Spanish Holiday destinations in review The Canary Islands - Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria & Lanzarote

The Canary Islands, The Gran Canarias

There are seven in total but for today we will review four. Often overlooked for a holiday due to the popularity of Mallorca (Majorca), The Balearic Islands an archipelago off eastern Spain, in the Mediterranean. The Canary Islands, are a Spanish archipelago closer to Africa in location (northwestern Africa). These rugged volcanic isles are known for their attractive mix of (mezcla in Spanish) black and white-sand beaches. The Canary Islands popularly known as ‘The Canaries’ offer stunning weather all year around the coldest month of the year is in January with an average heat a comfortable 21 degrees and summer is balmy but not like the searing heat of Andalusia with August an average of 28 degrees. 


However, Lanzarote is a popular tourist spot its capital Arrecide, a port city with a 17th century year old town quarter. Lanzarote is also home to its magnificent Timanfaya National Park made up if volcanic soil and now a ‘Biosphere reserve’ since 1993 (UNESCO). Although, protected short paths are designated for tourists to walk, you can travel by bus or even camel. Trips by camel are a commmon novelty experience across the islands. Lanzarote is the third busiest island for humans after Gran Canaria, and Tenerife. A side note, most Spaniards take their annual leave in August, so expect to find a lot of competition for accomodation if you take your leave at the same time.

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Gran Canarias

Again, the island has a volcanic nature and half of its space is shared by seven protected parks. Gran Canarias boasts a diverse nightlife with 15 + LGBT clubs on the islands and it has been a popular ‘gay destination’ travel spot for over 15 years. Scuba diving and Snorkelling being amongst the most top rated activities for tourists. There are ample solo tourists visiting the islands as well as group adventurers, so it is not a place where you will feel lonely! I still trust Tripadvisor for reviews, if you want to know more


Tenerife the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and probably this writers favourite due to its spectacular natural beauty inclusive of it’s stunning ravines, rich history, and the simplicity of the islands gastronomy. ‘Chicharros’ is a dish of blue jacket mackerel and is a very popular dish served across the islands with ‘papas arrugadas’ (translates to wrinkly potatoes, ‘mas o menos’, more or less you must know this term to survive daily conversation anywhere is Spain) served with mojo (a red sauce) for a hearty and tasty fix so you can continue on with your days activities. If you like a drop of vino (wine), you won’t go thirsty most of the island is covered with grapes so you will find something pleasing for your palette. 

The variety of vines and their use throughout the world is coming up in a future post. It is a popular region for wines with the Abona vineyard planted on the side of an extinct volcano. I was delighted to find several varieties had found their way to my native Australia. I am guessing the similarity in climate make the grape a good choice as a base.


According to scientists it is the oldest of the islands. The sea is very blue, like the Pacific Ocean and not the typical waters you would expect to see in mainland Spain but the sand (arena in Spanish) is undeniably, black. Tourist accomodation didn’t arrive at the island until the late 1960s, so you can still feel like you're visiting a destination unknown. Fuerteventura has a savage beauty, for me in which the wildness is enchanting. There is some decent surf on the coasts, something difficult to find in mainland Spain where kitesurfing takes precedence due to the lack of decent waves (olas in Spanish-yes, a little like how you pronounce Hola). You will also find a lot of Motocross circuits across the island due to its abundance of semi rugged terrain. If you like access to a variety of outdoors activities, without throngs of other tourists, peace and a low cost vacation this is a good place to stop. Many low cost resort options in The Canarias especially Lanzarote and Fuerteventura

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