The Canary Islands – guaranteed to please
Garajonay National Park
Teide National Park, in Tenerife
Windsurfing in the Canary Islands
Caldera de Taburiente National Park in La Palma
Eight very different islands that all have crystalline waters, eternal spring temperatures, a wide range of leisure activities and, of course, beaches. Does that sound like your ideal holiday? You will find all this in Spain, less than four hours’ flight time from the main European capitals: the Canary Islands. Whatever the time of year, they guarantee sun, sea and good weather. These islands will then surprise you with much more. Come and discover all they have to offer.
The Canary Islands are nicknamed the “Fortunate Islands”, and the truth is this is no coincidence. Why choose the Canary Islands for your holidays? There are many reasons why this archipelago is the ideal destination for you to enjoy a pleasant stay. First of all, any season is ideal for visiting the islands thanks to the spring weather that reigns all throughout the year, with average temperatures of around 22 degrees Celsius. The variety of coasts is another main attraction. Along the 1,500 kilometres of coastline, you will find long golden sandy beaches, wild sand beaches and quiet coves tucked away between cliffs. There is a lot to choose from on these eight islands with such a variety of landscapes and surroundings.
Beaches and services to suit everyone
Discovering all that the Canary Islands have to offer will be no hassle at all, as this privileged spot in the Atlantic Ocean has air connections with the main European cities. The eight airports scattered around the islands will bring you closer to the long beaches of Fuerteventura or Tenerife, the volcanic sandy beaches of Lanzarote and La Graciosa, the dune landscapes of Gran Canaria, or the natural pools and small coves that open up in El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera. You will see how each island is a world full of contrasts and possibilities, which also offers an excellent hotel infrastructure and services with good value for money – one more reason to choose this destination.
Hotels of all categories, apartments, rural houses or Parador Hotels: you will be sure to find the option that best suits your tastes and expectations among the complete catalogue of accommodation available in the archipelago. Without forgetting, of course, its wide range of leisure and activities. The lively nightlife is just one of its strengths, which also includes a varied cultural agenda of exhibitions, theatre, music and shows of all kinds. And if you want to spend a fun day with your family, water parks, zoos, camel safaris, amusement parks or karting circuits are some of the activities on offer.
A sporting privilege
For those who are keen on sports and excitement, the Canary Islands also have some surprises in store. Water sports lovers will discover a true paradise in their facilities and marinas. And if you are a windsurfing enthusiast, you will be pleased to know that here you will find one of the best places in Europe to practice windsurfing. The exceptional natural conditions of the islands and the trade winds will guarantee you moments of great fun, trying to dominate the sea on your board. You can even attend some of the international championships that are regularly held on the islands.
The volcanic landscape of the archipelago is another major attraction for sportsmen and women. The unique seabed is a wonder for divers and scuba divers, while on the surface, impossible walls, ravines and crevices of all kinds are ideal for those who prefer climbing, canyoning or caving.
The magic of nature
But if there's one thing you can't miss, it's the vast natural heritage that the Canary Islands are home to. This is perhaps the most unknown side of this archipelago, usually thought of for its sun, sand and sea. It’s worth noting that Lanzarote, El Hierro and La Palma have all been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Among other protected areas of great value, don't miss the Teide National Park, in Tenerife, which is the highest peak in Spain; the Caldera de Taburiente, in La Palma; the Timanfaya, in Lanzarote; or the Garajonay, in La Gomera, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It is also worth your while taking a closer look into the history and culture of these islands. From the roots of the ancient settlers of the Canaries, which are intertwined in the most popular traditions and festivities, to the brilliant example of colonial architecture of Hispanic America in the city of San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife – also declared a World Heritage Site.
The list of attractions in the Canary Islands is even longer, and this is why it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Millions of travellers have already vouched for them and go back every year. The truth is, we can only recommend you one thing: come and discover them for yourself.