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
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!