About the Canary Islands
There might be seven sisters in the Canary Islands family but they all have hugely different personalities and appearances.
Fuerteventura is the cool dude... laid back and introspective; Gran Canaria and Tenerife are beautiful but complex, some would even say schizophrenic such are their many varied faces; La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera are the quiet ones, calm and intriguing but full of surprises within their quiet demeanour; and Lanzarote is the drama queen, scarred by natural catastrophes yet sparkling with simple attractions.
What they do all share in common though are endless sunshine, stunning scenery, great beaches, cosmopolitan resorts and a chilled out way of life.
Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura can all be reached in four hours on daily direct flights from the UK and other European hubs, while the smaller islands are just a short hop by ferry and/or inter-island flight.
The largest of the islands, and perhaps the most famous, boasts lively resorts, holiday homes and golf courses concentrated around the southern tip. While in the north, Puerto de la Cruz offers a far quieter experience in a slightly cooler but lusher climate.
Gran Canaria’s capital can claim to be the most cosmopolitan city in the archipelago. The island is awash with activities and attractions to keep families happy. The south (particularly Maspalomas) is a strong magnet for those property-seekers in search of great beaches and golf, as well as plenty of restaurants and nightlife.
Lanzarote’s lunar landscapes combine with developed coastal towns to make this both a fascinating and fun-filled island. The main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise are the most popular spots for buying property in Lanzarote.
Fuerteventura features the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Canaries and unlike the other islands, is relatively flat. The principle resort is Corralejo but Morro Jable and Caleta de Fuste are also popular with holiday home owners and visitors.
For those keen to get off the beaten track, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro forsake the mass tourist infrastructures and sandy beaches and appeal to those who enjoy life amongst mountains, forests, agricultural terraces, remote villages and dramatic coastal scenery.
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