The ever-popular Canary Islands’ are located just off the Northwest coast of Africa and boast an almost tropical climate while being perfectly located a short flight away from the UK. Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are all perfect locations for a stress-free getaway and promise all the benefits of a Spanish holiday with good weather guaranteed year-round. However, there’s more to the Canaries than just a beach break, check out our fun facts and open your eyes to what these islands have to offer:

Canary Islands Map

Seals not birds

The origin of the Canary Islands’ name is a subject of speculation but doesn’t actually come from the chirpy yellow bird at all. It could be from the Monk Seals which used to inhabit the islands or because the islands used to be home to many types of dog (Canariae Insulae is Latin for ‘Island of the Dogs’).

A taste of Thailand on your doorstep

Want a bit of Thai culture without the long flight? Tenerife is home to the huge Siam Waterpark, boasting some of the most extensive displays of Thai architecture outside of Bangkok. The park was designed with permission from the Thai royal family so you know it’s the real deal!

Head to one of the two capitals

Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria both hold capital city status across this archipelago of islands. So not only are these tourist havens both incredible locations to choose for a stress-free break but they are also geographical anomalies that will provide yet another holiday anecdote when you get home!

Go on an underwater adventure

Go on your very own submarine safari to see amazing fish and underwater fauna on your holiday to Lanzarote. Explore the volcanic ecosystems from the comfort of the underwater craft and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the endangered loggerhead turtles that sometimes pop up in the canaries, as well as all the incredible animals you’re bound to encounter.

Head to carnival

If you can’t make it to Rio then head to the second best carnival in the world! Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers all the colorful costumes, amazing floats and fun party atmosphere that you expect from carnival. Held over two weeks in February, you can expect good times that are guaranteed to thrill all ages.

Marvel at the black sands

Tenerife’s Mount Teidi is the third highest volcano in the world but the most breathtaking by-product of the volcanic atmosphere are the jet black beaches that can be found all over the Canaries – head to Ajuy in Fuerteventura for spectacular black sand beaches.

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