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All of the Canary Islands are wonderful - with their lovely climate, huge swathes of beach and lots of activities for all ages. However, each island has its own unique identity and atmosphere, so take some time to research which will best meet your requirements.

Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of all the islands, and arguably the best known.

It is a big hit with families from right across the globe, largely because of its established reputation and solid infrastructure. It is blessed with acres of natural parks that are perfect for walkers; it has a great deal of native wildlife and many cultural treasures. Tenerife is renowned for its water sports - from snorkelling to diving, and windsurfing to sailing, you are guaranteed to find an activity to enjoy. Popular resorts include los Cristianos ,Playa de las Americas, Puerto de la Cruz and Costa Adeje.

Fuerteventura

If you are a beach lover, head to Fuerteventura. Slightly lower key than Tenerife, this lovely island has a coastline made up of pretty coves, ideal for exploring. The towns have a sophisticated air, and provide every comfort and facility that you could possibly require. Two key resorts are Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is visually absolutely stunning, and benefits from a number of entirely separate micro-climates, making the terrain very varied and interesting. Las Palmas, the capital, is the perfect destination for those that like to party - the night life here is legendry! Sports fans will be delighted by the huge bike trail network that criss-crosses the island, and it is also a popular location for walkers and hikers.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is rightly famed for its unusual black sandy beaches, and its eerie moon-like landscape. Unsurprisingly, it has been the location of many movies, including the Martian Chronicles and One Million Years BC.

The coastline of this fascinating island is protected by a UNESCO order, meaning that it is largely unspoilt. One of the best beaches in the entire Canary Islands is the (golden) beach at Papagayo. Keen surfers should head to the north of the island, where the waves have to be seen to be believed. The main tourist hubs include Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, and Puerto del Carmen.

La Palma

The volcanic La Palma is often called ‘the Beautiful Island’, a title it richly deserves. Less established than some of the other islands it is true, but here you will find truly epic landscapes and skies so clear and free of pollution that they lure astronomers from all corners of the world. This island is steeped in tradition, and this is particularly evident in the two key cities - Los Llanos de Aridane and Santa Cruz de La Palma.

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