Getting away for a sunshine break is a big part of many peoples year. The countdown to getting away for a week or two usually starts as soon as you are booked up so we thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the most popular destinations that UK travellers visit.

Starting off with Tenerife and Gran Canaria we will be looking at what makes these locations so appealing to holiday makers.

Tenerife is the biggest and most popular island of the archipelago. It is known for its vast amount of bars and clubs, sandy beaches and large resorts. Southern part of the island is a perfect place for windsurfing with state-of-the-art facilities. The most well-known tourist centres located in the area are Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.

When it comes to beaches in the Canary Islands, there is no topping Tenerife’s Las Teresitas. It lies just 8 miles north of the capital – Santa Cruz. Back in the 70’s the beach was covered in dark, volcanic sand just like most of the other beaches here. In order to make the place attract more visitors, 4 million bags of sand where imported from the Sahara desert. Nowadays, it is a paradise with millions of tourists every year.

The northern part of Tenerife with steep cliffs and green countryside is ideal for trekking and mountain climbing. Visitors can explore the majestic volcanic peak and the island of Pico de Teide with the impressive national park at its foot. The main tourist centre in the area is Puerto de la Cruz.

Gran Canaria is extremely varied in landscape and microclimate. Just a few miles can separate you from sunbathing on a beach to running around in the snow on top of a mountain. The beaches of Gran Canaria are either sandy and golden or rocky and black, depending on the region. The most beautiful coastline, with a miniature desert and wide, golden beach is located in Maspalomas. To the side there are spectacular dunes, which cover an area of more than 400 hectares. The area further away from the sea is a nature reserve.

Although Gran Canaria, despite its name, is not the largest island of the archipelago, it is the most populated by locals. As many as half of them are based in Las Palmas – the island’s capital city. It is a place worth visiting especially for sightseeing. Cathedral de Santa Ana, Canary Museum and the House of Columbus are just a few interesting venues worth checking out.

To enjoy a warm break during the winter month check out Jet2 who fly to various Spanish destinations from Leeds Bradford airport.