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Canary Islands holiday homes, villas and apartments for rent. Luxurious self catering vacation rentals in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

The Canaries are a marvellous retreat set in a wonderful sunny location just off the West Coast of Africa.

During the winter in Europe when we are shivering in the snow the Canaries have the most idyllic 70 degrees back to back sunshine climate.  The air is like champagne neither too hot nor too cold in the months especially of November, December and January as day after day of sunkissed weather warms their shores.

Where to visit? Tenerife, the capital of one of the two provinces, the other being of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, has many wonderful places worth a visit.

Santa Cruz, the capital, is all a southern continental city should be, a bustling port and its modern shops, boutiques and restaurants jostle side by side with wonderful open air street cafes where you feel the buzz of being in a big city. The Parque Garcia Sanabria is a lovely place where mothers and children and couples stroll in the cool of the evening, down the city Ramblas or long palm tree avenues that form the backbone of the city.  There are several old colonial style hotels to stay in and many self catering holiday homes and apartments to rent.

La Laguna, the next big city is a University city. There is the old white catholic cathedral surrounded by palms and streets leading off it frequented by students from the University. There are many old houses, buildings with courtyards and bars in this town and you feel the real heart of Tenerife and its people without too much tourism.

To the back of La Laguna there are mountains where it is possible to motor to some of the remotest villages of he island, like Carbonara, nestling between spectacular valleys where tourism is unheard of. And where the scenery is of immense greenery with a backdrop of vivid blue sky and beautiful colourful geraniums.

Finally Puerto de la Cruz is the main town on  the northern side, bustling, bright and cheery, this little tourist haven boasts many modern hotels, a beautiful mile long Lido on the sea front and wonderful secret sea coves either side of it. It also has a Botanical Gardens and a British Library.

Destinations

Canary Islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, The Chinijo Archipelago. 

Info on the Canary Islands


El Hierro is the westernmost island in the Canaries, it covers 268.71 km2, making it the smallest of the major islands, and the least populated with 10,753 inhabitants. The whole island was declared Reserve of the Biosphere in 2000. Its capital is Valverde. Also known as Ferro, it was once believed to be the westernmost land in the world!

Fuerteventura, with a surface of 1,660 km2, is the largest island of the archipelago. It has been declared a Biosphere reserve by Unesco. It has a population of 100,929. Being the most ancient of the islands, it is the one that is most eroded: its highest point is the Peak of the Bramble, at a height of 807 metres. Its capital is Puerto del Rosario. Holiday homes and villa rentals in Fuerteventura offer an excellent base to explore the island.

Gran Canaria has 845,676 inhabitants. The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (377,203 inhabitants), is the most populated city and shares the status of capital of the Canaries with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Gran Canaria's surface area is 602.32 sq miles. In center of the island lies the Roque Nublo 1,813 metres and Pico de las Nieves ("Peak of Snow") 1,949 metres. In the south of island are the Maspalomas Dunes (Gran Canaria), these are the biggest tourist attractions. Holiday homes and villa rentals in Gran Canaria

La Gomera, has an area of 369.76 km2 and is the second least populous island with 22,622 inhabitants. Geologically it is one of the oldest of the archipelago. The insular capital is San Sebastian de La Gomera. Garajonay's National Park is here.

Lanzarote, is the easternmost island and one of the most ancient of the archipelago, and it has shown evidence of recent volcanic activity. It has a surface of 845.94 km2, and a population of 139,506 inhabitants including the adjacent islets of the Chinijo Archipelago. The capital is Arrecife, with 56,834 inhabitants. What better way to enjoy a stay in the Canaries than to book holiday homes and villa rentals in Lanzarote

The Chinijo Archipelago includes the islands La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaa Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. It has a surface of 40.8 km2, and a population of 658 inhabitants all of them in the la Graciosa island. With 29 km2, La Graciosa, is the smallest inhabited island of the Canaries, and the major island of the Chinijo Archipelago.

La Palma, with 86,528 inhabitants, covering an area of 708.32 km2 is in its entirety a biosphere reserve. It shows no recent signs of volcanic activity, even though the volcano Tenegua entered into eruption last in 1971. In addition, it is the second-highest island of the Canaries, with the Roque de los Muchachos 2,423 metres as highest point. Santa Cruz de La Palma (known to those on the island as simply "Santa Cruz") is its capital.

Tenerife is, with its area of 2,034 km2, the most extensive island of the Canary Islands. In addition, with 906,854 inhabitants it is the most populated island of the archipelago and Spain. Two of the islands' principal cities are located on it: The capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristbal de La Laguna (a World Heritage Site). San Cristbal de La Laguna, the second city of the island is home to the oldest university in the Canary Islands. The Teide, with its 3,718 metres (12,198 ft) is the highest peak of Spain and also a World Heritage Site. Holiday homes and villa rentals in Tenerife make an ideal base to taste all that the island has to offer.

Canary Islands as a tourist destination

The Canaries are a marvelous retreat in a wonderful sunny location just off the West Coast of Africa.
In the winter when we are shivering in the snow the Canaries have the most idyllic 70 degrees plus of back to back sunshine. The air is like champagne, neither too hot nor too cold especially in the months of November, December and January when they have day after day of sun-kissed days warming their shores.

Where to visit? Tenerife, the capital of one of the two provinces, the other being of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, has many wonderful places worth a visit.

Santa Cruz, the capital, is all a southern continental city should be, a bustling port and its modern shops, boutiques and restaurants jostle side by side with wonderful open air street cafes where you feel the buzz of being in a big city. The Parque Garcia Sanabria is a lovely place where mothers and children and couples stroll in the cool of the evening, down the city Ramblas or long palm tree avenues that form the backbone of the city.  There are several old colonial style hotels to stay in.

La Laguna, the next big city is a University city. There is the old white catholic cathedral surrounded by palms and streets leading off it frequented by students from the University. There are many old houses, buildings with courtyards and bars in this town and you feel the real heart of Tenerife and its people without too much tourism.

To the back of La Laguna there are mountains where it is possible to motor to some of the remotest villages of he island, like Carbonara, nestling between spectacular valleys where tourism is unheard of. And where the scenery is of immense greenery with a backdrop of vivid blue sky and beautiful colourful geraniums.

Finally Puerto de la Cruz is the main town on  the northern side, bustling, bright and cheery, this little tourist haven boasts many modern hotels, a beautiful mile long Lido on the sea front and wonderful secret sea coves either side of it. It also has a Botanical Gardens and a British Library.

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