Just 4 hours from the UK and with year round sunshine it’s no wonder the Canary Islands are one of our favourite destinations. Located just 70 miles off the coast of Africa and 600 miles south of Spain they benefit from a subtropical climate with long summers and mild winters. The islands are very different and our destination focus aims to give you a flavour of each one along with a hotel recommendation.
The six principle islands split into two broad groups. The three western islands, Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera have ragged coastlines with cliffs rising straight out of the ocean. The other three, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are closer to Africa with softer coastlines and better beaches.
Tenerife – is dominated by Mt Teide which splits the island into two distinctly different areas.
Northern Tenerife – is home to Puerto de la Cruz, the oldest resort in the Canary Islands. This bustling town boasts fine colonial buildings, botanical gardens and a picturesque old town. The fishing port area is a maze of cobbled streets awash with traditional bars and cafés. There are three small beaches with dark volcanic sand and to the west is the famous Loro Parque.
Hotel Recommendation – Botanico (member of the Leading Hotels of the World) – located opposite the Botanical Gardens with wonderful views of the Orotava Valley and Mount Teide.
Southern Tenerife – has a number of large resorts but our favourite is Costa Adeje. There are a number of excellent 4 and 5 star hotels, a fine promenade with shops, bars and high quality restaurants. Set in a wide natural harbour, the resort boasts three blue flag sandy beaches with excellent water sports and diving.
Hotel Recommendation – Jardines de Nivaria (family owned Adrian Hotels) – has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a great sea front location.
Lanzarote is the most easterly and fourth largest of the Canary Islands. Despite its volcanic origins it boasts some beautiful white sand beaches. It’s underwater landscape with caves, reefs and shipwrecks make it a popular choice for divers and snorkelers.
Our resort recommendation is Playa Blanca located on the south-western tip of the island. Sympathetically developed with low-rise buildings it boasts a glorious blue flag awarded white sandy beach. Ferries to the neighboring island of Fuerteventura run from the harbour which features a good selection of seafood restaurants, waterfront cafes and bars.
Hotel Recommendation – Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel – located directly onto the beach with spectacular ocean views.
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La Gomera lies to the west of Tenerife and is not accessible by international flights - visitors must fly to Tenerife and then take the 40 minute catamaran crossing from Los Cristianos. The Parque Nacional de Garajonay, in the island interior, is a walker’s paradise with dense forests, beautiful cedar groves and breathtaking ravines. Small villages are scattered inland amongst the terraced valleys and the mountains sweep the coastline as dramatic sea cliffs. We recommend combining Tenerife and La Gomera as a two centre holiday.
Hotel Recommendation – Parador de La Gomera – located in capital and main port of San Sebastian.
Gran Canaria is the most southerly of the Canary Islands and boasts variations of scenery including golden beaches, subtropical forests and high central peaks. There are a number of resorts on the south coast but the capital Las Palmas is on the North Coast.
Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands. The city’s historic centre is Vegueta, with its delightful little squares, museums, cathedral and Casa de Colon, the house where Columbus once stayed.
Hotel Recommendation – Hotel Santa Catalina – located in a beautiful green area of Las Palmas city known as Ciudad Jardin; Las Canteras Beach is about 2.5km away.
La Palma, known locally as Isla Bonita, has remarkable scenery ranging from soaring forest-covered mountains in the north to volcanic lunar landscapes in the south. A World Biosphere Reserve it has 19 naturally protected areas and caters for numerous outdoor pursuits including hiking, mountain biking and scuba diving.
The capital Santa Cruz de la Palma is a lovely seaside town with a glorious past and an attractive mix of traditional and modern architecture, including along the seafront promenade, a row of houses with wooden balconies that have become the symbol of this capital.
Hotel Recommendation – Hacienda de Abajo – in Tazacorte on the West side of the island this 32 room hotel has been beautifully restored from a 17th century mansion.
This brief tour through the Canary Islands has hopefully given you a flavour of the diverse range of holiday options available. Take a look at our special offers or give the Adeona Travel team a call to start planning your perfect trip.
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