It’s been said that Christmas in the Canary Islands is something you must experience at least once in a lifetime. Here are a few reasons to plan a cheeky last minute get away to the Canary Islands or maybe 2020 will be the year you choose to visit:
- To escape the cold
Imagine a white Christmas but instead of snow you are having a barbecue by the beach and celebrating Christmas Canary Islands style. With an average daily temperature of about 22°C during the day time, you can either choose to relax by the beach or check out a different range of activities such as dolphin watching or a jeep safari. Visiting the Canary Islands during Christmas offers something different and a welcomed change from your typical vibe back home.
- Enjoy the full swing of the Canary Islands Christmas traditions.
You can easily find several open-air concerts during the festive season in the Canary Islands. I would also recommend you visit one the biggest nativity scenes in the world – hand-sculpted by sand on Las Canteras beach. It would certainly get you in the festive feel. In addition, you can visit the Christmas market where you can drink traditionally made Glogg- mole wine. Moreover, don’t forget to try the delicious turrón (a Spanish sweet made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts and whipped egg white). You might be wondering what Christmas market to visit. I would recommend checking out the market in San Telmo, Mesa y Lopez and Siete Palmas.
- Experience the three-king festival
If your holiday extends to the 5th of Jan make sure to experience the three King (wise men) day: Mechior, Gaspar and Balthasar. They are spectacular parades around town, which are often very extravagant that may include dancers, acrobats, singers, and musicians. This is a once in a life time experience and serves as a perfect day out for the whole family!
- Budget friendly and the options seem endless
Visiting the Canary Islands from the UK is just a short flight away and many budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet fly daily there. I would recommend the use of skyscanner for price comparisons. There are also several all-inclusive packages to choose from. That way you have nothing to worry about from the moment you arrive on the islands to the moment you leave. Alternatively, consider a tour ship that allows you to explore different regions such as: Las Palmas (top destination for sun seekers), Tenerife (known for its care free ambiance and perfect beaches) and Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura (has a picturesque harbour).
Enjoy experiences unique to the Canary Islands
The luna tour at Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote will be so unforgettable. Also check out the underwater museum in Fuerteventura and submarine safari in Tenerife. Don’t miss out on the epic fireworks displays at Tenerife Santa De Cruz. Finally, remember to send a postcard when you are out there using the MyPostcard app to make everyone else jealous of how much fun you are having!
An additional bonus point to support reasons why you should visit the Canary Islands during the Christmas holiday is that you get your Christmas dinner a whole day early! Christmas dinner in the Canary Islands is served on the 24th, leaving 25th for fully, non-interrupted relaxation.
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Love and Light !
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