The Canary Islands
Islas Canarias. Spectacular volcanic landscapes, palm fringed beaches, resorts of white-washed apartments and fine hotels, with hot nightlife if you want it, and a laid back lifestyle if you don’t. Spain’s Canary Islands are high on most people’s lists of places to go for the sunshine.
Named after dogs rather than small yellow birds, these Islands are dramatic. All volcanic, but each one different.
Tenerife is the largest, dominated by the imposing Mount Teide. Huge black cliffs plunge into the deep Atlantic Ocean but where there aren’t cliffs, there are wonderful beach resorts where you can find fine luxury hotels, budget apartments, and everything in between with entertainment to suit all tastes and budgets whether you like the hot nightlife of Playa de Las Americas or more serene walks along the seafront.
Lanzarote’s scenery is less dramatic and more barren. It looks like it hasn’t rained for years. The coastline gives way to the whitewashed resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen, and Costa Teguise, with plenty of apartments and fine hotels. The interior has a Volcanic National park where you can see rock formations in a moon-like’ landscape.
Gran Canaria has dramatic scenery of its own. the dunes of Maspalomas between the resort of the same name and Playa del Ingles are spectacular and there are coastal gorges and ravines too, with hilly Puerto Rico having grown up in one such location.
Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island after Tenerife. Think Fuerteventura, think beaches – there are over 150 to choose from. All scorched under a hot sun. perfect for families, Fuerteventura offers relaxed resorts, but head for Corralejo for some of the best nightlife around if that’s your thing. Costa Caleta is purpose built and has everything for a modern beach holiday, but for a more
La Gomera and La Palma complete this archipelago, both smaller and less developed giving the visitor a real sense of peace and calm.
It’s no wonder the Canary Islands have become a favorite destination for many. Almost guaranteed sunshine year round is a huge draw and our customers at Millington Travel have been sampling the delights of the Canaries for decades. Of course, we are also very familiar with all that these Islands have to offer so for your perfect sunshine break at a great price, make sure you give Millington Travel a call.
Millington Travel’s Top Ten things to see & do in The Canary Islands
- Mount Teide – Tenerife’s imposing volcano. You can take a cable car to the summit for incredible views.
- Maspalomas Sand Dunes – spend a day on a beach like no other!
- Lanzarote’s Fire Mountains – Timanfaya National Park, a scene so unearthly, and the ground is still hot, having been formed by volcanic activity just 250 years ago.
- Siam Water Park, Tenerife – regarded as one of the best waterparks in the world. A fantastic family day out!
- Playa Blanca – a picturesque yacht marina with plenty of cafes and a relaxed atmosphere make this a must in Lanzarote.
- Whale & Dolphin Watching – take a boat trip into the Atlantic and you’ll hopefully catch sight of these amazing mammals year round.
- Palmitos Park, Gran Canaria – A fascinating and fun zoological park. The best in the Canary Islands.
- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Spains 7th largest City and the closest thing you’ll get to a big city feel in these Islands. A bustling port, with great shopping and thriving cafe scene, makes an excellent day out.
- Be a beach bum – Corralejo and Sotavento in Fuerteventura, and Papagayo in Lanzarote are arguably the finest stretches of sand in the Canaries.
- Jameos Del Agua, Lanzarote – Tubes, and tunnels formed by molten lava as the surface hardened and cooled. The lava has long since gone, but what is left is a series of magnificent caverns with an underground restaurant and auditorium.
When to go?
The simple answer is anytime! Purely because temperatures average 22c in winter and 30c in summer. The islands have micro-climates which might affect your decision, for example, Lanzarote can be windy, and the North of Tenerife can be cooler than the south, but these are islands blessed with a fabulous climate so the weather will never get in the way!