Unless you reside in one of the hottest African regions, you?re definitely going to miss some sun when bone chilling winters arrive. For me, I?d pick from a few winter sun destinations, somewhere I can be a bit adventurous and warm up without getting a tan. Canary Islands, Spain are what I have in mind this time.
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What makes Canary Islands so special?
First of all, it?s the year round sunny weather, which is usually around 21 degrees ?C. There are seven main islands with several small ones surrounding them. You can pick either one or more, depending on how much you?re willing to travel. Tenerife is a favorite among tourists while Lanzarote is well-known for its amazing volcanic landscapes and gives you a glimpse of the local culture. And if you want to be lazy on exquisite beaches, Gran Canaria is the perfect place to be.
- Siam Water Park, Tenerife is where kids are going to be the happiest as they can enjoy all sorts of fun water slides and activities. The park is on the Siam beach coast, where you can relax after a long day at the park. Also there?s a Thai Market, where you can shop authentic goods imported from Thailand.
- For animal lovers, there?s Loro Park, which is famous for its display of various Parrot breeds and Monkey Park which is a mini animal kingdom consisting of many kinds of monkey breeds from the playful chimpanzees to giant gorillas. It?s also home to some exotic birds, big cats
- In Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park, Cueva de Los Verdes, or ?The Green Caves? are natural wonders you should not miss out on.
- Ever heard of a submarine safari? If it excites you, take a safari ride 30m deep into the Atlantic Ocean where you?ll get to explore the amazing sea life that surrounds Lazorante. You?ll be accompanied by an expert diver who?ll swim alongside the submarine, feeding fish.
- Take a walk while shopping at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where you?ll come across all sorts of shops selling local goods to
high endbrands. For traditional goods, head to Tegueste Market, where fresh fruit, meat, pastries andhandicrafts arrive from all over the island.
- All Canary Islands are full of vegan and non-vegan restaurants to suit different taste so you won?t have a problem finding your preferred cuisine within any locality.
Accommodation and Transport
I?d recommend taking budget hotels as there?s so much out there to explore, why waste time in a hotel room? In Tenerife, Los Cristianos is the best area to stay in for families. Consider Club Tenerife for a one bedroom apartment with a balcony at US $111 per night or Apartmento en Los Cristianos for US $122 per night, for a family of 4. In Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is an ideal stay spot. I love Playa Blanca Beach Resort for just US $410 per night for a double room or Casa Guardia Panama at US $255 per night for a quadruple room, for a family of 4.
The Canary Islands are equipped with a well-developed transport system. To travel between major centers, a bus is the most convenient form. You can make a Bono-Bus card for $16.50 to $41.50 for frequent traveling. This will save you good money on separate fares. For more privacy you can hire a car or taxi for $1.5 per 0.6 km distance. Traveling between islands takes a boat ride costing usually under $100 per transfer.
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Forget old-fashioned holidays
It?s common for people to head to central Europe or up north for a family vacation but this year try to come out of that shell and give the beautiful Canary Islands a chance. Because, to be honest, they?re no less than a wonder.
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