Closer to the equator than any other European holiday destination, the beautiful Canary Islands are scattered just off the coast of Morocco. With around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, the islands are a prime spot for a relaxing holiday— whether soaking up the rays and unwinding on one of the many beaches, or heading inland to experience a tranquil pace of life surrounded by unique landscapes, there is no end to what this destination has to offer.
The Canary Islands are
blessed with a predominantly sub-tropic and desert climate, which naturally
means warm temperatures, a quiet breeze and lots of sun. Nonetheless, there are
plenty of micro-climates across the archipelago, and each island is home to
distinctive landscapes, from beautiful bays to breath-taking mountains and
volcanic formations. The five main islands have long been the preferred
destination for tourists wishing to escape to warmer weather, and whether you
are heading to the lively islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote, or the calmer,
more family-friendly Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and La Palma, the Canary
Islands offer something for everyone.
Along the coasts of the
islands, you’ll find plenty of picturesque beaches with clear, crystal blue
water. Experience the black sands of Lanzarote and try windsurfing on Famara
beach for a seaside adventure. Not to be missed, visit the majestic dunes of
Maspalomas on Gran Canaria and frolic in the sun on the expansive beaches of
Fuerteventura. For experiences inland,
explore the old town of Vegueta in Las Palmas as well as the Casa Museu de
Colon, to see what the island used to be like when it was mainly frequented by
sailors and explorers, including a certain Christopher Columbus. In Tenerife,
visit the stunning old church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora, and in Lanzarote, take a tour to the
Timanfaya National Park to see the vast black landscape created by the towering
Islote de Hilario volcano. In nearby villages, try riding a camel before
exploring the local markets — make sure to pick up jewellery made from the
local green gem known as peridot, found in the volcanic soil.
On each island you’ll find plenty of things to while away the day, and when the sun sets over the palm trees, it’s time to find a restaurant to try some local delicacies. One of the main culinary experiences in Canarian cuisine is the herby and slightly spicy sauce known as mojo. Try papas arrugadas (baked potatoes with rich helpings of mojo), sancocho canario (boiled fish with vegetables and green mojo) as well as the rich, meaty soup known as puchero canario. Regardless of which of the Canary Islands you find yourself holidaying in, we guarantee that you’ll find plenty of sun, amazing food and new, memorable experiences.
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