All the Canaries – Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and La Palma – have much to offer the sun-seeking tourist, from beach resorts and laid-back holidays to rugged volcanic landscapes, moreish food and captivating culture. So which one should you choose? It all depends on what you're after: from balmy beaches to scenic hikes and upscale resorts, here's how to choose the best Canary for your holiday criteria.
The one for a classic beach break
WHY It's the underrated all-rounder of the gang, with natural beauty and white sand in spades. Fuerteventura is often overlooked in favour of Tenerife and Lanzarote, but the second-largest Canary is a hot hub of Unesco-certified natural splendour, pristine beaches and beautiful historic sites. Oh, and fine resorts in which to decompress, of course.
BOOK NOW Lapped by the Atlantic on the island’s southern stretches, Esquinzo is a laid-back little commune overlooked by sun-baked peaks, and flecked with excellent, family-and-couples-friendly stays. One of the most serene is Alua Village Fuerteventura: a four-star hotel with panoramic coastal views, four shining pools, a programme of land sports and – crucially – an in-house spa centre. It’s within spitting distance of the village’s tip-top tavernas, the wild sands of Butihondo Beach and, if all the reclining gets a little too tranquil, the beautifully barren expanses and trails of Jandía Natural Park.Book flights and holidays to Fuerteventura