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Influencers swarm Canary Islands despite grim warnings holiday hotspots ‘face collapse’

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New research has found that the Canary Islands are the top holiday choice for influencers this year – and millions of holidaymakers are expected to follow despite complaints from residents about overtourism. Locals and residents have been complaining about an overwhelming number of tourists flooding the islands – and some have warned visitors to “stay away”.

Urban planning specialists claim that tourism means the Canaries are on the “brink of collapse” while an expat told the Daily Star that it’s caused an causing serious issues for locals even outside of peak seasons.

One Tenerife local argued that it’s a lack of infrastructure causing the area’s downfall – from congested roads to concentrated residential areas and not enough roads. Meanwhile, protestors have caused further chaos by blocking roads and thoroughfares.

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Despite this, data from influencer analytics platform, WeArisma, revealed that the Canary Islands are the most popular winter sun destination among influential social media sources worldwide which makes sense when they see temperatures in the 20s even in winter and are just a few hours away from the UK.

Papagayo beach is surrounded by steep mountains and has a turquoise bay to swim in(Image: ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Influencer Emma Jane, magician Ben Hanlin and actress and easyJet Holidays ambassador Catherine Tyldesley are some of the well-known faces who have made it the most talked about winter sun destination among influencers for the second year running.

The most popular Canary Islands are Tenerife – which sees millions of visitors every year – along with Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. However, the Spanish archipelago’s smaller and quieter islands like Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro are also beautiful destinations for sun, sand and sea lovers.

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