Who would not but dream of soaking up the sun on a white sandy beach and melt away the chill from our bones. Your dream may come true lies just off the coast of Africa and south of Spain on the Canary Islands, which have for a long time been a favourite holiday destination for all those who crave the sun during winter. Not only is this location ideal due its subtropical climate, it also welcomes its visitors with an atmosphere of warmth and festivity.
This paradise group of islands which dot the Atlantic Ocean offer wonderful climate conditions, with mild temperatures throughout the year. Its pristine and wild beaches stretch for miles on end and are washed by the intense azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
While behind them; the islands’ landscapes vary dramatically from high mountain peaks to expanses of subtropical flora, which are unique to the islands. The archipelago of the Canaries was formed throughout millions of years of volcanic eruptions and the islands flourish with lush vegetation springing from the fertile land.
Seven main islands compose the Canaries archipelago; Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera and Hierro including other smaller ones scattered in the turquoise waters.
Incredibly easy to get to from the UK, with a huge range of flights from many regional airports. For instance Fly Thomas Cook fly to Tenerife from 11 regional airports in the UK with flights to Tenerife all year round.
There is an incredible range of activities and entertainment options for absolutely everyone, from the more energetic sports and water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, sailing to the less strenuous ones, for those who prefer to relax at the idyllic beach resorts and soak in the warm winter sun.
The crystalline waters also entice other ocean related activities including windsurfing, surfing and fishing. Terrain sports such as golf and horse riding or other adventure sports together with mountain biking or 4×4 excursions along the volcanic sites are also great favourites.
The islands offer a string of flourishing botanical gardens, the Jardin Canario being amongst the largest, spreading over 27 hectares of lush land ablaze with colourful flora, while amongst the fauna you can even spot local exotic bird.
Although the Canaries are renowned for their amazing stretches of beaches and sublime climate, they offer plenty of cultural vestiges, including monuments, mediaeval castles and historical reproductions that you may discover in more depth at sites such as the Mundo Aborigen in San Bartolome de Tirajana.
At night the natural setting of the Canary Islands breaks out into a spectacle of lights and a mega exciting nightlife activities, with a string of outdoor cafés where people sit and relax while enjoying the views over the shore, as visitors and locals stroll to the rhythm of the music floating out from the bars.
There are plenty of discos from which to choose all over the islands, the larger concentration being on the Playa del Ingles, San Bartolome de Tirajana and Playa de Las Americas.
Throughout the year there are also plenty of traditional festivals, such as the Festival de Opera Alfredo Kraus and the Festival de Musica de Canarias amongst others, these are truly spectacular and entertaining.
The Canary Islands offer a sublime blend of Spanish and European food, due to the strong tourist influence, though the typical Canarian dishes are still at the head with traditional Mojo sauce and Canarian potatoes. Fish is undoubtedly the best choice, here on the island, cooked with a delicious blend of spices and grilled over the barbeque.
While you are waiting for our brand new Canary Islands holidays website why not visit Tenerife Holidays – our sister site. From here you can see how our new design will look and you can also book Canary Islands Holidays using the search bar.