Canary Islands: Holidays

More than simply Sun, Sea and Sand

Beach

Beach in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands is the perfect destination if you are looking for a beach holiday. It is an affordable place to visit, and there are lots of great deals on offer, allowing you to relax for a week or two on the glorious, sandy beaches. Take a dip in the sparkling blue waters, laze on the sand with a good book, or enjoy a drink by the beach bar. Te temperatures are ideal, nice and hot but with a cool sea breeze. The Canary Islands is the perfect destination for sunbathing, swimming, sailing, snorkelling and strolling. At night when the sun goes down, there is a vibrant night scene to keep you entertained and allow you to let your hair down if you wish.

Camping

Camping in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands has the perfect landscape and climate for camping. If you would prefer to stray slightly from the beach holiday-norm, then the smaller islands like La Palma in particular are ideal for campers and nature lovers. People go there to camp all year round. The landscape, beaches and climate draw thousands of visitors every year and visitors are met with a nature and beach lover's paradise. Camping in the Canary Islands has the added benefit of being a cheaper option, making it a perfect accommodation option for your holiday. Camping is also a lifestyle choice: when choosing to stay at a camp site in the Canaries, you have the freedom to do your own cooking and cleaning and to sleep out under the stars. Campsites are also perfect for families with children, as there will be lots of space for them to run around, play and exhaust themselves.

City Breaks

City Breaks in Canary Islands

If you choose a city break to the Canaries, then your destination of choice is likely to be Santa Cruz de Tenerife. And there is much to see here. After the dramatic revamp of Plaza de Espana, celebrated architects Herzog & de Meuron are also transforming the waterfront and harbour. And they have designed the Tenerife Arts Space. Combined with Santiago Calatrava's breathtaking concert hall, Santa Cruz has been turned into a showcase of contemporary architecture and created a new dynamism in the city. If you are planning on holidaying in Tenerife, then you should perhaps consider incorporating a city break to Santa Cruz in with your trip. Alternatively you may prefer to simply book a quick weekend trip to see the wonderful sights on offer.

Cruises

Cruises in Canary Islands

With its warm sunshine, white sandy beaches, blue skies and oceans, the Canary Islands are a perfect destination for a cruise.  Cruise to the Canary Islands and you will see why this is such a popular destination.  Even if you have spent time on these shores before, arriving in port on your cruise ship will be a completely new and unique experience. And the birds eye view from the deck will reveal the true majesty of the Canary Island's dramatic landscape.  Four of Spain's seven major national nature reserves are located among this volcanic archipelago.  This includes the volcanic crater of Mount Teide on Tenerife and Lanzarote's Timanfaya National park. During your Canary Islands cruise, spending a day ashore is a great opportunity to see the diversity of the Canaries. There are fields of lava, lush vineyards and quaint whitewashed villages. And of course there is the bustling resorts and brilliant white and black beaches. Whatever your interests are, a Canary Islands cruise will most certainly satisfy them.

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands has an exceptional natural environment, but there is also an extensive and interesting historic and artistic heritage meaning there are lots of activities you can try as an alternative to the traditional sun and sand holiday. Culture in the Canary Islands is eclectic - an amalgamation of its pre-historic past and the rich artistic and intellectual achievements of today. The Canaries can be summed up as Europe meets Africa, due to the close proximity with the two continents, and there are elements of America and the Atlantic too, with their different ways of living and understanding art. Culture in the Canary Islands has clearly been influenced by the mainland, and also by South America, which has so many ties to the Islands and is firmly rooted in its past. There is a wide range of activities for on offer for visitors. Each island conserves a wealth and diversity of Canary culture, to give visitors an idea of a history that is far more than just sun and sand.

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in Canary Islands

Many tour operators are available for booking holidays especially catered to disabled needs in the Canary Islands. The tour operators specialise in providing you with everything you need to make your holiday comfortable and hassle-free, whether it be wheelchair friendly accommodation or adapted transport links from the airport, and guaranteed adapted rooms upon booking. There is no reason for anyone not to benefit from the enjoyment of a holiday in the Canary Islands.

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in Canary Islands

Canary Islands are hard to beat when it comes to budget and bargain family holidays abroad. Particularly great are the popular southern resorts on both Gran Canaria and Tenerife. The choice of family holiday resorts and family attractions on Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura make the Canary Islands particularly popular with UK visitors when choosing their family holidays. Top Canary Islands family holiday resorts include Costa Adeje in South Tenerife, Los Cristianos also in South Tenerife, Puerto Rico and Playa del Ingles on Gran Canaria. You may also consider resors such as Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca on Lanzarote, and Costa Calma, Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo on Fuerteventura. There are lots of places where you will find suitably lively nightlife that is not too wild, as well as lots of amenities and a selection of boat trips, excursions and water sports.

 

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in Canary Islands

Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria is the gay holiday playground of the Canary Islands and attracts many Europeans gays all year round. All of the gay resorts in Playa del Ingles are exclusively all male, and so are most of the gay bars. The gay nude beach can be found in the utmost corner between Playa and Maspalomas.

Gay night life in the Canaries is very lively, and most but not all the gay establishments like cafes, bars, discos, saunas are in the Yumbo Centre. If you stay in one of the bungalows of Maspalomas, the nightly trips to and from by taxi are easily affordable.
 

Hen Destination

Hen Destination in Canary Islands

With the rise of low cost airlines, hen trips are increasingly taking place abroad and the Canary Islands is a great destination for a hen party. And there are plenty of choices to choose from. Pick an island that suits your hens, whether that be all-night partying on Tenerife and Gran Canaria or taking it easy on Lanzarote or Fuerteventura. The year-round warm weather make it a heavenly place to visit with your friends and you can get some great deals, especially if you book your hen party in the Canaries for in low season. And the Canary Islands are close enough for a short break.

Stag Destination

Stag Destination in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands is a great place to go for a stag weekend. For example if you choose Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands then you will love visiting resorts such as Los Cristianos or Playa de Las Americas. Tenerife boasts a great number of hours of sunshine a year and it has excellent, sandy beaches, lively tourist resorts, golf courses, casino, lap dancing clubs and restaurants. Tenerife is renowned for its buzzing club scene and it really comes alive at night when stag parties, tourists and locals alike put their best outfits on and go dancing until the early hours in the morning. With such great deals on offer and the fact that it is close enough to book a short break, there are plenty of reasons why you should choose the Canary Islands as the destination for your stag party.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands is not short of luxury hotels, so there are plenty of places that you can visit for your romantic honeymoon in the sun. There are lots of delightful villas with private swimming pools and you are guaranteed sunshine whatever time of year you visit. The Canary islands present visitors who are on their honeymoon with fine sand beaches, rolling sand dunes, rich forests, rugged cliffs and crystal clear waters inhabited by whales and dolphins. You will be delighted with the variety in the landscape and also in the activities on offer. The quieter islands of the Canaries are a paradise for nature lovers while some of the more action-packed islands provide you with every conceivable form of entertainment. Those looking to experience both bustling Spanish cities and ecotourism on their honeymoon need look no further than the Canary Islands.

Hiking Activity Holiday

Hiking Activity Holiday in Canary Islands

Whereas the more developed of the Canary Islands are popular for beach holidays, the smaller and less touristy islands of La Palma and La Gomera are ideal for a Canary Islands hiking holiday. La Palma, for example, is a wonderful place where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of this friendly, green island. La Palma is an island of contrasts, with mountains and beaches, volcanoes and forests. Both summer and winter in the Canary Islands are ideal for sun, walking and hiking holidays or just to really get away from it all. There are hotels on the coast and many self-catering cottages inland if you prefer to get away from it all. Should you choose Gran Canaria for your Canary islands hiking holiday destination, it has some stunning historic towns and villages around the interior that you can visit or stay in. These include Teror, Arucus, Moya, Artenara, Tejeda, San Bartolome de Tirajana and Santa Lucia. Gran Canaria's landscape, like Fuerteventura's, is marked by volcanic action with it's many fertile valleys and ravines. But unlike La Palma, volcanoes here are dormant.

Party Holiday - Singles Life

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Canary Islands

The two most popular Canary Islands party resorts are Playa de las Americas in South Tenerife and Playa del Ingles in Southern Gran Canaria. They have long been favourite haunts for young holidaymakers looking for the nightlife, sun and fun at a budget price. These two Canary Islands resorts still remain the top two party locations on the Canaries. Here you will find more than enough bars, clubs and restaurants to really let your hair down on holiday. And during the daytime there is plenty of watersports, beach lounging and holiday resort attractions to please just about everyone. Other parts of the Canary Islands also have good nightlife but much of it is geared towards families. Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote is a good choice for young groups, or stag and hen parties, with plenty of budget entertainment and attractions on offer. In Fuerteventura, Corralejo and Morro Jable are probably the best two resorts for lively nightlife, but it is mostly bar based with only a scattering of discos.

Couples Holiday

Couples Holiday in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a great destination for couples. Together you can enjoy the sun, sea and sand, go exploring or take part in activities such as water sports. At night you can visit restaurants and bars together. Whether you prefer to stay in a lively resort or go somewhere more peaceful and quiet, you are sure to find somewhere in the Canary Islands to suit your couples holiday. La Palma is said to be the best kept secret on the Canary Islands, as it is a peaceful and beautiful spot, unspoiled by mass tourism. However be aware that it does not always have as good weather as the other islands - it is susceptible to a lot of rain!

Golf Activity Holiday

Golf Activity Holiday in Canary Islands

In recent years Gran Canaria has emerged as an up and coming destination for a Canary Islands golf holiday. The number of courses on the island has grown steadily and there are now five great places to play. Tenerife is also an ideal destination for top class, all year round golf. Most of the golf courses and accommodation for your golf holiday in Tenerife are featured around the bustling resorts of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. And whilst Lanzarote cannot really be considered a golfers' paradise, as there is only one course at Costa Teguise, two new courses at Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca are on the way. Once the additional courses are in place, combined with the consistently warm climate and very little rainfall in winter Lanzarote will also be an attractive venue for playing golf all year round.

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in Canary Islands

The Canary Islands' calm waters and glorious sunshine provides an ideal setting for a sailing holiday. Whether you are looking for charter, a relaxing fishing holiday, or a nice simple holiday with a boating theme, you are sure to find something to suit your needs. For something a little different, why not hire a cottage? There are some beautiful ones available for rent with beautiful views overlooking the coast. You will have plenty of opportunity to combine your relaxing holiday with truly magnificent sailing and taking in some of the most spectacular views in the world, whilst enjoying a sub-tropical climate.

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Canary Islands

Scuba Diving in the Canary Islands is a magnificent experience. You can expect to hand feed stingrays and turtles in the glorious seas that surround the volcanic islands.

Tenerife, as the largest island, is one of the most popular destination in Europe for scuba-diving. It has reefs, drop offs, swim through's, wrecks, caves and drift dives that not to be missed if you are enthusiastic about a scuba diving holiday in the Canaries. The marine life off the coast of Tenerife puts that of the Mediterranean to shame. Under water visibility when you dive in Tenerife rarely drops below 20 meters, and water temperature a nice 25/6c in summer and a still balmy 18/19c in the winter. Tenerife scuba diving is all year round and is not to be missed.
 

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in Canary Islands

Going on a cycling holiday in the Canary Islands is a great idea, as you can enjoy the year-round sunshine in a different way from the norm. Canary Islands cycling holidays can provide you with some really magnificent scenery and great mountain climbs. As with a hiking holiday, the Canary Islands have some stunning historic towns and villages around the interior that you can visit or stay in. In Gran Canaria for example, you may wish to try Teror, Arucus, Moya, Artenara, Tejeda, San Bartolome de Tirajana and Santa Lucia. Gran Canaria's landscape, like Fuerteventura's, is marked by volcanic action with it's many fertile valleys and ravines. The Canary Islands are suitable for all kinds of cycling holidays, whether it be cycling, mountain biking or triathlon training.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Canary Islands

With such excellent weather and peaceful island locales, a luxury spa holiday to the Canary Islands is the perfect way to unwind. There are superb spa hotels across all of the islands, offering numerous different kinds of therapy. Thalasso, Thai, and oriental are just a few of the services on offer at Canary Island luxury hotels. The spa hotels are very luxurious indeed, and you will be enthralled by the beautiful scenery and enjoy the high quality cuisine on offer. The endless sunshine will no doubt add to your relaxation, and in the Canary Islands you are never too far away from a beach, for some further relaxation by the sea shore.

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in Canary Islands

Winter Sun Holidays in the Canary Islands are hugely popular. And it is not difficult to see why, with average winter temperatures on Tenerife between October and March ranging between 18 to 20 degrees, and sunshine hours ranging between 6 to 8, it is perpetual summer on the Canaries. In fact, the winter holiday period on Tenerife and Gran Canaria is as popular as the summer, with many choosing to spend Christmas holidays there. If you are thinking of doing the same, the southern resorts of Tenerife or Gran Canaria are highly reccommended for year round sunshine. Sea temperatures remain warm too, and rainfall is low, especially in the southern resorts on Tenerife. Flights to the Canary Islands in winter are usually reasonably priced. There are a range of fabulous resorts to choose from including Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes.