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Summer Travel Destinations | The Canary Islands

With the official start to summer on 21st June, many people are turning their thoughts to summer holiday destinations and travel planning. If you need some travel inspiration for this summer, over the next few weeks we’re revealing some superb summer holiday destinations.

If your idea of a perfect summer holiday involves guaranteed sunshine and islands with plenty to offer visitors, you should head to the Canary Islands. This group of Spanish islands are located off the coast of northwestern Africa, which means they enjoy a wonderfully mild climate all year round.


Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and attracts more than 10 million visitors each year to its gorgeous beaches, tropical forests and volcanic lava strewn landscapes. Spain’s highest mountain can also be found on Tenerife, the often-snow-capped Pico del Teide.

Whether you simply want to relax with a cocktail in hand on a white sandy beach, or whether you’re into hiking, walking and exploring, Tenerife could be the right Canary Island for you.


Fuertaventura is one of the quieter and more natural of the Canary Islands, despite being the second largest. The island experiences more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and has some superb beaches.

Fuertaventura is also one of the most popular of the islands for watersports, including surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The International Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Championships are held in Fuertaventura and have been since 1985. If you want to try your hand at one of these fun sports there are many schools around the island where you can do so.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is an island with plenty of variety. There are sprawling resorts along the 120 miles of coastline, hidden bays and secret coves, and a mountainous interior with plenty of dramatic views.

The capital of Gran Canaria is Las Palmas, a seaside city with around 400,000 residents. Enjoy a stroll along the fantastic Avenida Maritima, with views out to sea all the way along the route to the small fishing village of San Cristobal.

La Palma

La Palma is one of the less well-known Canary Islands, however, it has plenty to attract visitors. The stunning Caldera de Taburiente National Park is densely covered in fragrant pine trees and abounds with natural flora and fauna. The views here are absolutely breath-taking and shouldn’t be missed.

La Palma’s capital city, Santa Cruz de La Palma, is nothing short of adorable, with cobbled streets, wooden balconies and a distinctly laid back atmosphere. It’s the ideal place for a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all break.


Lanzarote is a volcanic island, which gives the landscape a distinct and almost otherworldly look. There are black fields filled with lava and dark sand beaches surrounding the island. No visit to Lanzarote would be complete without heading to Mount Timanfaya National Park, where visitors can learn more about how Lanzarote was changed drastically by volcanic eruptions and how volcanoes really work.

The Canary Islands can be reached by private jet charter with Chapman Freeborn. Contact our team today for a personalised quote.