Why Are the Canary Islands Still One of the Top Destinations for Winter Sun? — AD

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When it comes to looking for family holidays, the Canary Islands will pop up as an option time and time again. 

But just why do 5 million of us Brits choose this destination every year? 

From the glorious weather to the diverse activities on offer, here are just some of the reasons why: 

You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune 

According to WeSwap, travellers in the Canary Islands spend, on average, €103 per day. This includes the odd bit of shopping, a few taxi journeys, a night out and several visits to some of the attractions. 

The survey also breaks down the average spend per activity (so you can work out what you might spend based on what you like to do). This includes €47 for eating out, €42 for shopping, €48 on entertainment and €30 for transport (per day).

You can choose your accommodation to suit, as well. If you prefer all-inclusive deals so you know how much you’ve spent from the offset, there are ample hotels. But if you prefer to have uninterrupted family time that isn’t dictated to by specific mealtimes and so on, accommodation from the likes of Villa Plus may be just what you’re looking for. 

There’s Plenty to Do for the Whole Family 

From modern art and charming historic towns to hiking trails and water sports, there is so much to see and do in the Canaries, with each island boasting its own unique qualities and offerings. 

Some of the top highlights include Teide National Park in Tenerife. This is home to the world’s third largest volcano and the entire park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s also a visitor’s centre with a museum, a botanical garden and plenty of interactive exhibits going on all the time. 

For those looking for something a little livelier, there’s Santa Cruz in Tenerife. Tenerife’s capital plays host to a number of shows and you’ll also find several museums and a market here. Las Palmas is also worth a visit if you’re in Gran Canaria. 

Plus, the beaches that surround all of these islands offer all you need for a family day at the sea! Not only that but you’ll also find that a lot of the shops, hotels, restaurants and services have English-speaking people, so you don’t have to worry about learning the local lingo (Spanish) before you go.

The Weather’s Pretty Fantastic, Too!

Because the Canary Islands are closer to Africa than Europe, this plays a huge part in the weather there. High season is classed as December to April and July to August with the latter being the hottest months of the year. However, one huge appeal with the Canaries’ weather is that it very rarely exceeds 38°C, which is a welcome relief for many. From May to June and September to November you can expect these temperatures to dip a little but they still average a very pleasant 28°C. 

So, not only are the Canaries renowned for being a cheap place to go to but they also offer plenty of activities and uninterrupted sunshine – what more could you ask for? 

Image of Canary Islands courtesy of Shutterstock

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