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Which is the best canary island for a winter break

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Which is the best canary island for a winter break

Hi, my partner and I are looking for some sun to get away in the winter end of December. The canary islands seem to offer the answer that doesn't require a expensive long haul flight. We are both over forty, so want somewhere that has a good balance between daytime activities and nightlife. So not mad and not too quiet. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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Kaz

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1. Re: Which is the best canary island for a winter break

All the islands offer something different as I'm sure you are aware.

I have had the opportunity to visit all of them over the New Year period and can say that by far my favourite is Gran Canaria. Lovely walks in the day along the dunes looking at the various sights :-) and the nightlife around the Yumbo surpasses all other islands. The weather is good in the day (warm enough to lie in) but chilly at night (Cardy weather only).

The further south you go towards the equater the warmer it will be.... Tenerife and Lanzarote therefore are a little cooler (Only by a degree of so). Tenerife North would be totally different with Snow on Teide - bbbrrrrrrrrr

So, Gran Canaria for warmth and fun every time....

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Hi John .. thanks for your reply. We had sort of settled on Grand Canaria from doing some research. Los Palmos seems to be coming up a lot. What do you think of it? Or are there any other resorts/towns on Grand Canaria that would be better. We want a hotel rather then self catering. Mainly because its a bit more sociable.. meeting people at breakfast etc. Can you recommend anything that isn't too pricey. We are on a budget. :)

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we have been gran canaria for the last 5 years. we went in January 3rd and it is fine during the day but cardigan in the evening & night. we love Gran Canaria and would recommend it if only on a bias decision

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Last year in Tenerife day time temps 25/28 degrees ,hope someone can give you the temps for GC as a comparison .Nights just after Christmas went down to single figures .That said Tenerife prices not just for flights ,hotels etc are cheaper but so is the cost of eating out ,and drinks .

Because of the much larger resorts in Tenerife it attracts far better entertainers .The island also has "Tenerife Entertainers awards " just finished ,where the entertainers are voted for by the public .This again goes to show the caliber of the islands singers ,bands ,djs etc .So as regards going out you cant fail in Tenerife .

As mentioned though the north of Tenerife is cooler ,and has more rainfall than the south of the island ,

If you look at these hotels in Puerto Rico Gran Canaria at prices and reviews

Cala Nova ,Cala Dor, these are usually suitable re budget ,

For Tenerife in Playa De Las Americas have a look at these

MareOla Portosan ,MareOla Park ,Andorra Apts/hotel ,Colon2 ,Parque Santiago 3 and 4

Compare prices and what the hotels are like ,

Walking as mentioned earlier ,heres a map link fot Tenerife south where you can see the resorts run into each other,so this gives you lots of options for going out ,eating and drinking ...

tenerifetravel.com/maps/southtenerife_large.…

I love Gran Canaria ,my first love of the Canaries .However what i know need and require Tenerife suits them all .However i still think Puerto Mogan is very beautiful

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I love the the last five words of comment 4. Are you getting paid? :-)

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Yes by a builder !!!LOL

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It's really difficult to say what island would be preferable to you as they all offer something slightly different. I will say though that they are all great!

The first time we ever went to the Canaries we chose Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles in January 2009. We used the hotel "Riu Waikiki" on an all-inclusive basis and really enjoyed it, very friendly staff and hotel, although basic was well kept and food was great. We did a free blanket trip which took us up into the Canarian mountains and also went to Sioux City, a great night out. The second time we went, we chose Tenerife, Costa Adeje using the "Dream Villa Tagoro" hotel all-inclusive in Feb 2011. We loved the resort as it seemed the right one for us, Los Cristianos we found a little too quiet, Playa de las Americas we found more lively when we took visits there so Costa Adeje was sort of in between, the best of both you could say. We visited Siam Park and Loro Parque on days out and had a great time. Third time we chose Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen, the hotel "Riu Paraiso" in Feb 2012. This island has an amazing natural landscape and the trip up Timinfaya mountain was an experience. We also visited other resorts like Costa Teguise, Matagorda, Playa Blanca on the south coast, we took a ferry over to Fuerteventura for the day which was a nice change of scene. We also did a submarine trip in Puerto Calero. Since then we went back to Tenerife in March this year, the hotel "Fanabe Costa Sur" again another great holiday and only 3 days ago we returned from Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles, "Il Rondo Aparthotel" We got the public bus round to Puerto Rico then a boat to Puerto Mogan, the sand dunes at Maspalomas, another wonderful holiday. You can do a submarine trip here as well, in Puerto Mogan.

I'd say for entertainment, Tenerife shades it, comedy and tribute acts which are more prominent here than the others, although there are a few about on the other islands.

I know this might not help you with your choice but it might give you a rough idea as to what you might expect. I can't choose between them hence the reason we go to them all, we are now planning a return to Lanzarote again in Feb 2014. It's a hard life eh!?

Jambonian

Edited: 9:01 am, October 26, 2013
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The Dubliner Band won the T.E.Awards .....another thing that Gran Canaria doesnt get many of BANDS

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Hi Jambonian,

Thank you for taking the time to give me such a descriptive and informative reply. It has been really helpful. We are hoping to go the second week in December until just after christmas. Have you ever been at this time of the year, or know anyone who did and so understand what kind of weather we can expect there. Obviously we know its not going to be hot and will be very cool at night. But we have noticed temp does fluctuate at this time of the year from island to island, even if its not by much.

We don't want somewhere that is too quiet, but we don't want somewhere that is just over comercialised and like a concrete jungle. So a nice mix of pretty landscape and things of interest to see and do, variety of choice to eat out, as we are vegetarians and often have problems food wise. We enjoy going out at night and exploring the local towns and markets, but are not party animals :) At the moment Gran Canaria or Puerto Ventura seems to be coming up the most for deals and having the kind of mix we like.

You mentioned you'd been to Puerto Ventura, but didn't say as much about it as the others. Could you tell me a little bit more about it corralego in particular. We are looking for a good deal, so to be honest whichever place offers the most value for money we will go with. But as the canaries are an unknown to us, we wanted to know as much about them as we could. I can tell you love them, hence your frequent visits. So I do appreciate your replies.

Regards

Kaz

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10. Re: Which is the best canary island for a winter break

Puerto Ventura? I imagine you mean Fuerteventura! :) I'd kept quiet as you seemed to have chosen another island (where I'm sure you'd be happy). But I can certainly recommend and give info on Fuerteventura, and Corralejo specifically, although I might be just a little bit biased.

Corralejo has plenty of almost everything, for almost everyone, so let me start with what it doesn't do so well. It really doesn't cater for the all-out party-goers who want to party the entire night away. There are 2-3 joints that cater for them but Corralejo is pretty dead by 2am and gets noticeably quieter after the midnight curfew for live music (sad about that curfew :(). Most places are very small and big noisy groups are never welcomed. Normally the only big groups here are serious surfers and they tend to be quite quiet in the evenings after the exertions of the day. It also isn't great for the do-everything-for-me style of tourist who wants a massive hotel that's like a town in itself and to be pampered. Most people here tend to be rather more independent-minded, either hiring a car or booking excursions on an ad-hoc basis with locally-based companies during the day and finding a good restaurant in the evening. Some people do choose all-inclusive packages because they can be ridiculously cheap, but there are a lot of complaints about quality of food and drink.

So, you have the choice of everything from AI down to self-catering. Many of the places offering SC, even private rentals, have a communal pool where you can meet your neighbours. You have the choice of hundreds of small bars and restaurants, with lots of music everywhere that's mostly quite quiet but there are also noisy discos and live rock bars. For the daytime, apart from excursions (ferries to Lobos and Lanzarote as well as land-based ones), there are two main activities. Quiet ones such as people-watching outside bars with fabulous views over the bay, or enjoying the beaches (several small town beaches with rock pools and calm water, or the beautiful, sparsely populated dunes beaches that stretch for km after km and are exposed to the Atlantic waves). And energetic ones, mainly water-based. Fuerteventura is one of the world's capitals for surfboard-type sports: surfing itself, bodyboarding, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, stand-up paddle. Then there's snorkelling and SCUBA-diving, fishing, canoeing...

As a resident who's enjoying a permanent holiday, fitted around working :(, I can give answers to most of the more specific questions, except about what goes on inside the hotels. Feel free to ask!

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