The Canary Islands have flourished abundantly in both media and films since the charter became a fact for Swedish travelers in the 60s and onwards. This archipelago is almost like its own small continent in miniature and there is always something to see and experience even though you have been there before. All kinds of nature are here, the dry volcanic areas, the green forests, the long sandy beaches and the high waves that attract thousands of surfers every year.
Anyone who thought it was out to go to the Canary Islands, is completely out cycling. This archipelago is still a recurring favorite and it is not only charter travelers a la Suntrip and Stig-Helmer Olsson from Sällskapsresan who stay there during the holiday but also a whole range of other tourists from near and far. Every year, the Canary Islands are visited by about 4.2 million, summer and winter.
The large islands of the Canary Islands are called Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenreiffa, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera and there are also six small islands that you can go by boat to if you are here. The archipelago often has flights from Sweden, not least chartered planes. Ving, Apollo, Solresor, Ticket, Fritidsresor m.fl. have package holidays and if you want to fly regularly, you can take SAS from Arlanda, Bromma or Gothenburg and the low-cost company Ryanair from Skavsta. In some cases you have to be prepared to change, but to Las Palmas many flights usually go directly. Ryanair has direct flights to both Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
Cities and countryside
As the Canary Islands are very close to the west coast of Africa but at the same time belong to Spain, the African and European culture are mixed together into a pleasant and interesting cultural clash. North American influences can also be found here, especially if you visit the larger cities. Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands and is located on Gran Canaria, full of modernities and cheap shopping as well as delicious food from many corners of the world. Electronics, clothes and not least alcohol are incredibly affordable here, so it is important to bring a little extra in your wallet, as you will certainly shop. In Las Palmas, the beaches are also close together, wanted to contribute to a noisy nightlife and sunbathing.
According to simplyyellowpages, Santa Cruz in Tenerife is another great place that is worth a visit. The two cities are shared capitals throughout the archipelago.
The Canary Islands have many charming little villages and a genuine countryside where time can sometimes have stopped a bit. Volcanoes, hiking trails, cacti and unusual flowers are common here.
Which Canary Island is the right destination?
Since it can be a little tricky to know which island you should go to, here are some tips on how the different islands are suitable for different types of people. Lanzarote is usually perfect for families, but also for the sporty as Ironman competitions are arranged here, as well as some training trips.
Tenerife is good for those who want variety in nature and vegetation where you can combine surfing, hiking, sunbathing and shopping in Santa Cruz.
Gran Canaria is known for its beaches and the big city of Las Palmas, which is good for both larger groups, families and couples.
El Hierro is the divers’ paradise, Fuerteventura offers volcanoes and exciting adventures and La Palma is best suited for newly in love couples as the island is high above the sea and offers fantastic viewpoints, lovely beaches and romantic nature.