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Introduction

The Canary Islands have been a popular winter getaway for many years, a place to soak up the sunshine, swim, sail and stroll beside the sea. They're often regarded as a budget holiday destination, with cheap flights and hotel packages, and it's true that there are frequently travel bargains to be had to this atmospheric island outpost of Spain. But that needn't mean sacrificing quality and there's a good choice of elegant accommodation options to cater for upmarket tastes as well, as well as interesting island excursions.

The Canary Islands are closer to Morocco than Spain, and it was from North Africa that the islands were settled by Guanches, peoples of Berber origin, prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 15th century. A distinctive ‘whistle language' still spoken on the island of La Gomera called Silbo is a lasting legacy of the Guanches.

The biggest and best-known island in the sun-kissed archipelago is Tenerife, dominated by the lofty Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain. The island has attractive beaches - some layered with golden sands and others with black volcanic sands - fringed by resorts such as Los Cristanos and Puerto de la Cruz, where most of the holiday action is focused. Tenerife is also known for it's vibrant annual Carnival, one of the world's best.

The other Canary Islands - Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma - are also excellent year-round holiday destinations, with volcanic interiors, fabulous beaches and activities from windsurfing and walking, to jeep safaris and camel rides. As such, deciding where to travel to can be a bit of a conundrum, although generally the smaller Canary Islands are quieter places than the larger ones. But there's definitely something for everyone here.

Special offers in Canary Islands

Bahía Del Duque, Tenerife

Grand & elegant resort from £2,030 pp incl. flights

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Save up to £570 per couple
Book by: 30 September 2017

Considered to be among the best resorts on Tenerife, this Leading Hotel of the World is a favourite among repeat holidaymakers. It’s been modelled on a typical Canaries’ village, complete with next-door beach, bell tower and staff in traditional clothing.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife

Contemporary resort from £1,195 pp incl. flights

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Save upto £378 per couple
Book by: 30 September 2017

Located on the coast in the rural area of Guía de Isora, the 5-star Abama is a wonderful Moorish-style retreat where you can escape from the flurry of daily life.

Seaside Palm Beach, Gran Canaria

Contemporary hotel from £1,665 pp incl. flights

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Long stay discount save £272 per couple
Book by: 15 December 2017

Gran Canaria’s first Design Hotel is retro chic complete with a range of superb facilities, ultra-stylish rooms and indulgent dinging options.

Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden, Tenerife

Historic hotel from £815 pp

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Early Booking Offer – Save up to £60 pp
Book by: 31 March 2018

Hotel Botanico is located in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife, and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, and the Puerto de la Cruz botanical gardens are nearby. The picturesque old town is just a few minutes away with the hotel's shuttle.

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Top places to stay in Canary Islands

Bahía Del Duque, Tenerife

Grand & elegant resort from £2,030 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £570 per couple
Book by: 30 September 2017

Considered to be among the best resorts on Tenerife, this Leading Hotel of the World is a favourite among repeat holidaymakers. It’s been modelled on a typical Canaries’ village, complete with next-door beach, bell tower and staff in traditional clothing.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife

Contemporary resort from £1,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save upto £378 per couple
Book by: 30 September 2017

Located on the coast in the rural area of Guía de Isora, the 5-star Abama is a wonderful Moorish-style retreat where you can escape from the flurry of daily life.

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, Fuerteventura

Contemporary resort

Corralejo’s undulating dunes set the scene for this luxury resort, tucked away on Fuerteventura’s popular northeast coast. And, while elegant rooms look out to landscaped gardens and the Atlantic Ocean beyond, guests are treated to everything from swimming pools and a kids' club to an indulgent spa.

Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur, Tenerife

Grand & elegant hotel

Tear yourself away from the next-door beach to enjoy the gourmet dining, indulgent spa treatments and poolside relaxation of this luxury property on Tenerife's sun-drenched southwestern coast.

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Where to go in Canary Islands

La Palma

The green island of La Palma has been dubbed ‘the pretty isle' of the Canaries due to the contrasting appearance to its fellow islands. It has its lunar landscapes, too, but there are also beautiful laurel and Canary pine forests to explore. La Palma is one of the smaller, quieter islands in the Ca…

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife, and the closest of the archipelago to Africa - Cape Juby in Morocco is just 100 kilometres away. It has a lovely warm climate year round, which has led to it being known as the ‘island of eternal spring'.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is, like the other Canary Islands, blessed with almost guaranteed good weather year-round, and this is the key factor that continues to attract holidaymakers to its shores. Winter and spring are the most popular time for visitors, with pleasant daytime temperatures for sunbathing and s…

La Gomera

La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, little populated (around 20,000 people) but full of character. Misty forests, banana plantations, dramatic rock faces, secluded black sand beaches and a few small villages such as Valle Gran Rey contribute to its quiet appeal.

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  • A guide to Tenerife

    Tenerife is a fantastic destination offering beautiful sun-drenched beaches, year-round warmth and plenty of heritage sites as well as activities to keep you busy and great food and wine to help you relax.

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