With their sub-tropical climate and incredible sandy stretches, the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa are hugely popular with visitors every year.

However, while they do boast spectacular beaches, there is much more to the islands, from spectacular volcanic landscapes to banana plantations.

Here are 10 mind-blowing locations to put on your Canary Island bucket list.

1.       La Gomera

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The tiny island of La Gomera may only be a mere 15 miles in diameter but it packs a serious punch in the scenery department.

From the banana groves of the north to the barren south, it is prime hiking territory with turquoise coastal bathing pools offering the chance to cool off on the way. With just two resorts on the island, you may choose to take a day trip from Tenerife.

2.       Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, Lanzarote

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The bizarre lunar-like landscape of the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya is simply breathtaking. Create a memorable holiday experience by seeing the scenery from atop a camel, or how about enjoying a BBQ with a difference powered by geothermal heat?

3.       El Hierro

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The most sparsely populated island, this destination is one to visit if you want peace, solitude and a complete escape. You may only pass a handful of visitors during the day and if you fancy taking a dip, the island offers great scuba diving opportunities.

4.       La Palma

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Dominated by the awesome Caldera de Taburiente Mountain with its unique crater shape, this is an incredibly dramatic island. A great place for stargazing due to its clear skies, it also showcases dramatic black sand beaches.

5.       Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

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The Saharan-sized sand dunes are the real show-stoppers here – and you won’t have to fight for a spot. Keep a look out for passing camels, too.

6.       Playa Papagayo, Lanzarote

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Quite simply one of the most stunning beaches in Lanzarote with miles of white sand just beckoning you to flop!

7.       Mount Teide, Tenerife

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Set within Teide National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – this looming volcano is the highest point in Spain and well worth a look.

8.       Nature Reserve of Lobos, near Fuerteventura

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Located just a couple of kilometres off the coast of Fuerteventura, this beautiful nature reserve is home to a number of protected animals and plants. It also boasts an inviting sea lagoon, Playa de la Concha. Regular day trips depart from Corralejo Harbour.

9.       West Coast Road, Gran Canaria

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A road trip and a half! This steep winding road isn’t for the faint hearted – but you will be rewarded with incredible sea views all the while passing rare plants and birds.

10.   El Cofete Beach, Fuerteventura

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Nestled in one of the most isolated corners of Fuerteventura, the only way of reaching this mysterious and deserted beach is down a dirt track. Enjoy miles of golden sand, huge crashing waves and incredible mountain scenery.

 

 

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