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NEW YORK -- Sun worshippers heading to the Canary Islands can take advantage of new direct flight service from the U.S. on Air Europa. Weekly flights to Tenerife, which kicked off in December, will operate Saturdays.

The service is the result of a joint effort on the part of the Spain Tour Operators Association and the Tourism Council of the Canary Islands. In conjunction with the flights, participating tour operators have designed a Canary Islands Holidays' program called Winter Escapes.

The one-week programs depart New York and Boston and feature stays at a choice of resort properties. Six-night packages begin at $699 per person, double, from New York. The rate from Boston starts at $729 and operates via New York.

Prices include roundtrip air fare and accommodations on the Canary Islands three principal destinations: Grand Canary, Tenerife and Lanzarote.

Daily buffet breakfasts, interisland air fare, sightseeing and airport transfers are available. U.S. and Spanish departure taxes and fees are not included, and $100 holiday supplements apply on certain dates.

Hotels are available to suit a range of budgets and include packages for golfers and honeymooners. Car rental packages are available.

Participants can visit Mount Teide, a 12,000-plus-foot dormant volcano, and Las Canadas, a huge natural crater, both situated in the Teide National Park on Tenerife.

Another highlight is an excursion to the Montanas del Fuego on Lanzarote. Optional tours to other islands, such as the less touristed La Gomera, are available.

Probably the most popular activities in the Canaries, however, are sunbathing, playing golf and tennis or enjoying water sports, deep-sea fishing and whale watching. The islands also feature nighttime entertainment and a variety of restaurants.

Travelers can take in the historical villages and towns that dot the islands, including Orotava, Garachico and Candelaria. Even golfers can get a dose of culture by playing at Santa Brigida on Grand Canary, the oldest course in Spain. Las Palmas, capital of Grand Canary, not only boasts beaches, yachting and shopping but can claim Christopher Columbus as one of its earlier visitors on his journey to America.

The flight time to the Canary Islands, located to the southwest of Spain, is six hours from New York. Connections to Las Palmas, Grand Canary, Arrecife and Lanzarote and other smaller islands are available.
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