The ultimate winter sun destination, Spain’s Canary Islands provide a welcome respite from our dark cold winter. While many visitors to the Canaries do not stray far from their beachside hotel, those who do are generally rewarded with plenty of hidden gems including 4 of Spain’s 9 national parks.
The popular islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote both offer interesting landscapes, characterful towns and some excellent restaurants for those willing to do a little bit of exploring. Hop in a car from Tenerife’s popular Costa Adeje and within an hour you will reach Masca Gorge, an excellent hiking spot with impressive views or why not head to the volcanic vineyards of La Geria in Lanazrote for a spot of wine tasting.
For those still desiring a traditional beach holiday without the crowds, La Graciosa and La Palma are just the tonic.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
Resort on a private estate in the quiet area of Guía de Isora in Tenerife
Hotel San Roque
20 room boutique hotel in the quiet fishing village of Garachico, Tenerife
La Plantacion del Sur
Intimate and elegant beach hotel overlooking Tenerife’s Costa Adeje.
Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort
Luxury suite hotel directly on a white sand beach in Lanzarote
Collection of cottages located inland on Lanzarote
Hotel Hacienda de Abajo
Small luxury hotel on the sunny west coast of unspoiled La Palma
- Without doubt, the highlight of a trip to the Canary Islands is to escape the British winter and enjoy mild sunny weather.
- On Tenerife, hire a car and drive through the lunar landscapes surrounding Mount Teide, the third highest volcano in the world.
- Also on Tenerife, explore some of the attractive towns of the north such as La Orotava and the island’s capital Santa Cruz, both of which avoid the tourist excesses of the south.
- Visit some of the less frequented islands such as UNESCO-protected El Hierro, beautiful La Palma and rugged La Gomera, staying in comfortable parador hotels.