Summer Sun in the Canaries: Gran Canaria or Tenerife?

 

Nestled in the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Africa, is an archipelago of Spanish islands that continue to be of enormous popularity to British holidaymakers. The Canary Islands are as diverse as they are varied, with each island home to numerous resorts that appeal to visitors for many different reasons. Cheap flights from Fly Thomas Cook are available from many of the major UK airports, meaning that travelers can be basking in the heat of their chosen Canary Island within four hours, at affordable prices.

So which island does a traveler choose, Tenerife or Gran Canaria? The answer to this question isn’t easy and largely depends on what sort of holiday a travel wishes to have – is it the sandy beaches that appeal? Do they need to keep the children busy? Or are they ready to explore as much as possible?

Gran Canaria

The second most populated island of the Canaries, Gran Canaria is an incredibly diverse island that provides breathtaking beauty in the mountains of the north, while offering glistening golden sands and azure waters in the south. The popular resorts of Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico can be found in the south of the island, while the attractions of the various resorts can be accessed with ease using the local bus and cab services.

The Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Tenerife

[Also see our travel article “Exploring Tenerife in the Canary Islands“]

While the coastline may offer incredible beaches and crystal clear waters, a day trip to the heart of the island will introduce travelers to a whole new vantage point. The Timanfaya National Park is an absolute must if one has the time to spare – coach tours operate in the park (or travelers can opt for a camel ride if they can handle the bumps!) which will get visitors one step closer to the barren landscapes of this volcanic island.

Resorts include the bustling Playa de las Americas and the attraction-laden Adeje, which are perfect for relaxation and sightseeing alike.

The fantastic beach at Las Teresitas. Photo credit Flickr: Chop1n

The fantastic beach at Las Teresitas. Photo credit Flickr: Chop1n

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