By Ellen Smith
With temperatures averaging 18 degrees centigrade from December to March, and around 25 degrees at its hottest in August, the Canary Islands prove to be an ever popular escape route all year round for holidaymakers looking for a much-needed sunny break. Whether it is a winter pick-me-up or a family summer holiday, there is a Canary Island holiday for everyone.
Each island has something exciting and unique to offer. It can be hard to decide which island to holiday on, but why have one holiday destination when you can have two or even more? With journey times between the islands starting from just 25 minutes, you can choose to have a multi-destination holiday, or have one base island to excursion from each day.
Let’s take a look at just a few of the numerous exciting experiences on offer in this sun-kissed archipelago.
You may have heard of, and even visited Mount Teide, but did you know you can take a cable car to the summit of Spain’s highest peak? Visitors can witness the light illuminating the wonderful volcanic rock formations of this national park at altitude, spectacularly so at sunrise and sunset, taking in breathtaking views along the way.
Tickets can be booked online to secure preferred boarding times, with prices from €27 for a return ticket.
Back at sea-level, there is so much to see and do on the largest of the Canary Islands. The sun-drenched shores of Costa Adeje and Playa de las Américas are a perfect mix of beaches, bars and restaurants, ideal for seafront strolls. Kids will also love spending days at the Siam Park waterpark and Loro Parque zoo.
This island is easy driving. Straight coastal roads loop round the island meaning you can drive from one end of the island to the other in a day – and your passengers are treated to splendid views as they go.
Mirador de Abrante is a glass structure positioned 625 metres above sea level on the beautiful island of La Gomera. Designed by the architect José Luis Bermejo, this truly exceptional high-rise platform offers stunning views of Tenerife from across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as over La Gomera’s town of Agulo.
Known as the Green Balcony, thanks to its beautiful surroundings of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Meriga Forest and Agulo, this innovative installation makes for a spectacular view.
If, unlike me, you don’t need to dig your nails into your chair and keep incredibly still whilst up on the Mirador de Abrante, your free hands may like to get hold of the various tapas and Canarian cuisine available in the Gastrobar-Abrante restaurant. Access to the viewing deck itself is free if your nerves can take it!
Feel like Lawrence of Arabia in Gran Canaria on a camel ride along the sand dunes, one of the most popular activities on the island. Pacing softly along Maspalomas beach, riders enjoy views of Gran Canaria’s diverse landscape of rugged ridges and soft sand dunes against the cool blue Atlantic Ocean.
Different packages are available and start from £10 for a 40-minute camel ride, to others which include a visit to Camel Park Arteara with lunch and refreshments from around £25. Once the camel ride is over, you can wander down to Maspalomas Beach for a sunbathing session or a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
Puerto de Mogán is at the heart of the action on Gran Canaria. An upmarket port with quaint shops to browse; time your visit on a Friday for market day to pick up some mementos, or simply watch the world go by against the backdrop of colourful buildings.
With its Lunar-like landscapes, sunshine and cool breezes, Lanzarote is a haven for beach and nature lovers alike. Feel like you’ve stepped onto Mars with a trip to the Timanfaya National Park and see the stunning Fire Mountains.
For a yellow submarine adventure that doesn’t require travelling back in time to the psychedelic 1960s, look no further than Lanzarote. This fabulously unique hour-long submarine experience takes you deep into the Atlantic Ocean to explore the coral reefs, brightly coloured schools of fish, and even sightings of shipwrecked boats.
TV monitors situated throughout the submarine give fascinating facts about the surrounding underwater world and its aquatic residents. Advance online booking prices are €30 for children and €49.50 for adults, but expect to pay slightly more if paying on the day.
The second-largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is a beach-lovers’ paradise, with plenty of beaches to choose from. Many of the golden sandy stretches of beach are framed by stunning and dramatic mountains and all are inviting for sun worshippers and sandcastle builders, alike.
To see them all, book a quirky trike tour or hire a car and take in the beautiful views on the drive.
Located just one mile off the north coast of Fuerteventura is the tranquil nature reserve of Lobos Island. Lobos offers opportunities to see rare and endangered birdlife, species of vegetation unique to the island, walking trails and peaceful beaches.
How you travel to Lobos can be an adventure in itself. With options of speedboat-style water taxis, ferry crossings – which take around 15 minutes – as well as four-hour sailboat tours. Prices range from £13 to £70.
The Canary Islands make a great holiday destination all year round thanks to their fantastic weather, great beaches and plenty of activities to enjoy. If you want to make these unique islands the base for your next holiday, view the latest availability of our self-catering apartments in the Canary Islands.