The eternal spring of the Canary Islands

Summer is already far behind us, and spring seems to be a long way off. But the Canary Islands climate is twelve months of springtime, making it the perfect place for a getaway at any time of year, with the perfect weather for any of the hundreds of different activities to be enjoyed here, from a camel ride around the edge of a volcano to a round of golf overlooking the sea.

Set in the cool blue waters of the Atlantic, the Canary Islands archipelago is unique: with its range of natural habitats and its subtropical diversity it offers an entire micro universe to enjoy – and all in a beautiful springtime climate. It's no wonder the Canaries are nicknamed the Fortunate Isles.

There are seven islands in all, which means seven worlds to discover in a thousand ways. There are beautiful beaches where the winds and waves combine to make perfect windsurfing conditions; there are strange volcanic landscapes to be expored from the back of a camel; you can sail among whales and dolphins, admire the colonial heritage of the picturesque towns, savour the local cuisine or play golf on an emerald green course alongside the turquoise sea.

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La Oliva, Fuerteventura
Wide open spaces and empty beaches like this one at La Oliva, Fuerteventura, make for a land of peace and quiet / © Fuerteventura Tourist Board 

Garajonay National Park in the mountainous heart of La Gomera, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the best example of 'laurisilva' –  a humid subtropical laurel forest that used to cover much of Europe / © La Gomera Tourist Board 

Golf, Gran Canaria
Emerald and turquoise are the signature colours of golf on the Canary Islands/ © Gran Canaria Tourist Board 

Alfredo Krauss Auditorium, Gran Canaria
Designed by the architect Oscar Tusquets, the futuristic outline of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium overlooks the Atlantic at one end of the Playa de las Canteras beach /© Gran Canaria Tourist Board 

Maspalomas beach, Gran Canaria
Luxurious residential complexes stretch alongside kilometres of fine white sand linking the beaches of Maspalomas and el Ingles / © Gran Canaria Tourist Board 

Santa Lucia de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
The lush green landscape of Santa Lucia de Tirajana on the island of Gran Canaria / © Gran Canaria Tourist Board 

The Cactus Garde, Lanzarote
The Cactus Garden was the last work of the artist Cesar Manrique; it features more than 10,000 cacti at an old quarry shaped like an amphitheater / © Lanzarote Tourist Board 

Mirador del Rio, Lanzarote
The Mirador del Rio viewing point, designed by Cesar Manrique, offers a privileged view of the Chinijo archipelago, which comprises the islands of La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Alegranza, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste / © Lanzarote Tourist Board 

San Sebastian, La Gomera
The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in the hillside town of San Sebastian on La Gomera / © La Gomera Tourist Board 

The Atlantic waters around the archipelago are rich with marine life / © Fuerteventura Tourist Board 

Teide National Park
Lava flows, volcanic cones and mountains of black rock are all part of the geological make up of Teide National Park, the oldest of the Canary Islands' parks / © Tenerife Tourist Board 

Teneguia volcano, La Palma
On the island of La Palma, the slopes of the volcano Teneguia offer an interesting location for an excursion / © La Palma Tourist Board 

Garachico, Tenerife
Garachico and its surroundings are one of the most delightful corners of the island of Tenerife / © Tenerife Tourist Board 

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
Camels provide a perfect means of transport to explore the volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park / © Lanzarote Tourist Board 

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
There is still intense volcanc activity in the Timanfaya area, and just a few meters below the surface temperatures reach 400º C / © Lanzarote Tourist Board