Three of the best island holiday destinations for summer 2012

Has this sudden cold snap left you all packed up, ready for a holiday but nowhere to go? After one of the warmest Marchs on record April has got off to a chilly start and has left many of us dreaming of warmer climes. If you want to add some realness to these whimsical daydreams have a look at these three island destinations that are all bathed in sunshine right now.


The Canary Island of Tenerife is one of the best short-haul winter sun destinations from the UK making it a real favourite among sun-seeking Brits. The main draws to this volcanic island are its beaches, of which there are many formed of both golden and black volcanic sand and the fact that you can get year-round cheap holidays to Tenerife. The main beach resorts are Costa Adeje, Los Cristainos and Playa de las Americas to the south, whilst the capital and cultural gem Santa Cruz de Tenerife lies in the north. However, there is more to this Canary Isle than just the beach; Mount Tiede is the highest mountain in Spanish territory. This dormant volcano and surrounding national park looks more like a moonscape than anything from earth and it’s well worth visiting. On The Beach offer cheap holidays to Tenerife throughout the year enabling you to make the most of its favourable climate.

Tenerife by Sarah_Ackerman on flickr

Cape Verde

Cape Verde has been welcoming tourists for many years but its only in the last few that it’s really got its act together in terms of marketing. Now more and more people are discovering this African and Portuguese blend of and island, rich in culture, boasting a unique history and a climate that is almost too good to be true. The food is divine too and now that the tourism industry is beginning to boom new hotels, villa resorts and luxury retreats are springing up all over the main island of Sal.


The Portuguese islands of the Azores look more like the setting for Jurassic Park than a civilised former trading colony. This collection of nine luscious, fertile and dramatic islands is overrun with pirate legends, mystical history and covered with breathtaking beaches. More volcanic landscapes await you along with tumbling waterfalls, hidden rock pools and plenty of gold courses. Find out more on the Visit Azores website.