Find Out Why Thousands of Brits Flock to the Canary Islands
Are you one of the thousands of Brits heading to the Canary Islands for a taste of sand, sun and sea? According to Travel Mole, the latest figures suggest that the islands will see 14 million visitors at the end of this year and the UK is the biggest European market.
In just the first half of this year, the number of British visitors rose by nearly 20% from last. Really, it’s not hard to see why. With easy flights of just over four hours, fantastic, all-inclusive package deals, beach resorts for every budget, other-worldly landscapes and warm temperatures, why wouldn’t we all flock there?
Let’s take a look at what the islands have to offer.
From the eerie volcanic landscapes to the creations of architect and artist, César Manrique, Lanzarote offers much more than dazzling beaches. Away from the impossibly blue waters of stunning beaches like Papagayo, you’ll find opportunities for hiking, cycling, visiting vineyards and sampling local wine.
The resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise are fantastic for families and adventure lovers, but you can also get off the beaten track for extra tranquility. Visit the extraordinary Timanfaya National Park and take a boat trip to the island of La Graciosa.
The UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that is Fuerteventura, has enough natural beauty to keep you in a state of awe for your entire holiday. Beaches like La Concha, with a natural reef and abundant marine life, the sheltered bays of Corralejo National Park and miles of empty sand make it an island lover’s dream
Mix that with plenty of wind and waves for windsurfers, the fascinating Betancuria Old Town and the fact that the island’s cheeses are simply divine, and you’ve got yourself a holiday with the lot.
The 60 kilometres worth of beach is perhaps one of the reasons Gran Canaria is a popular choice for families, plus, water parks, whale watching, water sports, museums and shops have something for everyone. Couples indulge in an abundance of spa and wellness facilities, while the rocking resorts of Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico suit the party-goers.
While you’re there, don’t miss The Painted Cave Archaeological Park, Agaete town, the Maspalomas Dunes and Vegueta Old Town, with its cobbled streets and wooden balconies.
Sports, history, nature and fun combine to create the holiday atmosphere in Tenerife. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy 8 golf courses, climbers can trek the Teide volcano, which is Spain’s highest peak in the Teide National Park and history buffs can visit La Laguna and La Orotava Old Towns.
Get up close and personal with nature in the Anaga or the Teno Rural Parks or give in to your inner-adrenalin junkie at Europe’s largest water park, Siam Park. As sun sets, dine on fresh, local seafood before hitting the clubs of Playa de las Americas.
Known for magnificent, starry nights, the entire island of La Palma is a World Biosphere Reserve. Pre-historic forests, deep gorges, volcanoes and waterfalls compete with the beaches for your attention. Stroll the colourful streets of Santa Cruz old town and snorkel the pristine reefs off the black sands of Puerto Naos beach.
For more magic in the Canary Islands, including dive sites, sea cliffs, volcanic landscapes, forests, panoramic views and quaint villages, the islands of La Gomera and El Hierro are also awaiting your explorative feet!
Which one will you choose for your next island adventure?