The Canary Islands remain a strong favourite with Jet2holidays customers, thanks to the many beautiful beaches, family-oriented resorts and of course, the sunshine. If you’re planning a cheap holiday to the Canary Islands for this summer, here are five facts to get you in the mood.
The title of the Canary Islands’ capital is actually shared by Santa Cruz on Tenerife, and Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.
A Dog’s Life
You may be mistaken in thinking that the Canary Islands are named after birds – actually, the name is derived from the Latin ‘Insula Canaria’, meaning ‘Island of the Dogs’. However, these dogs are thought to have actually been monk seals, a now sadly critically endangered species.
Hit a High Point
Tenerife is home to the highest point in Spain, the volcano Mount Tiede, which is also the third highest in the world. Climbing Mount Tiede to enjoy its breath-taking panoramic views is a popular activity for those visiting on cheap holidays to Tenerife.
Another endangered species inhabits the waters around the Canary Islands – the loggerhead turtle, which can grow to be three feet long. Take a diving excursion when on cheap holidays to the Canary Islands for your chance to catch a glimpse.
Almost in Africa
The fantastic weather that blesses the Canary Islands is thanks to their location off the north-west coast of Africa, to which they are closer than Europe.