Thinking about going to the Canaries. What's it like?

(41 Posts)
LowLevelWhingeing Fri 08-Jan-10 13:39:26

Looking for somewhere to go around Easter time, ideally a villa near a beach/restaurants etc, but what's it like there? Hoping to just spend days on the beach with the DCs (2 and 4).

Are the islands very similar or are they much of a muchness?
Anywhere that should be avoided? We don't want a party town, but some nice restaurants would be a bonus - are we likely to find any?


TheEarlOfDoncaster1963 Sun 30-Dec-12 21:09:21

Lisa - I know this is an OLD thread - but am looking for reasonably priced apartment in the Canaries for me, DH & 3 children (hotels too expensive for five). Any ideas?

Lisa2 Mon 01-Feb-10 18:21:08

Hi there. I live and work in Tenerife looking after children - There is so much in Tenerife for all ages. You have 2 water parks the fantastic Loro parque which have parrot, sealion, killer whale and dolphin shows to name but a few. There are also childrens play areas here, Mickey park is one which is great and another one that is right on the beach that has built in trampolines, ball pools etc. Also, in certain areas there are inflatables in the sea for childrens use but i think it is priced at 10 euros per day but that is for unlimited use. There are family buggies that you can hire out, mini golf and a number of other things to keep you all entertained. Oh, there is the monkey park too which is so lovely as you can actually feed the little monkeys and they hold your hand etc, very cute. You can find hotels/apartments here for any budget. I can persionally get an apartment for 150 euros for up to 4 people and that price is just for the apartment, not per person. If you want some ideas on hotels, please let me know and i will assist you the best i can. Also, if you would like some childcare during your stay again, give me a shout .... thats if you do decide on Tenerife. Anyway, happy holiday hunting and have a great trip wherever you decide.


LowLevelWhingeing Thu 28-Jan-10 20:39:56

Thanks ladies (sorry for delayed response). I'm waiting to find out what dates we can go so holding off on looking too hard at the moment as it's too frustrating not being able to plan properly!

Really appreciate all your comments. Have a good holiday Georgina!

GeorginaWorsley Thu 21-Jan-10 19:12:10

Hi,we like Lanzarote in february as it is just the right temp.
I think it would be very hot in summer.
Lanzarote quite expensive if self catering.
We ate out every night,bill around 70 euros for 2 adults,1 teenager,2 children.
I like the island as a winter sun,relaxing break.

Tarabear Wed 20-Jan-10 17:10:54

Just been reading all the posts about Lanzarote. Do you reckon it would be too hot in the summer? Places like Turkey and Greece are too hot for my husband in August. I've a feeling the Canaries are a bit cooler.
Is Lanzarote really expensive? We've found a great apartment there on the Arrieta beach.
Would love to know anyone's insights.
I'll be going with hubby and my two boys - aged 2 & 4 so aslong as there's beach and a pool they'll be happy!

GeorginaWorsley Mon 18-Jan-10 13:16:52

Just to say Lowlevel we have just re booked for Feb half term,going to Playa Blanca again,this time with' Lanzarote Lates 'villas.
Hope you get sorted!

coolma Fri 15-Jan-10 20:53:25

We went on a 'promotional' (hard sell timeshare) holiday to tenerife one december. Apart from the horror of being subjected to a days worth of hardcore sales (which we went along with but didn't even contemplate getting into) it was actually really nice. As we had 'won' the holiday and they were trying to tempt us into spending money, we were put in an absolutley amazing place which was almost empty. It was in Los Christianos, which itself is not particularly nice, but the time of year was good and as long as you avoided playa de las americas it was fine - I made the mistake of going there one day and it was foul! We also had a holiday in fuerteventura just before it really 'took off'. Again, avoid really touristy areas and you'll be fine.. The absolute main attraction of course is the weather. Lovely in May and December!

LowLevelWhingeing Wed 13-Jan-10 18:38:57

Great! I happen to have a James Villas brochure in front of me and good news about the

cheers Georgina.

GeorginaWorsley Wed 13-Jan-10 18:16:17

We used James Villas,were fine.
Lots of different styles of restauranrs along the seafront,all openin onto a promenade type thing.
We had different every night,I talian,Indian,Spanish,fish restaurants.Lots of choice.

LowLevelWhingeing Wed 13-Jan-10 13:23:16

Thanks Georgina. Would you recommend the villa company you used?

Also, are the restaurants mainly English? We could cope with that but would love something different from what we can get at home.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 12-Jan-10 19:59:31

We likes Playa Blanca very much for a week ,especially in february as just warm enough for us.
Lots of lovely beaches,good family friendly restaurants,shops etc.
We hired a villa with private pool.
We had one day sightseeing which was fine as we do our 'sightseeing' hols in summer and tbh just wanted a break.
DD3 was 3 and was perfect for her,plus the older ones enjoyed it too.
Probably going back this year,just looking now.

LowLevelWhingeing Tue 12-Jan-10 11:52:21

Hehehe, thanks LadyT, That's what I wanted all along - someone to dish the dirt!

LadyThompson Tue 12-Jan-10 11:22:57

Mmmm. I think you can probably really only go to the Northern part of Tenerife. I have been to Gran Canaria (beyond the pale - AVOID, unless you like Skegness), Lanzarote (interestingly volcanic but again devoid of culture, packed with vulgarians in shell suits being rude to waiters) and Tenerife (avoid the South - Playa de las Americas etc). No idea about the others.

I have heard Madeira is very nice (is that classed as Canaries?) though it's full of oldies.

LowLevelWhingeing Tue 12-Jan-10 11:15:29

Thanks y'all, I starting to get an idea of what to go for now. smile

SixtyFootDoll Mon 11-Jan-10 21:58:47

Oh yes we popped into the YAiza it is gorgeous.
And the marina is lovley

gladders Mon 11-Jan-10 16:20:08

lanzarote over tenerife as it has white sand (not black) - and the yaiza in playa blanca is amazing!

geordieminx Mon 11-Jan-10 08:16:34

Was kidding Seeker - it loks amazing.

Aside from Seekers link, if you want a posh hotel in Playa Blanca then I suggest the Princess Yaiza, they also have great kids facilities. It is on the outskirts of Playa Blanca, which is a bit touristy in parts - but if you have kids you need a few bits like this.

The Rubimar Aparthotel isnt posh - I wouldnt say basic but maybe 3*? It does however have great facilities at the hotel, and is about 10-20 mins away from Playa Blanca in Marina Rubimar - which is very exclusive. It has about a dozen fantastic restuarants/cafes/ice cream parlours, some really nice shops inc Hugo Boss and Timberland, and Cafe Del Mar (sister to one in Ibiza).

If you dont fancy Lanzarote then we went to Tenerife to this hotel which was amazing, and miles away from the grotty touristy bits - its on the outskirts of a lovely fishing village. It had amzing kids facilities/spa/rooms, but it was all inclusive, although the food was out of this world!

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 11-Jan-10 07:53:02

I really liked Lanzarote, we stayed in Playa de los Pocillos, which is at the end of Puerto del Carmen, which is quite a brash resotrt however where we stayed was quieter. Lovely beach but god it was windy.

If I went to Lanzarote again i would stay in Playa Blanca as it is far quieter.

I really liked the landscape - yes it is not exactly green and verdant but it is sombrely beautiful in its own way.

AVOID the south of Tenerife i.e. Playa de las Americas and Los Christianos, unless you are 19 and want to go on a piss up.

Gran Canaria - we stayed in Maspalomas, which was fine, the nicest thing about the whole place was the sand dunes stretching over to Playa del Ingles. I didn't think that much of the rest of the island, tbh I thought it was very unfriendly. And Puerto Rico is vile, really grotty apartment blocks built on the side of a cliff.

SixtyFootDoll Mon 11-Jan-10 07:44:08

Playa Blanca wasnt grotty, was naice.
But you dont get the weekly markets with lovley fresh food/ fruit and veg.
It was £2 for half a cucumber.
Fresh meat was almost impossible to buy.

LowLevelWhingeing Sun 10-Jan-10 23:29:24

Grotty? Is it? I really want to know!

<shows cards> Ok, I'm a snob. I want a naice place with naice food and no horrid folk. blush

I couldn't get the iescape links to work but we've decided we're definitely looking for self catering - we've never had a holiday with just us and it would be great to not have to share!

But does that mean we'll be struggling for nice food? Is it not like other parts of Spain/France where there's weekly markets for fresh fruit/veg/meat?

I don't need fancy, I would just like some nice beaches and ingredients for nice dinners. smile

SixtyFootDoll Sun 10-Jan-10 22:18:19

Playa Blanca in Lanzarote is lovley.
Not a lot to do there, but nice beaches, lovley climate.
Very expensive though at the moment with the Euro.
Difficult to self cater I found too as the supermarkets werent great.
Lots of Netto's there!

seeker Sun 10-Jan-10 22:14:25

I must have very low standards then!

E45 Sun 10-Jan-10 21:18:44


geordieminx Sun 10-Jan-10 21:13:20

That looks rubbish Seeker wink

seeker Sun 10-Jan-10 20:53:58

this one, geordieminx!

One day i will be able to afford to go again!

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