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The Canary Islands
The Canary islands of that we feature,Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, are located closer to the north African coast of Morocco than mainland Spain. These are just three of the five main Islands. The others being La Gomera and Gran Canaria.
Flight time is approximately 4 hours.
The islands are very pleasant year round, with most hotels running at 80% plus occupancy throughout the year. The winter months are particularly popular, with most days bright and sunny and a total contrast to the bleakness of Northern Europe. The sea might be a little bracing on entry, but that does not seem to deter swimming enthusiasts. The spring months are especially pleasant.
Mid-summer is extremely popular with families who want heat, but not the soaring temperatures of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Plus they are just 4 hours flight away from the UK, with numerous flights daily.
It is the largest island in the group, with wonderful scenic contrasts: the north having misty peaks, traditional villages and a more rural Spanish style, whilst the south is more arid and international with the better beaches and warmer climate. It’s a great island to explore, with even a drive-in volcano at Mt Teide.
The North of the island is where the first Spanish settlers made camp, attracted by the lush scenery and arable land. It still retains an authentic charm, with towering misty mountains and quaint villages.
The South is more arid, and has been the area of the most tourism development, much more international with a fine selection of beaches. It is the contrast between the two sides that make the island even more interesting, yet they are only a short 75 minutes apart.
A unique, almost lunar landscape, with jet black volcanic soil, jagged rocks and cliffs, white washed houses and a few golden sand beaches.
Highly individual and attractive, but in a Barbra Streisand way. It is these contrasts that make the island highly individual and interesting. It’s well worth exploring with mountain pass roads, delightful villages and a charming capital, Arrecife.
Our chosen hotel, The Princesa Yaiza, is the most upscale on the island.
The 2nd largest Canary Island to Tenerife, and the closest to Morocco. It has superb beaches, good water clarity, rugged volcanic mountain peaks. There are lively resorts, as well as traditional villages, usually with windmills.
Just off the north coast you have the tiny island of Isla De Los Lobos, which is a popular diving and snorkelling area. Inland you have the pretty village of Betancuria which is built on the side of a volcano.
If We Were To Be Critical…
Whilst the three islands have moved more upscale and more family focused, there are still areas of highly commercialised tourism. In common with most countries in Europe, the beaches are for both tourist and local alike. Private beaches are not permitted.
Marie-Helene has visited this area frequently, and has included La Gomera and La Palma on her travels. She would be delighted to discuss twin island combinations with you.
The Canary Islands – Tenerife, Fuerteventura & Lanzarote
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All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.
Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.
For example Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.
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