Cheap Holidays to Canaries
Holidays & Hotels in the Canaries
Hotels in the Canary Islands
Made up of seven main islands including Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, the Canary Islands welcome 5 million Brits to their shores every year. There’s just about every sort of accommodation you could possibly imagine across the islands, from large family-focused resorts to adult-only boutique hotels. Cheap villas and holiday apartments are also an option for those who fancy having more of their own space.
Situated just off the coast of northwestern Africa, these Spanish islands benefit from year-round sun where the temperatures rarely dip below double figures. Plus, with volcanic landscapes, delicious restaurants and buzzing nightlife resorts, there’s no wonder people keep returning on holiday for an even bigger slice of the Spanish lifestyle.
Where to stay
With the volcano of Mount Teide at its center, Tenerife’s main resorts are spread out along the coast. Along the south coast, the neighbouring areas of Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje have stunning beaches, shopping centres and water parks. Many go especially for a visit to Siam Park with its thrilling water-based rides and swimming pools. Meanwhile, to the north of the island, Santa Cruz offers up something different. It’s less about the beach holiday and more about the laid-back city lifestyle, but it also has a buzzing harbourside and a vibrant shopping centre.
With multiple resorts across Lanzarote, you’re spoilt for choice. Due to the accessibility of the island, many use the capital Arrecife as their main base, choosing to rent a car to get them around. There are palm tree-lined beaches, swathes of history, and a range of restaurants to visit. To the south of the island is the resort of Playa Blanca, which sits close to many of Lanzarote’s main sights including Timanfaya National Park and El Golfo. It’s also the spot where you can catch a ferry over to nearby Fuerteventura. Puerto del Carmen is also another Lanzarote hotspot, filled with hotels designed for all holiday budgets. Both a golf course and Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park are accessible via a short drive, keeping all members of the family entertained.
The Fuerteventura beaches reign supreme, with resorts to the north and the south of the island to cater for tourists. To the north, Corralejo is one of the most popular resorts. It’s retained much of its natural charm and continues to be a spot for holidaymakers looking for somewhere with a thriving nightlife scene and chilled beaches. Caleta de Fuste is closer to the airport and is a great base from which to set your suitcase. It’s got three main beaches to choose from, a vibrant marina area, plus several 18-hole golf courses.
The third largest Canary Island isn’t short of resorts. A 24-minute drive from the airport, Las Canteras Beach is far enough from the main flight path to make you forget about life back home. It’s based within the capital, Las Palmas (not to be confused with the island of La Palma), which is well-known for its sandy beaches and shopping centres.
The volcanic hills and beautiful hillsides in La Palma attract keen walkers from far and wide. Puerto de Tazacorte on the west coast is a great location for those looking to stretch their legs up in the hills or wanting to head out on boat trips to spot some local wildlife. The capital, Santa Cruz, is one of the most buzzing places on the island and has a charming side to it in the form of old architecture and museums.
What to see
No matter which Canary Island you pick for your holiday, you’re in for a treat with their beaches, national parks and water parks. Over on Lanzarote, don’t miss a trip to Timanfaya National Park, where it’s possible to cook food over a volcano and witness impressive lava fields. Tenerife boasts many family-friendly attractions, including Siam Park, Loro animal park, and a cable car up Spain’s highest volcano Mount Teide.
As well as its many beaches, Fuerteventura has Acua Water Park and Oasis Park, the latter of which offers interactive experiences with various animals. Caldera de Taburiente National Park is popular with walkers in La Palma, while Gran Canaria has Casa de Colón, a museum dedicated to Christopher Colombus’ discoveries, plus hiking trails around Bandama Caldera.
On top of its family-friendly resorts, the Canary Islands has a lot to offer by way of its bustling nightlife. For a holiday on Lanzarote, Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen have partying needs sorted, with many a British pub ready to start your night off the right way. Playa de las Americas is the place to head to on Tenerife for clubs, discos and live entertainment, while Gran Canaria has Playa Del Ingles and Las Palmas to cater for your nightlife needs.
What to eat
Thanks to its popularity with tourists all over Europe, the Canary Islands have restaurants catering for all types of cuisines, from traditional English meals to pizzerias. Of course, one of the main draws of the Canary Islands is the opportunity to try some authentic Spanish food. ‘Papas arrugadas’ are boiled potatoes that are a Canarian staple; they’re either enjoyed on their own as a sharing dish, or on the side of a main meal. They’re best enjoyed drizzled with mojo, a heady mix of garlic and various herbs and spices.
You’re never too far from a shopping centre or large supermarket in the Canary Islands, but for the most authentic purchases head to the local street markets. Local handicrafts are sold at Teguise Market in Lanzarote every Sunday, where haggling is encouraged to bag your souvenir. Los Cristianos Market on Tenerife is open Tuesdays and Sundays where you can purchase inexpensive clothing and accessories.
Fast facts about the Canary Islands
- Direct flight time: From 4 hours 10 minutes from London
- Transfer time: Varies; from 10 minutes to 50 minutes depending on island and resort
- Time zone: GMT
- Currency: Euros
- Language: Spanish
- Average price of a domestic beer: €1.25
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 4 euros
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 5 million