Canarias is like a multi-destination where you could change your mind about your holidays concept. Although at first sight, it may seem that the archipelago just offers you sun and beaches, every one of its islands hides surprising proposals, which persuade you to visit it again. In fact, each of the territories that make up Canarias allows you to organise a tailor made travel, different and original, with diverse purposes and outcomes.
Today we will take advantage of January’s calm, post-holiday season and the Winter cold to stay home thinking about all good things to come: Holidays. Take out pencil and paper and take notes because we will review some of the proposals that Canarias offers us for this Spring-Summer 2016. If you have never been there, don’t think twice. If you have already been there, start thinking of coming back…
Few places like Lanzarote for getting the moon. This island is magic, not just because its fabulous multi-coloured sandy beaches, but the natural beauty of its orography, directly emerging from the depths of the Earth. Lanzarote’s landscape seems to be from another Galaxy, a place where volcanos and ocean meet in such a way that make up a unique colour scheme building the most wonderful history. Sheer cliffs coated by past lava eruptions, vegetation hardly seen over the bare hills like uncharted lunar land, valleys full of deciduous trees, swamps, caves, desert paths…And among one another, small quiet White villages whispering their everyday life histories. Their people and traditions conceal the same calm and relaxed pace. Everything tastes like salt and exotic fruits, spices and sauces. Gastronomy is one of the small treats maintained almost as it was since ancient times and takes your taste back to different eras, destinations and civilisations.
Booking a hotel in Lanzarote is an essential option to be considered for those looking for a romantic getaway, but do not be deluded: a couple getaway has thousands of possibilities in this island. The classic trip for two: idyllic beaches, restaurant by the sea, terraces that seem to have been built to watch the sunset, luxury spa hotels, cosy apartments in the midst of nature…But also the one offering adventure, which invites you to explore every inch of the island, immerse yourself in its forests, get lost in its deserts, climb to the top of its volcanos or venture into the depths of its sea and its lava and fire lands.
Sports are a must in the island. You can enjoy surfing -although it is not as traditional as in Fuerteventura, as we will now see-, diving, sailing, golf, cycling without any hassle. There are companies in the island that provide the necessary equipment and professional guides to accompany us on our adventures. Moreover, hotels and resorts in Lanzarote, especially in touristic areas, provide special services to enjoy leisure and the natural environment at very affordable prices. Lanzarote is a paradise for any budget: transport is economical and comfortable, fully-equipped accommodation at very reasonable rates and flights affordable for anyone who is fortunate enough to book them in advance.
Sports and kids: Fuerteventura
It is the most versatile island of the Canary archipelago. A diverse and full of contrasts landscape compared with Lanzarote makes Fuerteventura the perfect destination for those thinking about family holidays or those who want to take a break with friends or partner. It is an excellent destination for everybody, where spending a memorable and unique vacation by simply wishing it. From the famous Dunas de Corralejo to the hotels in Playa de Jandia, where you can enjoy the spectacular beach of Matorral, the natural recovery of which gave all of its beauty back.
Fuerteventura offers everything, from monumental heritage to history, traditional gastronomy, craft, boutiques and typical outdoor markets. The major traveller attraction is the coast, its long sandy beaches and its ideal waves to practice windsurf, the sport of choice in the Canary paradise. International competitions with official rankings take place in Fuerteventura, elected also to host world championships on many occasions, where it is possible to see some of the most famous windsurfers on the planet. Its great climate, with sun and wind makes Fuerteventura the ideal destination for surfing internationally. This had led to the emergence of one of the best service industries, comprising diverse companies and even athletes’ hotels.
But in this surf paradise, children still playing the leading role. Fuerteventura is a family island, full of leisure options particularly aimed at children. It is here where the concept of child friendly hotel has evolved furthest, good examples of this are the child friendly resorts in Jandia with Only Adults spaces reserved for parents to combine family holidays and time for themselves. Thanks to all these details and services that make this destination offer more versatile, Fuerteventura remains very popular in all Spanish travel agencies and tour operators, over other neighbouring islands. Moreover, its prices are much more affordable compared to other typical sun and beach holiday destinations, and its services are high quality.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife: urban attractiveness
Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey
The capital of Tenerife is the best place for those who want to visit the Canary Islands, but do not want to spend the days resting on a sunbed. Shopping tours, culture for all tastes, gourmet gastronomy, walks through its beautiful avenues, heritage and colonial tradition on every corner, lively atmosphere and friendly and enthusiastic people. Santa Cruz is unknown to most people, even though it is the focus of attention once a year, thanks to its popular Carnaval. Beyond the masks and the queen of the parade, the capital conceals many secrets that delights those who take time to discover them. In fact, Santa Cruz takes time to visit and tourists coming from hotels in Costa Adeje or similar touristic areas can just spend one day. So why not devote it a full trip…
Some of the best luxury hotels in Tenerife are located in the capital, such as the emblematic Grand Hotel Mencey, a 5-star hotel that offers the possibility to rest in one of the oldest hotels in Spain, at a praised historical building in the city. Over the years, many celebrities and billionaires around the globe, like Liz Taylor, have stayed at the hotel. Despite being a luxury hotel, the Mencey is a traditional meeting point for Tenerife residents. If you don’t have the possibility to stay at the hotel, you can take a cooking course organized by its exclusive culinary classroom in Santa Cruz, having dinner in its restaurant or an appetizer at its lounge terrace.
Santa Cruz is a luxurious city, but at the same time tied to its people histories, identities and spirits. It is full of places that tell us the story of a humble, friendly town wedded to its historical roots.