I'm thinking of spending the winter in Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Fuerteventure. Anyone travelled here and can give me a hint of what I can expect? How crowded are the cities and most importantly, how expensive?
I’ve been to both Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Both places are great as long as you rent a car for a day or two and get out of the tourist resorts. The nature and landscape is amazing on both islands, maybe even more so on Tenerife.
I’ve stayed in Santa Cruz and it was a cute city and not so touristy or crowded, it’s also close to the beautiful town San Cristobal de La Laguna. One thing to consider though is that it rains quite often in northern Tenerife. I think we had one or two rain showers daily when we were there and it was also a bit colder than in the southern parts of the island. I still preferred it though as it felt more like a real city.
On Gran Canaria we stayed in Playa del Inglés. It was very touristy and if it wasn’t for the beautiful sand dunes and that it was very gay friendly I wouldn’t recommend it. There were way more cozy villages on the north eastern parts of the island, for example Puerto de las Nieves.
Price wise I’d say both islands are quite cheap if you just plan and choose your restaurants wisely.