Often underrated and maligned by a reputation for naff holidays, the Canaries are blessed with scenic and cultural wealth that’s frequently overlooked.
Dramatic mountains, quaint pueblos and charming seaside villages are the domain of the real Canary Islands, where volcanoes loom, black sand beaches outline the archipelago, lush forests, prehistoric sites and seafront resorts make for an environment to be enjoyed by all manner of visitors, and crucially each island brings its own little bit of magic to the table.
Fuerteventura is characterised by soft rolling dunes. It is just 100km from the African coast, and bears striking similarities from the landscape to the architecture.
It’s colourful, exotic and was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 2009, attesting to its beauty. It has year-round sunshine and the biggest and best beaches in the Canary Islands making it a paradise for sun seekers – all of which you can take advantage of at Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort.
Lanzarote is a Unesco biosphere reserve and an intriguing island with an extraordinary 300 volcanic cones. Renowned as a place to generally have fun, it is filled with great beaches, interesting sights and plenty of restaurants.
The landscape has that sense of looking much like luna territory; that is to say stark and other-worldly thanks to black lava fields, interrupted by the occasional palm-filled valley. The island’s major sights have been aesthetically developed by the late César Manrique, a Lanzarote native and artist.
He still has a considerable impact on the island via a cultural foundation that promotes Lanzarote’s conservation, culture and architectural integrity. Combining the best of local villages and beaches, with luxury simultaneously readily available stay at Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort.
The third-largest island in the Canaries’ archipelago, Gran Canaria accounts for almost half the population. It is typically described as a continent in miniature due to the variation in terrain ranging from leafy and green in the north to the mountainous interior and desert south.
It is rugged along the coast and dramatic at its peaks, so despite a tiara of holiday resorts, it is the sort of place where you can find complete escapism when you head out to explore, with with scope for hiking, cycling and water sports.
Meanwhile culture-vultures can be similarly satiated, particularly in the historic cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas. Speaking of which, Bohemia Suites & Spa provides an idyllic base, blending modern architecture and the island’s traditional beauty.
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