Winter sun holidays in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are situated off the north-west coast of Morocco, so they’re ideal when looking for a winter sun destination. The tips of a now extinct volcanic mountain range, the islands encompass an incredibly diverse set of landscapes, from white beaches and deep lagoons to luscious forests and towering mountains. And with no less than seven islands for you to choose from, including the lesser-populated La Gomera and El Hierro, you can enjoy your perfect holiday - whatever that may be. In Tenerife, you could laze on bustling beaches or swim in your private pool, before enjoying the attractions nearby; in La Palma, see a more traditional side to the Canaries, and explore National Parks from your cottage in the countryside.

Top places to visit in the Canary Islands

Whatever you fancy doing while away, and wherever you’d like to go, HomeAway has the ideal property for  you, your friends and family. We have thousands of villas in the Canary Islands, and something to suit every budget, need or desire. Not only will you save money by renting privately, but you’ll benefit from more space and privacy, so you can really make the most of your break. So why wait? Simply read on for a run-down of our favourite destinations in the Canaries, and find out where to call home for the holidays.



The largest of the Canary Islands and particularly popular with Brits, Tenerife has everything you could ever want from a winter break. It has beautiful beaches and volcanic terrain, as well as large forests filled with exotic flora and fauna; but so too does it boast hundreds of bars, so those looking to party can enjoy lively, vibrant nightlife. If you’d like to get active whilst holidaying in Tenerife, there are dozens of places to do so: climb the towering El Teide Mountain for spectacular views across the island, or go hiking around the Parque Rural de Anaga, in search Almaciga’s black, soft-sand beaches.

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Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has the largest population of the all the Canary Islands, and its diverse landscapes have earned its description as a ‘continent in miniature’. From the exciting and bustling capital of the island, Las Palmas, to the remote rock formations and ravines of Valsequillo, there’s something for everyone in Gran Canaria. Go cycling or hiking to enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery, or take little ones to Palmitos Park, home to a variety of exotic birds and dolphins. The south of the island is the best area for lovers of sunbathing, with long, unspoilt shores like Maspalomas.

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Lanzarote’s greatest asset is undoubtedly Timinfaya National Park, a volcanic landscape covering a quarter of the island, which has remained unchanged for centuries. In the north of the island, you’ll find the Cueva de los Verdes, or Green Caves, a series of underground tunnels and caverns also formed by lava flow, which boast beautiful, illuminated mineral formations. Not far from here you’ll find yet another series of underground lava tunnels, the Jameos del Agua, but with an interesting twist: collapsed and exposed to the sky, they now house a bar, restaurant, concert hall and swimming pool!

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Lying on the same latitude as Mexico and Florida, you can expect truly beautiful weather when you head for Fuerteventura in winter. Home to the longest beaches in the Canaries - surfers head to the north while sunbathers aim for the south - it’s renowned for beautiful reefs and hugely diverse marine life. Two of the best spots for diving lie off Playa del Matorral and Lobos Island, both part of this UNESCO biosphere reserve. A great destination for lovers of all wildlife, the island’s also home to many rare species, including one of only two surviving populations of Canarian Egyptian vulture.

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La Palma

La Palma

Rich in vegetation and the most spectacular walking trails in the Canaries, it’s no wonder La Palma is known as ‘La Isla Bonita’, or the ‘Beautiful Island’. With the sun shining and temperatures soaring in winter, La Palma’s a great choice - whether for relaxation or recreation. Head for Santa Cruz and admire the town’s beautifully preserved old buildings, or grab your hiking boots and tackle the Ruta de los Volcanos, or ‘Volcano Route’, a stunning trail which reveals fantastic views of the island. In the evening, head back to your private holiday rental, where you can enjoy some local La Palma wine.

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