Seven Questions You Need To Ask About Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Seven Questions You Need To Ask About Lanzarote, Canary Islands

lanzarote airportWe all know what it's like when the nights start to draw in and the weather lanzarote takes a distinct turn for the worse - it's depressing and usually heralds the start of months of cold and dreary weather. My solution to stave off depression is to book a villa holiday

Tenerife is for the holiday-maker that can't relax and needs to be exploring the outdoors!

The largest and most popular island in the group is Tenerife. With its peaks and valleys and natural landscapes there is plenty to see and do. Hike up Pico del Teide and enjoy the view. Head away from the southwestern resorts if you would like serenity as you will see fewer tourists. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island and is the spot to go if you would like the true Canarian experience. If you like to tee off you will not be disappointed as Tenerife has some of the most popular golf courses in the world. Take the family to the zoo or just kick back and relax on the beach. If you are not sure how to spend your time, grab one of the travel guides and start planning your activities.

Fly into Gran Canaria Airport, rent a car and see the second most populated island in the group. Gran Canaria has roads that will take you around the whole island and up into the mountain areas. If you want to enjoy the beautiful blue ocean there are lots of activities so that you can enjoy. Go parasailing and see the rugged volcanic landscape, or grab your fins and go scuba diving. The canaries are popular with divers and have some excellent locations so that you can explore.

Actually, there's just as much to do on land here as there is in the water, with things like quad biking, golf , cycling, hiking and horse riding also available. I think it'd be a lot of fun to have a go at Canary bowling, too - it's a traditional throwing game similar to bowls that's played by locals all over the island.

Like the rest of the islands, lanzarote weather has beautiful weather all year round and has lots of leisure and sporting activities that you can participate in. The village of La Santa is on the north coast and features the Club La Santa which is a sporting complex for professional athletes. The popular Guinate Tropical Park is full of lagoons, gardens and waterfalls and sits on 45,000 square meters. Take the family and enjoy over 1,300 birds, lemurs and monkeys. Walk through the aviary and participate in the parrot and cockatoo shows.

The Canary Islands are volcanic in origin and nowhere is this more evident than on Lanzarote, where there are areas boasting astounding rock formations created by lava. The beaches are stunning and primarily made up of black volcanic sand - something that I think adds to their appeal as they're different from the norm.

With 500 years in the making, the gastronomy on the island is first class. Born out of its tradition as a great Atlantic port, travellers from over a hundred countries descended on Gran Canaria, bringing with them the flavours of ten meridians from all around. The Queso de Flor cheese, sweet potato pasties, wines, sugar cane rum and coffee, will all get those taste buds flowing.

A large part of Gran Canaria has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to the diversity of its habitats and the wide array of flora and fauna that inhabit this small island. The coastline is truly stunning with plenty of golden sand beaches where you can relax and unwind.

Among the quietest seaside spots are Puerto de Mogan, San Agustin and Amadores, although you should certainly visit Maspalomas - even though it's one of the busiest beaches - because it is backed by amazing sand dunes that stretch away inland.

Almost circular in shape, Gran Canaria has been described as a continent in miniature. Read more about Gran Canaria…

Fuerteventura is for the disco queens or kings and late night party person!

For those wanting to hear about the islands history, then head to the Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography for some inspired learning. Tefia Craft Village is also well worth a visit for those wanting to take home some of the islands arts and crafts.

All the bars and restaurants here cater for the holiday-makers that are looking to stay out that little bit later so a great place to visit if that's what you're looking for.