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‘The European Hawaii’: Why the Canary Islands are ideal for winter sun…

And with up to 42 flights a week from Newcastle International Airport, it couldn’t be easier.

Written by Laura Kingston
Published 29.11.2023

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Miles of beaches, world-class stargazing, unique mineral wine and a Northern African climate – these are just a handful of reasons to explore the Canary Islands.

Whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for – ultimate relaxation or adventure – you’ll find it all, with a healthy dose of almost guaranteed vitamin D.

 

FOR THE CULTURE VULTURES – TENERIFE 

The Canary Islands have a distinct cultural heritage – a blend of its historical ties with Africa and the Caribbean, combined with old-school Spanish style.

Visit Tenerife and head to the north of the island to visit Casa de los Balcones in the historic centre of La Orotava. The creaky wooden balconies and flower-strewn courtyards give a taste of life on the island 200 years ago.

It’s easy to hire a car and explore in Tenerife – you can easily drive around the whole island in just 3-4 hours.

Direct flights from Newcastle International Airport with Jet2, TUI and Ryanair.

Where to stay

Mynd Adeje Tenerife

MYND Adeje

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Royal Garden Villas Tenerife

Royal Garden Villas

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Royal Hideaway Corales Beach

Royal Hideaway Corales Beach

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FOR THE WINE AND FOOD LOVERS – LANZAROTE 

Nowhere does chiringuitos better than the Canary Islands.

What’s a chiringuito? A super casual beach bar that serves tapas and drinks with a relaxed Balearic soundtrack.

Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote has a great selection, our favourite is Be Papagayo where you can sit for hours under a parasol people-watching on the beach – (pre-warning – it’s a nudey one).

Wine buffs will enjoy La Geria. This protected landscape produces excellent white and sweet wines, with the vines grown in natural layers of volcanic gravel giving it delicious mineral notes.

There are several wineries in this region that sell internationally acclaimed wines so be sure to put a winery tour on your to-do list.

Direct flights from Newcastle International Airport with Jet2, TUI and Ryanair.

Where to stay

Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort

Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort

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Club Santa Rosa

Club Santa Rosa

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MYND Yaiza

MYND Yaiza

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FOR THE STARGAZERS AND TRAILBLAZERS – GRAN CANARIA

La Palma is Unesco’s first Starlight Reserve in the world. Its skies are a stargazer’s dream.

Visit Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory – at over 2400m above sea level, the observatory rises above the clouds and is considered to be one of the best places in the world to observe the stars.

Nature lovers will also enjoy Maspalomas on the south of the island which is known for its vast expanse of coastal dunes. It contains several ecosystems including lagoons, palm groves and the dunes – all with their own wildlife to observe.

Fly from Newcastle International Airport with Jet2, TUI and Ryanair.

Where to stay

Lopesan Baobab Resort

Lopesan Baobab Resort

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Axelbeach Maspalomas

Axelbeach Maspalomas

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Santa Catalina, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

Santa Catalina, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

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FOR THE ACTIVE ADVENTURERS – FUERTEVENTURA

A paradise of 150km of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Fuerteventura is super popular for watersports – especially surfing, windsurfing and water-skiing.

The waves crash over a volcanic edge onto shallow shores, making it perfect for new surfers.

Visit Corralejo National Park and explore the dunes in an off-road buggy, or visit the uninhabited Lobos Island where you can enjoy a day in untouched paradise. Swim in the blue lagoons and coves or take a walk to find incredible views.

Fly from Newcastle International Airport with Jet2, TUI and Ryanair.

Where to stay

Bahiazul Villas And Club

Bahiazul Villas And Club

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Royal Palm Resort & Spa

Royal Palm Resort & Spa

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Elba Sara Beach Resort

Elba Sara Beach Resort

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Don’t forget to claim 10% discount on airport parking this winter with the code HLNWINTER.

Laura Kingston High Life North Magazine North East, Newcastle
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