The Canary Islands attract a vast amount of tourists each year. It boasts a fantastic climate all year round, as well as beautiful soft sand volcanic beaches where you can soak up the sun.
Depending on the island you choose to visit, there are lots of things to see and do, as well as fresh locally caught fish to try. The nightlife in the Canary Islands is both entertaining and inviting; you can enjoy tapes alfresco in the warm evening air, with accompanying rum and wine.
If you are looking to take a trip to the Canary Islands, we have made a list of the best islands to visit below.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. It has a wide range of activities on offer to keep you occupied. If you want to explore the natural geography of the island, why not try scaling Mount Teidein Parque Nacional del Teide. If climbing isn’t for you, there are a number of walking trails. Tenerife is considered to have some of the best water-sports in Europe including diving, snorkelling, sailing, parasailing and windsurfing. This particular island is a cultural hotspot and has some beautiful traditional architecture. If you are bringing the children there are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy, such as an underwater safari in a yellow submarine, or take a trip to Aqua land, home to some amazing waterslides for kids of all ages.
The island of La Palma is sometimes overlooked when you think of holidays to the Canary Islands, but many consider it to be the most beautiful and interesting of the islands. La Palma is the perfect location for astronomy enthusiasts. Its skies are clear and free from light pollution, making it perfect for stargazing. La Palma is home to the astrophysics observatory, situated above the clouds. La Palma has a unique and intriguing landscape owing to volcanic formation, ideal for exploration by walking or hiking. One of the most popular hiking paths is the volcano route that takes you from volcano to volcano. This island has a rich and traditional culture, cuisine, as well as beautiful tranquil beaches.
Gran Canaria has the largest population of the Canary Islands, and is home to the capital Las Palmas. The nightlife here is vibrant, and the island is known for its regular festivities. This island is ideal for sports enthusiasts. As well as being a hiking hotspot, there are sporting activities on offer including cycling and water-sports. There are a variety of landscapes to explore, you could visit the Maspalomas dunes either on foot or by camel, or you can rent a car and explore the mountains and deep valleys. Almost half of the land here is protected. If you want to see some beautiful botanical gardens, visit JardinCanario.
This island is ideal for beach travel lovers and windsurfers. Fuerteventura has a multitude of beautiful and relaxed beaches, with powder soft sand and clear warm water. The sea here is perfect for swimming, diving, snorkelling, as well as kayaking. The island itself has some picturesque towns and villages, where you van visit some traditional markets and taste some of the local delicacies. If you want activities for the whole family to enjoy, arrange a visit to Baku water park and have a go on giant slides, wave pools, or take a relaxing dip in a Jacuzzi.
Lanzarote has an appealing and interesting volcanic landscape, but the volcanic benefits don’t stop there. If you visit Timanfaya National Park, you can see mini-geysers, and eat food that has been cooked by the areas geothermal heat. Lanzarote has beautiful black sandy beaches that are perfect relaxing, surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing. This island is full of culture and activities. You can explore on a camel safari, go on a boat tour and watch the sunset, or take a trip to the fortress of Gunapay located on the top of a volcano. If you are a wine lover, take a trip along the wine route and try some local wines.
No matter what kind of a holiday you’re looking for, the Canary Islands has a location to suit you. We hope that this has given you an idea of the different types of islands you can visit and explore when taking a trip to the Canary Islands.
Joel Stein is a travel fanatic whose perfect trip would include plenty of rock climbing, diving and street photography.