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There are 7 main islands in the Canaries. In order of size, these islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.  Popular destinations for villa holidays in the Canary Islands are Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. These islands are firm family favourites, with superb sandy beaches, and year round sunshine. Our Canary Island holiday villas can be found in a variety of resorts with activities ranging from family fun aqua parks, water sports, stunning scenery and nature. Whether you're looking for the vibrant ambience of Gran Canaria, the relaxing beaches of Tenerife, or a trek across the eerie volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, we've got it covered. With a fantastic choice of luxurious villas available ideal for families, couples and groups the difficult part will be choosing where to go.

Things to do in the Canary Islands

Get a taste of Spanish culture and enjoy fabulous beaches, diverse landscapes and of course plenty of sunshine. The Canaries are also fantastic for leisure activities and entertainment, with an abundance of watersports, aqua parks and vibrant nightlife. Each Island has its own unique appeal. Lanzarote is a much-loved destination that has first class beaches, family friendly resorts and dramatic volcanic landscapes. The island has been given a World Biosphere Reserve status in order to protect its stunning natural scenery. Experience the friendly Spanish hospitality, volcanic and golden beaches and the crystal clear sea on a relaxing villa holiday in Lanzarote. Or perhaps you would prefer Tenerife, the biggest of the Canary Islands. It is a welcoming island with plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy, as well as a range of family friendly fun activities.

Enjoy a villa holiday in Fuerteventura which will provide a tranquil escape for holidaymakers looking for a laidback break away from it all. The beach resorts have stunning white sands and turquoise seas, with ideal conditions for watersports such as windsurfing and surfing. Discover Fuerteventura's natural beauty, explore the sand dunes and trek through the volcanic landscapes. Gran Canaria has numerous soft, sandy beaches and a vast choice of excellent leisure facilities, including many first-class golf courses.

Gran Canaria sand dunes
Canary Islands beach

Beachlife in the Canary Islands

When it comes to beaches, it's hard to top the glorious Canary Islands and their stunning shores and coastline. From pristine man-made bays to naturally created coves and inlets, from black and white sand to golden dunes and volcanic rock there are beaches of all shapes and sizes here. You can choose from quiet and secluded to vast and windy, a villa in the Canary Islands can offer you the chance to experience it all. Wide golden arcs of sandy beach can be found in Tenerife with a number of Blue Flag awarded beaches dotted around the shores, along with a huge range of family friendly man-made stretches. The iconic black sands showcase some of nature's finest unusual beaches with captivating cliffs rising high above the sea level. The turquoise waters and soft sands of Gran Canaria offer variety, with buzzing beach-side resorts to rugged coastlines and secluded bays. The stunning shores of Fuerteventura provide you with miles and miles of pristine coastline with over 150 beaches to choose from, you can select your own paradise beach. Sun, sand and sea are plentiful in Lanzarote, here you will find almost 100 beautiful bays covering the coastline. From black volcanic sand to exotic coves surrounded by crystal clear waters.

What to eat in the Canary Islands

Located just off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands were for centuries the crossroads between Europe and America. Surrounded by stunning beaches, this archipelago is renowned for the variety of seafood on offer, as well as its many healthy side dishes. Discover the cuisine of the Canary Islands, a unique blend of Spanish, African and Latin America foods with a combination of freshness and flavour. Historically, the islands were the first stop on Spanish soil as ships returned from the Americas, and so they began growing and incorporating foods from the Americas into their diets, such as potatoes, beans, tomatoes, avocados, papaya, maize and cocoa. Other foods from around the globe were brought to the islands by sailors, the banana became a staple part of their diet, where it is served fried or made into tarts, served with rice, eggs, or meat sauce. Other staples of the cuisine include a wide variety of fish which are typically prepared in three different ways, covered in salt and fried, baked, or jareado (sun-dried and seasoned).

Maspalomas sand dune

When to go to the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands offer year-round sunshine, with average temperatures of a pleasant 24 degrees with temperatures in the low twenties even in December, January and February. The Canary Islands are ideal for both peak and out of season getaways and a firm villa holiday favourite all year round.

Useful Information

There are direct flights to the Canary Islands from the UK. The average flight time to Tenerife and Gran Canaria is 4 hours 20 minutes,  Lanzarote 4 hours 10 minutes and Fuerteventura is 4 hours 15 minutes. The Canary Islands are in the same time zone as the UK.

The local currency across the Canary Islands is the Euro, you can use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal.

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