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Not for nothing are the Canaries referred to as ‘The Fortunate Islands’. Their clement year round climate makes them a real favourite, while spectacular scenery and top class resorts and facilities are simply the icing on the Canarian cake!

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Fuerteventura
Gran Canaria
Lanzarote
Tenerife

A Guide to Fuerteventura

Beach lovers will adore Fuerteventura: here you’ll discover endless sands, empty desert landscapes and resorts offering great water sports, fine restaurants and ample retail therapy opportunities! There are hidden gems here too, including Los Lobos island with its wild volcanic nature reserve.

Resort Guide to Corralejo

Corralejo enjoys one of the best sunshine records on the already sunny island of corralejoFuerteventura. It also offers the essentials for an unforgettable holiday amongst white-sand beaches, enormous sand dunes and terrific watersports.

After a day on the waves or relaxing on the sands, the central square will provide you with plenty to do, with its buzzing shops, bars and good value restaurants, whilst after dark, there are a few upbeat bars and discos to take you though to the small hours.

Journey time from airport: 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Costa Caleta (Caleta de Fuste)

If you want a stress-free atmosphere to match your long days on the beach, Costacosta-caleta Caleta previously known as Caleta de Fuste will oblige. Considered to be the most serene resort on Fuerteventura, although it’s growing more popular by the day, it compromises mainly of low-rise whitewashed accommodation and hotels fringing on what can only be described as a brilliant beach of sweeping golden sand.

When you are not soaking on the sands, the resort has a varied collection of shops, cheerful eating spots and lively bars, which surround its little pleasure harbour and castle tower. By night the pace stays low-key and the atmosphere family-friendly, with a good choice of inexpensive restaurants to linger in, perfect for rounding off your day.

Journey time from airport: 15 minutes approx.

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A Guide to Gran Canaria

From magnificent sand dunes to sun-filled theme parks and brilliant water sports, Gran Canaria, like Tenerife, has something for everyone. There are lively resorts, wonderful beaches, some really great golfing and of course the amazing countryside consisting of stark desert landscapes, lush green ravines and some unfeasibly large sand dunes.

Resort Guide to Maspalomas

Quieter than other resorts, Maspalomas offers the perfect mix of holiday Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islandsdiversions needed to satisfy those who want to have a bit of everything. Its first highlight is undoubtedly the beach, all 6kms of it, stretching from the neighbouring sands of Playa del Ingles and finishing in a burst of Saharan-style splendour, in a spectacle of golden, rolling dunes.

On the activities front, there is much to entice you, from a laid-back waterfront lined with open-air cafes, restaurants and shops to some pleasant, low-key night-time entertainment centred around the hotels. There’s also a good variety of more energetic pursuits in the shape of an excellent 18-hole golf course located right next to the beach to horse-riding and waterparks. If you’ve ever fancied a spot of camel-riding, Maspalomas will oblige with the chance to roam the dunes.

Journey time from airport: 40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Playa Amadores

Essentially an extension of Puerto Rico and on the way to the resort of Puerto playaamadoresMogan, Playa Amadores is flanked by a beach of fabulous white sands and crystal clear waters, it’s a perfect haven for those seeking a peaceful and restful holiday.

If you are not content to just sit back and soak up the glorious sun, you’ll find the basic essentials and amenities to meet your needs, such as a few bars and restaurants where you can enjoy tasty local and international delicacies and a few souvenir shops.

For more activity, fun and night-life you can head off into the lively resort of Puerto Rico, equipped with a beach offering watersports, a marina and even a waterpark- there’s plenty to keep you occupied, not forgetting the numerous shops, bars and restaurants which stay open till late and offer plenty of entertainment.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour approx.

Resort Guide to Playa del Cura

Playa del Cura is a smaller-style resort attracting visitors who want a more playadelcurapeaceful kind of beach holiday. The sprinkling of bars, cafes and eating places are excellent places to feast on typical local cuisine and there is a cluster of small shops. Otherwise, the best place to be here is on the sands, basking in the sun and swimming.

The resort has been classed as a marine reserve and is home to one of the best scuba and snorkelling schools on the island. Playa del Cura is also a good base for venturing further afield. The picturesque town of Puerto Mogan is based around a yacht-filled marina which overflows with restaurants many of which serve local freshly caught fish and specialities. Sheltered by towering cliffs, the town boasts a gentle shelving small beach whose white sands tumble into the sea.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Playa del Ingles

Playa del Ingles is the island’s biggest and most bustling resort that draws in theplayadelingles crowds year after year. Easily its main attraction is the stunning wedge of golden sands, bordered by undulating dunes and beach bars, a favourite haven for sun-seekers and windsurfers.

The town itself has a fabulous choice of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes within the many different commercial centres to cater for every taste and budget. A miniature train is on hand to whisk you around all the entertainment and is great fun for the youngsters. And when the sun goes down, a party mood takes over, in the myriad of clubs, discos and late-night bars that dot the commercial centres and the waterfront. Close by to Playa del Ingles lies Campo de Golf, which is surrounded by sand dunes and a lovely long golf course.

Journey time from airport: 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Playa Meloneras

Playa Meloneras is a new and developing resort boasting a prime location playamelenoverlooking the ocean with first class hotels. Only a stones throw away from the fine sands and famous sand dunes of Maspalomas, makes this a perfect haven for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the livelier resorts.

You’ll find the best of both worlds in this resort. Excellent hotels, featuring premier accommodation and only a short bus or taxi ride away from Playa del Ingles, where you will find a variety of shops, bars and restaurants in the various colourful commercial centres. A small selection of shops, bars and restaurants are close by. Entertainment at night is on offer in all hotels, but if you feel like partying, then head into Playa del Ingles.

Journey time from airport: 40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico offers a heady mix of great watersports and excellent entertainmentpuertorico by day and night. At one end of the beach, you’ll find a wealth of watersports facilities on offer, from paracending to windsurfing, jet-skiing to sailing, diving and deep-sea fishing trips and more. Once you’re back on dry land, there’s a huge range of amenities to enjoy, including a waterpark, tennis and minigolf as well as two shopping complexes.

Evenings in Puerto Rico cater for all tastes, there are an abundance of bars and clubs; from lively bars and discos to more relaxed bars to chill-out in. If you need to escape, stretch your legs along the coastal walkway and sample the imported white sands at manmade Amadores Beach – they say it came from Barbados!

Journey time from airport: 1 hour approx.

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A Guide to Lanzarote

Sun, sea and sand – Lanzarote offers attractions amidst an astonishing volcanic landscape of lava-baked hills, fiery craters and desert-like terrain; most dramatic of all is Fire Mountain. You’ll find friendly resorts, great water sports, a typically clement Canarian climate and the chance to visit the intriguing Timanfaya National Park or the spectacular Green Caves.

Resort Guide to Costa Teguise

Up the coast from the island’s capital Arrecife, Costa Teguise is an excellent Costa Teguisemodern resort. The highlight here is the magnificent crescent of pale sand of the main beach: Los Cucharas: a paradise with a wide number of watersports.

Nearby are a number of other waterfront areas if you fancy a change of scenery. The resort is also home to Lanzarote’s only golf course the ‘Golf Course Costa Teguise’, a dazzling 18-hole course set amid the volcanic hills; along with a sports centre, bike hire and waterpark to complete the fun.

Don’t miss out on the nearby popular Sunday market in Costa Teguise either – an explosion of stalls and traders selling homemade African goods and Spanish handicrafts.

Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Matagorda

Set on Lanzarote’s eastern shoreline, this pleasant resort has a gentle pace that is matagordawell complemented by its excellent range of facilities. Here you will find a pretty sandy beach to chill out on and plentiful shops, cafes and bars to attract your attention.

If you fancy changing the backdrop, nearby Playa de los Pocillos has another sandy beach as well as watersports and tennis. The popular resort of Puerto del Carmen, one of the island’s livelier resorts, with its night-life and shopping is just up the coast. Because Matagorda is situated close to the airport, you may experience some aircraft noise.

Transfer time from airport: 10 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Playa Blanca

This tranquil resort has a real ‘get away’ from it all feel. Beach-wise, you can takeplayablanca your pick from the gentle waters at either beaches at Playa Dorada, Playa Flamingo or the sandy bays nearby.

You will find an enticing selection of seafront restaurants and outdoor cafes serving freshly caught fish, as well as a pretty harbour area. At night you can choose from a small variety of entertainment in the bars and cafes. Regular ferries run from the harbour to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, and the island’s Timanfaya National Park capped by the ‘Mountains of Fire’ is easily accessible.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour approx

Resort Guide to Playa de los Pocillos

Just one kilometre away bordering Puerto del Carmen is the quieter resort of PlayaPlaya de los Pocillos de los Pocillos which has a relaxed easy-going atmosphere. Its centre-piece is the large sandy beach which fronts the length of the resort, and is host to an abundance of watersports.

There are shops, bars and restaurants in the centre to wander around. For a change of scenery a regular bus service runs to Puerto del Carmen which is perfect for either days or nights out wandering around the old fishing harbour or partying in the bars and clubs.

Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes approx

Resort Guide to Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is Lanzarote’s liveliest resort. You can stretch out on the broadpuerto-del-carmen expanse of golden sand at the main beach ‘Playa Grande’. The promenade is also the place to find Puerto del Carmen’s cafe-bars, gift shops and restaurants, and at night there are chances to dance and enjoy yourself with many late-night music bars and discos.

Across the other side of town is Puerto del Carmen’s old fishing harbour, with a charming square where you can enjoy fresh fish dishes at an array of fine Canarian restaurants. A relaxing area, picturesque Puerto Calero is a lovely marina located just south of Puerto del Carmen. There’s a friendly manner about the place which will make you feel at home and boat trips and marine activities can be enjoyed here. If you love the sea then Puerto Calero is the place to be head. 20 minutes approx.

Journey time from airport: 45 minutes approx.

Lanzarote Useful Links

Government Travel Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

Official Tourist Board: www.turismolanzarote.com/en/

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanzarote

A Guide to Tenerife

Buzzing resorts, non-stop entertainment, blissful beaches and some of the weirdest scenery on the planet, Tenerife, ‘the Canary Island with everything’ has all this and more. If you want to see it all, why not ride a cable car to the summit of Mount Teide or, for the adventurous animal lovers amongst you, how about a camel safari or a dolphin-watching cruise? The beauty of Tenerife is that it offers something for everyone.

Resort Guide to Costa Adeje

Situated just north of Playa de las Americas, yet still very much a part of the town,costa-adeje Costa Adeje is more upmarket than its neighbour. It boasts a lovely small sandy beach and a couple of excellent waterfront restaurants.

The atmosphere is low-key and classy, and if you want a proper day’s sunbathing or swimming, the nearby beach of Playa del Duque; consisting of a stunning stretch of sand complete with watersports, is an easy 600 metres away.

Costa Adeje is a great base for relaxation, however the bright lights of Playa de las Americas with shops, cafes, restaurants and excellent night-life are close by. .

Transfer time from airport: 30-45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Los Cristianos

Once a quaint fishing village, Los Cristianos has developed into one of Tenerife’s los cristianosfavourite holiday haunts and has a relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Especially popular with families, it still retains elements of its old-world charm. Next door, there is a sheltered crescent of sandy beach lined with numerous pavement cafes and bars, plus a pedestrianised centre where you can browse through the many shops and weekly market. There is also a golf course nearby.

The resort’s harbour area, with its excellent seafood restaurants and array of boat excursions is another hub of activity. From here, you can join dolphin and whale-watching cruises or just take a boat trip to enjoy the sun and sea. A few lively music bars provide most of the night-life, but if you do hanker after headier stuff, Playa de las Americas is just a short taxi ride away.

Transfer time from airport: 30-45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas: a great choice if you want to spend your day on the beach,playa-de-las-americas in the water or conserving your energy for the vibrant night-life.

The resort’s got a brilliant array of beaches, and there’s a marina/working port and waterfront with a couple of restaurants and bars. At sundown, the resort lights up along the main neon-lit bar strip, in many of the British-style clubs.

An easy 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Playa de las Americas the quieter district of Playa de Fanabe allows you to base yourself somewhere less lively, yet still be close by to the action. Shops, bars and restaurants frame the waterfront, and the beach is a close 700 metres away.

Transfer time from airport: 30-45 minutes approx.

Tenerife Useful Links

Government Travel Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

Official Tourist Board: www.todotenerife.es/en/

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife

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