An archipelago of scenic wealth, the Canaries woo and wow with a spectrum of breath-taking landscapes usually only found in vast continents. Dig a little deeper than the beach resorts along its coasts and you will discover a land that time forgot, inexorable volcanic peaks overshadow fragrant pine forests, hilltop pueblos, desert dunes, prehistoric sites, subtropical greenery, lava fields and surreal lunar landforms. All this under a year-round sun makes for an exciting destination that will captivate adventure-loving groups.
Sun worshipers will also be hooked as there many different styles of beach from which to make a selection and as the wellness trend increases so do the amount of Thalassotherapy centres and wonderfully relaxing treatments on offer. Seafronts here provide a good choice of bars too, in which kicking back and enjoying a sundowner are a daily ritual.
Quite surprisingly for some small exotic islands there are 5 congress centres that make even theatre style for 8000 possible! So while the archipelago is an incentive hotspot it can also cater for the serious stuff. There are also a lot of remarkable, unusual venues, a large number of deluxe hotels and 4 national parks, one of them a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From mountain observatories to submarines, kitesurfing to camel rides, the exciting activities on offer make even the most world-weary traveller take notice. The tax and surf breaks are also attractive, almost as much as the Santa Cruz parade at Carnival!
Each island has its own distinct personality:
Tenerife – The beach-fringed, volcanic party animal
Gran Canaria – The multiferias, cultured capital
Lanzerote – The photogenic, starkly-contrasting volcano field
Fuerteventura – The bronzed, goat-dwelling surfers-paradise
La Palma – The charming, pretty one that is great for hikes
La Gomera – The rugged, arborous, wild landscape
El Hierro – The entrancing, remote geopark