Needham's Point St Michael Bridgetown, BB15158, Barbados
The Canary Islands, ideal for everyone seeking the sensational backdrop against which to unwind with a glass of sangria. Whether you want water sports, historic sites, stunning scenery, vibrant nightlife or to laze on a beach and soak up some sun, each Canary Island has its own personality, allowing you to pick the one that’s best for you. There are seven Canary Islands, each with breath-taking countryside, sun-bleached beaches and sunshine all year round. Explore the lunar landscapes of Lanzarote or join the fun in Tenerife’s lively resorts. Get some serious bronzing under your belt on Gran Canaria’s beautiful, golden beaches or kick back and relax on the charming island of Fuerteventura. With so much potential, you can make your Canary Island holiday exactly what you want it to be. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, home to Spain’s highest mountain, fine sandy beaches and some of the archipelago’s most vibrant nightlife. Often referred to as a ‘mini continent’. Gran Canaria is famous for its rocky beaches, sandy dunes and a cosmopolitan capital city. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Lanzarote’s lunar landscape of dark volcanic sand contrasts with the golden beaches of the coast. Fuerteventura has the most beaches of the Canary Islands, with vast dunes stretching for miles. La Palma is the greenest; its incredible clear skies drawing stargazers from around the world. Nature lovers head to La Gomera and El Hierro for their forest trails.
Since the islands are surrounded by water, there is a plethora of choice when it comes to water sports. Many of the beaches in the most touristic islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura – provide visitors with loads of family-friendly water sports, such as kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and paddle boarding.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are also popular throughout the islands and with a great number of diving schools peppered around the coasts, you’ll have plenty of choice when it’s time to pick one. Although the Canary Islands aren’t protected by a coral reef, there are loads of dramatic rock formations and intriguing wrecks to explore under the water’s surface. There’s also plenty of marine life to see, such as stingrays, moray eels, turtles, angel sharks and a myriad of multi-coloured fish.
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|Languages spoken||Canarian, español canario, habla canaria, Spanish|
|Currency used||Euro (EUR)|
|Area (km2)||7,493 km²|
|Sports & nature|
Many of the beaches in the most touristic islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura – provide visitors with loads of family-friendly water sports, such as kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and paddle boarding.
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The very first thing you fancy doing as soon as you step onto the Canary Islands is to go to a beach. The extraordinary climate, set in an eternal spring, and the long sunny days with temperatures ranging between 19º and 25º throughout the year invite you to put on your swimwear the moment you arrive. Luckily the Canary Islands are home to over 500 beaches of all types and colours offering a wide range of possibilities.