- Marilyn Scott
The Canary Islands Are Waiting For You
Updated: Apr 14, 2022
The Canary Islands are a bespoke island chain in the North Atlantic Ocean where each island has its charm. The beauty in this construct is that you can visit one “country” but have the experience of several. From the relaxed vibe to the intense nightlife to the active outdoors, there’s an island among the Canary Islands that will meet your needs. And, even better, there are eight islands to choose from! See below for more information about the Canary Islands
Tenerife is the largest of the eight islands and has received the most development attention. Because of this, there are plenty of accommodations for tourists, including gorgeous hotels, sublime cuisine, and the flair you’d expect from a trip to the Canary Islands. For the active, several hiking trails intertwine with Pico del Teide (a snowcapped volcano). For those looking into more cultural pursuits, check out the North Atlantic’s version of a huge celebration – Carnival de Santa Cruz (which takes place in February).
Gran Canaria is the most “well-rounded” island. It offers activities ranging from beach excursions at Las Canteras or Las Alcaravaneras, camel rides in Maspalomas, and the tourist-favorite Vegueta, otherwise known as the contemporary window into the past. Like the rest of the islands, the weather is perfect all year round. Absolutely an ideal place to choose your adventure.
Fuerteventura is favored by active travelers for its conditions which make active pursuits a must-try—starting simple, head to the Parque Natural de Corralejo for a desert park experience where you can hike 300 meters to the Montana Roja and get views of the other islands. Playa de Sotatvento is an excellent watersports hub, especially for kitesurfing and windsurfing, and plays perfectly with the windy conditions of the island.
La Gomera is well-known for its gastronomy and preservation of natural space. While quite small relative to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, La Gomera continues to preserve a one-of-a-kind language – Silbo Gomera – constructed by locals to leverage the geographical characteristics to share messages over long distances. Because of the open space, you could even try paragliding or abseiling (for those interested in adventure). You can’t miss the cuisine either; the local fare and authentic goat product-based dishes will surely be satisfying.
El Hierro is on the opposite side of the development spectrum and one of the smaller islands. Classified as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, El Hierro is expertly preserved to retain its natural beauty. While underdeveloped relative to Tenerife, this gives a perfect canvas for those with an outdoor preference.
Green, green, green. That’s the takeaway after a visit to La Palma. Also known as “Isla Bonita,” take a trip to La Caldera de Taburiente National Park to experience the biodiversity among the land and, as a marine reserve, the water. The island is covered in forests, the perfect location for hikes. Make sure you reserve energy to stargaze at night and take advantage of the Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysical Observatory.
As the most eastern island, Lanzarote is an island of contrasts. On the one hand, there are plenty of tourist attractions and accommodations, and on the other, quaint villages. You’ll find many works from Cesar Manrique that leverage the natural landscape. The land changes due to the volcanic presence are also of note. Head to the Timanfaya National Park to learn more and experience the El Diablo Restaurant, with its subterranean heat source cooking method. As a result of the geography, the wines take on an exceptional taste and are widely revered worldwide.
Last but not least, La Graciosa is unique among the islands for having no paved roads. Because the entire island is a protected reserve, biking is a great way to travel. If biking is not your thing, plenty of foot trails lead to untouched beaches. Divers and snorkelers especially love this “Little Treasure” for its marine biodiversity, further highlighting the island’s status as a marine reserve.
The Canary Islands are well-known for their relaxing, energizing, authentic experiences and if one (or more!) of these islands is of interest, set up a consultation, and we can get you on your way!