Canary Islands are open
We are thrilled by the news that the Canary Islands have been added to the UK's safe travel list meaning those returning from the islands no longer have to quarantine on their return. It could not come at a better time as the autumn and winter season is the perfect time to visit the islands to enjoy milder temperatures and relax.
Alongside their wonderful beaches, the islands have plenty to offer every kind of traveller including spectacular natural settings, bustling city centres and delicious food.
There are Paradors on five of the islands and we have chosen three of the best for last-minute getaways in stunning beauty spots:
Set in the heart of the Teide National Park, this is the ideal Parador for those looking for a peaceful setting and the chance to enjoy the island's unique rugged landscape. Guests can savour unrivalled views of Mount Teide, the island's dormant volcano and highest point in Spain, from the Parador's terrace and some superior bedrooms.
From here you can explore Tenerife's diverse natural landscapes as you drive through the park's Mars-like rocky terrain to the surrounding verdant areas like the picturesque village of La Masca, providing plenty of opportunities for walking and photography.
For those looking for more urban activities, the northern cities of Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz offer bustling shopping centres and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Meanwhile culture seekers can visit San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the island's UNESCO World Heritage City, whose colourful colonial-style buildings and wide avenues betray Tenerife's historic Latin American links.
To the south you can enjoy Tenerife's famous beaches, whether you're looking to relax on the golden coast of the Costa de Adeje or the unique black-sand beaches of the west.
A number of airlines offer frequent direct flights to both Tenerife North and Tenerife South from various UK locations.
Nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the heart of Gran Canaria, a stay in the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda offers a mixture of pure relaxation and plenty of hiking opportunities. The past year the Parador has undergone renovations following wildfires in 2019 and guests can now take advantage of the hotel's wonderful spa and wellness centre which enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding pine forests.
The Parador is only 9km from the town of Tejeda where you will find a number of museums and centres devoted to the island's natural and anthropological history, as well as access to the King's Caves and Roque Nublo beauty spots.
The colourful city of Las Palmas is the island's capital around a 50-minute drive from the Parador. Here you can enjoy visiting the city's shopping district or the Vergueta old quarter which is home to a number of historic buildings and a popular market selling local produce and specialties.
One of Gran Canaria's most striking attractions is the Maspalomas Sand Dunes which can be found in the south of the island. Stretching across 1,000 acres you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd been transported to the Sahara Desert were it nor for the wild Atlantic Ocean providing a beautiful azure backdrop.
There are direct flights to Gran Canaria from multiple UK airports.
Arguably the most popular Parador in the Canary Islands, this wonderful hotel enjoys a spectacular cliff-side location looking out onto the Atlantic and the main port town of San Sebastián de La Gomera below. In addition to its prime location, the Parador has a refreshing outdoor pool which is open year-round and colourful gardens featuring native flora and fauna.
La Gomera truly is a paradise for nature-lovers and walkers alike with the Garajonay National Park taking up a significant portion of the island. This densely forested park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 70% of which is made up of native laurel forests surrounding the biosphere reserve which sits at 1,000m above sea-level. The park has a plethora of walking and cycling routes as well as guided tours. You can also explore the La Gomera by sea, with boat trips around the island to visit such natural wonders as the Punta de los Órganos (a rock formation resembling a church organ).
In the town of San Sebastián you can try some of the local delicacies such as papas arrugadas con mojo (salted potatoes with a special local sauce) or purchase some of the island's famous ceramic and wicker hand-crafted goods. You can also explore the nearby black-sand beaches which the islands are famous for.
To get to La Gomera you can catch connecting flights via Gran Canaria and Tenerife, or a Fred Olsen ferry from Tenerife's Los Cristianos port.
Travel to the Paradors this winter from only £55 per room
To make a trip to the Canary Islands this winter even more attractive, Paradors have introced their Autumn Colours Offer which is running until 29th December 2020 and offers Paradors in mainland Spain from as little as £55 per room and the Canary Islands from £69 per room. Find out more about this fantastic offer here.