Which Canary Island Should I Choose?

11 Feb 2022 By Matt French

If you’ve got your heart set on the Canaries for your next holiday, you’ve already made a great choice! With a number of popular destinations to choose from, all offer outstanding beaches, year-round sunshine, and plenty to see and do for all ages. Read on to see which of these magical isles will give you the perfect holiday to remember.

Fuerteventura

Rocky beach in Fuerteventura at sunset

Best for: relaxation

Home to some of the most impressive beaches in Europe, Fuerteventura is all about escape. With miles of sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, the Canary Islands’ best-kept secret is the perfect place to unwind.

For day trips away from the sea and sand, there are a number of picturesque coastal towns and pretty fishing villages ready to be explored. At the top of your list should be the charming village of Betancuria, where you can take an afternoon stroll along beautiful historic streets before sipping on a glass of sangria at a traditional restaurant as the sun goes down.

The island also offers an impressive range of accommodation. You’ll find everything from Self Catering for groups on the go, to All Inclusive family packages and 5 star beachside resorts. For couples, there are a number of adult only resorts and hotels, while the island is also set up for honeymooners seeking 5 star luxury.

Gran Canaria

Small pebble bay in Gran Canaria with boat on water

Best for: fun in the sun

Ideal for families and couples alike, Gran Canaria offers miles of idyllic coves and beaches, and an unrivalled nightlife.

For those able to drag themselves away from the resort pool, families can spend the day on beautiful Blue Flag beaches, or enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at Aqualand – the biggest and most thrilling waterpark on the island. A day trip to the famous dunes of Maspalamos should also be on the cards, where you’ll feel just like you’ve been transported into the middle of the Sahara Desert!

For couples and friends, you could do worse than spend your days soaking up the sun on a gorgeous golden sand beach before hitting the town at night. In fact, the nightlife in Gran Canaria is pretty legendary! Why not check out the lively Playa del Ingles, where you’ll find a large number of bars, pubs and clubs open ‘till the small hours?

Lanzarote

Volcanic landscape in Lanzarote with view of ocean below

Best for: adventure seekers

There’s no doubt Lanzarote does a great job of catering to couples and families with children of all ages. But for thrill seekers, this enticing island takes some beating, with world-class surfing spots in the north and exceptional kite and wind surfing along the west coast. There’s no need to worry if you’re just starting out – lessons are readily available for all levels, from complete beginner and up.

For walkers, a ramble through the spectacular Timanfaya national park is a must. Here you’ll trek across a stunning volcanic landscape, the result of continuous eruptions some 300 years ago. When you’re finished exploring, it’s a short walk to the coastal path, where you’ll be greeted by stunning clifftop views.

With a wide range of accommodation, there’s plenty of choice on the island for every type of getaway. Whether you opt for a last minute couples break at a beachside hotel, or a family holiday at a well-equipped resort, you’ll find enough entertainment and relaxation to keep everyone happy on their Lanzarote holiday.

Tenerife

View of volcanic mountain in Tenerife

Best for: all round escape

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife simply has it all. With miles of stunning sandy beaches, historic villages, and delicious eateries to suit all tastes, there’s plenty here for the family holiday of a lifetime.

With a number of thrilling adventures to be had, from parascending and jet skiing to whale and dolphin watching, you’ll find it impossible to be bored, whoever you are.

For a romantic getaway, Tenerife is also an excellent choice. Whether that means staying at a luxury resort on the Costa Adeje, or exploring the breathtaking Teide National Park, there’s plenty on this impressive isle to create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Of course, no guide to Tenerife would be complete without mentioning the nightlife! Your best bet is the vibrant district of Playa de las Americas where you’ll find everything from family friendly venues with local music, to all-night partying until dawn. In fact, this exciting island has everything you need keep your party entertained at any time of the day or night.

View of beach on Canary Islands with footprints in the sand

So there you have it – our handy guide to the most popular destinations in the Canary Islands. Whether you’re a couple looking for that long-needed romantic getaway, an adventure-seeker after thrills and spills, or a family with children that likes to keep everyone happy, we’re sure you’ll find one of our choices above just what you need for that perfect holiday to remember.

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