The Canaries – a perfect place for Christmas

Instead of turkey and tinsel with the family, millions of Brits head off to sunnier climes for the festive season. Big favourites include far flung Caribbean sunspots, but according to the Association of British Travel Agents, for sun-seekers, the destination at the top of the list lies closer to home: the Canary Islands.

Over four million Brits prefer to celebrate Christmas abroad. Some of them choose snowy ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees, but many are looking to add a little sunshine to the last week of the year. And one of the favourite options is the Canary Islands. With its year round spring climate and spectacular beaches along a total of over 1,500 kilometres of coastline, this volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa has long been popular as a holiday destination. For visitors to the Canary Islands, sun and sand are pretty much a given, but there's more to do than just laze on the beach: whitewashed churches, lighthouses, sports and adventure activities, unusual rock formations, unique flora, and Spain's highest mountain are just some of the attractions.

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