Canary Islands party resorts such as Playa de las Americas in South Tenerife and Playa del Ingles in Southern Gran Canaria have long been favourite haunts for young holidaymakers looking for the nightlife, sun and fun at a budget price! These two Canary Islands resorts remain the top two party locations on the Canaries, with enough bars, clubs, restaurants, watersports, beach lounging and holiday resort attractions to please the hardest playing partygoers!
There's plenty of family nightlife on the Canary Islands too, in all inclusive hotels and apartment complexes in family friendly resort hotspots such as Puerto Rico (if you like karoke, Puerto Rico is the Canaries karoke capital!) on Gran Canaria, Costa Teguise on Lanzarote, Caleta de Fuste and Costa Calma on Fuerteventura and top of the family resort hotspot chart - Costa Adeje in south Tenerife. Looking for nightlife with a bohemian edge, and a watersports crowd a la surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing? If so head for El Medano on Tenerife, Sotavento and Jandia on Fuerteventura and Famara on Lanzarote!
Nightlife in the top Lanzarote resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca tends to lean on the family side, with family oriented restaurants galore and a choice of all inclusive hotels and apartment complexes offering in-house entertainment for families.
The liveliest of the three by far for clubs, themed bars and nightlife is Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote's oldest and most established resort. There's an enormous choice of bars and a selection of clubs in Puerto del Carmen, combined with superb blue flag beaches and a choice of watersports and holiday attractions including theme parks and excursions.
Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote is a good choice for young groups, or stag and hen parties, with plenty of budget entertainment and attractions on offer. Worth considering for weekend stag and hen parties too!
Gran Canaria's resorts in the south, alongside Tenerife's southern resorts, are where the party is at on the Canaries. Top of the nightlife hotspots is Playa del Ingles with its superb gay scene, choice of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, plus great beaches and watersports! Easy access to numerous facilities too including waterparks, excursions, sports and go-karting and more.
Playa del Ingles is a good choice for stag and hen parties, young group holidays and for couples looking for the nightlife! Las Palmas the capital of Gran Canaria is a bustling cosmopolitan city with great nightlife and a choice of clubs and bars. There's a reasonabale gay scene here too, plus the best urban beach on the Canaries - Playa de las Canteras, which has good surfing too!
Like Lanzarote, much of the nightlife on Fuerteventura in resorts such as Costa Calma, Morro Jable, Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste is family oriented around numerous bars, restaurants and all inclusive hotels and apartment complexes offering in-house entertainment.
Both Corralejo and Morro Jable are probably the best two resorts for lively nightlife, but it's mostly bar based with only a scattering of discos. However you'll find a surfing scene in Corralejo and a windsurfing vibe around Sotavento and Jandia.
For lively nightlife on Tenerife, with numerous clubs, bars, restaurants and more head for Playa de las Americas. There's a cetain glitz and glamour to Playa de las Americas, and some have compared parts of it to a mini Las Vegas. Many of the hotels, particularly along the accessible Las Americas promenade are adorned with rather kitsch Romanesque statues and an eccentric mish mash of architecture. The Veronicas area, labelled in the past as a rather seedy affair, has seen some improvements in recent months, after drugs raids, renovation and a general clampdown by local police.
Playa de las Americas is one of the Canary Islands most developed resorts - not much space here left untouched by hotels, shopping centres, bars and restaurants! You're best navigating around Las Americas by hotels and bars rather than street names (which they keep changing anyway!) Resort amenities don't get much better - Playa de las Americas has a fine stretch of manmade beach including Playa del Bobo Las Cuevitas and Playa de Troya. Rows of sunbeds line the beach, plus numerous watersports providers. There's not a bad bit of surfing to be had here when the winds up.
If you're looking for a more bohemian watersports base with a windsurfing/kitesurfing vibe, and a good selection of bars and small clubs head for El Medano on the south east coast of Tenerife. Puerto de la Cruz to the north also offers still a bustling nightlife, again with largely a family feel, but there's an excellent choice of bars and scattering of clubs here too. Another good spot for a bohemian student vibe is La Laguna in the north - Tenerife's oldest university is here, and around the university is a bustling nightlife focusing on live music.
Over on the west coast side Tenerife nightlife again is more focused on families around Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago and Playa de la Arena. Lots of family bars and restaurants here, with a good choice of all inclusive accommodation offering in-house entertainment.