Combine the City with the Surf
Where to choose?
The Canary Islands have long been a popular holiday destination for northern Europeans looking to escape the cold winter temperatures for some fun in the sun. With late spring like temperatures and year-round warm Atlantic waters, there is never a bad time to visit these diverse Spanish islands.
With no two islands the same, it is often difficult to choose which island to visit unless you know exactly what you are looking for. Many tourists nowadays are opting for all-inclusive holidays due to the bang you get for your buck, while other more adventurous types do not want to be tied down to a particular resort for all their meals and activities.
With the second option in mind, how about a holiday that combines the cosmopolitan city of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, with the unspoilt splendour of Lanzarote?
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With frequent 45-minute flights between the two islands and some fares starting as low as 10€ each way with Canaryair, there are plenty of opportunities to divide your holiday into a city and beach affair.
In conjunction with an eclectic mix of people and cultures, Las Palmas is an intriguing place that the energy of a Spanish mainland port city such as Barcelona or Valencia, along with the shopping and culture to match.
For a place to stay, look no further than the 15th century Barrio of Vegueta, where you can walk the same cobbled streets as Christopher Columbus did in 1492, before setting off with La Santa María, La Pinta, and La Niña on his epic voyage of discovery.
Full of fashionable designer shopping, trendy bars and some of the best restaurants you will find anywhere in the Canaries, the Old Town of Las Palmas ticks all the right boxes for a three or four night stay in Gran Canaria.
Now for a slower pace
Having now had your fill of culture and nightlife, on Gran Canaria, it’s time for the volcanic Martian-like landscape of Lanzarote and the Timanfaya National Park, where over100 volcanoes erupted between 1730 and 1736 devastating a large part of the island. To get a true feel for the rugged beauty of Lanzarote stay in the north-west of the island in or near Famara.
Considered to be one of the best surfing beaches in Europe due to the constant swell of unbroken Atlantic waves, the six kilometre long Famara beach is called “Europe’s Hawaii” and attracts top boarders from around the world during the winter months.
Other nearby attractions include, César Manrique’s, Mirador del Río, a hidden restaurant that would make the perfect lair for a James Bond villain.
Sitting 475 metres high, encased in lava rock, the futuristic design also comes with amazing views to the island of La Graciosa and out to sea.
Also nearby is Cueva de Los Verdes a unique six-kilometre journey into the bowels of the earth that contains 16 Jameos created when lava tunnels collapsed leaving huge holes.
You will never get fed up with the natural wonders that Lanzarote has to offer, which together with the culture and shopping of Las Palmas makes for a jam-packed holiday adventure.