All Inclusive Holidays Canary Islands
Lying off the coast of West Africa, the Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro – are a group of seven volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean enjoying a sunny, semi-tropical climate. A popular holiday destination for all inclusive holidays, the Canary Islands offer great weather throughout the year, superb sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, mountains and forests, historic sites and picturesque villages. You will find plenty of diversity; some islands offer a lively family-holiday experience plus plenty of exotic nightlife, whilst the smaller islands, and some interiors, are just perfect for a peaceful escape from tourist hotspots amidst beautiful unspoilt scenery.
Tenerife is the largest and most populous island where volcanic activity began later than elsewhere in the Canaries – a mere 8-12 million years ago. Offering greater diversity and contrast than its neighbours, the island’s focal point is El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, which boasts some spectacular scenery. Its forested upper slopes, often misty, give way to lush valleys at lower levels, and then to beaches. Santa Cruz is a charming town with a colonial air, and Puerto de la Cruz and Orotava are both picturesque towns with many fine buildings. The main tourist beaches, Playa de las Américas, and Los Cristianos are on the southern shores of the island.
Gran Canaria is the third-largest island with a coastline of cliffs and golden sand dunes, and an interior of rugged mountains interspersed with fertile valleys containing old villages. The island’s capital, Las Palmas, consists of a port, a quaint old town – Vegueta – and a busy resort containing a popular beach, Playa de las Canteras, which stretches for two miles with cafés and restaurants along its fringe, plus an outdoor café, Parque Santa Catalina, where life never stops. Amongst the south coast’s beach resorts, Puerto Rico is a family-friendly destination, Puerto de Mogán is a charming fishing village, and Playa del Inglés is a busy, package-tour hotspot.
One of the hidden treasures of the Canaries archipelago, Fuerteventura, just 60 miles off Africa’s coast, is a perfect destination for sunbathing and watersports. Known also as ‘the island of eternal spring’, this second-largest of the island group has miles of pristine sandy beaches, especially on the Jandía peninsula in the south, where the beach at Costa Calma is a supreme example. The prevailing winds around the Playa de Sotavento and elsewhere offer superb windsurfing opportunities, for which the island is renowned. Several of the island’s characterful old windmills, once a dominant feature of the landscape, have been restored and, together with newly-established ecological museums, are now open for tourist visits.
Being a popular holiday destination for Europeans, the Canaries are well-served with regular flights all year round via most major operators. The flight distance from London is 1,799 miles, giving a fly-time of a little over four hours. The Canaries have no less than three international airports, as well as several smaller island airports where flights are feasible but likely to be more costly.