Made up of seven islands and lying in the Atlantic Ocean 100km west of Africa, the Canary Islands are rugged, charming and bathed in sunshine. Perfect for a camper van holiday.
With over 12 million visitors a year, it’s no secret that the islands are a great place for a holiday, but how do you choose between them and which one is right for you?
The largest and most populous of the Canary Islands, Tenerife also receives the largest share of tourists, with regular flights connecting it with the rest of Europe. If it’s partying you’re after, The Playa de las Americas on the south of the island is crammed with bars and restaurants and stays busy late into the night.
For quieter holidays to Tenerife, head to the north of the islands where more traditional towns and villages can be found and you can experience a more relaxed way of life. For anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, Tenerife is home to El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. The National Park that surrounds it is one of the most visited attractions on the island and perfect for a day’s hiking.
The second most populous of The Canary Islands, Gran Canaria also gets its fair share of tourists, with around 2.2 million visiting every year. If it’s natural beauty that you’re after, Gran Canaria is the island for you. With around a third of it designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve and another 32 natural protected spaces, Gran Canaria punches well above its weight when it comes to biodiversity and stunning landscapes. Punctuated by historic towns and surrounded by quality beaches, Gran Canaria is an island that needs to be explored to be appreciated. Like Tenerife, most tourists stay on the south of the island so head up north if you want to avoid the crowds.
The smallest of the four main islands, Lanzarote is also the most expensive. Like Gran Canaria, Lanzarote is protected as a UNESCO biosphere, largely due to its unique volcanic landscape. As it is only 37 miles long, everywhere on the island is in easy reach, perfect if you want to ensure you see everything on your holiday. As the island was formed by volcanic activity, much of the landscape is barren and almost moon-like. Though this may put some people off, it does make for a spectacular backdrop for your holiday.
Each of the Canary Islands offers a great location for a camper van holiday, with year-round sun, a variety of activities and beautiful settings. So if you don’t have time to visit them all, wherever you do land is sure to give you a holiday you won’t forget.