If you’re finding it tricky to adjust to the gloomy weather this winter, a trip to the Canary Islands might just be the remedy you need. All of the islands enjoy warm temperatures throughout the year, with Lanzarote being particularly popular due to its unique landscape, culture and architecture. Much of the island’s beauty was preserved by the late artist and architect César Manrique, who ensured that all new buildings were in keeping with its traditional style. James Villas have plenty of properties to choose from on most of the Canary Islands including Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, so that your favourite spot by the pool is never far away.
A place of natural beauty
Lanzarote has a strikingly beautiful landscape that has been formed from hundreds of volcanic eruptions. But don’t worry – the last eruptions were in 1824! Venture to the volcanic wastelands at Timanfaya National Park to see the stark but fascinating scenery that the island is famous for. The rich soils have produced some great wines too, so be sure to check out some of the area’s local wine tours! Other great spots include the stunning Cueva de los Verdes, and the Mirador del Rio lookout point, which sits to the north of Lanzarote and provides views of the Chinijo Archipelago. Gran Canaria has some of the most varied terrain of all the islands, despite being smaller, and a hike through the luscious northern mountains here will give you plenty of photo opportunities.
Enjoy warm waters
If you’re taking the family away, a trip to the Canary Islands wouldn’t be complete without some water sports. The island of Fuerteventura boasts clear waters and white sandy beaches, with many snorkelers and divers journeying to the northern town of Corralejo. The Canary Islands are used for the PWA Windsurfing World Championships, so if it’s windsurfing you want; you’re in the right place. Head to Lanzarote’s Costa Teguise beach for its famous trade winds and calmer waters, which are great for beginners as the tides aren’t too aggressive. If you’re a surfer, the Playa de Famara beach in Lanzarote is famous for big waves and strong currents.
Bright, golden sands
With so many beaches to choose from, you might have a tough decision to make when it comes to choosing your favourite holiday reading spot. The Playa Jardin beach at Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife was the brain child of César Manrique, who wanted to create an environment full of colour. The botanical gardens pop out against the dark volcanic sands for a wonderfully dramatic effect. For young children, the Amadores beach in Gran Canaria has shallow waters and good visibility, making for safer fun in the water. Many visitors to the islands flock to Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas beach. With vast sand dunes stretching inland and crystal clear waters, this beach is one of the most visited in Europe, and also has an old lighthouse to the south. Papagayo beach can be found hidden in the south of Lanzarote, and is arguably the island’s most beautiful shore. The sands are white and sheltered by the surrounding cliffs, making it the perfect place to relax during your break.
If you still haven’t been persuaded to escape abroad this January, take a look at our Canary Islands page for further inspiration.