If you like the idea of a warmer winter, but don’t want to have to travel half way round the world to find it, then the Canary Islands could be just what you’re looking for.
Where to stay – The Noelia Playa Aparthotel is just 300m from the beach in Puerto de la Cruz, perfect for enjoying the average temperatures of 22C in November, as well as the rooftop pool at these apartments.
Special Events – On November 29th the Fiestas of San Andres is celebrated in Icod de los Vinos, with a unique event – the Tablas de San Andrés. The younger locals sledge down the almost vertical streets on boards made up of pretty much anything they can find – not for the faint hearted. I
In Puerto de la Cruz, it is known as the Fiesta of Pots or Chestnuts. Children drag strings of tin cans and throw scrap metal around the streets of the town to be as loud as possible. The “Castañada” (chestnut feast) is held in the main square, with the chance to try many traditional foods and wines of the island.
Where to stay – The Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens are a popular choice for families, just a 15 minute drive from the airport and 800m from the beach. There are loads of excursions to choose from that leave from Costa Teguise including boat trips, water parks and golf days.
Special Events – The fiesta in Tao on the 30th November – Fiestas in Lanzarote are celebrated with large, colourful processions, and replicas of saints from the church to a revered place. Fancy-dress parades are popular too. Fiestas are fun for young and old – these crowd-pulling parties always offer a full programme of traditional activities, folklore shows, sporting events, such as lucha canaria wrestling, live music and much more.
Where to stay – The Hotel Reina Isabel is in the heart of Las Palmas and is a short distance to the beach and main shopping area. It boasts a rooftop pool which will provide brilliant views of the Rally.
Special Events – Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) – This famous yacht rally happens in late November, with a whole range of stunning yachts leaving Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and sailing to the Caribbean. Even if you’re not a sailor yourself, the sea full of boats is quite a spectacle.
Where to stay – Just 250m from the main beach in Corralejo, the Lobos Bahia Club is the perfect place to use as a base during the Kite Festival that happens every year.
Special Events – The International Kite Festival happens in mid-November, a famous three-day festival which attracts some of the best ‘kiters’ from the whole of Europe. It is based around the sands of the Playa del Burro beach, to the south of Fuerteventura’s resort of Corralejo. Around 250 kites are on display during the event, with many impressive flying demonstrations.
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