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Enjoy Canary Island holidays with Iberostar

Over 13 million people – this is the number of people who visit the Canary Islands every year. Some of them travel to the islands on business, but most choose to enjoy incredible Canary Island holidays. However, their popularity is not down to chance. Just mentioning the exceptional climate, breath-taking volcanic and lunar landscapes, impressive malpaíses, legendary natural and cultural landmarks, impressive beaches and delicious Canarian food; it’s no wonder that the Canary Islands are popularly known as the Lucky Islands! And should you decide to stay at one of our Iberostar Canary Island hotels, all the luck of the Islands topped with our luxury accommodation will be at your service.

At any of our Lanzarote, Fuerteventura or Tenerife resorts you will find the comfort and services you need to have the perfect holiday in the Canaries. Are you looking for a room with a view, a spa hotel with a pool or the most modern luxury facilities? If so, then choose Iberostar without a doubt and enjoy any of the Canary Islands.

Get ready to relax in a region which offers more than 300 days of sunshine per year. However, while high temperatures will keep you warm, the friendliness and hospitality of the local people will warm the cockles of your heart. To be short, an unforgettable experience and dream holidays in Canary Islands are guaranteed!

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Places of interest in the Canary Islands

  • Mirador del Río
  • Cueva de los Verdes
  • Temeos del Agua
  • Cactus Garden
  • International Contemporary Art Museum
  • Castle of San José
  • House Museum of the Farmer and monument of fertility
  • Timanfaya National Park (Fire Mountains)
  • Cesar Manrique Foundation, the most internationally known artist of Lanzarote (1919-1992)

The most important festivals in the Canary Islands

  • Carnivals on the Canary Islands. Each of the Canary Islands has its own carnival. The carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are the most famous, and attract thousands of people every year. It is a spectacle of lights and excitement to behold.
  • Pilgrimages. Multitudinous processions in honor of the patrons of different localities which mix the religious with the festive and traditional spirit of the time. For example,is the feast of "Our Lady of Sorrows", patron saint of Lanzarote, which takes place in mid-September and brings together all the people of Lanzarote in Mancha Blanca.


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What to shop in the Canary Islands and where

  • Shopping always with discounts. The Canary Islands offer a multitude of shops which due to their special tax status carry items with a very convenient price for the visitor, such as consumer electronics, designer clothes, perfumes, tobacco, alcohol and distinctive souvenirs.
  • Typical products of the Canary Islands. Prominent among the traditional Canarian handicrafts are pottery, candles and ceramic or clay pots made with primitive tools or by hand. For its originality it is necessary to mention the figures of "bride and groom" of "el mojón" a couple with sexual characteristics which in times past, newly engaged couples would exchange. In the town of Teguise they make the famous "timples" island folk instrument. Also interesting are the openwork, rosettes and lace and the "palmito" hats, characteristic of the country people
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What to do in the Canary Islands

Sports in the Canary Islands

  • Aquatic sports. The Canary Islands are the ideal place for aquatic sports: surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, swimming and different kinds of sports boats.
  • Golf overlooking the Atlantic. There are golf courses on the Canary Islands in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.


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Gastronomic specialities of the Canary Islands

The traditional cuisine is notable for the simplicity of its design and quality and freshness of the food. With excellent basic ingredients, original and delicious recipes have been developed over the centuries.

  • No meal lacks enyesques (snacks) where we can find the famous wrinkled potatoes, “ropa vieja” or carajacas, followed by first courses with fish stew or watercress soup.
  • The second course can be composed of meat, like rabbit salmorejo, roast leg or the second fish, like fish casserole or onioned tuna.
  • Typical desserts: bienmesabe, eggs mole or just a few delicious Canary plantains.
  • There are also a great variety of cheeses, soft cheeses from raw goat milk, white, with a mild taste, slightly acid according to the area. Fried cheese is a popular dish on the islands.
  • All traditional meals are accompanied by gofio, made from ground wheat or millet, which has been the staple food of the Canary Islands for hundreds of years. There are more elaborate recipes like the escaldón gofio, kneaded gofio or more recently mousse gofio or flan gofio.
  • Meals are usually also accompanied by mojos and marinades, which are sauces made with a base of garlic, olive oil, vinegar and spices. Among the most prominent is red mojo, used mainly with meat and potatoes and green mojo, used as a dressing for fish dishes.
  • All dishes can be accompanied by a fine wine with appellation of origin of Lanzarote.
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Tenerife attractions

Popularly known as Isla Picuda due to its particular mallard shape or as the Island of the Eternal Spring because of its magnificent climate, Tenerife is the most populated island in Spain and the most extensive and visited of the Canary Islands. Of course, it is also full of unmissable treasures.

If you are planning to visit Tenerife, start exploring at the capital of the island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where you will find amazing architecture. One of the most impressive buildings in the city is the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with five naves exhibiting banners captured by Admiral Nelson during his attack on the capital of the island, in 1797, as well as the Cross of Alonso Fernández de Lugo who gave the city its name.

Near the church, there are several other places of interest, such as the tobacco company building “La Tinerfeña” (1880), the Museum of Nature and Man, located in a former civil hospital building from the 18th century. Also, don’t forget to visit the Castles of San Cristóbal (1570) and Paso Alto. The latter is where Admiral Nelson lost not only a battle but also his right arm in 1797.

As you see, the main administrative centre of the island is definitely one of the best places in Tenerife, so do try and visit.

However, there are many other places to visit in Tenerife. Drop by San Cristóbal de La Laguna during your Tenerife holidays and you will not regret it. The town located in the Aguere Valley, 9 km west of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The Laguna Cathedral, alternatively called the Cathedral of Our Lady of Remedies is a must-see attraction there. Dating back to the 16th century it is an astonishing example of neoclassical architecture. Also pay a visit to the Palace of the Marquises of Villanueva del Parado, where the founder of the Santa Catalina Monastery, Father Archiena, was born.

The same can be said about another Tenerife location, an old fishing village called Puerto de la Cruz with four centuries of history located in the beautiful La Orotava valley. Its exceptional architectural heritage creates a priceless colonial atmosphere permeating even the tiniest corners of the village.

Near Puerto de la Cruz is the town of La Orotava. Located in the heart of the valley on the slopes of Mount Teide, the town and its surroundings offer plenty of places to visit. While there, stop by the picturesque Casa de los Siete Balcones or take a tour to Los Realejos, a town that houses the oldest church on the island, the Church of Santiago. Finally, enjoy the views of the fantastic black-coloured Acantilados de Los Gigantes ("Cliffs of the Giants") and the Teide National Park declared a World Heritage Site in 2007, where the highest mountain in Spain is found.

Finally, discover Los Cristianos beach and Icod de los Vinos where the famous Drago Milenario (ancient Dragon Tree) stands.

Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or family holidays, Iberostar provides you with the best Tenerife hotels, at your service, satisfying all your needs. Choose any of our seven hotels in Costa Adeje and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and enjoy everything the island can offer at the height of luxury. With us, your Tenerife holidays are sure to be perfect!

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Lanzarote attractions

Are you planning a holiday in Lanzarote? Then, here is the least you should know about one of the smaller Canary Islands. With an area of only 846 km², the Island of Lanzarote is famous for its unique landscapes. Thanks to its amazingly arid and rocky almost lunar-looking plains, Lanzarote has the nickname Moon Island. In fact, are a hundred volcanoes make up the island’s capricious geography, on what is, the closest Canary Island to the African coast.

If you want to be impressed, the best place to visit it the area of Haría, as Monte Corona, a 609 metre high volcano is found there. When it erupted approximately 4000 years ago, it covered a large area of the northeast of the island with lava, creating the Malpais de la Corona and two of the island's most-visited geological attractions, the Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua (sets of caves). Besides being a popular tourist attraction and an area of great natural beauty the Jameos del Agua series of caves is home to a species known locally as the jameito a blind albino crab, one of the endemic species of Lanzarote.

The local artist who created the an art, culture and tourism center at Jameos del Agua, César Manrique also is famous for his cactus garden, opened in 1990 in a former quarry in Guatiza, and a restaurant inside the Timanfaya National Park. The 25 volcanoes inside the park are known as the Montañas del Fuego and the restaurant uses the heat from some of these volcanoes to cook the food. So Lanzarote is definitely the best Canary Island to visit to experience something completely unusual.

If you are looking to relax, Lanzarote has some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, including Arrecife beaches such as Reducto, Guacimeta and Los Pocillos, which are perfect for Lanzarote family holidays.

While the Moon Island offers you all its unique attractions, Iberostar offers you the best Lanzarote resorts - La Bocayna Village and Lanzarote Park. The combination of the magic of the Canary Islands and quality accommodation with Iberostar guarantees you the best Lanzarote holidays!

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Fuerteventura holidays. What to see?

Thanks to its 77 km of golden sand beaches, Fuerteventura is known as Playa de Canarias (the beach of the Canary Islands). Ideal for swimming, Playa Blanca and Las Lajas are among the best beaches in the Canary Islands.

However, Fuerteventura is much more than just another sun and beach Canary Island destination. For example, the capital of the island, Puerto del Rosario, and its old colonial town will make you fall in love with the island. Once there, the modern Fuerteventura Insular Auditorium is within arm reach, and is worth a visit. Don’t miss the Miguel de Unamuno House Museum and the Alcogida Eco-Museum, where you can walk through a replica village and learn about the traditional way of life in the Canary Islands.

In Betancuria, the first Christian capital of Fuerteventura and the main monumental centre of the island, you will have an opportunity to admire the Church of Santa María de Betancuria and the monastery of San Buenaventura, where according to a local legend there are chains which served to the capture devil.

Among the natural attractions in Fuerteventura, we must highlight the Jandía Nature Reserve and the Corralejo Natural Park. The latter occupies more than 2,600 hectares of land next to the ocean and was named a national nature reserve in 1994. These places of interest are very close to our three hotels in Jandía: the Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace, the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas and the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park. Choose any of our Fuerteventura hotels and enjoy your holidays in the Canary Islands in the best way possible.

Moreover, Fuerteventura is the best Canary Island for practicing adventure sports such as surfing and hang gliding.

Check out our Canary Island deals, book a room and come to discover for yourself why UNESCO declared Fuerteventura a Biosphere Reserve in 2009. Iberostar is, as always, ready to help you explore the world with the maximum comfort and genuine service

Are you still trying to figure out which Canary Island to visit? Why not visit them all?