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There's more to the Canary Islands than the sun, sand and fun of the big beach resort towns. And not just the sailing, surfing, snorkelling, diving and volcano walks, there's a rich tapestry of local life going on. As well as working for the tourists, these islanders are also working for themselves, farming all sorts of fruits, vegetables and flowers, and contributing to the beauty of the varied landscape. The majority of our recommendations for the best places to stay in the Canary Islands will not be found in the big resorts, instead we concentrate on properties that can give you a real feel for life on these isles.
Yes, the beaches are gorgeous and sun-drenched, but some of the main sights of the Canary Islands are their national parks, with their dramatic, moonlike volcanic landscapes.
The good news here is that the burger and beer brigade voluntarily incarcerate themselves inside three ghastly resorts; and never leave. Which means the rest of this exquisite island – with its 300 volcanoes, lunar lava landscapes, vineyards, fish restaurants, world-class surfing, whitewashed villages and obligatory old men with donkeys – is completely unspoiled. And plenty of the best places to stay in Lanzarote are too.
With England’s independent travellers still stuck with nightmarish visions of "Lanza-grotty", the canny Spanish and Germans can’t believe their luck.
Around ten million people visit Tenerife's reliably sunshine-drenched shores each year. And while this island was once dominated by beach-perfect package holiday resorts, visitors are now beginning to take an interest in the dramatic volcanic landscape of the interior and the more traditional Canarian experience found away from the tourist resorts.
If you're here for the beaches and you want to avoid the crowds, some of the best places to stay on the Canary Islands are El Medáno, on the south-east coast of Tenerife, and Los Gigantes on the western coast.
Largest of the Canaries, Gran Canaria is often referred to as a 'continent in miniature'. The terrain varies from the verdant north, via the dramatic mountain peaks of the interior, to the dry south. And of course the alternating white, sandy coves and dark cliffs of the coastline. It's not just the terrain that's varied, Gran Canaria has something to offer travellers searching for their own fresh experiences, as well as package holidaymakers.
Las Palmas is the capital, and one of the best places to stay on the Canary Islands if you thrive in a hive of activity. This is Spain's seventh largest city - so also a great destination if you fancy a sunny city break - but because of its island position it's got a North African flavour to it. The older part of town, Vegueta, is a good bet if you're looking for somewhere with atmosphere.
Just south of Las Palmas, Teror is a picturesque base - a bit quieter than Las Palmas, but you still close enough to the city's major sights. And if you're looking for traditional character try Arucas.
• Pensión Girasol is on La Graciosa, the smallest inhabited Canary Island. Lots of visitors just come for the day, catching the ferry from Orzola, then cycling to some of the best beaches in the Canaries. If you're travelling with your family this is one of the best places to stay on the Canary Islands, because you'll really feel like you have the island to yourselves.
Still not sure which island to choose? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay on the Canary Islands, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our recommendations for Lanzarote, Tenerife or Gran Canaria.
Las Palmas, Lanzarote
Budget boarding for those who want to spend the day outside and be able to come back to a fresh, clean, and comfortable room. And, on the doorstep are all the cafes, bars, restaurants, and sites. Fantastic views from the rooms with balconies.
Quiet 18th-century family friendly finca. Lively restaurant and attractive rooms with white washed walls, high-beamed ceilings, and lots of antiques. A relaxed rural spot from which to explore Lanzarote.
A sedate manor house set with lush grounds, close to the beach, and surrounded by nature reserves. Traditional elegant bedrooms have pastel painted walls and attractive furnishings. Swimming pool, terraces and gardens. A family spot at a great price.
La Orotava, Tenerife
A gorgeous townhouse in the city centre. A beautiful white building with a balustraded courtyard and chequered marble floor. Huge light filled rooms with balconies and stunning views. Surrounded by beaches and natural parks. A great choice for a beach holiday, excellent value.
Las Palmas de Gran Canárias, Gran Canaria
A gorgeous little guesthouse in Vegueta close to the beach. Romantic rustic rooms have white washed walls and boutique decoration. Lovely inner courtyard, walking distance to the restaurants, and excellent value. A romantic spot for a beach holiday.
San Mateo, Gran Canaria
This small and charming rustic hotel has an essence of the classical and the timeless, with ethnic brushstrokes of far-away cultures. It nestles in the heart of the mountains of Gran Canaria. The perfect spot for taking in breathtaking views and outdoor activities.