Holidays In Canary Islands
Canary Islands Holidays at a glance
The Canary Islands, each with its own distinctive character sit just off the coast of north-west Africa, enjoying heaven-sent warmth all year round.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and here holidaymakers can discover the lunar landscape of the El Teide National Park, hike through lush forests, take boat rides to look for dolphins, relax with a cocktail by the beach or make a splash in the hotel swimming pool.
The islands also offer a myriad of healthy sports and outdoor activities from mountain treks to scuba diving, surfing and paragliding as well as Thalassotherapy centres for specialist treatments and massages.
Evenings can be spent socialising at one of the many ocean-front bars and clubs and don’t forget to look up at the clear night sky because the Canaries are world-famous for stargazing!
Olympic Holidays offer a selection of holidays to suit all tastes from 5-star luxury resorts to self catering apartments for more freedom and flexibility.
Key Facts - Canary Islands
- Population1.84 Million (Approx.)
- LanguageSpanish & English
- Dialing Code00 34
Canary Islands Holidays - Destination Profile
Tenerife is possibly the island that first springs to mind at the mention of the Canary Islands. Physically the largest of the seven, it offers holidaymakers a good selection of resorts and a wide range of activities to be enjoyed. Two World Heritage sites are to be found on the island, a national park and 42 other protected areas. Among the many cultural activities taking place, its carnivals are the most spectacular, bringing colourful costumes, music, dancing and the spirit of fiesta. Some of the most popular resorts are in the south of the island, where beaches, good tourist facilities and a pulsating nightlife await.
Lanzarote holidays are a paradise for watersports lovers, its location providing a choice of safe, shallow white sandy beaches or dramatic swells ideal for a wide range of aquatic activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and parasailing. It is the most easterly of the Canary Islands with startlingly beautiful volcanic landscapes where an enveloping silence brings a sense of peace and tranquillity. There are 12 protected areas, a delight for nature lovers, where the sunshine and fresh sea air invigorate and soothe at the same time.
The island of Gran Canaria lies between Fuerteventura and Tenerife and, with its incredible variety of scenery and unique landscape, it is able to offer an array of tourist facilities to meet the needs of every type of holidaymaker. The island can cater for everything from a relaxing family holiday, or a singles break where the pace alternates between lazy poolside days and frenetically action-packed nights to a feast of culture, history and nature. The island's capital, Las Palmas provides a perfect opportunity to sample the ancient architecture including the magnificent cathedral as well as superb shopping facilities, topped off with a long, golden beach.
Considerably less developed than the other Canary islands is the Island of Fuerteventura, a haven for families and couples with crystal clear waters and unspoilt beaches. The second largest of all the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura boasts some of the best beaches in the Canaries and is world renowned for windsurfing. The island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve with a variety of surprising landscapes.
Holidays in Canary Islands - Things to see
Las Palmas: The capital city of Gran Canaria is a vibrant and bustling place. The city has a number of sights including the Casa de Colon (Columbus House), cathedral, museums, 2 bays and a marvellous beach.
Villaverde: Visit the village of Villaverde located north of La Oliva in Fuerteventura. The small village boasts a large supermarket, agricultural museum and hotel with a restaurant. There are 2 windmills on a ridge proving a worthwhile photo opportunity. The views from from the ridge are stunning on a clear day.
Timanfaya National Park: The moon like terrain is a sight to behold. The moonscape was created by an 18th century volcanic eruption that covered a third of Lanzarote.
Costa Teguise - Lanzarote: Once the capital of Lanzarote the picturesque resort of Costa Teguise is filled with history including palaces, convents, churches and a castle built upon a volcanic cone providing great views over the town.
Santa Cruz - Tenerife: Holidays in Tenerife would be incomplete without visiting the vibrant cosmopolitan capital city of Santa Cruz. The city has interesting architecture, churches, museums and a bust market.
Mount Teide - Tenerife: Take a trip up Mount Teide on a cable car, the summit measures just over 3,700 metres.
Things to do on a Holiday in Canary Islands
Water sports: The Canary Islands climate and sandy beaches makes it an ideal destination to try out the wide range of water sports on offer including water skiing, surfing and parascending.
Windsurfing: Holidays in the Canary Islands are renowned amongst windsurfers and is well known for having some of the the world's best areas for windsurfing, so much so Fuerteventura host the World Championship.
Scuba Diving: A popular holiday activity and the Canary Islands boast some great dive sites. The varied coastline of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria offer the opportunity to explore ship wrecks as well as exotic aquatic life including sting rays and barracuda.
Walking / Hiking: Canary Islands are perfect for walking holidays because of the coastline and inland trails providing great opportunities to discover the interesting landscapes and scenery. For more challenging hikes than visit Tenerife where you can hike up to the top of Mount Teide.
Eating/Drinking During Canary Islands Holidays
During your holidays to the Canary islands you will discover a excellent choice of Mediterranean style cuisine as you would expect from any Spanish holiday. Restaurants in the Canary islands have a range of influences from Spain but has also taken on many British favourites to cater for tourist industry. For the adventurous there are many Canarian specialists including Canarian potatoes in a spicy Mojo sauce.
Getting Around on Canary Islands Holidays
Flying: Not the cheapest way of getting from island to island but definitely the fastest.
Sea: The islands are connected by ferries and hydrofoils.
Taxi: Getting around the Canaries by taxi are both convenient and relatively inexpensive.
Buses: Also known as guaguas, each of the Canary Islands has its own service and will allow you to get around the individual island easily and relatively cheaply.
Car Hire: To see more of each island car hire is recommended, your own car will give you the flexibility to go wherever and whenever you want. Car can be hired locally but for piece of mind book in advance of your holiday.
Canary Islands Holidays Shopping
Holidays to the Canary Islands are a shopaholics paradise with numerous goods exempt from taxes and customs barriers. Goods such as liqueurs, tobacco, electrical are widely available at bargain prices.
Weather and climate information
The weather in the Canary Islands is a key factor for the millions of tourists flocking to the Canaries every year, eager to wind down and bask in the wonderful climate. Holidays to the Canary island are ideal for both Summer and Winter holidays where the weather is not so dissimilar to spring in the UK.
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