Elegant canary island?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 23, 2013 7:37 AM Last Post By: milagro
Jan 27, 2013 8:18 AM
Elegant canary island?Hello all,
I'd like to book a warm weather holiday for October/November time and the Canary Islands look like a good choice weather wise.
However, I know nothing about them other than the rather unflattering reputation of beer drinking British holidaymakers sardine like on busy beaches and I'm certain there is more to them that that! After all Ibiza has a reputation for all night clubbing and craziness but there are parts of that island untouched by mass tourism so I really hope there might be something similar in the Canaries...
So, can anyone give me some advice on which island or area on an island that might offer the sort of break I'm after.
Clean beaches that are not black volcanic sand - I have two young children who like the white/yellow variety for their sandcastles. If possible with sunloungers to rent and a shower for when sand gets where it shouldn't and of course a nice local restaurant. Sadly the requirement of facilities often goes hand in hand with three thousand holidaymakers crammed on to one stretch of beach with a burger cafe but I'm hoping there is an alternative.
Any suggestions as to which would be the best island and where on that island I should look would be gratefully received.
Jan 28, 2013 5:42 AM
1Hi, just saw your post regarding the Canary Islands. My husbankd and I have been to nearly all of the Canary Islands, and agree with you the majority seem to be covered in pubs, english bars and cafes. We stumbled upon Fuerteventura about 8 years ago. We discovered that this island was how Spain used to be about 20 years ago. The villages were very traditional and even to this day we have found it to still be so. Mind you, this is dependent on where you go on the island, and things have changed slightly, but there are still place there which are not commercialised. If you are looking for a tradtional place with wonderful golden, sandy beaches and lagoons, which are safe for children, have a look at a village called El Cotillo. It is visited by many Germans, who like to go au naturel, but they do tend to stay to certain areas on the beach. It is a case of whether this would worry you or not. Do a little research on the area and see what you think.
Eventually we ended up building a house on the island.
Jan 28, 2013 6:30 AM
2Fuerteventura is really beautiful and unspoilt indeed. It has its drawbacks though: there are very few beaches with showers and sunbeds, most of them concentrated in the Morro del jable/Costa Calma area, which isn't the most beautiful of the island imho. El Cotillo, as #1 pointed out, provides the only beach with calm waters that would be really safe for children to swim in. All of the other beautiful, large beaches on the island have perfect waves for surfing, not for swimming!
It's up to you: Fuerte is probably the most genuine (and cheapest) among the "comercialised" Canary Islands, with beautiful, empty beaches and traditional villages. I really loved it, it's really laidback. It doesn't provide the same "touristic comforts" that you can find on Tenerife or Gran Canaria though. Also, Fuerte is best appreciated by car, there are a few trustworthy car rentals at very cheap fares at the airport: going to Fuerte staying at just one beach all of the time is complete non sense imho. If you need further info, don't hesitate to ask me!
Jan 28, 2013 11:38 AM
Jan 29, 2013 6:19 AM
4perfect, if you wanna stay in land I'd rent a villa near La Oliva, a nice pueblo with a beautiful old church, which is 15 mins by car from El Cotillo and the beautiful beaches of Esquinzo, and 20 minutes from Corralejo (the main touristic town of Fuerte, but still very laidback) and the beaches of Parque Natural Dunas de Corralejo. I'd say eastern side is possibly a bit windier then the western, but chances are that you'll experience winds on both sides. As previously said, Los Lagos at El Cotillo should have less wind and be really good for swimming.
As for nice restaurants, pretty good fish restaurants are found near the touristic port of Corralejo.
My personal highlight in the Fuerteventura trip was Playa de Cofete, it's on the south western side of the island and the last 15 km to get there are on a dirt road, but the views are breathtaking: combined with visit of the pictoresque inland pueblos of Betancuria and Antigua, Cofete makes a superb day trip from La Oliva/Corralejo, absolutely worth it imho!
Check the places I mentioned on google earth so that you can have an idea of the distances etc..
Jan 29, 2013 8:59 AM
5I"m fond of La Palma where there are very few beaches.
I just spent 12 days there, and never got my feet wet.
Apr 23, 2013 7:37 AM
7La Palma is a great place but not for swimming unfortunately. There is an accessible sand beach in Puerto Naos, as a consequence of which the place is more touristy than most and probably closest to that unpleasant british beer drinking tourist experience (although still far far away from Ibiza and the likes I imagine). Nevertheless, I went swimming on numerous beaches and ALL beaches I have been to were kind of dangerous (witnessd a couple of near drownings and fell victim to some vicious undercurrents myself) and are not suitable for kids at all.
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