There are just so many reasons to visit the Canary Islands, but one of the main reason it is a great destination for a holiday, is the weather. The Canary Islands are located close to the African coast meaning the weather is nice all year round. There is also so many islands to choose from... did you know there are EIGHT islands! There is the well known Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife, but there’s also the smaller ones: Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera, La Graciosa and La Palma.
Let's explore them....
Tenerife is the largest and most popular out of the eight islands. It is best known for its Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colourful costumes. The island consists of many beaches and resort areas.
Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. It’s known primarily as a holiday destination due to its white-sand beaches and warm breezed weather. While being popular for water sports, especially surfing, windsurfing and waterskiing.
Grand Canaria is the second most popular island and is popular for its black lava and white sand beaches. The capital city of the island is Las Palmas, a major stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping.
Lanzarote is a destination not to be missed, it is known for its all year round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape.
El Hierro is the smallest island in the Canary Islands. Of the seven, it is the furthest west, but it shares the same climate as the others. A paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
El Hierro is the first self-sufficient island. An island where the trade winds are the main source of energy... and life.
La Gomera, the second-smallest of the main islands and is marked by craggy volcanic mountains crisscrossed with hiking trails where you can lose yourself and feel like a child again.
La Graciosa is not very known and is sometimes missed out on the canary islands... it has no roads so it maybe a bumpy ride getting around but this little island is certainly a great destination for both day trippers and holiday makers with some fantastic beaches to offer.
La Palma is know as the beautiful island because of its incredible landscapes, imposing volcanoes, deep forests, welcoming beaches and star-filled night skies.
A day at Siam Park
Siam Park is a water park has become the most spectacular water attraction in Europe. Set against a backdrop of spectacular Thai architecture, with everything from meandering rivers to free-fall slides, this is the perfect place for your own thrill adventure.
Relax at Lago Martianez
Lago Martiánez is an outdoor swimming pool complex located in Puerto de la Cruz and is centered around an artificial lake with ocean views. Lago Martiánez includes several islands, gardens, restaurants, bars, and terraces.
Perfect for those summer days
Discover Playa de la Tejita
Fancy feeling one with nature... Playa de la Tejita is listed as a protected area by the Spanish ministry for the environment. It is only accessible by foot but just a short walk from the car park.
(Take not that this is an optional nude beach)
Playa El Bollullo
El Bollullo is a beautiful unspoiled natural beach in the scenic La Orotava Valley in the north of Tenerife.
The journey to this beach may take a little time but it is well worth it – a hidden gem in a wonderfully secluded spot.
Narrow roads and pathways lined with banana plantations lead to the entrance of the beach, followed by steep steps that take you down to the large expanse of volcanic sand.
Charco De La Laja Puesta De Sol
Charco De La Laja Puesta De Sol is a giant coastal volcanic rock pool. A wonderful place to swim when the waters are calm. Make sure to educate your self on the tide times and weather before journeying here as this can be a very dangerous area to swim if the water is not calm.
Playa de las Teresitas
Playa de las Teresitas is one of the island’s most beautiful and unspoilt attractions. With golden sands, picture perfect palm trees and calm waves, making it an ideal option for a family day out and a walk along the shore.
Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta
The most beautiful virgin beaches of Menorca. Cala Macarella, is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular paradises in Menorca. If you have ever seen any image of Menorca you have surely marveled at its crystal clear waters and its intense turquoise blue. Custody between rocks and pine trees, this beautiful beach is a true Mediterranean landscape. With the most transparent waters of the Mediterranean and a fine white sand perfect to enjoy the sun and tranquility.
Cala Macarelleta, the younger sister
is only 10 minutes walk from Macarella. The two beaches are joined by a beautiful path through which you can walk and contemplate spectacular views. Macarelleta is the living image that the most beautiful is found in the smallest jars. Any description falls short and only the experience of enjoying a bath in its crystalline waters corresponds to its fame.
Cala Mitjana is an open clear blue cove with high cliffs on either side offering a fantastic view.
A Medium sized white sandy virgin beach with shallow calm waters. It is a popular beach during the summer for locals and tourists. Access to Cala Mitjaneta is on the western side of the beach via a short track or swimming! Perfect for experiencing one of Menorca’s best natural beaches without the additional walk to get there.
The old town of Ciutadella is truly wonderful and made this city one of the most beautiful of all the Balearic Islands. If you decide to take a walk around the Cathedral of Ciutadella, you will find many important monuments and religious buildings such as the Cathedral, Iglesia Roser, Claustro de Sam.
Another fantastic place to visit is the market of Ciutadella, a nice place to buy fish or meat as well as to walk and soak up the colours and smells of the everyday life of the Menorcans.
Pedreres de S’Hostal
This is one of the most beautiful ethnological places on the island. An astounding natural labyrinth made of incredible sandstone shapes left by both manual carvers as well as mechanical carvings, this part-quarry and part-sculpture field is a tranquil place.
Top tip: Visit in summer to enjoy one of the many live concerts.
Cala del Pilar
Cala Pilar is an unspoilt beach in the north of Menorca. It is a beautiful cove well off the beaten track in the north of Menorca, with reddish sands and crystal-clear waters. It requires some planning and effort to get there and that puts people off, so expect to find only a few like-minded souls.
Beware: If the Tramuntana (north) wind is blowing you will know all about it here.
In the central southern side of the island in between Cala Fustam and Binigaus. One of Menorca’s first class virgin beaches, Cala Escorxada is an idyllic cove with completely natural surroundings.
A beautiful white sandy beach with shallow calm waters. Perfect for anyone wanting a peaceful beach away from civilisation. Accessible by walking or by sea in boat, kayak or jet ski, a pretty hard hike but worth it at the end.
Sant Francesc de Formentera
Welcome to the capital of the Island. This is where you will see its fortified church, charming shops and picturesque streets.
Playa de Migjorn
This is one of the more diverse beaches in Formentera and is by far the longest. Along its length of six kilometres you will always find a quiet place, whether it is on the soft sand or the flat rocks, near a beach bar or somewhere in the dunes.
Quirky boat houses, a trendy beach kiosk and areas with lots of algae are features of this beach, along with its turquoise water. Nudists, families and couples come to this beach, which is away from the tourist areas, as it is a place where everyone can relax.
La Mola Lighthouse
The Far De La Mola Lighthouse is located at the eastern edge of Formentera, the most southern of the Balearic Islands.
The lighthouse is 21 meters tall and stands fiercely upon a 258-meter high cliff. It is one of the most beautiful spots of the tiny island, that offers a breathtaking view over an endless sea. The building has an interesting literary history.
La Mola Lighthouse
A traditional fishing village with a unique natural harbour and traditional restaurants.
There is beautiful sandy coves and nearby is the starting point of green route 25, which follows the whole of the historical path up to La Mola, known as the Camí de Sa Pujada. As you climb, you will be struck by the best views of the island.