Which Canary Island is the best fit for your next holiday?
The Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination for British people looking to get away in the sun. Like most British favourites, they're sunny, have plenty of beaches and tourists aplenty, however the Canary Islands have much bolder reasons to pay them a visit.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean alongside the coast of Africa they have a unique blend of holiday appeal. Warm all year round with an Atlantic breeze making them well-suited to water sports, while the fusion of Spanish and African heritage creates a must-visit destination for culture seekers. Despite lying within the same geographical cluster, each island has its own distinct appeal and when deciding to visit Canaries it's just a matter of picking the one that perfectly fits your holiday needs.
Fuerteventura: The island that is best for beaches
The flattest of all the islands and located closest to the African continent, Fuerteventura is also the hottest of the islands and is the best for those seeking a relaxing beach holiday. With stretches of golden white beaches, sun worshippers won't have far to go to find a spot to soak up the rays. Also being the slighter windier of the islands makes it the best island for water-sport enthusiasts.
Gran Canaria: The island for the adventurous traveller
Described as a 'miniature continent' due to diverse scenery ranging from sandy beaches, to subtropical rainforests, rugged mountains and a bustling capital city. The best way to see this scenery is on one of the many well-marked hiking or bike trails across the island. Nearly half of the island is protected land under the Canary Islands Network for Protected Natural Areas.and a third of this land is under protection as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Lanzarote: The island with scenic landscapes
An island that is partially volcanic, Lanzarote lava fields and caves are a must-see. The rest of the island is also breathtaking, with mountains in the north and flat sandy beaches in the south. Architecture fans are also in for a treat as the arhiectect César Manrique born and died on the island leaving behind his legacy of architectural style. He fought hard to prevent the building of high-rises so the majestic views of the islands have also been preserved.
Tenerife: The island for when you want it all
The most popular of the Canary Islands, and it's easy to see why. If you can't decide between an island where you can relax on a beach or an island you can climb some mountains, if you're a couple with kids or a couple without kids, or you want scenic day-time activities but eclectic nightlife in the evening then Tenerife is the island that suits all criterias.