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Why Holiday in The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have long been a popular holiday destination for many people from both Northern Europe and the Spanish mainland. The islands have spring like weather all year round, making it the perfect destination to enjoy the beautiful beaches and sea which is always warm. You are sure to be charmed by these unique volcanic islands with their traditional villages, attractions and friendly locals just waiting for you to arrive. Holiday accommodation is abundant and varied on these islands and, whatever you are looking for you, will be sure to find the perfect accommodation for your stay. The strict building regulations state that all buildings are to be white with no high-rises to be built, which all add to the beauty to these wonderful islands.

There are many sights and attractions on the islands and, although they are quieter than other islands in the Canaries, you and your family will always find something fun to do on your holiday. One of the highlights of Fuerteventura is the quad buggy safari, which takes participants to see six volcanoes close up. If you are interested in a little history, Gran Canaria has the Castillo de la Luz which was built in 1494 and was used to defend the island. La Gomera is perfect for nature lovers with the Garajonay National Park, which is also a UNESCO heritage site. If you are staying on La Palma, you will be impressed by the amazing observatory on the island.

The weather on the islands is beautiful all year round, which allows holidaymakers to enjoy the beaches and pools at any time of the year. The hottest time of the year is from June to September and this is also the busiest time. One of the most popular times for many to visit is the period after Christmas: this is when many Northern Europeans arrive for a little winter sun.

The history of the Canary Islands is fascinating and it began with the Gaunches and Arab sailors who lived on the islands as far back as 999 AD. The islands were inhabited by many different cultures until finally it became a province of Spain.

There is a great choice of villas and apartments on the canary islands and, whether you are looking for a large space for your family with a private pool or you are a couple looking for a smaller apartment as a base to allow you spend time on the many beautiful beaches or visiting attractions and sightseeing, you are guaranteed to find the perfect accommodation here for your stay.

There are many options for night life on these wonderful islands too, from small intimate restaurants serving mouth watering cuisine made with fresh ingredients, to bars perfect for a relaxing evening and a spot of people watching while the sun sets over the sea, to late bars and nightclubs for the party animals out there.

The Canary Islands are the perfect place to enjoy a holiday with many beautiful beaches to relax on, fun attractions and historical sites. You can make your time on the islands exactly how you want it to be.

History of The Canary Islands

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Although it is not possible to pinpoint the exact date that the Canary Islands were discovered, it is known that they were populated in ancient times and it is often said that the islands are all a part of the lost continent of Atlantis. However, this has never been confirmed due to the myths that surround the lost continent.

The Canary Islands did not have any native population however they have been inhabited since before the birth of Christ. The first inhabitants of the Canary Islands were the Gaunches: described as a very beautiful white race, muscular, tall, and blonde. It has been suggested that these inhabitants originated from Celtic immigrants from Portugal and mainland Spain and even from Norse invaders. The Gaunches lived mainly in caves and survived through farming, herding and hunting.

Arab sailors arrived on the islands in around 999 AD, closely followed by the French, Genoese, Portuguese and others. At this time most of the islands inhabitants were cave dwellers and also, due to the lack of boats, there was very little communication between islands except between those in line of sight. The inhabitants also had a fascinating form of a whistling language that allowed them to communicate across valleys: this can still be found today, especially on the islands of La Gomera and La Palma.

Christopher Columbus discovered the islands in 1492, returning to the islands several times afterwards reportedly to visit the beautiful Beatriz de Bobadilla, who he first met at the Spanish court. The Canary Islands went on to become a useful post for Trans Atlantic vessels because of the close proximity to the African coast.

In 1822 the Canaries became a province of Spain and, in 1853, the Islands were named as a free trade area. General Franco was made military governor of the Islands in 1936 and used this time to plan the nationalist revolt which led to the Spanish Civil War. Since the 1960s the islands have embraced the tourism industry, which has increased every year right up to the present day.

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When you have chosen one of the Canary Islands as your holiday destination, the next thing you will want to do is choose where you want to stay. The decision on the type of accommodation you want will depend on the type of holiday you have planned, your budget and the size of your party.

There are many types and styles of rental accommodation available on the Islands. Those who want a quieter more relaxing holiday may choose the islands of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera or La Palma. You can choose from large or small apartments, villas and bungalows. For luxury there are many villas and bungalows with their own terraces and pools, and even some with hot tubs. All holiday homes come with fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms, including linens and towels to make your stay as relaxing as possible.

Accommodation is plentiful and very pleasant, adding to the beauty of the Canary Islands. This is because there are strict building regulations that only allow construction companies to build crisp white buildings and there are no high rises in sight.

Once you get searching for that perfect holiday home, you are sure to be spoilt for choice!

Must See Sights and Attractions in The Canary Islands

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Visit the fascinating Castillo de la Luz

While you are staying on the Canary Islands, there are many attractions and sights that you will want to visit: some of which are historical and others which are great family fun days out.

For those who want to add a bit of adventure to their holiday, why not go on a buggy and quad safari on Fuerteventura. This trip will take you on a tour that is on the track of six volcanoes and it will enable you to view with amazement the beautiful volcanic landscape close up.

A visit to the Castillo de la Luz is the perfect day out if you are interested in history. The castle which is on the island of Gran Canaria and the name translates to the Castle of Light. It defended the natural harbour in Las Palmas for centuries and was built in 1494 on the foundations of a former fort at the time of the Castillian conquest.

For nature lovers who are holidaying on the island of La Gomera, there is a national park called Garajonay. The park is classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The park is home to a rain forest that has many different beautiful flora and fauna. The national park is well known for its laurel forest, which is a living fossil with many different animal species and plants. The park is quite often enveloped in fog as it is situated on the middle peaks of the island: this makes the area even more magical.

If you are holidaying on the island of La Palma and you are lucky enough to be there at the time when the observatory opens its doors to visitors, you will not be disappointed as this is an amazing place that is located high above the clouds. There are fifteen telescopes located there observing stars and galaxies. If you are fortunate to have a guided tour, the scientists will tell you about their work and share their fascinating experiences and research with you.

Villages around The Canary Islands

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There are many beautiful villages on all of the Canary Islands and the lesser known quieter islands are no exception to this. There are many older quaint villages along with busier tourist villages so, whatever type of day out you are looking for, you are guaranteed to find it on one of the Canary Islands.

Betancuria is one of the most beautiful villages on the island of Fuerteventura. It is very historic and was founded in 1404 by Jean de Bethencourt. It is situated in the mountains of Fuerteventura and was the capital of the island until 1834. There is a beautiful 17th century church in the centre of the village which took almost a century to build. The previous church was destroyed by the Berber pirates. The village hosts many places where you can sample the traditional food of the island.

Barlovento on the island of La Palma is situated in the north east and, due to the winds in the area it is the wettest and greenest part of the island. This means that it is covered with pines, laurel forests, heathers and lots more beautiful plant life: this is one of the attractions that keeps visitors coming every year. Barlovento has a natural salt water pool that is set into volcanic rocks and is a very popular spot for visitors.

Hermigua on the island of La Gomera has a romantic feel to it as it is situated in between two high mountain ranges. It has a temperate climate and it has one of the largest banana harvests on the island. There are several points of interest in the village, including the monastery El Convento de Santo Domingo and The Los Talearres crafts museum. You will also find a beautiful beach in the village.

Golfing in The Canary Islands

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When you are booking your next golfing holiday and you want to play in a gorgeous exotic destination, then the Canary Islands are the perfect place. Golf is played all year round on the islands as the weather is so warm and you can enjoy the beautiful sunshine whilst playing on the course. All golf courses on the Canary Islands have top class facilities and breathtaking scenery so are therefore a pleasure to play on.

Gran Canaria offers eight impressive golf courses: all designed by professionals and are considered to be some of the best in Spain. The courses are all wonderfully tranquil, upon which you can take the time to perfect your game or just enjoy playing. Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas is the oldest club in Spain and was opened on 17th December 1891. The course has two putting greens, a practice tee, pitching green, instructors, pro-shop, club hire and a restaurant. You will enjoy breathtaking views of deep ravines whilst playing on this brilliantly designed course. Other golf courses in Gran Canaria include El Cortijo Club de Campo, Meloneras Golf and Las Palmeras Golf.

Tecina Golf in La Gomera is an impressive course. It is the only one on the island and is unique because of its layout, views and location. Tecina Golf is an eighteen hole course designed by Donald Steel and was opened in 2003. It is a fabulous course to play for any standard of golfer and it boasts beautiful sea views from every hole. The golf club has brilliant facilities, including club hire, buggy hire, lessons, driving range and restaurant.

Fuerteventura has four golf courses, with Golf Club Fuerteventura being the first on the island. The Spanish Open Tournament was held here in 2004 and it is one of the most impressive courses on the islands. Designed by Juan Catarineu, the course has eighteen holes and includes bunkers and natural obstacles that add something special to the game. Las Playitas Golf – Pitch and Putt is an eighteen hole course that will be a challenge for any golfer, with plenty of different holes and water features. The views from the course are spectacular and will just add enjoyment to your round of golf. Other courses on Fuerteventura are Golf Club Salinas de Antigua and Jandia Golf Course, both of which are great golf courses to experience whilst staying on the island.

Canary Islands Fiesta's

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As with the rest of Spain, there are many fiestas that are held on the Canary Islands. Some are held all over Spain and others are indigenous to the islands.

One of the most important fiestas held in Spain including Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma is the Dia de los Reyes (Three Holy Kings Day). This fiesta is essentially Spain's Christmas day and begins with a street parade in which the three wise men distribute Christmas gifts to the children of the town.

In February on the island of Gran Canaria the Fiesta del Almendro en Flor takes place. This is the festival of Almond Blossom and celebrates the time when almond trees are in bloom. The fiesta is celebrated in a grand fashion in the towns of Tejeda and Valsequillo. If you choose to attend the fiesta, you will be able to sample the local produce including almond wines and sweets and watch the spectacle of the classic folk dancing and singing.

If you are planning a summer holiday and want to experience some of the traditional celebrations of the Canary Islands, there are several to choose from including Fiesta de la Virgen de las Nieves. This is held to celebrate the local patron saint, and it is held all over Spain with each area celebrating their chosen patron saint. The fiesta includes parades, dancing and local food and drink to enjoy.

Many people will book their holidays around the time of the fiestas so that they may enjoy the spectacle for themselves. A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in The Canary Islands

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There are some great options for night life in the Canary Islands, even when you are staying on the quieter islands. Although the night life may be different on the quieter islands, there will still be something for everyone to enjoy.

If you are visiting Fuerteventura, the main resort for night life would be Corralejo on the north of the island. If you are after lively nights out in bars, there are plenty of bars along the coast and the harbour and, if you venture further into the town, you will find many restaurants, cafes and bars with great seafood and tapas.

Gran Canaria is a great island for night life. Nights out here are varied, fun and energetic and most of the bars and restaurants stay open until late into the night, with the nightclubs and discos staying open even later. On the island you can have as quiet or as lively night out as you wish, as there are many options for families and young party goers. There are many carnivals and fiestas throughout the year which always makes the night life fun.

La Gomera and La Palma are the quietest islands: however there is still night life to suit holidaymakers, with beautiful restaurants and bars both on the coastline and further inland in the many little villages and towns. The islands are very relaxing and it is perfect for enjoying the traditional side of the islands, taking relaxing strolls or take in a little people watching whilst sitting in one of the bars or cafes.

Shopping in The Canary Islands

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Shopping on the Canary Islands is great fun and one of the major attractions for holiday makers here. There are markets, shopping centres, duty free shops and little boutiques so, if you want a break from the beautiful beaches and hot sun, a day of spoiling yourself in the many shopping areas is perfect. Whatever you are looking for, you are guaranteed to find it on the Canary Islands.

Shopping opportunities on the island of Fuerteventura are plentiful, with local markets selling hand crafted goods, large shopping centres such as Las Rotondas and fashion boutiques. You will find many gift shops perfect to take home mementos of your holiday for you and your family. One of the main attractions for those visiting Fuerteventura are the many duty-free shops selling tobacco, alcohol and cosmetics often at much cheaper prices than mainland Spain. The markets of Fuerteventura are usually the best places to find great bargains, especially when you try your bartering skills out. The markets offer a good selection of gifts, clothes, shoes, sunglasses, fruit and vegetables. There are also plenty of stalls serving hot tasty snacks and drinks for a well deserved rest after all your shopping.

Whether you are looking for simple gifts and souvenirs or serious shopping, Gran Canaria has it all. The island has long been a very important commercial centre with a massive selection of shopping centres and districts, in addition to its busy port, street markets and duty free items. For the serious shoppers on holiday here there are plenty of shopping areas in most of the cities and towns. The capital of the island, Las Palmas, has the highest number of shops in the whole of Gran Canaria, and they are concentrated mainly around the Calle Mayor de Triana area. The shops are housed in many historic buildings and you will find anything from designer clothes, fashion shops, jewellery, perfumes, shoes and duty free goods. You will always find plenty of cafés and restaurants for a spot of lunch whilst you are busy shopping.

La Gomera and La Palma are the smaller islands in the Canaries and they are perfect for quiet holidays on the beach and exploring the little historic towns. The shopping options on these two islands are fairly limited to small local markets, supermarkets and a few scattered shops with local crafts, clothes and souvenirs. The most enjoyable way to experience shopping here could be to explore the small winding roads and find the hidden little shops for items to take home. The markets sell beautiful fresh produce amongst other items, such as gifts and clothes, and it is always fun to try your bartering skills at these quaint little markets. Shopping made easy by looking here at our guide

Best Times to Visit The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are one of the only holiday destinations where the calendar does not determine when you should visit. You can visit at any time of the year and be guaranteed a great time with pleasant weather. The islands are known as the Islands of Eternal Spring, with pleasant weather and bright sunshine all year round.

The busiest months on the islands are July through September: they are also the hottest months attracting many sun worshippers to the stunning beaches. All the attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels are open and crowded at this time of the year so there will be plenty to see and do as long as you do not mind crowds. This is a great time for a holiday with the family, a holiday with brilliant night life and a buzzing atmosphere. The temperatures are around 80 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year and the sun is at its hottest, so a high factor sun cream is recommended.

If crowds are not something you like on holidays, autumn and winter are the perfect times to visit the islands. In the autumn the temperatures are just right to enjoy days out, beach time, enjoying plenty of activities, restaurants and bars in a leisurely way. The winter is ideal for those who want to have a nice quiet holiday to enjoy sightseeing, quiet evenings out and enjoy the cooler weather, as the temperatures at this time are around 21 degrees Celsius. The evenings do get considerably cooler due to the close proximity to the Sahara desert so it is a good idea to pack some jumpers for your winter sun holiday.

The period after Christmas is very popular for tourists to visit the islands and get a little winter sun, escaping the dark cold winters at home.

Climate for The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have become one of the prime destinations for those seeking winter sun over the last twenty years.

The reason the islands have become so popular is because the weather is so beautiful all year round. With temperatures that rarely fall below 16 degrees Celsius in the winter and 25 degrees Celsius in summer, they really are the perfect destination for a holiday at any time of the year.

Summers on the Canary Islands are from April to November and they are generally hot and dry due to the island's close proximity to the Sahara desert. August is the hottest month with temperatures at around 30 degrees Celsius or higher.

Winters are from December until March and the weather is warm enough for the beach or pool during the day but it gets cooler during the night, so it is advisable to pack a few warmer items of clothing if you are visiting at this time of the year.

Getting To and Around the Canary Islands

When you book your holiday to the Canary Islands, it is then time to organise getting there. Travelling by air is the easiest and most popular option to reach your destination, with plenty of European budget and chartered flights arriving into the airports of Fuerteventura, La Gomera, La Palma and Gran Canaria every day.

Flight times from the UK are around four hours so it doesn't take very long to arrive at your chosen destination, ready to begin your holiday by escaping to the beautiful weather of the Canary Islands. Once you have arrived at the airport of your chosen island, you will find plenty of options for transfers to your rental accommodation, such as car hire, taxis, and buses.

Whilst you are on your holiday, you may be interested in travelling around the island to do a spot of sightseeing and exploring. You can choose from a variety of options to get around, the easiest and most convenient is to hire a car. There are lots of car rental companies to choose from on the island and most offer reasonable prices. If you would prefer to leave the driving to someone else on your holiday, you could make use of the buses, coach tours or taxis: however be warned that, if you use taxis for the duration of your holiday, it can become rather expensive.

If you are feeling energetic while you are staying on the Canary Islands, you could hire a bicycle and tour the island on two wheels. This is a very good way to see sights that you would normally miss when driving and bike hire is available at lots of places and is reasonably priced.

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Things to Do on the Canary Islands The island of Fuerteventura offers much more than just Sunshine and beaches as it is well known for. Away from the seafront are many activities to enjoy. There are many historic sites and museums as well as volcanic remnants to explore. Inland you can find traditional restaurants and many more sporting activities.
Towns & Resorts on Other IslandsFuerteventura, like all of the other Canary Island, was formed through volcanic activity many millions of years ago. This resulted in the landscape we see today which has been weathered over the years to make it one of the most beautiful places to venture over. There are 125 miles of beaches, reported to be the best in the world, which owe their existence to the sand from the Sahara being deposited over thousands of years on the island. This is all understandable because Morocco is only 60 miles away and the winds can be extremely strong at times.

Gran Canaria, Island Resorts, Canary Islands, SpainThe hills of Gran Canaria are scattered with traditional villages nestled between the banana plantations and tropical orchards. Nearly all have retained their character and have cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses with red tiled roof's.

Shopping on the other island resorts of the Canary Islands Whether you're looking for trendy surf wear to look the part on the beach, or the latest in gadgetery, there's plenty of shops on Fuerteventura to suit everyone's taste.Top Tip: Take your passport (or other form of ID) if you're paying with credit card!
Golf on FuerteventuraThe course is an 18 hole, par 70 of 6049 meters from the men's championship tees, with two loops of nine holes starting and finishing at the clubhouse. There are three large lakes connected by a stream, all of which come into play.