THOMSON AND FIRST CHOICE REVEAL WHY THE CANARIES HAVE ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR A PERFECT WINTER BREAK

September 2017
THOMSON AND FIRST CHOICE REVEAL WHY THE CANARIES HAVE ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR A PERFECT WINTER BREAK

THOMSON AND FIRST CHOICE REVEAL WHY THE CANARIES HAVE ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR A PERFECT WINTER BREAK

  • UK’s mixed summer weather set to trigger upsurge in demand for winter break bookings
  • Thomson and First Choice expect Canaries to fare well for ease and breadth of experience

20 September 2017 – After a mixed bag of summer weather in the UK leading holiday companies Thomson and First Choice predict the Canaries will fare well for last minute winter break bookings for ease and breadth of experience.

The Contrasts of the Canaries

At just four hours away from the UK, the archipelago of Canary Islands, set adrift off the coast of Africa, offer perennial warmth and superb beaches. Sun, sea and sand is just part of what the Canaries have to offer as holidaymakers looking for more from their winter break will discover a wide contrast of experiences to enjoy.

Gran Canaria – for ultimate diversity

Often referred to as a ‘continent in miniature’ Gran Canaria is truly an island of contrasts with lush forests, desert landscapes, towering mountains, sandy beaches and lively towns.    The epic sands of Maspalomas and Puerto Rico in the south are great for beach lovers and excursions into the subtropical forests and rugged mountains of the interior offer a very different perspective.   The buzzing capital, Las Palmas, offers great shopping, dining and nightlife.   Visit in January – February for the annual Carnival, although the locals like to party all year round.

First Choice offers seven night holidays to Maspalomas staying at the 3Sun Dunas Mirador Maspalomas on an all-inclusive basis from £484 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Luton airport on 11th December 2017 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson featuring First Choice travel shop, firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 7799.                                                                                       

Fuerteventura – for wind sports and beaches

The second largest of the Canary Islands  offers incredible waves on the west coast,  excellent wind surfing. The east coast has gentler waters perfect for family swimming and don’t forget the  huge water park at Baku near the northern resort of Corralejo. The south of the island boasts spectacular beaches at Jandia and Sotavento, and the whole Jandia Peninsula is a protected national park of beaches, cliffs, dunes and mountains.   The island is dotted with pretty little towns like fishing village El Cotillo and two former capitals, La Oliva and Betancuria.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Jandia staying at the 5T TUI SENSIMAR Royal Palm Resort & Spa on a bed and breakfast basis from £593 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Gatwick airport on 13th December and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

 La Gomera – for world class hiking

This is the island for those wanting to truly escape and embrace nature.   Characterised by plunging ravines, there are few roads on La Gomera but walking trails everywhere.  The routes are spectacular and there is a well-marked trail network across the whole of the island.    The resort areas of La Gomera, Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey are low key and the perfect place to unwind between hikes with a glass of the local and a plate of the local delicacy – Almagrote, a spicy cheese paste.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to La Gomera staying at the 4T Aparthotel Playa Calera on a bed and breakfast basis from £540 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Gatwick airport on 12th December and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

 Lanzarote – for unique landscapes

The fourth largest and most eastern of the Canaries, Lanzarote is famous for its remarkable lunar landscape; the entire island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.  The Timanfaya National park is a strange and beautiful landscape of craters, walls of petrified lava, volcanic ash, enormous boulders and geysers.   The famous white sand beaches of Playa Blanca in the south are a stark contrast to the endless arid plains of Timanfaya and the perfect place for families to unwind and relax.  Holiday makers can also visit the handful of well-kept wineries, enjoy the rich spread of restaurants that have made the island popular with foodies and marvel at the architecture and art of Cesar Manrique.

First Choice offers seven night holidays to Lanzarote staying at the 3Sun+ Lanzasur Splash Resort on an all-inclusive basis from £550 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Gatwick airport on 10th December 2017 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson featuring First Choice travel shop, firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 7799.

La Palma – for jaw dropping scenery

Known as La Isla Bonita (the beautiful island), La Palma offers the perfect balance between natural beauty and historic urban charm.  The best view of the archipelago can be seen at 2396m from Roque de los Muchachos in the sprawling Caldera de Taburiente National Park awash with streams and waterfalls.  Like Lanzarote, La Palma is a UNESCO biosphere reserve full of unspoiled rainforest dripping with moss and water.    The more adventurous can trek along the water tunnels at Marcos y Cordero whilst the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, is an attractive historic bolt-hole on the ocean well worth exploring.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to La Palma staying at the 3T+ H10 Taburiente Playa on a half board basis from £325 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Gatwick airport on 14th December and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

 Tenerife – the best for a little bit of everything

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is the most popular with holidaymakers.   The southern resorts of Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos offer a wide variety of accommodation, excellent water sports and family attractions.   But they are just one part of this remarkable island.  Head north for the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, full of local character and historic charm or indulge in the superb seafood and excellent wines in picturesque towns like Garachico and la Orotava.  And no visit is complete without a visit to the stunning Teide National Park, home to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak at 3718m.   For those not energetic enough to climb, the ascent can also be made by cable car.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Tenerife staying at the 4T+ Be Live Family Costa Los Gigantes on an all-inclusive basis from £462 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Gatwick airport on 12th December and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

 For further information, please contact pressoffice@thomson.co.uk or call 01582 642100.

ABOUT TUI UK & IRELAND

TUI UK and Ireland is the UK’s largest tour operator with key brands including Thomson, First Choice, and Thomson Cruises. Sub brands include Thomson’s Sensatori, Thomson’s Sensimar, Thomson’s Family Life, First Choice Holiday Villages and SplashWorld Resorts.

TUI UK and Ireland’s airline, Thomson Airways is the UK’s third largest airline with 62 aircraft operating to over 88 destinations in 30 countries. Thomson Airways was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

TUI UK and Ireland has a team of more than 10,000 employees and serves over 5.5 million customers each year.

TUI UK & Ireland is a member of TUI Group.

 ABOUT FIRST CHOICE

First Choice, part of TUI UK & Ireland, became the first major holiday brand to offer 100% all-inclusive holidays in 2012. The brand offers exclusive hotels designed specifically following customer feedback and gives families, couples and groups the peace of mind they need when budgeting for a holiday.

Flagship hotels include; First Choice Holiday Villages, which deliver everything a family could want in one place – great entertainment, food, kids clubs and lots of activities such as swim academy and high ropes; and First Choice SplashWorld hotels, which have a water park either onsite or nearby that families have unlimited access to at no extra cost.

First Choice is the sister company of Thomson, both using Thomson Airways to take over 5.5 million people on holiday each year.

TUI UK & Ireland is a member of TUI Group.

ABOUT THOMSON 

Thomson, part of TUI UK & Ireland, is one of the UK’s most well-known holiday brands, delivering unique and modern holiday experiences for its customers every year.

Flagship properties include; nine Sensatori hotels across Jamaica, Crete, Tenerife, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Ibiza and Cyprus – these hotels give customers a luxury holiday experience, featuring world class spas and gourmet dining; Thomson’s Sensimar offering stylish hotels in beach front locations exclusively for adults and Thomson’s Family Life, which have been designed for families with younger children, featuring excellent kids’ clubs giving parents a care-free, relaxing holiday.

Thomson is the sister company of First Choice, both using Thomson Airways to take over 5.5 million people on holiday each year.

TUI UK & Ireland is a member of TUI Group

 

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