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Canary Island holidays offer the beaches, resorts and temperatures to send every visitor home with a glowing tan and a smile on their face.
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.
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.
A versatile island which welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy the Canary sunshine and Gran Canaria's fun holiday features. There is a wide range of resorts in Gran Canaria that can offer relaxing or exciting experiences.
Take a camel ride or quadbike across the famous Maspalomas sand dunes, a serene area that separates the Maspalomas town from the entertaining and lively neighbour, Playa del Ingles.
As well as a popular nightlife, you can find superb shopping centres and restaurants in the bigger resorts. Dotted around the island is a fun theme park, dolphin aquarium and zoo too.
If you're looking to avoid a lively and loud resort, then La Palma is definitely for you. Holidaymakers head to this island to admire its natural beauty and peace and quiet. When it comes to relaxation, La Palma is the island of choice.
The island is famous for its Teneguía wine which is made with grapes grown in the volcanic soil. Visit the Bodagas Teneguía, found at the foot of a volcanic crater, to see how the wine is made before sampling some at the in house bar and restaurant.
The area also hosts quaint beaches on the south coast by the Fuencaliente Lighthouse.
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.
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.
The temperatures across the Canary Islands remain graciously warm throughout the year. The summers sit at average of around 25C while the winters drop to an average of 18C.
The peak travel times coincide with the school summer holidays so travelling either side of this time will provide ideal visitor numbers and travel prices.
If you want to experience a sample of Canary Island culture, enjoy a holiday during the islands' festival period in February and March. On the week of Ash Wednesday a nationwide Carnival is held with every village, town and resort likely to get involved.
Families from all over Fuerteventura travel to this large animal park found just outside of Costa Calma. Free busses run from several major hotels to take you to the interactive park. Visitors are given the opportunity to feed and pet exotic animals while exploring the natural surroundings.
A charming town located next to the resort of Jandia on the south coast of Fuerteventuera. This traditional area has a smooth style and enjoys a slower pace for visitors to relax in. It is a fabulous location for dining with dozens of excellent restaurants lining the streets and the marina.
Found just outside Bahia Feliz and east of Playa Del Ingles, this Wild West themed animal park is based at an old film set that hosts daily shows to entertain and amaze the kids as well as the parents. Cowboys and Indian shows offer unique entertainment a world apart from the Canary Island traditions.
You'd assume that four square kilometres of hilly Saharan sand would be quiet and empty but this area offers much more. Take a camel ride across the terrain, relax by the ocean or party at one of the bars located across the stretch. There are also rainbow flag waving LGBT hotspots found along here.
The most popular family day out in Lanzarote is found in Puerto Del Carmen. Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park is an animal themed park offering great days and even evenings out with the family. It combines the fun of a zoo, water park and entertainment complex all rolled into one.
The capital of Lanzarote offers a number of museums and galleries as well as the chance to hire bicycles so you can discover the city at your own pace. Less of a tourist destination, experience what life is like for the native islanders in the metropolis of great shops, restaurants and beaches.
With so many world-class slides and rides it's a great day out for all the family. Adrenaline junkies can take on the Tower of Power or The Dragon, whilst everyone can enjoy the Mai-Thai lazy river. With a wave pool, beach and plenty of places to eat, this park is a great day out for the whole family.
Originally opened as a parrot sanctuary, today the animal park has expanded to comprise an aquarium and a zoo. If you're travelling with kids they'll love the animal interaction whether it's holding hands with a dolphin, being splashed by an orca or chilling in the icy penguin paradise.
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.
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.
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
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.