Best time to visit: May, June, July
Average high: 23˚C
Average low: 17˚C
Price of meals: 2/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Culture / Family / Party / Romantic
Once known as “the Fortunate Isles” for its incredible array of animals and vegetation, the archipelago off the western coast of Africa is an autonomous Spanish community and comprises of seven main islands: Tenerife; Fuerteventura; Gran Canaria; Lanzarote; La Palma; La Gomera; and El Hierro.
The largest island is Tenerife, a particular favourite to British tourists each year and home to the world’s third largest volcano, Mount Teide. While Spanish is the official language of the Canary Islands, the majority of Tenerife inhabitants speak at a good level of English. Wherever you choose to stay, large ferry boats make it easy to travel between the islands.
Marine and land wildlife is common and easy to enjoy, while La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife and Lanzarote each boast a national park to hike and explore, where the high mountain climbs offer spectacular views, as well as a chance to use the high altitude to cool down in the warm, subtropical climate.
While the islands joint capital cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria represent some of the islands’ most delightful colonial architecture, museums and shopping opportunities, the main draw of the Canary Islands is undoubtedly its pristine, sandy beaches and clear, warm water. Beaches and coastline are plentiful, with spaces for families to play together safely, for couples to relax in a quiet space, and for water sports enthusiasts to let loose.
Finally, the Canary Islands is equally ideal for party-goers as it is for families and those who just want to relax in the sunshine. Colourful and elaborate carnivals are held throughout the towns and cities,
like the wonderfully grand Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival each February, and bars, hotels and clubs all offer happy hour deals for holidaymakers wanting to let off some steam.
The Canary Islands enjoy a subtropical climate with hot summers and warm winters. This means the islands are an ideal holiday destination all year round, especially if you’re looking for some winter
sun or want to enjoy some good weather out of the traditional summer holiday season of July and August. The wettest months are November to February but the islands are warm all year around.
The islands closest to the African mainland, like Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, have more of a desert-like climate, while the northern islands receive cooler winds from the Atlantic.
An inexpensive meal for one costs about €8 meal, while a three-course meal for two will likely cost between €20 and €45, depending on which island you are on and where you decide to stay. Staying to eat in your hotel may offer cheaper deals, still. Beer is between €1 and €3.50. The price of a cup of coffee varies between islands but won’t exceed €2.
Winter need not be that gloomy time of year with dark days and wet nights. Swap the fireplace for blue skies and sunshine and the gloves and scarf for shorts and sunscreen by booking a winter getaway ...
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