Off the north-west coast of Africa lie a number of islands, known affectionately as the "islands of eternal spring". More commonly, these islands are referred to as the Canaries. But it is easy to see why they have been given such a nickname; with an average temperature of 17°C in the winter and 24°C in the summer, the weather is fine all year round. Saying this, it can get much hotter when waves of Saharan air blow over from the continent. With conditions like this, wouldn't you like to spend your Easter here?


Picture awesome waves and pleasant sandy beaches, and you are well on your way to discovering Lanzarote. In fact, Lanzarote is well known for its water-sports potential, with many learning how to windsurf just off the coast. But Lanzarote isn't all water and sand; it is also home to Timanfaya National Park. Here you can find a spectacular volcanic landscape complete with boiling bore holes hosting exciting displays of steam and fire. If that isn't thrilling enough, opt for the camel ride within the park.

Top sandy resorts: Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen are great for beach bunnies and water sports enthusiasts alike.


Tenerife too offers you the chance to combine relaxation and exploration in the same holiday. Mount Teide is the most popular tourist attraction in Tenerife for good reason; it is simply breathtaking. On a clear day you can see the whole of the island, plus the other Canaries from the summit. If your legs don't feel up to the challenge of climbing, there is a cable car that can take the strain for you instead. When you descend, take the time to unwind on one of many yellow-white, or black sandy beaches around the island.

Top sandy resorts: North of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is Playa de Las Teresitas, a Saharan sand beach covered with palm trees.

Gran Canaria

If you want to shop until you drop on holiday, Gran Canaria is the place to go. Get your travellers cheques to hand, and head straight to the capital Las Palmas for some intense retail therapy. With copious designer outlets and handfuls of cute boutiques, it's likely you will end up with more baggage than you came on holiday with. But there's no point in buying new clothes without the chance to show them off, so spend a few neon nights at Playa del Ingles and dress to impress.

Top sandy resorts: Anfi Beach is located at a hotel complex, but all beaches in Gran Canaria are public meaning you can visit even when you aren't staying at the hotel. Soft sand and great facilities make this one not to miss.