Of course, it is also a lot warmer throughout the whole year in the Canary Islands, which are situated in the North Atlantic just off the west coast of Africa and south-east of the Portuguese Azores islands. Enjoy the sunshine during your Gran Canaria holidays, where the lowest average temperatures tend to be around 17oC in January and February thanks to the tropical climate. Here, you'll find plenty of activities to do with the children if you're renting holiday homes in Spain for a family getaway, such as mountainbiking in rocky Fuerteventura, Sioux City in Maspalomas, a park built in a recreation of an old fashioned town in the American Wild West which is always a hit with the kids, as well as attractions parks like Siam Parque in Tenerife, but keep in mind how busy these get during peak seasons. If you want to spend some time in the great outdoors on a more active holiday, hike along the Ruta de los Volcanes to see the volcanic landscape, or through the Caldera de Taburiente, a green national park with many trails, ravines and waterfalls, both on the paradisiacal isle of La Palma, or head to La Gomera for the stunning Garajonay National Park with its amazing gnarled, mossy forests and numerous springs and streams.
Gran Canaria is very popular amongst tourists, who tend to travel to the south of the Island where the weather is warmer. Although the airport on the island is on the east coast, there are transfers to locations such as the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Maspalomas. The Playa del Inglés, a large seaside resort here, is especially popular amongst the gay community, and has many gay-friendly attractions, for example the Yumbo Centre, which is home to many of the best gay venues on the island and there is also a gay beach.