Whether you’re planning a romantic couple’s holiday, family summer vacation or a trip with your friends, the Canary Islands has it all – sun-drenched weather, world-class attractions and a wonderfully laid-back yet vibrant lifestyle. Over nine million people travel here each year from all corners of the globe to enjoy the bright sunshine, top class attractions and delicious cuisine. When it comes to a breakdown of the numbers, Tenerife boasts the most visitors, followed closely by Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. With their closest point just 100 kilometres away from the coast of Africa, the islands have a distinctive cultural scene, and picturesque landscape dotted with volcanic formations and jagged coastline. If you’re looking for the right island for a tranquil holiday, opt for a less known island such as La Palma or La Gomera, which are set apart by their quaint fishing villages, fragrant pine forests and unspoiled beaches.
Year in, year out, Lanzarote has proved to be an incredibly popular destination for UK holidaymakers, so don’t be surprised …From €165 per person
Home to Spain’s highest peak, the snow-capped volcano Mount Teide, the island of Tenerife’s culture is as active as its …From €156 per person
A hodgepodge of dramatic terrains, Gran Canaria runs the gamut from lush, leafy forests to arid deserts, often titled a …From €181 per person
One of the low key and lesser known of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura holds an abundance of riches for travellers …From €178 per person
Top resorts in Canary Islands
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto Del Carmen is one of the most popular resorts in the whole of Lanzarote and it's easy to see …From €196 per person
Playa de las Americas
For a fun-filled holiday in 2021, it simply has to be Playa De Las Americas. A playground for party animals …From €223 per person
Puerto Rico (GC)
There is something wonderfully soothing yet pleasingly exciting about life in Puerto Rico. One of the finest Canary Island destinations …From €181 per person
Although compact in size, Playa Blanca is big in personality. One of the most popular resorts in Lanzarote, Playa Blanca …From €212 per person
A stunning coastal resort found along the eastern side of Lanzarote, Costa Teguise holidays can be filled with sun-soaked days, …From €195 per person
Providing the ideal blend of sun, sophistication and romance, Costa Adeje is a top choice of destination for your 2021 …From €190 per person
Your guide to Canary Islands holidays
The Canary Islands comprises four closely linked yet contrasting main islands: Lanzarote, Gran Canria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. These are known as ‘The Big Four’ thanks to their stellar reputation as world class holiday destinations rich with culture, heritage and top attractions. Tenerife boasts the Parque Nacional del Teide, one of the most beautiful attractions of the Canary Islands showcasing a part desert area, lush forest and volcanic mountain. There’s a cable car that takes visitors from the bottom to the summit of the mountain, travelling up to 1,200 metres in less than 10 minutes. At the top, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the volcanic valley beneath and far off islands, giving you a bird’s eye view of this area of stunning natural beatuty. All on the one island, you’ll find two distinctive and contrasting areas that sit on either side of it. The capital, Santa Cruz, lies at the island’s northeastern end. Santa Cruz boasts the bustling port and the Auditoria de Tenerife, a Moorish tribute to the Sydney Opera House that showcases its own vibrant live performances. Across Gran Canaria you’ll find some of the world’s most spectacular city beaches, ideal for those that want to go shopping and snorkelling in the same day. The clear and tranquil waters here are perfect for strolling along the promenade, going for a surf or taking a dip.
As you’d expect from a group of islands that are surrounded by the Atlantic on all sides, the main focus of the Canary Islands are the beaches. Tenerife is distinguished by its dark and dramatic volcanic sands, drawing in visitors from all over the world for sunbathing and swimming. Tenerife’s El Bollulo is tucked away in the north close to Puerto de la Cruz, and is the darkest beach in colour and the most volcanic. Here you’ll find a secluded shack bar amidst the rocks, the ideal place to enjoy a chilled beer and a fresh seafood dish as you watch the scenic sunset. If you’re looking for tranquil beaches that get you away from the hustle and bustle, Fuerteventura is the best choice of the Canary Islands. The huge Corralejo beach, spanning 10 kilometres in length, is a great place to relax and unwind as you take in views of the ocean. The beach is close to a nature reserve featuring sea birds and sand dunes, perfect for spotting rare birds. Lastly, take a trip to Lanzarote’s Famara Beach, nestled in a mountainous landscape, if you’re more of an active beach dweller and enjoy windsurfing and paragliding.
Most popular Canary Islands hotels
- Playa Blanca
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Prices last checked at 12:15 PM January 27, 2021