The Canary Islands’ laid-back charm is infectious. It could be down to the soothing effect of the warm waters. Or because they’re a mere four-hour flight from the UK. Or maybe it’s because whatever time of year you visit, you’re almost guaranteed endless sunshine – along with myriad beaches to enjoy it.
In Tenerife you can amble through sub-tropical-forests or slink around boutiques on designer shopping expeditions. The north of the island is home to historic towns and tropical gardens while the south is more popular for its beaches and championship golf courses. No trip, however, is complete without taking in the snow-dappled Mount Teide. And with sands every shade from yellow to black, there really is a beach for everyone.
Beautiful beaches and volcanic landscapes are Lanzarote’s calling cards. The volcanic landscapes around Timanfaya National Park look more like something you’d expect to see on Mars than here on earth. The eerily quiet, dormant volcanoes of the multicoloured Fire Mountains are an absolute must-see. The island is also loved for its wineries. Spending a day bodega hopping makes a good way to see more of the countryside, not to mention sample the Malvasia wines.
In all there are 60 kilometres of beach on Gran Canaria, but the island as a whole has a dramatic variation of terrain. The north of the island is lush and leafy, the interior is mountainous and the south has a dusty desert feel. Beyond the sands, Gran Canaria can quickly get your pulse up, whether you fancy hiking, biking, learning or perfecting a new water sport. If culture piques your interest, Las Palmas, the capital, has lots of intriguing nooks and crannies.
Fuerteventura is the closest Canary Island to the African continent. Morocco is only 60 kilometers away and you can feel the African influence everywhere. You’ll notice African style flat-roofed houses in almost every town and village. The island is also a masterclass in how to do beaches, with the white sands of Corralejo definitely among the best in Europe. The strong Atlantic winds and warm waves are perfect conditions for wind surfing and kite surfing.
When to go
There’s no bad time to visit The Canaries. They have a lovely year-round climate and whenever you choose to visit, you’re almost guaranteed sunshine.