From the colourful Tenerife to the family friendly Fuerteventura, Canary Islands holidays have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to kick back and relax on the sun-kissed shores, discover the stunning cliff top vistas or soak up a slice of Spanish culture, you can enjoy these beautiful islands as you wish! Blessed with year-round sun, there’s never a bad month to escape to these beautiful islands where all you’ll have to worry about is what cocktail to order next.
Top Resorts in Canary Islands
Puerto de la Cruz
Caleta de Fuste
Top Hotels in Canary Islands
Alborada Beach Club
Costa del Silencio, Tenerife
Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
Vigilia Park Apartments
Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
DC Xibana Park
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura
Colina Mar Apartments
Puerto Rico (GC), Gran Canaria
Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura
At a Glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 25m
When to go
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As the biggest island, Tenerife certainly packs a punch. Home to the terrific Mount Teide – Spain’s highest mountain – sweeping beaches and a cosmopolitan city centre, it’s a wonderfully diverse island. Tuck into tapas, sip some sangria in the Spanish sun and enjoy the laid-back island way of life. Those who are hungry for culture will enjoy the architectural delights such as Iglesia de Nuestra Senyora de la Concepcion, while party animals will enjoy the beach clubs and trendy cocktail bars. There are also plenty of family-friendly attractions to keep the kids entertained, go on a nature trail around Mount Teide, make a splash in Europe’s biggest waterpark or take a seat in one of the top theatres.
Where to stay?
Whether you’re looking to soak up the vibrant nightlife, or spend your days on the sandy coastline, there are plenty of places to stay in Tenerife. Check yourself into one of the hotel complexes along the beachfront to enjoy all inclusive luxury and stunning sea views, or opt for a self-catering apartment in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are best for those who want to have easy access to the beachfront bars and clubs while those looking for something a little more laid-back will enjoy the old world charm found in Puerto de la Cruz.
If you enjoy teaming your beach relaxation with a slice of action, Tenerife will provide in spades. Known for being a top surf spot, you can ride the waves on a surf board or skim them on a jet-ski. If you’d rather stay on dry land, heading towards the towering Mount Teide will see a ruptured, volcanic landscape extend before your eyes. Take a hike to its highest peak, seek out the array of colourful wildlife or jump on a cable car – the stunning vistas are more than worth it.
With a gorgeously varied coastline on its doorstep, you’ll be forgiven for not wanting to stray far from the beach. El Medano is the island’s top water sport hub and is a good place to head if you’re looking for action paired with relaxation while La Arena is the place you’ll be able to top up your tan and revel in the sand. If you’re looking for something unique to the island, Playa Bollullo is one of the island’s black sand beaches and is relatively quiet, making it a great place to skip the crowds.
From picture-perfect scenery to world-class attractions, Fuerteventura has plenty to offer. Teaming with museums, beautiful beaches and foodie hotspots, it’s an island where you’ll definitely be able to enjoy the best of everything. Relaxation, water sports and cocktails can be found down at the beach while inland you’ll find an endless array of museums, family friendly attractions and top-notch dining.
Where to stay?
From rooms with a view to spacious apartments, Fuerteventura has something to suit every budget and taste. Jandia is home to over 30km of stunning coastline and makes a great base for those who want to revel in the island beaches while Coleta de Fuste offers a range of bars and restaurants and is best for those who want to soak up the island culture.
From water sports to dune buggy driving, Fuerteventura is a great destination for those who want to enjoy a slice of action. Head to the island’s biggest resort, Corralejo, for the best selection of things to do, and then head to one of the impressive seafood restaurants to tuck into some tasty tapas. One thing that should be noted is that Fuerteventura has a fantastic surf scene, so grab and board and take the plunge if you get the chance!
With a range of gorgeous beaches, Fuerteventura is the place to kick back and relax. From sandy stretches to secluded coves, there are plenty of places to choose from when you fancy retreating to the beach. If you’re travelling as a family, you’ll be pleased to know that there are Blue Flag beaches on hand, so all you have to do is sit back, safe in the knowledge that the little ones can splash around safely.
With a wonderfully varied landscape, that includes mountain peaks and volcanic ridges, Lanzarote is a sight for sore eyes. Whether you’re looking for sun, sea and sand, or stunning island vistas, this little gem will offer it all. Known for its fantastic surf scene, volcanic origins and steeped in history, you can enjoy a Lanzarote holiday at your preferred pace.
To enjoy Lanzarote in all its glory, seeking out a coastal hotspot to call your base is best. Puerto del Carmen is the island’s top spot and is home to a range of attractions and a selection of Blue Flag beaches. Playa Blanca is another popular place to stay and is great for those who are looking for easy access to the beaches as well as the top attractions. Check yourself into an all inclusive hotel and enjoy being pampered.
From making a splash on the water sport scene to delving into some inland adventure, there’s plenty of action to be had in Lanzarote. Surfing is big here, so riding the waves or jumping on a jet-ski is highly recommended. There are also some top trekking trails which are worth seeking out for the stunning island views alone. If you’re looking for some more laid-back action, jumping aboard a marine excursion or taking a leisurely walk along one of the coastal paths are just as scenic and can be enjoyed at your own pace.
It comes as no surprise that Lanzarote’s biggest draw is its beaches, so indulging in some pure relaxation has never been easier that it has on this island. One of the most popular beaches is in Arrecife as you can kick back on the sand and take in the beauty of the historic quarter that is located just a few steps from the sandy strip.
Fall in love with the Canary Islands’ third largest isle and enjoy its rugged beauty and captivating charm. From the endless sand dunes of Maspalomas to the hustle and bustle of Playa Del Ingles, there’s a whole host of incredible sights to see and irresistible atmosphere to absorb. Discover the appeal of this world-famous island and explore all that has been enticing visitors for years.
Where to stay?
For 4-star elegance with plenty of amenities to make your holiday perfect, stay at the Bluebay Beach Club in San Augustin. With a large swimming pool, on-site Jacuzzi and spa, restaurant and close access to the beautiful beach, it’s idyllic for couples looking to chill out and spend some quality time together. To really spoil the little ‘uns, visit the Apartments Nido Del Aguila that’s found perched atop a hill overlooking the beauty of Puerto Rico, and indulge in the two on-site swimming pools, both complete with children’s sections. The surrounding area boasts a waterpark and local markets, making it ideal for those looking for endless family fun.
Gran Canaria is a top choice for activity lovers. From water-sports and sand-sports to waterparks and hiking trails, there’s plenty for active-revellers. If you’re a hiker at heart, look no further than Nublo, a fantastic trail that leads to heights of 1830 metres. If something a little closer to the ground appeals to you more, you won’t want to miss out on the dunes of Maspalomas – racing around the golden sands in a buggy is a must!
For relaxation, there’s nowhere better than the 60km stretch of coastline that envelopes the island. Soft, golden sands are lapped by sparkling waters and a soft breeze is sure to gently blow all your troubles away. If you want to combine sunbathing with a little culture, head straight for Las Palmas. Home to art museums, history museums and much more, it promises to give you the very best of both worlds.
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