Summer’s here – so fly away to the Canaries

by Sylvia Pownall

WHETHER you’re a winter sun seeker or a lover of long, sunny summer days, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the Canary Islands – but each one holds something unique to visitors.

Should you go to the largest island, Tenerife, or try one of the smaller ones? Is nightlife important or do you want adventurous hikes and trips into nature?

Maybe your only goal is to relax on a warm, sandy beach?

Whatever you have in mind, Falcon will help you find the perfect Canary Island for your trip …


As the largest of the four main islands, Tenerife provides you with lots to see and do. This island is home to the famous Mount Teide and, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, the surrounding national park will keep you happy for days on end.

Not that Tenerife shies away from creature comforts, though – the island boasts Michelin-starred restaurants and the tourist resorts offer a wonderful experience.

The nightlife is buzzing, especially when there are festivals taking place. This is when the capital, Santa Cruz, takes on a Mardi Gras feel with street parties and parades. The beaches, villages, restaurants and nature spread right across the island allow you to have it all your way on Tenerife.

Gran Canaria

The resorts here are world-renowned and there’s even a volcanic mountain, like on its bigger sister, Tenerife.

However, it’s the beaches and the charm of the villages – where you can escape the crowds for a romantic getaway – that set Gran Canaria apart.

The island’s trademark tropical lager will hit the spot after a day spent exploring and the seafood is second to none.

Gran Canaria has an active nightlife near the resorts and in the main cities, meaning you can combine the best of both worlds.


Lanzarote has something of an otherworldly feel due to the volcanic cone shapes around the island – where the original Planet of the Apes TV series was filmed – particularly in Timanfaya National Park.

This is also one of the youngest of the islands and showcases some modern architecture, thanks to the creative architectural style of Cesar Manrique, who fought to stop high-rises from taking over.

More recently, the island has become popular with active travellers who are into cycling, mountain biking, running or watersports.

If you’re lacing up your tennis shoes or popping on your gear for some beach volleyball while reading this, Lanzarote might just be for you.

And don’t forget to check out while you’re there, and say hello to Paddy!


Fuerteventura is one of the more organic Canary Islands. It’s a no-added-sugar sort of place, where the buildings are low-rise and the landscape has been built up by biology rather than bulldozers.

But that’s not to say nothing goes on here – in fact, as most of the Canaries creak to life around mid-morning, Fuerteventura has been up for hours catering for the people who want to fit it all in.

Other islands

The other Canary Islands are easy to get to and are ideal day-trip destinations from these islands.

La Palma is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and is a good location for wide-ranging nature outings. La Gomera is another secluded nature retreat, whereas the smallest of the islands, El Hierro, is relatively untouched by tourism and is a refreshing day trip.

Each of the Canary Islands represents something different, but the one thing they all have in common is their awe-inspiring beauty.

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