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Canary Islands Holidays

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Las Americas Beach, South Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Canary Islands - What We Know

"There really is something for everyone, from scenic views and spectacular beaches to natural wonder Mt. Teide.."

Why not take a Canary Island holiday and enjoy some of the finest beaches and wonderful warm climate throughout the year?

There really is something for everyone here, be it the beautiful scenic views, the spectacular white and black beaches or natural wonders such as Mount Teide, located in Tenerife. You may also have the chance to visit some idyllic beaches in Gran Canaria. More adventures await you in the small islands of El Hierro, Gomera or La Palma. If you fancy finding a secluded spot then head to Fuerteventura, which is a stone's throw from Lanzarote and accessible by ferry.

Local Food for Thought

Seafood Paella - Spanish rice dish with tomatoes, lemon and red wine
"Restaurants offer a variety of seasonal produce that is fresh and inexpensive.."

Canary holidays are true culinary cross-roads with a mixture of influences including: Spanish, African and Latin American foods. Seafood is a speciality with Sea Bass being a must-try for all fish lovers

Restaurants offer a variety of seasonal produce that is fresh and inexpensive, also be sure to sample the local delicacies including chorizo and goat's cheese and honey. For the more adventurous traveller, Puchero Canario is a hearty stew, which is made from sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cabbage pork and beef and highly recommended.

Plenty to Keep Busy on the Canary Islands

Cable car on the volcano 'El Pico de Teide' in Tenerife
"The cable car through the volcanic valleys reaching the peak of El Teide can get a bit chilly at such high altitude, so take warm clothing and a camera for the stunning views.."

There are plenty of activities to be pursued by everyone on a holiday in the Canary Islands. The younger tourists often gather around Playa De Las Americas in Tenerife and Puerto Del Carmen in Lanzarote, where clubs and pubs remain open all night long till the dawn breaks. In contrast to them, if you need to relax in a calm environment, then Los Cristianos and Las Galletas are the places for you, featuring bars, cafés and shops, but with a more 'chilled' atmosphere.

Many companies offer boat cruises to take in the beautiful coastline - you may find yourself catching a glimpse of the island's dolphins and even whales! This is a great day out and most trips include food, drink and a quick swim before heading back to shore.

There are a number of other adrenaline-filled activities available here, including bungee jumping, go-karting and paragliding.

Many visitors enjoy a ride on a hot air balloon, which is attached to the ground by a cable and offers those on board a bird's eye of these beautiful islands. Popular water sports and activities in the Canaries include scuba diving, windsurfing, surfing, snorkelling, diving, jet-skiing, parasailing and riding on banana boats and donuts.

For the more leisurely traveller, why not take the cable car through the volcanic valleys reaching the peak of El Teide? It can get a bit chilly at such high altitude, so remember to take warm clothing and a camera for the stunning views.

Weather and Climate

Striped umbrella on the Teresitas beach of Tenerife in the Canary Islands
"Winters are pleasant, even in the peak winter month of January the average temperature remains around 20°C.."

As the location is off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands benefit from warm sea currents that give them a sub-tropical climate.

Summers, which peak in the month of August, have an average temperature of 30°C and offer 12 hours of sunshine a day - a dream come true for those who expect to take home a nice tan when they leave.

Winters are pleasant, even in the peak winter month of January the average temperature remains around 20°C, with at least 5 hours of sunshine. You can enjoy the best weather in the Canary Islands if you stay somewhere next to the coastline. Especially in the southern parts of the archipelago, which is the reason why most of the tourists go on holidays to the Canaries. You will mostly find clear weather and sunshine throughout the year. Rainfall is rare, and is likely in the period between the month of November and March.

Where are the Canary Islands?

Take a look at this map of Canary Islands before you go. Click to view an interactive version.

Map of Canary Islands
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