Are you wondering where to go on your next holiday? Struggling to pick between mainland Spain or the Canary Islands? Below we take a look at why the Canary Islands are becoming the destination of choice and why you should choose it over a holiday to mainland Spain.
Despite the Canary Islands being further away and an extra 3 hour flight time compared to going from the UK to Madrid, it is generally much cheaper to go on holiday to the Canary Islands. This is especially so when you factor in the costs of accommodation, activities, food, drink and entertainment. There is an argument that there is more to see and do on the mainland but the fact is that much of this is at a much higher cost than you will find on the Canary Islands.
You may have heard that Canary Islands residents speak a slightly different form of Spanish than that used on the mainland. They don’t, it’s just a different accent, just as someone from Birmingham sounds different to someone who hails from Bristol. If you like to practice your Spanish when on holiday, you’ll tune into the accent very quickly and it will add an extra dimension to your Spanish studies.
Although you can holiday in Spain all year round, if you are expecting to sunbathe on the beach in the middle of December then you’re going to get a little bit chilly. That’s not a problem in the Canary Islands, where their close proximity to the equator means that they enjoy sun all year round. In fact a 2014 survey carried out by TripAdvisor and reported by the Daily Mail found that the Canary Islands were the best value winter sun destination for British holidaymakers. Tenerife for example has an average temperature of nearly 25C in August dipping to a still warm 17C in winter.
The greatest range of attractions, it is hard to beat mainland Spain, just because you are within driving distance of so much. However, the larger islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote have absolutely everything that 99% of people could ever possibly want out of a holiday, so there isn’t that much difference really. In fact, the attractions in the Canary Islands are often of a higher quality and because of their location, much less busy, enabling you to enjoy them more.
Both mainland Spain and the Canary Islands offer a wide range of cuisines, freshly cooked and delicious. You’ll find local delicacies, world foods as well as good old British pub food in some resorts, but there are differences between them. Whereas some of the restaurants in mainland Spain are thronged with visitors, many of the restaurants in the Canary Islands are a little bit more relaxed. and this comes through in the quality of the food. Because of the intimacy of many of the Canary Islands, there is a real link between food and fork, with the fish especially often being landed locally just an hour earlier, resulting in outstandingly fresh food.