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Canary Islands

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Canary Islands Holidays 2019/2020

Canary Island holidays offer the beaches, resorts and temperatures to send every visitor home with a glowing tan and a smile on their face.

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Something for everyone

If you're looking for a short haul holiday destination that's hot, hot, hot all year round, holidays to the Canary Islands are perfect. The Spanish culture and African climate is a winning combination that will keep you coming back year after year.

Highlights include the attractions and nightlife of Tenerife, the vineyards of La Palma, Gran Canaria's miles of golden dunes, the mountain ranges of Fuerteventura and the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote.

There is such variation of destinations that the Canary Islands can be enjoyed by everyone. Older couples can relax in a quieter resort like Maspalomas while young groups can enjoy the nightly mayhem of the Playa de las Americas nightlife.

The majority of resorts across the Canary Islands are also ideal for a family or a couple's getaway with plenty of activities and attractions dotted around the natural and tourist-centric surroundings. Water parks, daily tours and duty free shopping are just some of the perks enjoyed across these Spanish islands.

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Fuerteventura
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Nature, wildlife and golden beaches are the exquisite features of this beautiful island. Fuerteventura prides itself on being a family friendly island that can also offer romantic surroundings too.

Kids will love the arcades, play areas and waterparks based around the Costa Caleta area. Couples will want to visit Morro Jable, a classy town based along a modern marina that is home to dozens of fabulous restaurants.

The island is famous for being the host of the Windsurfing World Championships in July and August. Even if you're not looking to take part, the competition has a great atmosphere and is fun to watch.

Lanzarote
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Lanzarote holidays are the best place to experience the Canary Island nature in all of its glory. As well as the many Blue Flag award winning beaches here, the Timanfaya National Park is another wide area to appreciate this peaceful island environment.

Known as the Fire Mountains due to the volcanic mountains spread around Timanfaya, it's a great place to hike, drive or ride around.

The popular resort of Costa Teguise is home to the largest aquarium in the Canaries while you'll find a host of attractions and nightlife in Playa del Carmen.

Tenerife
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The most popular destination in the Canary Islands, Tenerife has resorts right across the islands that are ideal for almost any kind of holiday.

The nightlife of Playa de las Americas appeals to party animals but families also visit the area for the water parks, animal parks and golf courses that can be found right across the south west region of the island.

Towering in the distance of all of the resorts is the massive Mount Teide, a 12,000ft dormant volcano. You can reach the peak via a cable car journey and enjoy one of the world's most spectacular views.

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As well as the sun kissed beaches…

The main attraction for all of these islands is the phenomenal coastlines that feature stunning beaches, packed promenades and wild water sports.

The Canary Islands aren't all about the beaches though as the archipelago is actually the tips of an underwater volcanic mountain range. The islands have exclusive endemic species that inhabit offshore reefs as well as unique volcanic formations including caves and underground galleries that are a wondrous experience for tourists.

Although it's all too tempting to touch down in the Canary Islands and head straight to its dramatic streaks of volcanic black and gold beaches, these idyllic islands offer so much more than sun-drenched shores. Comprising of seven islands, each with its own personality, the Canaries offer something for everyone.

Canarian cuisine

The Canary Islands are ready to welcome all tourists as they feature a vast selection of restaurants that cater for almost every appetite imaginable. In the busier areas you'll find plenty of English pubs for your homesick taste buds but you'd be missing out on some traditional treats that are offered elsewhere.

A popular dish across the islands is papas arrugadas, potatoes boiled in seawater, drizzled with mojo sauce, a green garlicky tasting accompaniment. Alongside this there are some sumptuous island wines to wash it down with such as Abona and Valle de Güímar from Tenerife or Teneguía from La Palma.

Duty free shopping

It would be foolish to visit the Canary Islands and not take advantage of the territory's duty free products. Tobacco, alcohol, perfumes and eau du toilette's are all goods that are offered at a slashed price but be careful on how much you stock up on. There are often changes to the rules on how much you are allowed to bring back to the UK with you, so make yourself aware before you return.

Within the busier resorts there is a larger selection of designer brands and jewellery stores alongside souvenir shops and boutiques while some of the smaller resorts have quite limited offerings.

Getting there

You can set off from the UK and touch down to the warm Canary climate in around four and a half hours.

Once you land, the journey to your desired resort will take between 15 minutes and an hour depending on where you choose to stay.

Hire cars are available from all of the islands and taxis are also on hand to take you to surrounding attractions and resorts.