Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Guest Post: The Canary Islands At a Glance

Today's guest post is written by travel writer Catherine Lavinia.  


If you're looking for a summer sizzler or a winter warmer, the chances are the Canary Islands will crop up more than once during your holiday search. And for good reason too. While it's a popular hotspot for beach-lovers, this sun-baked archipelago is as diverse as they come, and offers plenty of experiences for holidaymakers from all walks of life.
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Check out the Canary Islands guide on Lonely Planet for instance. There is so much to see and do, and it's possible to travel between certain islands on a day trip - Lanzarote and Fuerteventura being a popular choice - or as part of a longer island-hopping escape.

So if the Canary Islands are on your radar this winter or next summer, here's the lowdown:

Tenerife: The largest of the Canary Islands, it certainly has bags of character. The south is popular with part-goers and beach bronzers, packed with hotels and well-equipped resorts. The north coast is quieter, with a more authentic Spanish vibe where you'll find dramatic scenery and the Canary Islands' capital, Santa Cruz. Plenty of fun in the sun.

Gran Canaria: Dubbed a continent in miniature, Gran Canaria boasts diverse landscapes that switch from craggy cliffs and crashing surf to vast Sahara-style sand dunes and long sweeping bays. Playa del Ingles is where the party's at, while quieter resorts like San Agustin or Amadores make great family retreats.

Lanzarote: Home to lunar-like landscapes, craggy peaks, black sand beaches and dramatic scenery that exists as a legacy of its fiery beginnings, Lanzarote is a geologist's haven. It's also a popular beach holiday destination with buzzing resorts and plenty of entertainment for all ages.

Fuerteventura: Packed with golden beaches and long sandy bays, this is the bronzer's favourite. It's much quieter than its noisy neighbours and serves up a cracking laid-back retreat.

La Palma: A small, low-key island largely untouched by tourism with stacks of quiet coves, tranquil corners and beautiful volcanic peaks. A real get-away-from-it-all escape.

Find out more about Canary Islands travel and look up car hire deals online at http://carhire.canarias.com/, where you can find out more about holidays in this wonderful part of the world and gain inspiration on day trips and excursions.

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