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Which Canary Island should I visit?
Their sub tropical climate, beautiful beaches and natural attractions make them some of the most popular holiday hotspots in Europe. But if you are trying to decide which Canary Island to visit, things can seem a little more difficult. The five main holiday islands are La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote
Which Canary Island tickles your fancy?
La Palma is the archipelgo's greenest island, and its nickname 'the pretty island' hints at the natural attractions in store for vistors. The Roque de los Muchachos is one of the best places in the world for star-gazing.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, and arguably the most famous. The 3,718m Pico del Teide is Spain's tallest peak, while the 350km of coastline offer more than enough elbow room for the 10 million people who visit every year. Tenerife is a great choice for those holidaymakers who want to experience some authentic Canarian culture and cuisine (although you'll have to leave the beach strips and resorts to find it).
Gran Canaria is billed as a continent in miniature, and the huge variation in vegetation certainly supports the claim. The north is green and leafy, the south is a desert and the central region is rugged and mountainous. This is the most densely populated of the Canary Islands and the town of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a bustling, cosmopolitan capital.
Fuerteventura is the closest Canary Island to the African coast, and also the least populated of the major Canary Islands. It's most famous for its perfect golden beaches and world class water sports.
It's hard to day whether the highlight of Lanzarote is the beautiful southern beaches, the incredible work of artist and architect César Manrique, or the out-of-this-world moonscape landscape in the centre of the island. Perhaps the highlight is a combination of all these diverse attractions - making Lanzarote a good all-rounder if you're still struggling to decide which Canary Island to visit.