Canary Islands
A windsurfer cruises by the beach at Costa Calma, on Fuerteventura in the Spanish Canary Islands. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Holidays to the Canary Islands are becoming increasingly popular with a significant rise in visits to Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in 2011, leading online travel agent, On the Beach, has revealed.

In the past few months we have seen a surge in visits to these islands -- we believe this was prompted by the poor winter weather as many of our customers were compelled to escape on last minute holidays to get some warmth. Of course there is no denying the popularity of this great group of island destinations, Alistair Daly, Marketing Director of On the Beach, said in a statement.

According to Airports Council International (ACI), the worldwide association of airports, February saw a massive 34% increase in traffic to Fuerteventura. Tenerife and Lanzarote also experienced significant boosts with 13% and 11% rises respectively.

ACI's numbers show that February was a great month, however, we have seen this surge all throughout 2011 and we expect it to continue, Daly said, adding that the great group of islands destination should be the most popular destinations for British travelers in 2011.

The Canary Islands are excellent for seaside relaxation, yet they also offer fun hiking and amazing cultural activities like Carnival. This combination makes it the perfect spot for couples and family holidays.