The trinity of sun, sea and surf combine beautifully in the Canary Islands, so it’s no surprise that this archipelago has earned its place among beach holiday royalty. Across Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma, millions head to the islands every year. But home to Spain’s largest national park, traditional whitewashed towns and with a fascinating volcanic past, there’s much more to the Canaries than its sun-baked beaches!
Gran Canaria has long been one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. With over 120 miles of stunning coastline home to a wonderful range of resorts including Maspalomas and Meloneras, Amadores and Mogan – along with UNESCO-protected inland regions and some of the best golf courses, spa and wellness facilities in Europe – this wonderful island has something for everyone.
Canary Island Lanzarote is a chic, eco-friendly destination, perfect for quiet, relaxed days in the sun. Stylish restaurants, attractive architecture and gentle activities make this island popular with anyone looking for the chance to get away from every day hustle and bustle.
The largest and the most recognised of all the Canary Islands, Tenerife is the ultimate holiday hotspot. From beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife to tropical forests and volcanic landscapes, this is an island of inviting contrasts and outstanding natural beauty.
Over 10 million visitors a year venture out to this nightlife-primed queen of the Canary Islands archipelago, with the most popular sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts found on the famous southern coastline proving most alluring. If sun, sea and sand with a mojito in hand is the order of the day, then Tenerife will be the eternal short-hop getaway of choice.
Prize open the proverbial curtain however and Tenerife's cultural offering shifts beyond clubbing based revelry. Tropical forest walks and desirable fashion houses chime with dramatic volcanic peaks and Rio style Carnaval festivities. Tenerife also provides museums, temples and old-world colonial architecture for travellers seeking more subdued yet no less intriguing downtime under the sun.
Naturally a hotspot for couples and groups of friends, Tenerife also ranks highly on the list of Europe's leading family-friendly destinations. This may have something to do with the short-flight time from 20 British airports and amiable year-round temperatures. Car-hire on the island is also incredibly affordable, while all desired locations will be no more than 90-minutes drive, ensuring younger children aren't restless with lengthy excursion times. Both mid-range and higher-end hotels exude familial luxury, with many hotels inclusive of child-friendly and toddler pools as well as special menus and kids clubs offering lots of fun activities. And with a wide choice of family attractions such as the award winning Siam Park and Loro Parque, outdoor sport opportunities and unique experiences such as whale watching or star gazing available on the island, the kids will never have time to get bored.