British holiday makers adore the Canary Islands for their 500+ beaches, spectacular year-round weather, and rugged beauty – not to mention the family fun and the party opportunities.
This Spanish archipelago attracts around 14 million visitors every year to its volcanic black and powdery white beaches, hungry to try the delightful local cuisine or to enjoy the blissful scenery and nature walks. If you’re bringing the family, Lanzarote offers long stretches of white-sand beaches and Tenerife has the theme parks Loro Parque and Siam Park. If you’re with your partner and looking for a more vibrant adult atmosphere, in the evenings when you aren’t relishing the beaches or enjoying the islands’ naturally wild hiking spots, you can immerse yourself in the nightlife.
Families – Masses of theme parks plus great weather make the Canary Islands a children’s paradise.
Beach bums – The Canaries are graced with volcanic black-sand beaches, plus some of the most pleasant tourist beaches in Europe.
Nature lovers – The islands are home to national parks, mountains, volcanic terrain, and a stunning coastline.
Tenerife is perhaps the most well-known and celebrated of the Canary Islands by holiday makers in the UK. The exceptional nightlife of the Playa de las Americas resort, the sun-kissed beaches of Los Cristianos, and the excellent restaurants across the island make Tenerife a paradise for British visitors.
Mount Teide National Park is a pristine World Heritage Site that features Spain’s highest mountain peak. There are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained too, like the Thai-themed waterpark Siam Park and the Museum of Science and the Cosmos. You can even go caving in Cueva del Viento!
Lanzarote is famous for its surreal, moonlike landscape and sensational weather that complements its beaches, its fun-packed theme parks, and its water attractions. The island offers lively holidays in Puerto del Carmen, stylish seaside city breaks in Arrecife, or chilled-out stays in towns such as Matagorda or Playa de los Pocillos.
UNESCO have given Lanzarote the status of a World Biosphere Reserve, meaning that it contains ecosystems that are so important they need to be protected.
Costa Teguise is found at the east of Lanzarote and provides visitors with aquamarine waters, exciting hiking opportunities, and an eclectic nightlife. The aquapark is perfect for children, while adults might like to try golfing beside a volcano before a relaxing evening spent enjoying restaurants and bars on the resort’s long promenade. Few attractions can beat Costa Teguise’s five sandy beaches though!
Popular with families as well as couples and friends, Fuerteventura offers a slightly more relaxed holiday than its sister islands – though you can still find many a lively night out to the north in Corralejo. Among the island’s 125 miles of coastline, you’ll find two of TripAdvisor’s “Top Ten Beaches in Europe” on Fuerteventura. It’s also home to some of the best watersports opportunities in Europe, and is particularly great for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Must visit – We recommend visiting Timanfaya National Park with its magical lunar landscape, the Jameos del Agua which is a 6km long lava tube with an almost mystical atmosphere, and the Mirador del Rio which at 479m high is the highest point on Lanzarote. The wine route through La Ruta de las Bodegas is an interesting and tasty day out, and you can also find plenty of places to shop, eat, drink, and watch the sunny world passing you by.
Family fun – Lanzarote’s beaches are a playground for children and families wanting to sunbathe or paddle in the water, try watersports, and even explore secret coves along the shore. While kids love beach days, they will also adore Lanzarote’s waterpark in Playa Blanca, with its rapids and water slides – but this is only one of many fun attractions for the young ones to enjoy. They can also race go-karts, visit the aquarium, watch a movie in Puerto del Carmen’s open-air cinema, hire a pedalo, and enjoy the pirate museum!
Natural attractions – The Timanfaya National Park is a park like no other, with its spectacular and surreal scenery formed by 6 years of volcanic eruptions during the early 1700s. While the national park and the island’s many volcanoes might be the most visually arresting sights in Lanzarote, the beaches are also sensational for their black and white sands and mirror-clear waters. The most unspoilt, solitary beach might be the Playa de las Conchas, which you will find off Lanzarote’s north coast. It’s a ferry ride and a 45-minute walk away, but the beach’s untouched beauty is well worth the journey.
Culture and history – Lanzarote’s vibrant culture is an exciting blend of fiestas, delicious food, tradition, and art of every kind. You can find art galleries and fine museums showing interesting exhibitions that describe the island’s long-standing culture across the whole of Lanzarote. In the capital, Arrecife, you’ll discover the International Museum of Contemporary Art, the Galeria Yaiza in the creative village of Yaiza, and museums near Tiagua, Mozaga, and Haria.
Food and drink – Lanzarote’s cuisine blends those of its closest neighbours, creating a melting pot of Spanish, African, and Latin American dishes. While you will find locally-sourced fish and seafood, meat is actually a more popular ingredient than its coastal counterpart. Traditional Lanzarote meals include meaty soups and stews, punchy pouring sauces such as green and red mojos, and gambas al ajillo, a rich starters featuring prawns cooked in olive oil, garlic, chilli, and brandy. You might also like to try the locally produced wines, which are sourced from thousands of acres of vineyards found across the island.
Night life – Lanzarote’s diverse nightlife offers romantic secluded bars, live music, stylish tapas, and energetic nightclubs for those who love to party. Puerto del Carmen is the most bustling area of the island’s nightlife, and is where you will find bars and clubs to enjoy until the early hours of the morning. While British and German tourists visit Lanzarote for the wilder aspects of the nightlife, you can also find elegant drinking spots and relaxing restaurants that are untouched by the island’s livelier guests.