The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are an old favourite and a hugely popular property and holiday destination. Tourists are drawn by the year-round stable warm climate, abundance of good beaches, four national parks and three marine reserves. There is healthy-buzz to the islands due to the outdoor lifestyle, sunshine hours, sporting and water activities.
The biggest and the most popular of the thirteen Canary Islands, in order, are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma. Each are well served by international airports that handled some thirteen million visitors in 2015.
Prices remain attractive in the Canary Islands due to an over-supply from before the financial crash which is resulting in a very slow recovery. Bargains are still to be had and with good year-round rental opportunities, this is an attractive market for buy-to-let investors.
Away from the volcanic zones and the snow-capped peak of Mount Teide, Tenerife is a tropical paradise. This is the biggest of the Canary Islands and also the most popular. The upmarket areas are around the resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Adeje and Los Gigantes are also popular. Outdoor sports are a big draw on the island which also boasts eight golf courses.
Fuerteventura is less than 60 miles off the African coast. It is an unspoilt paradise with spectacular beaches. Puerto del Rosario is the main town whilst a number of quaint fishing villages dot the island. Corralejo and Costa Calma are popular as are the inland towns of La Oliva and Antigua.
Stunning landscapes, coastline, nearly forty miles of pristine beaches and the climate are the main attractions in Gran Canaria. Golf enthusiasts should try Las Palmas Golf Club, the oldest in Spain. Located just 15 minutes away from the capital, it has spectacular scenery.
The cosmopolitan city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital of the island and was founded some 500 years ago. It was here that Columbus rested before setting off to discover the new world. Along with the tourist industry, there is a thriving multi-national community.
Las Canteras Beach is an important tourist spot with a fine promenade and a wide range of properties available. It has two miles of golden sand with warm seas.
Lanzarote is a hot and sunny island with some of the best beaches in the Canaries. It has a dramatic inland volcanic landscape and lies just 60 miles off the African coast which give it warm winds, ideal for windsurfing. Whilst the beaches are the main attraction, the Timanfaya National Park is well worth a visit for the lunar-like landscapes, volcanic cones, craters and geysers.
In Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise are the more popular resorts. Puerto del Carmen is a lively resort to party whilst Playa Blanca area is more low key.
La Palma is known as the beautiful island (La isle bonita). Some of the reasons are the superb beaches, incredible landscapes, imposing volcanoes and verdant forests. Visitors are also attracted by the extremely clear skies which make for excellent star-gazing.
Santa Cruz de La Palma is a charming maritime old town that is like stepping back in time. It remains largely unchanged from its original colonial layout with old manor houses and stone-paved streets. Just to the south, Los Cancajos is popular.