Canary Islands

Knockout scenery

The Canaries are actually the tips of a volcanic mountain range, which explains the crazy mix of scenery – the islands showcase everything from tropical forests and moon-like lava deserts, to giant sand dunes. And then there are the beaches, which tick off white sandy sweeps and black-sand coves.

Tenerife and Gran Canaria

The biggest island is Tenerife, which does a nice line in lively resorts, shopping streets and please-everyone attractions. It’s also home to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. Further west, Gran Canaria’s been dubbed a continent in miniature, thanks to its diverse landscapes. It’s also got upbeat beach resorts like Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico to its name.

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

Turning the tempo down a notch, there’s Fuerteventura. This place is big on sand. Not only has it got towering dunes, but it’s also home to the longest beaches in the Canaries. Lanzarote, meanwhile, is quietly confident, lining up Blue Flag beaches, an other-worldly volcanic landscape and buzzing resorts.

La Palma

Last but not least, La Palma is the place for a taste of the Canaries of old. This tiny, off-the-radar island is all quiet coves, cobbled streets and volcanic peaks.

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Tenerife

Out of all the Canary Islands, the biggest – Tenerife – arguably has the most going on. Travel to the island’s top half and you’ll find no end of greenery to get lost in – banana plantations, pine forests, you name it. Head south, meanwhile, and you’re in holiday central, with everything you could possibly want at your fingertips.

Gran Canaria

It might only be the Canaries’ third biggest isle, but for somewhere the size of Greater London, Gran Canaria packs a lot in. With soft sands in the south, lush forests in the north and huge mountains in the middle, it's is a place that covers all the bases.

Lanzarote

If you had to describe the Canaries’ most easterly isle in one word, it’d have to be dramatic. You can’t go far without clocking a soaring cliff or volcanic peak. That said, it’s the beaches that draw people in, and there are about 30 kilometres’ worth of them – not to mention off-the-beaten-track spots that never made the official list.

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