If you are looking for a little winter sun in a beautiful and relaxing location, the Canary Islands are a great option. There are seven islands and six islets in the group.
Tenerife is big enough to offer something for everyone. Despite the fact that it is such a popular tourist destination, much of the island is unspoilt. The Teide National Park offers plenty for nature lovers to do and see.
The coast is long and mostly rugged, but there are over 40 miles of beautiful beaches. This island offers great diving, numerous boat trips and a full range of other watersports as well as riding, cycling and hiking. You definitely cannot get bored on Tenerife.
Every year, the biggest carnival in the world is held on Tenerife. The Carnival of Santa Cruz is in The Guinness Book of Records for the highest attendance. It is a spring celebration, which, like Easter, moves each year.
There are several purpose built resorts on the island and Playa de Las Americas is the most well known. It has a fantastic sandy beach, great clubs as well as first class accommodation. In the summer, it is very much a party town with many revellers heading for the famous Verónicas strip with nearly a mile of bars cabaret clubs and nightclubs.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest island of the group. It is famous for its volcanic scenery and if you want to scenery that is nothing like anything else, you see in the rest of Europe a visit to the Northern edge of the island and the Green Caves is a must. Timanfaya National Park and the Castillo de San Jose are also great places to visit.
The people of Lanzarote love a party and the biggest carnivals are held each year in Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen. Every 30th of May the island comes alive as the locals celebrate Canarian Day.
If you want a beach holiday Playa Blanca is for you. Costa Teguise is for those who are looking for a quieter holiday and enjoy nature. Puerto Del Carmen is great for a traditional sun, sea and sand holiday. It has plenty of clubs, restaurants and bars too.
Fuerteventura is the more tranquil of the Canary Islands. The resorts of Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste are the most popular with the British, but Jandia is growing in popularity.
If you like windsurfing or sailing this island is a great option. The food is good on this island with plenty of local restaurants offering traditional food, but there are Brit bars and cafes too.
The beaches are beautiful and rarely crowded. There are plenty of boat trips and other activities to keep you occupied.
Gran Canaria is best known for the fact it packs so much into a relatively small space. The geology of the island means each part of the island has its own landscape and, to some extent, its own climate. It is perfect for those who like nature and exploring on bikes, horseback or hiking. There are 32 Natural Protected Spaces on the island.
The popular resorts of San Agustin, Playa Del Cura, Baha Feliz and Meloneras all have great beaches as well as good nightlife and restaurants. There are watersports available at all of these resorts as well.