The Canary Islands offer everything that you could wish for from a great summer holiday with the family. Sun, sand, sea and stunning scenery combine to make for a perfect getaway, but many people are unaware of the Canaries’ volcanic origins and the magical landscape that awaits.
Cheap package holidays make exploring these other-worldly landscapes perfectly accessible to adventurous holidaymakers.
Each of the Canary Islands is naturally spectacular, but what makes each one individually special and distinct?
The island of Tenerife is dominated by the magnificent Mount Tiede, which can be scaled either on foot with a guide or by taking a cable car to the top. The Mount Tiede National Park is a stunning wonder ripe for exploration, with a ‘lunar landscape’ caused by massive volcanic explosions, and the views from the summit are breathtaking.
Lanzarote also boasts a magical volcanic landscape, and is home to the world’s longest volcanic tunnel, the Atlantida. This natural wonder can be explored on foot at certain points, in stunning show caves.
Gran Canaria has been recognised as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and boasts a very unusual natural environment that has been described as being its own mini-continent. Lush forests with exotic flora and fauna sit alongside vast sand dunes and deep volcanic craters, on a landscape unlike any other.
Fuerteventura’s red mountains are a stunning sight to behold, and you’ll find arid areas with giant sand hills and areas of lush vegetation where the water runs down the mountainside. For peace and tranquillity, you’ll also find the island of Lobos, an other-worldly nature reserve where you’ll find plants and wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else on Earth.
If you love hiking, exploring and surrounding yourself with stunning scenery, then you’ll love the Canary Islands. Airtours holidays has some fantastic deals for those looking for that special holiday destination for 2012.