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Enjoy a relaxing holiday in the Canary Islands

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Travel Agony Aunt received the following question from a traveler in agony:

Dear Travel Agony Aunt
Me and he, we are having trouble this year about where to travel next August. He wants to rest. I prefer to see knew places, don’t mind changing hotels, driving and so on. Just rest will not do it for me. We agree that we want summer weather, just not too hot or rainy. What do you think about the Canary Islands? Or do you have a better plan for us? All the best, auntie!
Myriam, age 59, from Israel

Dear Myriam,

For a relaxing and yet not too boring holiday, the Canary Islands are really a good choice. The mild and dry climate throughout the year make the Canaries a very popular holiday destination also in winter. In Gran Canaria, La Palma and Tenerife you may find tropical rains from time to time, while Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are very dry and windy.

If you want both to relax and see new places, a good option might be to choose an island that best suits your needs and from there take a ferry and travel between all the 7 islands. The boats are quite comfortable and cheap and the trips won’t take too long because the Canaries are geographically very close to each other.

La Gomera, for example, is small and charming and can be reached from Tenerife in only 30 minutes by ferry. This undeveloped island has a wonderful national park and therefore primarily a destination for walkers.

Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are famous for their extremely vibrant nightlife and a good base for a beach holiday, whilst Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro are well off the beaten track and an ideal destination for nature lovers.

The Canaries offer various accommodation options, from luxury to cheap hotels. Budget hotels have basic comforts and are clean and simple, whilst spa hotels are becoming very popular in the last years and are an excellent choice for a really relaxing sun holiday.

If I were you I would stay in Tenerife, the largest island of the Canaries, served by two airports. It offers a wide choice of hotels and ferries departing to all the other islands and I would try not to miss Gomena, Hierro, La Palma and Fuerteventura. On Tenerife you can also go on excursions or observe the stars with expert guides in the wonderful Mount Teide National Park, crowned by the majestic volcano.

I hope I’ve answered your question, Miriam! For more information visit the official website of the Canary Islands.

Good luck and have a nice trip!

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5 responses to “Enjoy a relaxing holiday in the Canary Islands”

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  1. Sheila says:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 11:09

    I live on La Palma. I’d suggest it’s a good balance between relaxing and exploring because it’s so varied that it’s often called a miniature continent, and you could easily spend two weeks exploring it at a leisurely pace. There’s a small active volcano (nothing alarming – just vents with warm air coming out, but it looks like Mars) a semi-tropical rain forest, an international observatory (open days on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but you have to book) historic town centres, and lots and lots of stunning, varied scenery.

    Only two really good beaches and not much night life. Anyone in search of “beach and boogie” would probably prefer Tenerife or Lanzarote.

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think taking ferries between islands will work that well. Certainly there are plenty of fast ferries between the bigger islands, but not many per day to the smaller ones. And if you have a leisurely breakfast (to suit hubby) and then take a two hour ferry to another island, you don’t have a lot of day left before you have to take the ferry back. Or you have to pack your suitcase and change hotels, which your husband will dislike. I think it’s either a maximum of two islands per week or a cruise around them all.

    Fred Olsen do 13 night cruises around the Canaries from £787.00, and I’m sure plenty of other companies do other cruises. Certainly we see a lot of cruise ships in the harbour at Santa Cruz de la Palma.

  2. gavelect says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 11:41

    Hi, Interesting post, I think ferries are a great way to travel and you can get some great scenery along the way as well.

  3. Sharon parkar says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 06:52

    Its a great post and useful also because today everybody want to buy shopping goods online.:)
    Thanks for such an helpful post.

  4. pitar walker says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 13:17

    Thanks for providing information and prices of different variety of Cruise. I need
    this info because i am using online shopping services.

  5. Nick says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 11:40

    My make was in tenerife at the end of November, he said it was brillant. He was also on the ferry around the islands, he liked that too!

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