Swells from the open Atlantic ocean roll into the Canary Islands from three sides. The Canary Islands are home to powerful volcanic reef and point breaks that are comparable to Hawaii. These islands have lunar looking expanses due to the extinct volcanoes and arid rough terrain that protrudes out of the ocean. Pico de Teide, Tenerife is snow capped and provides a strong contrast to the dark landscape below. The Canary Islands were coined as the “fortunate Islands” by the Romans. These sun baked islands are frequented by surfers and holiday makers and are enticing because of the consistently mild temperatures all year round.
Lanzarote’s northern side has Europe’s most consistent and powerful surf with lava reefs providing the most alluring surf. Fuerteventura or “islands of the sun” has many north and west coast breaks with rough bumpy terrain for access adding to the charm of reaching your chosen break. Gran Canaria has more crowds but is great for potential surf due to it’s circular shape. The marine waters of Tenerife also hold the opportunity for a delightful surf experience including Fitenia or “The Desert” as it is also known as. La Izquierda or Spanish Left offers tubes in the right conditions and is the most well known and loved spots on the island.
For a snow holiday Austria offers many opportunities. Ischgl is known for its lively nightlife, parties and the Top of the Mountain Concert. Ischgl has state of the art lifts and cable cars and has pistes that cater to every ability. The lift facilities can transport 94,071 people each hour and snow making by equipment such as snow canons and lances makes for great slopes all day long here. Ischgl sits at high altitude between 1400 and 2872 metres making this a reassuringly snowy spot all winter long. This is a place for exhilaration, entertainment and culinary feasts, catering for all snow sports enthusiasts. This is one of the best environmentally friendly snow spots in the area. Make sure you check out the annual snow sculpture competition if you can.
Mayrhofen hosts a popular Snowbombing Music Festival in spring. Mayrhofen sits in the Austrian state of Tyrol near to Innsbuck. The Hinterlux Glacier nearby offers year round skiing and this pictursque village has Tyrolean architecture in abundance. This is a vibrant spot but there is also peaceful bars making this a place for everyone. People have holidayed here for over 100 years and there is everything you could need with resort equipment and clothing to buy and hire. Apart from the obvious skiing and snowboarding available during the winter months, there is also great mountain biking and hiking routes. If you’re looking for more of a thrill then try out paragliding with the most spectacular views.
St Anton is a village ski resort with lush mountains and plenty of snow. Tourism here spans back as far as the 19th century. St Anton lies in the Ahlberg area of ski resorts with magnificent views, boasting 94 cable cars and 340km of pistes. The highest quality ski lifts and well prepared ski slopes make this a superb place to try out some winter sports. Winter storms pass in from the east and west making this beautiful spot reliably snow covered. There are plenty of slopes to pick from for every ability especially for the more advanced skiers and snowboarders out there. There are deep ski runs, snowboard fun parks, carving areas and racing circuits always in place, so take your pick for a new experience.