Before looking at apartments and villas in Villamartin on the Costa Blanca, my husband and I considered moving to the Canary Island. We eventually chose mainland Spain because of the great Cost Blanca climate and also because travel to and from the UK is so much easier than here. However, I would like to share what I found out about the Canary Islands when we were considering our move there.
The Canaries are off the northwest coast of Africa, and therefore the islands are much more likely to offer warmth and sunshine during those long, dark winter days. Being nearer the equator the days are longer, usually around twelve hours of daylight.Tenerife offers the best chance of finding winter sunshine. It also has lots to offer besides glorious heat and sandy beaches, according to Charlotte Browne from buy villas for sale in Javea Spain.
When the skies are grey and winter coats and boots are the normal daily wear, thoughts of finding sunshine rise to the surface. The problem is that Spain can often be just as cold and wet and the Mediterranean does not mean year-round sunshine.
Even on the occasions when the clouds may gather, the days are bright, and thoughts of winter can be dispelled for a while.
Tenerife an Island of Hills
Tenerife can often be the warmest of the islands and as a result is a popular destination. One of the things to remember about Tenerife, however, is the hills. Unless situated along the coastal strip, many hotel and apartment complexes are built on the many hills that sweep down to the coast, and therefore involve a hefty climb back to the accommodation. Indeed, locals call many of the hills Cardiac Hill because of their challenging gradients.
So it is as well to be fit and able to cope with the steep climbs if visiting Tenerife, or be prepared to use the local taxi cabs if not hiring a car.
The beaches are always a good draw with long bays of golden sand and plenty of cafes and restaurants to tempt with an array of choices from continental cuisine to traditional Canarian dishes to English fish and chips. Get away from the tourist areas, however, and Tenerife still has much to offer.
The Highest Peak in Spain
A trip to Mount Teide is an experience as the windy roads rise above the clouds into a silent and stunning volcanic world. The park is a renowned World Heritage site and is the highest peak in the whole of Spain.
The southern part of the island has more sunshine and is more developed, whereas the northern part tends to be cloudier, although in the simmering summer heat the cloud cover can be welcome.
Although the islands are Spanish owned, it is multi-cultural, and the shopping centers provide insights into other cultures with their spice shops, unusual souvenirs, and European designer clothing stores.
Of course, the Canary Islands are a year-round destination but must be a favourite choice for those seeking that elusive winter sun