Canary Islands holidays

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Why Canary Islands

 

Year-round sunshine, volcanic landscapes that look like from another world, perfect conditions for water sports and fantastic wild beaches equipped with all services and amenities it is time to start planning your Canary Islands holidays. The Canary Islands archipelago fulfills all requirements and is one of the most popular destinations among European tourists. Come and explore the most stunning beaches of these magical islands.

The Canary Islands have been known since antiquity, but it was in the 14th century that Europeans massively exploited them. In 1402 began the Spanish conquest of the islands, which after a century had already guaranteed absolute dominion over the territory. It was also at this moment that the great colonial experience began: importing slaves to work on sugar cane farms and other agricultural products that would be turned to European consumption. The experience worked so much that soon the Spaniards replicated the business model throughout Spanish America.

The Canary Islands form a magnificent Spanish archipelago consisting of seven Islands: Gran Canaria, El Hierro, La Gomera,  La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote. It is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with a wide variety of landscapes, on holidays to Canary Islands you will find volcanoes and lava fields, forests, beaches, valleys, cliffs and more. But best of all are the evocative landscapes of almost every region of the world.

These islands have volcanic origin and are part of the Macaronesia, a word that comes from Greek and means "Blessed or lucky islands", modern name to designate the various groups of islands in the North Atlantic, near Europe and Africa, and one more Extensive coastal strip of North-West Africa, bordering these groups of islands, stretching from Morocco to Senegal. Also, it is known that in Greek mythology they were resting places for the dead heroes, due to their singular beauty and the temperate climate.

All the landscapes of the world come together in the Canaries, from mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, cliffs, cliffs, Laurissilva forests exclusive to Macaronesia, dragoons, junipers, massive dunes, beaches of white sand, or reddish. What else can we ask for?

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Climate

 

The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the North-West part of the African coast, 4 degrees from the Tropic of Cancer. They are an intermediate point for those who navigate between Europe and Asia or the Americas.

In the Canary Islands, it is always spring making any holidays to the Canaries enjoyable. These islands have a perfect sub-tropical climate. Average temperatures never vary more than 6 degrees Celsius from one season to another.

The average temperature is between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius, and the water temperature is around 22 degrees Celsius in summer and 19 degrees Celsius in the winter. You can practically bathe all year round.

The landscape is unique, with peaks with snow, located next to the beaches. They are islands that, touristically speaking, have a great charm. They are truly spectacular.

In Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, the climate is drier, and in La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria is guaranteed to have the sun all year round, although it may be surprised by some tropical storm.

How to Spend Your Holidays at the Canary Islands

If you are already tired of the cold, sick of wearing a lot of clothes, tired of your nose getting frozen in the morning when you leave home, and still have not decided where to spend your Easter holidays, and would like to enjoy some warmth and beach, A good idea is to fly to the Canary Islands, the Happy Islands of Spain and kick start your Canaries Islands holidays.

Tenerife is the place where you can enjoy an extensive diversity of sandy beaches of all colors, as well as the benefits of the sun and the immensity of its coasts. Also, its beaches are among the best in the Canary Islands, many of them distinguished by the AECE (Association of Environmental and Consumer Education), with the Blue Flag because of the quality of its waters. The Bollullo, in the municipality of Orotava, is a beautiful and isolated volcanic sand beach that stands out for the exceptional cleanliness of its waters and its peaceful environment. El Duque is a fine, golden sand beach situated in one of the brand-new regions of Costa Adeje and surrounded by a beautiful promenade along the coastline that joins more than eight beaches. With quiet waters and with an extension of almost 700 m, Playa del Duque marvels visitors because it has all the services in an environment where quality is its greatest feature. Next, to the small tourist town of El Médano lies the beach of the same name, the longest of the island, 2 km long. Its fine golden sand invites you to stroll to its southern limit, where there is a single volcanic cone, the Red Mountain, a natural space protected by its high ecological value. Surf lovers will appreciate the beach of El Socorro, a formal setting of competitions and training for fans of this sport. The most famous beach in the capital of Tenerife is perhaps Las Teresitas, just 7 km from the city's urban center. It is ideal to spend a day with the family thanks to its fine golden sand and a breakwater whose function is to protect it from both the currents and the bursting of the waves. It is dotted with palm trees and also offers showers, locker rooms, and hammocks.

But you will discover on holidays to Canary Islands it is not only Tenerife that has excellent beaches, but Gran Canaria also has paradise-like beaches that allow you to forget stress, inclement weather, the cold and daily problems. There are some very wide and well-known ones, like Maspalomas which is a long tongue of sand. The huge line of golden sand stretching from Playa del Inglés to touching the feet of the vast lighthouse of Maspalomas, after skirting a desert of dunes that bathe the south coast of the island. A real show for the senses. To the south of the island, you will find natural and calm beaches, such as San Agustín, the beach of Amadores or the small beach of Puerto de Mogán. Or maybe they prefer the animation of the traditional tourist enclave of Puerto Rico, one of the places that present the best climate in the whole country. The south of Gran Canaria has an abundance of little beaches. All can boast of having good weather virtually all year round.

To the north is possible to find small sailors enclaves like Agaete, an ideal place for those who want to give a go there in the daily run. And the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, also to the north, does not hide its particular pride: the public beach of Las Canteras. A kilometer-long urban beach that leaves the city full of sunbathers and surfers.

On the other hand, while planning your holidays in Canary Islands, there’s Lanzarote which offers several types of beaches, for all tastes, beaches with white sand, gold or black sand, most of them with still waters, but there are also those in which the waves rise, being perfect to practice windsurfing And surfing. To the south of the island are the most beautiful beaches, one of them is Playa Blanca that gives a name to the whole region, is a beautiful beach of 50 m of extension, surrounded by numerous restaurants, with white sand and calm waters.

To the east of Playa Blanca, we find Playa Dorada, with 200 m long and pleasant golden sand, we should note that both beaches were covered with the blue flag of the European Union. But the most beautiful beaches of this sector of the island are the beaches of Punta del Papagayo; Playa Mujeres, Playa Papagayo and Puerto Muelas, all of the great beauty and turquoise waters, on these beaches you can see the neighboring island of Fuerteventura and the Isle of Lobos.

The island of Fuerteventura, being one of the greatest islands in the archipelago, can also boast of owning some of the best beaches on all the islands. The beaches of Jandía and  Sotavento are a paradise for nudists and divers. Playa del Corralejo, with broad esplanades of fine sand and extraordinarily crystalline waters, turned it, next to Jandía, into one of the best of the archipelago. The Island of Lobos is an oasis of tranquility, this little virgin and uninhabited islet provides an incredible experience in islands as touristy as the Canaries. A few kilometers from the most modern hotel complexes, it is possible to find calm and absolute solitude, because in this beautiful place you will find a few small places to quench thirst or appetite. Within the Canary Islands, the great weather rarely stops on holiday, come and enjoy the sun.

Where to Stay

On holidays to Canaries, there are thousands of hotels in the Canary Islands of Tenerife, and on all the islands you will visit there is accommodation to suit all tastes, from hotels to holiday cottages and apartment rooms. It's a matter of choosing what pleases you the most. So how to choose?

For the islands, you will find self-catering hotels, three, four and five stars of the most sought after destinations in the Canary Islands. When in search of the best prices for your holidays to Canary Islands, you will should check our hotel directories, where you can check all the details, special offers, images, location and facilities, and where you can book online directly and in security, at the best prices.

When to Go

The Canary Islands are often called the "Island of Eternal Spring" - nothing fairer! This island is a year-round holiday destination, and visitors for Canaries Islands holidays can arrive at any time without being disappointed.

Of course, the winter is a bit cooler, but even so, the weather is heavenly compared to the Center and Northern Europe. Inevitably, mild winter temperatures attract huge numbers of tourists, so the months between December and February can be considered "high season" for holidays to the Canary Islands.

Not being crowded, the period between May and October can also be framed in the "high season". Fresh sea breezes are especially refreshing when compared to the tropical temperatures of mainland Spain. To consult the average annual temperatures, click here.

Airfares are cheaper between November and mid-December and from March to May, except the Easter season, during which there is a lot of movement. Travel prices in August are higher due to school holidays.

How to Get to the Canary Islands

Until very recently, there were few regular flights for holidays to Canary Islands islands, which did not leave Madrid or Barcelona. On the other hand, there were the enormous numbers of charter flights, which continue to arrive every week. As far as scheduled flights are concerned, things have happily changed. Now it is possible to come (mainly to the islands where are the capitals of the province) to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, of diverse places. Without exhausting the theme, we will see some options to get to Gran Canaria.

The Canary Islands are an independent territory of Spain, so it is the legislation of this country that applies. The identity card may suffice, as you may need to present a passport and visa, depending on the country in that you live, the duration of the visit and the reasons for traveling - for example, work, tourism or study.

Gran Canaria has regular air links with all the other islands of the archipelago and with continental Spain. Many European cities also offer charter flights to the island.

Planning Your Holidays to the Canary Islands

Flights are the largest consideration when planning holidays to the Canary Islands. The offer of flights is great and varies a lot from island to island. Companies like Iberia, Iberia Express, Air Europa, Vueling, Norwegian, Binter, Transavia, among others operate flights here. For example, in August I will fly with Norwegian from Berlin direct to Gran Canaria on a 4-hour flight, which cost me € 135 (and it is a high European season). In October I return from Lisbon to Gran Canaria on a flight of 2 hours and 15 minutes, which cost us 110 Euros.

For you to think regarding distance, the islands are a 2-hour flight from Seville; To 2 hours and a half of Madrid; And 3 hours from Barcelona.

Once on Canary Islands holidays there are two options to fly between the islands: Binter Canarias and Canary Fly. Binter also operates flights to Sal Island (Cape Verde), Morocco, Madeira, Lisbon and the Azores. And Canary Fly to Morocco and Mauritania.

Conclusion

The Canary Islands are charming, and you can decide between the Islands and visit more than one with a schedule made in advance. Enjoy it!

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