The Canary Islands are the perfect place to fly to for some winter sun

Sun fun: Save £157 on a week in Fuerteventura

The time to flee Britain for some winter sun is fast approaching so it’s no surprise holidays to the Canaries are said to be flying off the shelves.

According to Lowcost Holidays, bookings are up 47 per cent on last year.

Flight times of around four and a half hours – about half the time it takes to reach the Caribbean – and temperatures averaging 19 to 20ºC are major factors.

With more good quality accommodation, from self-catering to five-star, opening up on the islands there’s something for everyone.

Relax in luxury at five-star Dream Gran Castillo Hotel near the beach in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Seven nights all-inclusive starts at £574pp including flights from Luton on January 11 with Lowcost Holidays. 0800 111 6271

Thomas Cook has seven nights all-inclusive in Gran Canaria from £325pp. The price is based on two adults sharing a room at the lively four-star Barceló Margaritas in Playa del Ingles. A shuttle bus will whisk you to the beach and promenade while bars and shops are just 500 yards away. Includes flights from Manchester on December 18. 0844 412 5970

Try some five-star luxury on Tenerife and save up to £280pp on a seven-night stay at Costa Adeje Gran in Costa Adeje. One of the island’s newer resorts, it has a striking 110-yard glass facade. There is a pool for adults and one for children along with a kids’ club, a spa and a beauty salon. A week all-inclusive in January with flights costs from £521pp from A1 Travel. 0208 548 3048


Royal visit: Club Jandia Princess, Fuerteventura

Save up to £157pp on seven nights on Fuerteventura staying all-inclusive at the five-star Thomson Platinum Lifestyle Hotel Club Jandia Princess, now priced from £480pp with flights from Gatwick on December 3 and transfers with Thomson. 0871 230 2555

If you can’t make up your mind which Canary island to choose, a cruise could be the answer.


Take the tour: P&O Cruises' Oceana

P&O Cruises offers a Canary Islands itinerary taking in La Palma, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Oceana sails from Southampton on December 17 for the 12-night round trip, which also calls in at Madeira and Lisbon.