6 Reasons to Explore the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands have been a popular holiday destination for some time, and that’s something that’s showing no sign of slowing down. If anything, it’s just getting harder to decide which island to visit given that they each offer something perfect for every individual holidaymaker! Whether you choose to visit Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura or one of the other main islands, here are six reasons to explore the Canary Islands full stop.
1. Choice and variety
The Canary Islands consists of five main islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Las Palma – and each offers something different. Tenerife is by far the largest and therefore offers a great choice of entertainment options (as well as hotels and restaurants), making it ideal for families who want a little bit of everything. Gran Canaria is also a great all-round choice for families (and has some very pretty scenery to enjoy), Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are excellent for sporty getaways, and La Palma is perfect for culture vultures looking for history and culture.
2. Great weather
If there’s one thing we all want when we’re booking a holiday, it’s the guarantee of good weather. And that’s precisely what you’ll get with the Canary Islands. Located just off the north-west coast of Africa, you can expect plenty of sunshine as well as warm air and sea temperatures. But given that the Canary Islands are – well, islands – you’ll enjoy a gentle breeze too, making it a good destination for those who like the sun without intense heat.
3. Stunning scenery
The Canary Islands are volcanic, so there’s some truly incredible scenery to drink in once you arrive. From the dramatic cliffs in Tenerife (Los Gigantes was once believed to be the edge of the world) to the sweeping sands of Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve enough storage on your phone to store all the photos you snap of these beautiful islands.
4. Treasures under the sea
If you’ve always fancied scuba diving, the Canary Islands are the place to do it. As well as fascinating volcanic formations and shipwrecks, the seas surrounding the Canary Islands are home to a large variety of sea life. Keep your eyes peeled in those clear, warm waters for turtles, octopus, manta rays and octopus – and be sure to book a boat tour for whales and dolphin watching, too!
5. Action packed adventures
If you’re an active person and like to get out and about while you’re on holiday, consider visiting Lanzarote, Tenerife or Fuerteventura. Tenerife is excellent for cycling (in fact, Bradley Wiggins famously trained in Tenerife before the Tour de France 2012), and Fuerteventura is breezy enough for excellent windsurfing and kiteboarding whether you’re an amateur or a bit of a pro. Lanzarote is excellent for wind-based activities too, and you’ll also find good places to cycle or hike.
6. Easy travelling
Despite not being on mainland Europe, the Canary Islands are easy to get to. You can fly directly to the Canary Islands from all the London airports, as well as the regional airports, and directly from Dublin too. Direct flights only take around four hours, and it’s easy to get around whichever island you choose using a hire car, taxi or public transport.
Of course, there are so many more reasons to visit the Canary Islands. The food, the fun and the achingly beautiful beaches found on every single island are some of the other highlights – so why not visit them and see for yourself?