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Best resorts in Canary Islands

edited March 2009 in - Spain and Portugal
Hello, I am looking into the best resorts / islands to go to in the Canary Islands. I have read a bit on but it would also be good to get some first-hand advice of someone who has been there recently. We are taking a large family - grandparents who want a relaxed time, parents who may want to do some sightseeing and children who want activities and nightlife! Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas seem quite good for nightlife, but might be a bit manic for the rest of us. Likewise Puerto Rico. How about Puerto Morgan? Or Playa del Cura, Las Palmas, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen, Matagorda, Playa Blanca.... There seem so many I dont know where to begin. Also, is Lanzarote better than Gran Canaria. Any advise????!!! J


  • Hi Jason

    The problem with choosing the Canary Islands is that there is so much that you can do on each of the islands. The best way to decide is to make a list of priorities. What are the most important things you want to do on holiday. Everyone has different ideas - doing nothing, activity holidays, eating, drinking, clubbing, exploring remote villages, shopping, golf, windsurfing, diving, walking, climbing, sailing and so it goes on.

    Finding out more about what each island has to offer is the start, so have a look at a local website that gives lots of information. It gives details of all seven islands.

    The larger islands - Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura - have the most activities and nightlife entertainment. The weather remains the same for most of the year, but different parts of each island have slightly different weather. So north Tenerife and north Gran Canaria tend to have more cloud cover and more chance of rain over the winter months, and that is why most tourists head to the south of these islands - however the north has a lot to offer with greener countryside. The website also has the current weather conditions and a forecast.

    Once you have visited one island, you are bound to be drawn back again or tempted to try out one of the other islands.

    The best part of a holiday is planning where you want to go and what you will do when you get there - for kids, grandparents and for the busy parents too!

    Good luck
  • edited 8:14PM
    Fuerteventura beaches are most certainly the best of the crop on the Canary Islands. Top choices include beaches undefinedsouth of Corralejo(left) backed on by sand dunes, the windy white sand stretches of El Cortillo to the north west, the sublime endless sands of Sotavento (popular with kite surfers and windsurfers and home to an international winsurfing competition annually), and finally the equally beautiful endless white sandy beaches of Morro Jable and further south near Coffete on Jandia. For superb sheltered family beaches with plenty of family friendly accommodation head to pretty Costa Calma, Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo.
  • edited March 2013
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  • edited 8:14PM
    Lanzarote and Gran Canaria are both Good holiday destinations as compared to others.Also Meloneras offers these great hotels and resorts where whole family can be a part of funfilled holidays of their choices.

    1.H10 Playa Meloneras Palace
    2.IFA Faro Hotel,
    3. Lopesan Baobab Resort
  • edited August 2017
    Lanzarote one of the great places to visit in the canary island is one of my favorite and probably the most memorable one. I'm a heavy drinker and theres this one place in Lanzarote where they made the finest if not the greatest wine called bodegas, man that was very nice! But the main reason for my visit in Lanzarote is because of surfing. One of friends told me to go during the surfing season which is November-March and I did! And it didn't waste my time at all and money well spent. I almost forgot It's the most memorable place for me because this is here I finally met her! Happily married for 7 yrs now with one lovely daughter. I'll be returning here anytime soon that's for sure.
  • edited August 2017
    The four most popular islands that make up The Canary Islands are: Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, but other gems include the islands of La Gomera, and El Hierro.

    Tenerife: Most holidaymakers heading to Tenerife stay in the south-western resorts of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje. This is where most of the island’s hotels are and it's busy for most of the year. Los Cristianos is quieter than its neighbour and is best for the more mature holiday makers.

    Lanzarote: This island did have a bad image, but has gone upmarket in recent years. There is less fish and chips and sunburnt bodies, and more sophisticated tourists staying in eco-friendly accommodation. Popular resorts include Costa Teguise, Matagorda, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen. Activities include cycling, walking, surfing and sampling the local wines.

    Gran Canaria: The third-largest Canary Island is still very popular. The capital, Las Palmas, is a major stop for cruise ships and offers lots of good restaurants. Many tourists head to the resort of Maspalomas which is known for its vast expanse of coastal dunes.

    Fuerteventura: The volcanic island of Fuerteventura is only 50 miles from Saharan Africa and has a spectacular, barren beauty. It has some of the best, and most empty, beaches in the Canary Islands.

    La Palma: The locals call this island La Isla Bonita: “The Pretty Island”. La Palma is a lush forests and a dramatic coastline and with more than 600 miles of footpaths it is a major destination for walkers.

    La Gomera: This tiny island is one of the Canary Islands’s best-kept secrets: unspoilt by mass tourism it offers perfect beaches, sleepy mountain villages lush rainforests, making it popular with walkers as well.
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  • edited November 2017
    So I may recommend 2 places for absolutely different activities on the Island of Tenerife

    1 Puerto de la Cruz - calm and romantic place with the black sand beach, lots of cafes and restaurants, breathtaking panoramas and botanical garden. That would fit more for people who want quiet holidays and slowly enjoy every moment of the vacation.

    2 Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos- good for teenagers and young guys who love clubs, there are a lot of them there + Siam Park nearby.

    The last time I was there I tried to combine the activities and booked for a part of the trip the apartment in Puerto de la Cruz and then in Los Cristianos, the southern airport is closer to the second location.
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