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Three reasons to visit the Canary Islands

Three reasons to visit the Canary Islands

This is a guest post by Nathan Brooks who has been a freelance traveler and writer since 2001. An enthusiastic blogger and traveler, Nathan publishes articles about his own travels, experiences and everything else he is passionate about.

When I was younger, it seemed like all my friends did in the summer holidays was travel to somewhere hot and exotic while I remained stuck at home in the UK – bored, cold and very jealous. They visited places including Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and destinations in the Canary Islands, like Tenerife. So after I saved my money and could afford to go on holidays of my own, Tenerife in the Canary Islands was the first place I went and I had a great time.

Canary Island holidays may have lost their appeal for some holidaymakers, but these seven islands can provide so many things to do, see and eat that it’s a great first time holiday destination for families, young people and older people.

The Weather

The weather in the region is almost always guaranteed to be good, with the average temperatures ranging from 18°C to 24°C. This means that the climate is always warm and as the islands are so close to the African coast, the islands’ weather can often be described as sub-tropical.

The Beaches

For families, the islands are home to a number of aquatic parks and natural pools, as well as some great beaches. Some of the best beaches can be found on Fuerteventura (such as Sotavento), which has the ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing. Playa de Jandia, which houses a beautiful beach and spectacular views of the nearby Jandia Mountains, is another fantastic beach.

Sports/Adventure

What I didn’t know when I landed in Tenerife is that the Canary Islands are not just for beach holidays, but that they are also a well-known destination for extreme sports. Activities such as rock climbing, paragliding, free-falling and mountain biking are common throughout the area. Extreme sports enthusiasts can find cheap Canary Islands holidays relatively easily, as many of the companies in charge of these sports also arrange accommodation for their customers.

There is so much to discover in the Canary Islands, so don’t just dismiss it as another place to go on a beach holiday because you could be missing out on some of the better parts of the island!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Flickr Photos: cneisner

2 Comments

  1. Posted March 14, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    The affordable and good food and drinks as well! :)
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  2. Posted March 19, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    I noticed that these days that Tenerife in particular is cheaper than it was ten years ago. But I think the best thing for Europeans is that the weather is pretty reliable. It probably hasn’t been the best winter in Tenerife, but few people return home having not seen the sunshine.

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