The names of the islands – La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote – are synonymous with the Great British holiday. And rightly so. These islands, which stretch east to west roughly as far as the South Coast of England, were formed by ancient volcanoes and sit just off the western coast of Africa, off Morocco. It was the warm, fresh climate that first brought European tourists to its shores, but now the islands are fully developed and attract all manner of visitors, from party-goers and water-sports fanatics to those looking to put their feet up and let the world roll by.
Over to the East are Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, loved by those who want a singles beach holiday with all the facilities and entertainment they could wish for but with some breathtaking natural backdrops to explore. Can’t decide which one to visit? Don’t worry – there are regular ferries between the two islands that take less than a quarter of an hour.
The most populous – and largest – of the Canaries is Tenerife, which is where you’ll want to go if it’s nightlife, laughter and gorgeous beaches that floats your boat. But it’s not all about singing and dancing. If you like some oldeworlde charms, there are picturesque villages built by Spanish settlers hundreds of years ago that give a real flavour of the Canary Islands.