Blessed by perpetual sunshine and carved out of volcanic rock, the Canary Islands are everyone’s favorite warm winter haven. While Britain shivers, you can reward yourself with lazy days on heavenly palm fringed beaches and breezy al fresco dining under the stars. Each of the seven islands in Europe’s furthest flung archipelago has a distinct character and diverse topography to match. Verdant pine forests, vivid sub-tropical flora, arid sand dunes and craggy mountains punctuate the landscape but for so many people, the big draw is the lure of tranquil beach life.
Of the big four destinations which have direct flights from the UK, perennial favourite Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the hotspots, each with a dizzying array of amenities, natural and man-made attractions and a lively night time buzz. Lanzarote has arguably the most tastefully planned resorts which blend in perfectly with the dramatic scenery. Fuerteventura is a dream destination for avid wind surfers and boasts beaches which are the envy of the whole of Europe.
Tenerife is still the place to go for a year round helping of sun, sea and sand. Cheap holidays to Tenerife are invariably based around swinging Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Here, you’ll find an incredible choice of beach-side amenities, mindless family friendly fun in a slew of wildlife and aqua parks and a vibrant nightlife scene. Further up the coast, the genteel surroundings of Costa Adeje showcase artfully designed 5 star luxury hotels while the bohemian surfers’ haven of El Medano is refreshingly laid back and boasts picture perfect soft sandy beaches.
From the vibrant urban beaches of Las Palmas to the blustery sand dunes of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria beach life is anything but one-dimensional. Hectic Playa del Ingles rocks with a dazzling neon bar strip and amusement for every age group, while nearby Puerto Rico resort hotels come with a glorious room with a view, perched high above a sublime sheltered bay. A chic beach break is guaranteed in classy Puerto de Mogán, a once sleepy fishing village with lashings of authentic charm. It’s a great option for affluent families.
All of Lanzarote’s resorts, even busy Puerto del Carmen still exude bags of local charm and are a refreshing change from the usual high rise urban sprawl of the Spanish Costas. In the south, Playa Blanca offers tranquil sophistication and a sublime sandy beach. There is a wide selection of water sports activities available at many beaches such as Costa Teguise on the east coast, noted for world class wind surfing conditions.
Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands and the closest to the African coast. The big selling point here is the dreamy white sand beaches hemmed in by crashing surf and towering sand dunes. The primary resort of Corralego is a Mecca for surfers and has a laid back if bohemian bar scene. There a few better places for sipping a sundowner or a romantic al fresco meal. In the south, blustery Sotavento is the prized location for serious windsurfers and hosts a leg on the Windsurfing Pro Tour. Other tranquil spots for a day of lazy lounging in the sun include picture perfect Caleta de Fuste and Costa Calma, both with a small collection of beachfront hotels, bars and dining.
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