island, and for good reason as it offers visitors a chance to see awe inspiring landscapes, amazing beaches, enchanted forests and imposing volcanoes.
La Palma is a draw for star gazers who flock to enjoy the super clear night skies which are enhanced by the strict light pollution laws in force. Unesco declared La Palma a World Biosphere Reserve in 2002.
Top things to do and see on La Palma
» Visit the The Caldera de Taburiente National Park
» Explore the old town of Santa Cruz de La Palma
» Be amazed at the Los Tilos Laurel Forest
» Walk the volcano route in the heart of the Island
» Spend a day on the exotic black beach at Puerto Naos
6. La Gomera
A visit to the smaller island of La Gomera is also well worth it. This island contains various attractions that revolve around its terrain, unique wildlife, and indigenous plant life.
The park is home to gigantic rocks that come from former volcanoes. Exposure to the elements of nature and subsequent erosion due to this exposure turned have turned the rocks into beautiful pieces of natural art.
The local community considered some of these rocks sacred such as the Fortaleza. Wildlife species found in this area include the Gomeran lizard, Gomeran skink, Hyla Meridionalis, and the Laurel Pigeon.
Top things to do and see on La Gomera
» Visit Agulo Village known as the jewel of La Gomera
» Explore a fascinating natural monument at Los Organos in Vallehermoso in the north
» Visit the spectacular Valle Gran Rey, a verdant valley on the west coast
» Trek up to Los Roques viewpoint and see the strange magma formations and wonderful views
7. El Hierro
El Hierro also known as the meridian Isle as the zero meridian line passed through the Punta de Orchillla Cape and was used mostly on 17th maritime maps.
It is a Unesco world biosphere site full of rich vegetation, lava cliffs and volcanic forests. And for the underwater diving enthusiasts the are over 46 quality dive sites to explore a spectacular marine paradise.
Visitors will also have unlimited access to free wifi which is available all over the island.
Top things to do and see on El Hierro
» La Restinga marine reserve in the south
» Visit the blue pool ” El Charco Azul ” a natural seawater pool located in the El Golfo valley
» The enchanted forests of El Sabinar
» Le Pena viewpoint in the Golfo Valley, a viewing area 700 meters above sea level
» Puerta de la Estaca and Timijaraque on the west coast
Try Traditional Canarian Cuisine
Traditional Canarian cuisine consists of a variety of fruit, fish, and fresh vegetables. When eating out you can expect to find lighter meals that are generally easier to digest in a warmer climate.
Meat is consumed as steaks or part of tasty beef and pork stews. Another highlight of dining out is the variety of good wines and cheeses that are very popular.
One of the famous traditional dishes in the Canary Island is the Papas Arrugadas. It is easily prepared using small potatoes cooked in water and lots of sea salt served with delicious sauces, the two most common are called mojo verde and mojo picon, known as the green sauce and spicy sauce respectively.
Fish lovers will be delighted with the wide array of recipes on offer. The tapas concept is in force around the island and always a firm favourite with holiday makers wishing to grab a quick snack and a drink mid day.
Where to stay?
Located just a 10-minute drive from the well known Siam Park where there are activities for all the family. Tenerife South Airport (TFS) is easily accessible from the hotel less than a 20-minute drive away.
Hotel H10 Las Palmeras
The rooms at the H10 Las Palmeras are modern and comfortable with modern amenities and en suite facilities. The hotel offers a number of rooms designed to accommodate families.
The hotel is close to many popular hot spots, bars, nightclubs and quality places to eat. Los Roques Restaurante and Las Aguilas Jungle Park are around a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Hotel Las Madrugueras
This highly rated hotel offers elegant and stylish rooms with a stylish fitness centre, jacuzzi, spa & wellness centre . Las Madrigueras is a worthy 5-star hotel offering a range of modern luxuries including an outdoor pool and a Turkish steam bath.
All rooms are spacious and modern, honeymoon suites are available at the hotel. It is also perfectly located to explore Arona’s well-known night-life attractions.
The Costa Adeje Gran Hotel
Costa Adeje Gran Hotel provides 5-star accommodation with amazing facilities. There are also popular amenities, such as a Turkish steam bath, a sauna and outdoor tennis courts, to ensure a satisfying stay in Playa de las Americas.
The hotels also offers all its clients body treatments, squash courts, miniature golf, a ballroom and a beauty and fitness centre. This very popular hotel has 458 rooms, some with a private balcony overlooking the mountains, the pool and the sea.
Playa de las Americas’s well-known tourist spots are within close proximity to Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, with the Exit Palace and Siam Park just a short stroll away.
The Hotel Paradise Park
Hotel Paradise Park Tenerife is a convenient place to explore nearby Adeje and Playa de las Americas, as well as everything the local area has to offer.
The helpful staff at the tour desk are available to book and organise activities in Los Cristianos.
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