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Protected and Cherished Canary Islands

The Canary Islands offer a balmy sub-tropical climate and year round temperatures that rarely fall below 18°c during the day, even in winter.

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A Perfect Blend of Spanish and African Cultures

Facts about The Canary Islands
  • Largest Island: Tenerife
  • Capital of Tenerife: Santa Cruz
  • Leader of Spain: King Juan Carlos I
  • Population: 1.6 million
  • Main Language: Spanish
  • Main Religion: Roman Catholic
  • International Dialling Code: Tenerife: 922
  • Currency: Euro
  • When to visit: Year round destination
  • Local Dish: Paella

Situated just off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands include holiday favourites like Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma. The islands have exclusive endemic species that inhabit offshore reefs as well as unique volcanic formations including caves and underground galleries that are magnetic attractions to tourists.

As a result of their beautiful landscapes, the Canary Islands are home to popular beachside resorts including Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos in Tenerife, Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria and Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote. But beyond their luxury resorts the Canaries exhibit extraordinary scenery and are home to four of Spain’s national nature reserves, including the Caldera de Taburiente, Garajonay, Timanfaya and Teide national parks.

Although they’re closer to Morocco, the Canaries are an autonomous community of Spain and trace their heritage back to Europe, North Africa and Latin America. Speaking Canarian Spanish, residents have incorporated numerous outside influences due to the location of the islands; however, the Castilian conquest of the 15th century made the islands a stopping point for Spanish conquerors and traders.

Modern tourist resorts have developed to cope with increased interest in the islands, and as a result, you can book accommodation in well-situated resorts that have excellent amenities. Fill in your holiday dates to get a good deal on Canary Island holidays with Holiday Hypermarket.

Things to do in Canary Island Paradise

Cable Up Mount Teide

Located in Teide National Park, Mount Teide dominates Tenerife’s skyline and can be seen from all over the island. It’s also Spain’s highest peak and its crater has an immense diameter. During winter, although its peak is tipped with snow and Mount Teide may be cool, the weather is warm enough for sunbathers to enjoy the soft sands at Playa Fañabé, Playa del Duque and any number of spotless beaches. A popular day-trip is to take the Teleférico cable car and alight just below the summit to enjoy panoramic views of surrounding Canary Island Pine forests.

Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Gran Canaria

The sand and dunes of Maspalomas cover the southern tip of Gran Canaria and also lie on the southern-most tip of Europe. Stretching through Playa Meloneras to Play del Ingles and backed by the excellent Maspalomas Golf Course, there are sunbeds and parasols for hire and lifeguards patrol the beach to ensure your safety, plus a couple of bars provide the sale of those all-important sunset refreshments.

Windsurfing in Fuerteventura

World Championship events are held every year in Sotavento to the south of Fuerteventura. However, in Costa Calma (as the name suggests), there are calmer conditions for beginners to try their hand at this exhilarating sport. Corralejo also offers diverse conditions including regular trade winds that are great for honing your skills, but remember to always keep safety first when going out on the water.

Steam Geysers in Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

Made up entirely of volcanic soil, this national park has not seen a volcanic eruption for a long time but activity has gone underground in the form of steam geysers, which are incredible to see. With ground temperatures ranging between 400 to 600 degrees just metres below ground, it’s best to take guided tours along demarcated footpaths.

Family Fun in Siam Park, Tenerife

This water park provides a whole new dimension to leisure activities in the Canary Islands. Located in Adeje to the south of the island, Siam promotes itself as the “most exciting water park in Europe”, with exciting rides like the Tower of Power, The Dragon and the Mekong Rapids, walkways with sea lion and koi carp exhibits, a wave pool and excellent restaurants that cater to all ages.

Book holidays to the Canaries with Holiday Hypermarket

From a colourful volcanic gully on Lanzarote to a cable car up one of the highest elevations in Spain, the Canaries provide diverse holiday activities – but if you’d prefer to lounge on the glittering sands of Los Cristianos, very few people could blame you. Fill in your holiday dates to find cheap flights to the Canary Islands and choose from top destinations like Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria with Holiday Hypermarket.

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