Holidays to the Canary Islands

Volcanic beaches and subtropical forests

The Canary Islands are Spain's most far-flung territory, a diverse little archipelago sitting just off the coast of northwest Africa. Warmed by the currents of the Gulf Stream, these rugged islands support an incredibly diverse terrain, from Sahara-style deserts complete with giant sand dunes to swathes of scented pine forests and looming volcanic peaks. Beaches kiss their coastlines - some black sand, some white - along with secret coves, tranquil bays and traditional fishing towns.

With their year-round sunshine, the Canaries are as popular for winter sun as they are for summer beach holidays. Each island has a character all its own, from Tenerife, the largest of the islands, with its landscape of lush forests, mountains and dark volcanic beaches, to Lanzarote whose distinctive lunar-like landscape leaves no doubt as to the Canaries' volcanic origins. Fuerteventura is the quietest and most easterly of the Canary Islands, while Gran Canaria, is the most diverse – the north is lush and green while the south stretches into almost desert-like scenes such as the rolling Maspalomas Dunes on the island’s south coast.

The Canary Islands are situated off the southwest coastline of Morocco in north Africa.

There are eight Canary Islands in total: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.

It all depends on what you’re looking for. Tenerife is the largest and has the widest range of things to do; Fuerteventura tends to be the best for kite surfing and wind-based water sports; Gran Canaria has the most spectacular scenery; Lanzarote has become a bit more upmarket in recent years and offers the best luxury beach resorts; La Palma has some of the best volcanic backdrops; and La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa are the least developed and the best options for a peaceful getaway surrounded by nature.

Gran Canaria is the hottest Canary Island in December.

Tenerife is often the hottest Canary Island in November.

Tenerife is the hottest Canary Island in January.

The Canary Islands are in the European Union because they are part of Spain.

Yes, the Canary Islands are part of Spain.

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