WORLD CLASS DESTINATION
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 are 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 several congress centres that make even theatre style for 8,000 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 whale spotting, the exciting activities on offer make even the most world-weary traveller take notice.
Each island has its own distinct personality:
Tenerife – The beach-fringed, volcanic party animal
Gran Canaria – The multiferias, cultured capital
Lanzarote – 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
The Canary Islands are now a member of the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories, an organisation that monitors and measures tourism, providing clear, objective data to guide evidence-based decision making.