Canary Islands – ‘Spain’s paradise isles’

  • 24 June 2004
  • UK

The lure of the Canary Islands claimed 4 million UK visitors in 2003* and is set to draw in the crowds in 2004. Lonely Planet’s new guide to the Canary Islands sheds light on why this cluster of Spanish Islands has long been the most popular destination for British holidaymakers.

Lonely Planet’s third edition to the ‘Islas Canarias’ describes the Spanish archipelago as ‘a varied and fascinating destination for travellers intent on hedonism, the great outdoors, relaxation and recreation combined’. If this combination isn’t a big enough draw for holiday-makers ‘temperatures ranging from 18C in winter to 24C in summer, and an average rainfall hovering around 250mm, you’re almost guaranteed the perfect weather for whatever activity suits your fancy’ is.

The Canary Islands has something for everyone. Lonely Planet Canary Islands highlights stunning national parks where ‘World Heritage-listed sites and diverse reserves compete for your attention’, dramatic coastlines from the ‘turquoise waters of Playa de Sotavento de Jandia’ to the ‘surfing world class waves at La Caleta de Famara’ and ‘charming towns and villages’ described as ‘photogenic urban jewels’. This definitive guide wouldn’t be complete without a comprehensive food & wine section that encourages visitors to the Islands to ‘Experiment & enjoy!’ and how to party ‘Canarian-style’ with full fiesta listings.

The Canary Islands truly are Spain’s paradise isles. ‘In a ‘win the lottery’ fantasy, you may dream of being so wealthy that you could afford to live the good life on a different island each day. Guess what? This is actually possible in the Canary Islands – and you don’t have to be a millionaire!’.

The honest, objective guide also points out that ‘the vast majority of travellers to the islands risk little more than sunburn, hangovers and overspending.’ Sounds ideal!

Lonely Planet Canary Islands (3rd edition) is available from all good bookshops, priced £10.99.

Notes to editors

*Source: Spanish Tourist Office

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