The Canary Islands are commonly called “the islands of eternal spring”. Despite this commonality, they are also incredibly diverse and have something everyone here. Whether is nightlife in Las Americas, Tenerife, hiking in dense forests in El Hierro or laying on a sun-soaked beach in Lanzarote – there is no shortage of unique experiences to be had.
La Gomera is often described as the island that time forgot and in many ways is the most mysterious of the islands. Here you will pass through soaring cliff faces, surrounded by clouds and sleepy mountain villages. It is home to one of the worlds few ‘whistling’ languages, passed down for hundreds of years to allow farmers to communicate across the rugged landscape. It also boasts incredible hiking. The Garajonay National Park contains thick woodlands and many hiking trails for those who love the outdoors.
Las Palmas is unspoiled by mass tourism. It’s a green with lush forests –and has volcanic creators throughout the landscape. The pace of life here is much slower so it’s the perfect place to unwind and admire the scenery. The island a has a world-renowned observatory at the highest peak of the island, Roque de Los Muchachos, making it the ideal place for star gazing.
This is the island for sun lovers. You will find endless beaches here with golden sands. In the north, you will find the dune beaches around the main town of the island, Corralejo. it’s a very nice small town, has character and an excellent gastronomy. In the south of the island, on the Costa Calma, Jandia or Esquinzo are the main touristic areas.
While the beaches of most of the other Canary Islands have black sand, Fuerteventura attracts many tourists with seductive white sand. The longest beach in all the Canaries is Cofete, which has an extension of 14 kilometers. Fuerteventura is much hotter and sunnier than the other islands. It can be a bit unpleasant may be the strong winds, but it offers good conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing and also has impressive diving sites.
Lanzarote is a unique and exciting island. It is the eastern most island of the Canaries and volcanic in nature. It is blessed with some of the most stunning beaches. The island is dry and has sunshine for more than 300 days per year, making it the perfect winter destination.
In addition to volcanic landscapes, there are -of course- many rock pools to bathe, but there is also an interesting offer for fans of active tourism and culture lovers. Timanfaya National Park is a ‘must see’ which shows a vast black landscape of volcanic rocks. It is possible to go on a camel ride from the village of Yaiza.
Tenerife: This is the largest island of the Canaries and, in the opinion of many people, also the most varied. “I have everything on one island here”, says Carmen Fernández, of the Spanish Tourism Institute (ITE). In fact, the island is divided into two parts: north and south. The south attracts many tourists for typical beach holidays. In the north of the island, much greener, hardly any sandy beaches exist, so this region is more suitable for walkers and hikers.
Tenerife has a little bit of everything. It’s the biggest island of the Canaries, offers sun and beach for tourism, with good transportation routes from major airports. It’s also an ideal place for hikers so it’s suitable for people who would like a varied experience. An unforgettable event is the Santa Cruz carnival. It’s the second biggest in the world, with live music and dressing up in a huge street party that lasts 1 week.