The Greek Islands and the Canary Islands both attract thousands of holidaymakers every year, with plenty to offer whatever your agenda; some islands are great for relaxing, while others are fantastic for partying. Either way, you’re set to enjoy a warm climate, delicious cuisine and a short flight time from the UK, so it’s easy to see the attraction. If you’re undecided on where to take your holiday this year, read on as we compare the best that the two groups of islands have to offer.
Fuerteventura, for extreme sports
Look no further than Fuerteventura for competitive and action-packed activities on the water. The island’s perfect surfing conditions, with big waves and strong winds, allow the Professional Windsurfing and Association (PWA) to host world tournaments along the coast every year. The islands waters have witnessed huge surfing legends over the years such as Robby Naish and Sébastien Cattelan. Whether you consider yourself a novice or a pro, you won’t be out of your depth, as there are plenty of opportunities to take lessons at the Corralejo Quicksilver surf school. It is also an easy sport to pick up; most can get to grips with it after just one day. After a day of hitting the waves, you’ll be famished; luckily there are many fabulous restaurants in Corralejo to refuel. Try traditional Paella washed down with a glass of Sangria to immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Find the ultimate action packed holiday to Fuerteventura with lowcostholidays.com.
Kos, for fun-filled water sports
Head to the Kardamena water sports centre in Kos, which is the largest beach entertainment company on the island, as well as being one of the largest in Greece. Having been in the business for 19 years, they are the best at providing high quality fun with your usual favourites, such as parasailing, jet skiing and trying out the banana boat. Also found on the island is the Imperial windsurfing and water sports club, which has a range of lessons and activities for all capabilities. Once you have spent a day out on the water, enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Kardamena, where there are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to discover. Be sure to check out The Garden restaurant where you can sit outside under the twinkling stars.
WINNER: Simply because the world tournaments are hosted here every year, Fuerteventura trumps Kos when it comes to the water sports card. If you want to watch the competitions head to the island between July and August!
Tenerife, for low key clubbing
Playa de las Americas is where party animals should head for lazy days of sunbathing, followed by nights out on the town. The Veronicas Strip is where the majority of bars can be found, with Sound of Cream, Jumping Jacks and O’Neil’s all playing the latest chart music and serving fishbowl cocktails which can be shared between friends. If there is a large group of you be sure to barter on the entrance price or drinks deals – if you don’t ask you don’t get. Dance until the sun comes up at Tramps, the biggest nightclub on the island which stays open until 6am. With fire breathing displays, two huge dance floors and resident DJ Judge Jules, get ready for a night like no other. To nurse the hangover the next morning, head to the beach and relax with a hearty breakfast overlooking the sea or grab some fresh fruit from the sellers on the beach
Malia, for serious clubbing
Malia is to Crete is what San Antonio is to Ibiza, a clubbing capital. In Malia you get the best of both worlds, as the resort is split into the new town and old town. Separated by a main road, the new town is where you’ll find the hottest clubs on the island, including Apollo; it’s one of Malia’s largest clubs, with a terrific atmosphere enjoyed by hundreds of people each night. Recently opened club Candy is a new favourite, and is quickly becoming the go-to hot spot for the whole island, holding massive events throughout the year, with the likes of Tinie Tempah and Lethal Bizzle to get the party started. Or why not adorn yourself in animal fancy dress and throw some moves at Safari Club Malia – an ideal spot for the true party animals. To find out more information on Malia, please click here.
WINNER: Whilst Tenerife offers lively nights out, Malia has bigger and better clubs, as well as the chance to see celebrity guests playing, so this is the clear favourite for nightlife.
Rest and Relaxation
Lanzarote, for luxury hotels
Playa Blanca resort, aka the white beach, is ideal for some R&R in Lanzarote. There are secluded coves just waiting to be discovered, so roll up your beach mat, pack your favourite book and get exploring. For a little more excitement, buy yourself a cheap snorkelling set to admire the sea life. Continue your seaside adventure with a trip to the Taberna Godino restaurant, which serves delicious fresh seafood; make sure you try the grilled calamari! For accommodation, check out the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, a relaxing hotel with beautiful views looking out over the sea. There are also Segway tours that take place around Playa Blanca – these tours are great fun for all ages, so make sure you get involved and take some pictures to impress your loved ones back home. After your Segway adventures, look out for the Front Line Fish salon in Puerto Del Carmen, where you can enjoy a fish pedicure that will leave your feet soft and smooth. A treatment that all the celebrities rave about – but may leave your giggling as the sensation is rather ticklish.
Skiathos, for sandy coves and spa days
Skiathos boasts over 60 sandy beaches and is surrounded by the beautiful Aegean Sea. Koukounaries Beach is the most popular sandy spot in Skiathos because of its large cove and calm waters. There are three Greek tavernas on the beach serving traditional cuisine, as well as three water sports schools. For an excellent evening meal, head to Strofilia restaurant on the Epar Od Koukounarion Skiathou road. One of the most highly recommended restaurants on the island. Dine under tree canopies and tea light lanterns for a really calm and romantic atmosphere. If you’re in need of a day away from the beach, hop on a boat tour which will take you round the entire island; just don’t forget your camera to capture the island’s beauty. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, be sure to visit the Kanapitsa Mare Spa, which specialises in shiatsu and Swedish massages. After all, you are on holidays and you do deserve a treat!
WINNER: It’s a tough call, as both islands are a perfect place to recharge you batteries. However, Skiathos wins because of the wide range of stunning coved beaches and the top notch spa.
So, the results are in: Fuerteventura will suit water sports fans, whereas Malia is the destination for nightclubs and late nights, and Skiathos will appeal to those in need of pampering and much-needed beach relaxation. Whether you’re tempted by the Canaries or the Greek Islands, you’re in for a perfect holiday. Or why not be a devil and just visit both! Become a fan of the lowcostholidays facebook page for inspiration and deals.