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Canary Islands

Experience the varied scenery of this Spanish archipelago, where pine-forested peaks overlook lava fields and gentle waves lap at golden-sand beaches.

The Canary Islands are comprised of diverse landscapes usually found oceans apart. Located off the coast of West Africa, the archipelago features superb beaches, subtropical national parks, volcanic ridges and Sahara-like dunes.

Hop between islands to see the unique character of each, from indulgent waterfront resorts to hiking trails that wind through deep ravines and laurel rainforests. See colossal cliffs drop into the surging ocean and stroll along peaceful arcs of soft sand.

A good place to start your adventure in the Canary Islands is its capital city, Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria. This thriving city has picturesque winding streets and a magnificent waterfront promenade along the Playa de Las Canteras. More gorgeous scenery can be found at the beach of Playa del Inglés. Check out the surf schools on the north of the island to get some tips on finding the best breaks on Gran Canaria. 

Go on a daytrip to the monumental sand dunes in Maspalomas, explore the historic tree-lined neighborhoods of Valsequillo or trek to the cave villages of Barranco de Guayadeque.

Tenerife, the archipelago’s largest island, represents the Canary Islands’ rich heritage with its fascinating museums and monuments. The large resort of Puerto de la Cruz has a charming old town by the fishing port and is surrounded by fine black-sand beaches. Go windsurfing on the island of Fuerteventura or explore the island coastline on a charter boat trip.

Explore the paradisiacal island of La Gomera, which is renowned for its network of hiking trails. This island is characterized by rugged ravines clad in remnants of prehistoric vegetation. Try the island’s specialty tapas, such as roasted pork and regional cheese. Hear locals communicating across the ravines using a unique whistled language.

The Canary Islands are easy to reach via plane to major airports on Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Hop between islands on ferries or charter yachts and catch local buses around each island. Rent a car to reach the more remote areas of the islands. The high season is between December and February, with another peak in the summer months of July and August. 

The Canary Islands are a year-round destination for discovering the diversity of an entire continent in miniature.


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Avenida del Atlantico, s/n, Golf del Sur, San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 1,920 reviews
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    Situated near the airport, in San Miguel de Abona, this aparthotel is close to Golf del Sur Course and Amarilla Golf and Country Club. Area attractions also include Monkey Park and Camel Park.

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    Avenida Los Marrero 35, Mogan, Mogan
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 591 reviews
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      This family-friendly Mogan hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Las Gananias and Mogan Port. Angry Birds Activity Park and Puerto Rico Shopping Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife £90
      Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

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      Avenida Adeje, 300, Adeje
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 511 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Adeje resort is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ajabo Beach and La Caleta National Park. El Duque Beach and Golf Costa Adeje are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        THB Tropical Island £72
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        THB Tropical Island

        C/ Fragata, 2, Yaiza, Lanzarote
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 390 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Yaiza, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Dorada Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Marina Rubicon and Aqualava Waterpark. Nuestra Senora del Carmen Square and Atlantic Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife - All Inclusive £167
          Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife - All Inclusive

          Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife - All Inclusive

          Avenida JM Galván Bello, San Miguel de Abona, Canary Islands
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 51 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly San Miguel de Abona resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Amarilla Golf and Country Club and Golf del Sur Course. La Tejita Beach and The Red Mountain are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium, Spa & Casino £158
            Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium, Spa & Casino

            Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium, Spa & Casino

            Mar Mediterraneo 1, Meloneras, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 482 reviews
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              Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of La Charca Lagoon, Maspalomas Lighthouse and Maspalomas Golf Course. Yumbo Shopping Center and Meloneras Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Sol Tenerife £83
              Sol Tenerife

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              Avenida Rafael Puig Llivina, 12, Arona, Tenerife
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 629 reviews
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                Offering direct access to the beach, this Arona hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Troya Beach and Veronicas Strip. Siam Park and Las Vistas Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Iberostar Selection Sábila £150
                Iberostar Selection Sábila

                Iberostar Selection Sábila

                Ernesto Sarti, 5, Adeje, Tenerife
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 487 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Costa Adeje hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fanabe Beach and Puerto Colon Marina. Aqualand Costa Adeje and Siam Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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