The Canary Islands
Just 67 miles from the African coast the Canaries have a wonderfull climate with clear blue skies and a warm temperature all year round.
Consisting of seven main islands each boasts its own individual landscape, spectacular scenery is prevelant in all the islands and five of them are either wholly or partly listed as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves due to their tremendous ecological interest.
The largest and the longest established island of them all and is a very popular tourist destination in both the winter and summer months. Theres always plenty to do in Tenerife apart from the great social scene such as visiting Mount Teide in Mount Teide national park, this is Spain’s highest volcano, why not take the cable car trip right to the top for a thrilling experience.
Sometimes referred to as the miniature continent because it is a place of vivid contrasts with stunning landscapes and scenery, its not all sight seeing though and Gran Canaria also offers lively and vibrant tourist resorts. Being the third largest of the Canaries it actually has the largest population, the south coast of the island is dominated by the tourist resorts which provides most of the island’s economy, the middle of the island is mostly mountainous and has the remains of ancient pine forests on its peaks. Maspalomas in the south is predominantly a tourist area and has all the facilities expectedin such a popular destination.
Also known as La isla bonita or the beautiful island, it is situated to the west which attracts less tourism as that of its counterparts. La Palma is still something of a secret and is the greenest isle of all the Canaries, it has a vast walking network which is perfect for hikers and unusual black sand beaches, with tha absense of heavy urbanisation is is one of Europe’s best rated stargazing opportunities.
The Volcanoes are responsible for creating La Palma’s distinctive beaches and their black sand, the sand is actually water softened lava. The beach at Puerto Naos has Blue Flag status with gentle waves, sunbeds and a palm lined promenade dotted with cafe bars and restaurants.
On the Eastern edge of the archipelago and is a much calmer and more relaxed destination than its larger neighbours. Emerald green waters and over 150 km of white sandy beaches makes Fuerteventura a true paradise. The coast and spectacular volcanic landscapes are why the island is officially a Biosphere Reserve.
Otherwise known as the Hawaii of Europe is the 4th largest of the Canary Islands and lies just 80 miles from the African coast. Lanzarote has been welcoming holidaymakers for decades and seems to be perfectly suited to families and couples. Famous for its black sandy beaches and its pink, purple and ochre tinged volcanic tops itg is listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Lanzarote is one of the newest landscapes on the planet having been reborn through volcanic eruptions in the 18th century.