Of Spain’s seven Canary Islands, there are four in particular that really draw the visitors. Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are some of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers to head to, during both the summer and winter months. Each individual in its own right; they all boast great beaches, beautiful volcanic landscapes and perfect year-round sunshine. So which is the best Canary Island for you to visit? Let me help you decide.
Tenerife – Best for Families
The largest of the Canary Islands; there’s something to please everyone on Tenerife. But in particular, it’s a great place to take the kids. You’ll easily be able to occupy all your days with fun-filled attractions that’ll suit big kids and little kids of all ages. The whole island is lined with fantastic beaches; from bustling resorts like Playa de las Americas to more peaceful beach retreats like Puerto de la Cruz. And of course, Tenerife holidays wouldn’t be complete without visiting Siam Park waterpark.
Gran Canaria – Best for Couples
The island of Gran Canaria provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy a much-needed break in the sun. Its laid-back atmosphere makes for a peaceful holiday for you and your other half to make the most of your time off. Enjoy a sunny walk across the sand dunes of Maspalomas or head to the island’s capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to soak up the local culture or enjoy a spot of shopping. For something a little different, you can head out on a desert jeep safari or take to the seas on a boat trip in a bid to spot dolphins playing amongst the waves.
Lanzarote – Best for explorers
The smallest of these four Canary Islands; there’s no excuse not to get out there and explore all that Lanzarote has to give. As tempting as it is to stay on the sun lounger all day, there’s nothing better than hiring a car and seeing the island in your own time. You don’t even need to hire it for the entire duration of your holiday; even just a day or two will do. Some of the highlights which shouldn’t be missed include the mesmerising volcanic landscapes of Timanfaya National Park, the Cuevas de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. You can even take the boat over to Fuerteventura for the day.
Fuerteventura – Best for thrill seekers
The resorts on Fuerteventura may be quiet and chilled, but it’s the sea and the sand surrounding them which thrill seekers particularly love. Thanks to Fuerteventura’s location, it gets a welcome sea breeze from the Sahara Desert which makes the island a haven for water sports enthusiasts. In particular, it’s a really popular place for wind surfing, so why not give it a go on your next holiday? If you like to keep your feet firmly on dry land, then the vast sand dunes at Parque Natural de Corralejo are one of the most popular attractions on the island; well worth exploring on a dune adventure.
Which is your favourite Canary Island? Or which one would you most like to visit? Let me know in the comments below.