The Canary Islands or Canaries benefit from hot and sunny weather all year round and are known for some of the best beaches in Europe. If your idea of heaven is watching a spectacular sunset in a dramatic island location then The Canaries are for you.
There are seven islands and six islets and the archipelago is divided into two provinces - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria consisting of three islands - Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura; and Santa Cruz de Tenerife which consists of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The islands are found near the coast of Western Africa and each is spectacularly different in character although all benefit from a gorgeous all year climate.
While many are content with a relaxing beach holiday the Canary Islands offer perfect opportunities for action. The Canary Island have developed an international reputation as a centre for activity holidays. Inland you have the perfect landscape for mountain biking, trekking, rock climbing, walking, parasailing, buggy rides and go karting. Other sports include golf as well as water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, swimming and scuba diving.
Formed from spectacular lava flows and now a World Biosphere Reserve. Lanzarotes rugged moon like landscape is contrasted with fine sandy beaches and palm trees which offer a unique taste of paradise.
Equally famed for its sports facilities including golf courses, karting, and water sports as it is for great beach resorts and the rich diversity of its landscape. Santa Cruz is the capital.
Forests and lush countryside combine with desert dunes, mountains, volcanic craters and massive peaks as well as beautiful beaches. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the lively capital city.
Has some of the oldest history of the Canary Islands and boasts the longest and most gorgeous beaches made from wonderful golden sand. A narrow channel separates Fuerteventura from Africa.
This beautiful island is known as La Isla Bonita. It rises steeply from the ocean with the highest point on the island, 2426 m above sea level, affording superb views.
Characterised by its central massive peak which falls sharply to the sea the island has areas of outstanding natural beauty including Alto de Garajonay National Park.
Known as The Meridian Island because historically it has been used as a reference point in map making and date time lines. Like the rest of the Canary Islands El Hierro is mountainous with dramatic views and spectacular beaches.
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