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.
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, 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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