About Canary Islands
The seven islands of the Canaries cannot fail to win you over with their mixture of terrific hospitality, spectacular volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, delicious wines and authentic traditions. A mixture that makes Canary Island Holdiays a hit with millions of British holdiaymakers
You’ll have a hard time deciding whether to visit El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, but it’s certain that whichever it is, you won’t be disappointed. The explosive, romantic nature of the archipelago and its volcanic origins means it can offer everything from relaxation and sport to great food and buzzing nightlife, especially in the two capital cities of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
What are the Canary Islands?
Tenerife — One of our most popular choices for all-inclusive packages. As the largest island of the seven, its oldest mountain ranges are young compared to its neighbouring islands. Natural features include the highest mountain of Spain, El Teide, and the third largest volcano in the world in extension (at 3,718m high). But Tenerife is best known for its beaches. On the island’s south coast, resorts like Playa De Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje have something going on around the clock. You can enjoy watersports and sunbathe on endless white sands by day, and party the night away when the sun goes down.
Gran Canaria — The most populous of the islands, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) has the shared title of capital of the Canaries. It’s green and steep in the north, dry and flat in the south. The third largest Canary Island first began life as a tourist destination back as the 19th century, and in terms of popularity it’s never looked back. Its fame lies above all with its beaches, which vary from the large coastal resorts of Playa Del Ingles and Maspalomas, where sunbathing is a serious business, as is the nightlife. The beauty is not all on the coast either. Just half-an-hour’s drive from the popular Playa Del Ingles, you’ll discover the quiet haven of Fataga, where car-free cobbled streets are lined with whitewashed houses. We recommend visiting the Canary Islands in May and June, when it’s not too hot and excellent deals can be found easily.
Fuerteventura — A windsurfer's mecca. With 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Fuerteventura is the closest Canary Island to the African coast, with only 100km separating the Punta de la Entallada from Cape Juby in Morroco. No other island in the Canaries has as many enormous sand dunes and long sandy beaches, totalling over 150. Water sports are very popular in Fuerteventura, and every year hundreds of surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, and divers descend on the island for sea-borne thrills.
Lanzarote — This island is low lying and arid, with a spectacular volcanic landscape in the west of the island (National Park of Timanfaya). Among the unforgettable volcanic features of Lanzarote is the longest volcanic tunnel in the world, the Atlantida, which is over 7km long. Despite its volcanic nature, Lanzarote has several beautiful white beaches such as those at Playa Blanca, Papagayo and Caleton Blanco.
La Gomera — The small Canary Island boasts wild landscapes and unique flora and is shaped like an orange that has been cut in half and split into segments. The terrain is rough, which has left deep ravines or barrancos between them. These barrancos, in turn, are covered by the laurisilva (laurel rain forest). It is home to the only remaining Laurisilva rain forest in northern Africa. La Palma — Holidays in La Palma are right up your street if you're looking for an undiscovered gem. It’s not that well known, which means it can retain a great charm because it’s so unspoilt and tranquil. You’ll take endless photos as you tour the island and are bedazzled by whitewashed houses with their sleepy towns.
El Hierro — “The edge of the world”. Also known as the Meridian Island, El Hierro, is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands and is the last place in Spain where the sun sets. It’s a quieter choice than its neighbouring islands and with its eye-popping landscapes and many areas being only accessible by foot, El Hierro is a popular option with hikers.
What to see..
The islands offer a wealth of sightseeing experiences, many of which can be ordered as part of an all-inclusive holiday. You can catch a ferry to Lanzarote, ride a camel through Timanfaya National Park and see the volcano, visit Mount Teide (Spain’s tallest peak) on Tenerife, chill out on any of the hundreds of impeccably clean beaches, take a walk through La Gomera’s Garajonay National Park or embark on a walking tour of Tenerife, starting from the wonderful Rambla del General Franco. If you want to check out the volcanos properly, many visitors to the islands will tell you that a trip round Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote is by far the best site to take in the lunar landscapes. Watch in amazement as your guide pours a bucket of water down a hole to create an amazing geyser. If you’re staying in Tenerife, when you’ve done a bit of exercise, you can kick back with a book and a drink in Plaza Charco in Puerto de la Cruz. Lined with cafes and restaurants, this is the place to be. It holds many great retail opportunities and a wide variety of international foods. And when evening comes, the highlight of the island is Veronica’s Strip in Playa de las Americas, packed with bars, discos and great pubs. When it comes to local food, Canary Islands' cuisine combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences. We find here an incredible variety of recipes, not at least for the great offer of nature, with excellent fish, fruits and vegetables. If you like fish, you will feel in paradise on those islands. Among the most typical regional recipes are Caldereta and Sancocho Canario, salted fish in a Mojo sauce.
For over 35 years A1 Travel have specialised in providing cheap holidays, honeymoons & late deals to the Canary Islands. We also offer fantastic rates on attraction tickets, car hire & special occasions. Try us today and build your perfect Canary Island holdiay
Read More »