Canary Islands Destination Guide

This group of 7 islands boast superb beaches and picturesque landscapes with mountains and pine forests. The climate is fantastic with warm, sunny weather year-round and there are plenty of action-packed activities to partake in. Water-based activities include sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, wind-surfing and kite-surfing to name a few. Some of the land-based activities include golf, horse riding, camel riding, hiking, cycling or visiting one of the many luxury spas and wellness centres.

Fuerteventura

As one of the magnificent Canary Islands, Fuerteventura has spectacular golden, sandy beaches. There are numerous water-based activities. These include sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, wind-surfing and kite-surfing, to name a few. A little further inland you can explore the lava fields and traditional villages. Corralejo is probably the most popular town on the island. It has sandy beaches and secluded coves as well as plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. You will find a wide variety of food served on the island. Local specialities include pork, paella, tapas and lots of fresh, delicious seafood.

On the eastern side of the island, you will find Caleta de Fuste. It is incredibly popular with families as it has many attractions for young children such as a zoo and waterpark. There is a good selection of shops and restaurants here too, as well as a cinema and golf course. The resort of Costa de Antigua is smaller and a little less touristy. The beaches are quieter and it has secluded coves. It is conveniently located just 10 minutes drive from Fuerteventura airport.

Gran Canaria

This is the third largest of the Canary Islands, with golden, sandy beaches and crystalline waters backed by an awe-inspiring mountain range. There are numerous water-based activities including sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, wind-surfing and kite-surfing to name a few. On land, you can hike, cycle, play golf, tennis, go go-carting or explore one of the many shopping centres on the island. Playa del Ingles is Gran Canaria's most famous resort. It is purpose-built with excellent facilities and a beautiful promenade along the beachfront. There are many different restaurants and cafes to choose from as well as nightclubs and bars.

Las Palmas

Las Palmas on the other hand is a lovely cosmopolitan city and highlights include Mercado de Vegueta where you will find fresh produce local produce such as vegetables and cheeses, museums as well as a golf course. There are many different shops selling everything from designer clothes and perfumes to handmade arts and crafts and souvenirs. Maspalomas is an upmarket resort, with pristine beaches and magnificent sand dunes. There is a water park as well as an attraction park by the name of Holiday World which is great entertainment for the whole family.

Lanzarote

One of the smaller Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a popular tourist destination thanks to its golden, sandy beaches and crystalline waters. There are numerous water-based activities including sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, surfing, wind-surfing and kite-surfing to name a few. There are incredible volcanic features to explore, as well as the Timanfaya National Park. Playa Blanca is a purpose-built resort at the southernmost tip of the island, approximately 30 km from Lanzarote airport. There are excellent facilities as well as many shops, restaurants and bars.

Puerto del Carmen has incredible beaches and offers activities such as horse riding. Again, there is no shortage of restaurants and bars here, it even has a casino. Costa Teguise is a peaceful resort with a golf course, water park and aquarium. There are stunning beaches and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. It is located approximately 13.5 km from Lanzarote airport.

Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, has two airports, the North Airport and the South Airport. It boasts two UNESCO world heritage sites, the Teide National Park and the city of San Cristobel de La Laguna. With year-round warm and sunny weather and golden, sandy beaches and crystal clear water it is no wonder this is such a popular tourist destination. Activities are numerous and include sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, surfing, wind-surfing and kite-surfing to name a few. Land-based activities include cycling, hiking, horse riding, tennis and golf. There are several museums in the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife as well as an art centre and huge auditorium.

Los Cristianos is one of the most popular resorts on the island, with pristine beaches and a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants and bars. There is an Aqua Park, an Eagle Park, Camel Park, Go-Karting Club and an Aquarium making it the perfect destination for families with young children. Playa de las Americas is one of the largest resorts with great beaches and fantastic nightlife. The town centre has a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants and services and every Thursday and Saturday there is Americas Torviscas Market which starts at 10 am.