Canary Islands

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The Canary Islands boast near perfect year–round temperatures, which means whether it’s summer or winter you can enjoy the dramatic and varied landscape here that you usually have to cross continents to experience.

Description

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.

Gran Canaria is best known for its stunning sand dunes, Lanzarote for its lava fields whilst Fuerteventura boasts golden sands.

Holidays to the the Canary Islands also offer a myriad of healthy sports and outdoor activities from mountain treks to scuba diving, surfing, paragliding and water skiing, as well as Thalassotherapy centres for specialist treatments and massages. The climate and sandy beaches makes these islands an ideal destination to try out the wide range of watersports on offer. Renowned among windsurfers, the area has some of the the world's best areas for windsurfing, so much so that Fuerteventura hosts the World Championship. Diving enthusiasts will love the diving opportunities to be found here too.  A popular holiday activity, the Canary Islands boast some great dive sites and the varied coastline of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria offers the chance to explore shipwrecks as well as exotic aquatic life including stingrays and barracuda. The Canary Islands are also perfect for walking holidays, due to the coastline and inland trails, which provide great opportunities to discover the interesting landscapes and scenery. For more challenging hikes, why not visit Tenerife where you can hike up to the top of Mount Teide? Remember to take some warm clothes with you as it's pretty chilly at the top.

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!

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 has a range of culinary influences from Spain but has also taken on many British favourites to cater for the tourist industry. For the adventurous there are many Canarian specialities, such as the delicious Canarian potatoes in a spicy Mojo sauce.

Holidays to the Canary Islands are a shopaholics paradise with numerous goods exempt from taxes and customs barriers. Purhaces such as liqueurs, tobacco and electrical goods are widely available at bargain prices.

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.

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.

Transport

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. Cars can be hired locally but for piece of mind book in advance of your holiday.

Weather

The best time to go to The Canary Islands

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 similar to spring in the UK.

Max_temp Max Temp C Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Canary Islands 18 18 18 19 20 22 24 25 25 23 21 19
London 6 7 10 13 17 20 22 21 19 14 10 7
Sun Sunshine Hours Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Canary Islands 6 7 7 8 10 11 11 11 9 7 6 6
London 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 2 1

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