Offering fantastic year-round temperatures, outstanding beaches, beautiful landscapes and historical sites, the Canary Islands are the perfect holiday destination.
And with some truly outstanding locations on offer, we thought we’d uncover those spots that have to be seen to be believed.
1. Best for…underground adventure
The magnificent Cueva de los Verdes in Lanzarote is an underground cave system formed by a lava tube from a volcano eruption 5,000 years ago.
You will be guided deep into the caves where you will be told about their history and formations and see the underground auditorium that hosts jazz and blues concerts.
However, there is a breath-taking visual ‘surprise’ which you will be treated to during the tour. What is it? Well that would be telling. You’ll have to go and discover it for yourself.
2. Best for…desert like dunes
The incredible dune field of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria will give you plenty of options for bagging a spot to sun yourself.
With soaring sand hills as high as 12 metres, the dunes were formed over thousands of years by the wind and sea and are now designated as a Natural Reserve. While you are never far from all the tourist trappings of the area, wandering out into this natural phenomenon will allow you to truly appreciate the wonder of nature.
3. Best for…breath-taking vistas
The dramatic lunar-like landscape of Mount Teide National Park in Tenerife has to be seen to be believed. Created by huge volcanic eruptions, a trip to this park will allow you to see truly incredible rock formations.
Central to the national park is Mount Teide itself, which towers over the surrounding landscape. At over 3,000 metres high it is the tallest mountain in Spain, along with still being an active volcano. Reach the summit by cable car where you will be treated to incredible views.
You can either rent a car to explore the park yourself (be prepared for steep, winding roads), or book an excursion.
4. Best for…spectacular hiking trails
La Gomera may be the smallest island of the Canaries, but it also holds the crown as being the wildest. With its untamed beauty it is a hiker’s haven, here you will come across lush rainforests, banana plantations, deep gorges and soaring mountains. A variety of trails for all abilities exist across the island.
One option is Garajonay National Park which will treat you to walks through a magical rainforest which showcases beautiful flora and fauna.
La Gomera can only be reached by boat and many people experience it as a day trip from Tenerife. Booking a planned excursion will also allow you to hear about many of the ancient customs and traditions of the island including the fascinating whistling language.
5. Best for…history buffs
San Cristóbal de La Laguna in Tenerife is a must-see for history enthusiasts. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site it has several religious buildings including the Cathedral of La Laguna. This building incorporates many different styles such as Neo-Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassical.
Further fascinating sights include the 16th century Templo de Santo Domingo, the Na Bolom Cultural Centre, the Museum of the History of Tenerife and the Iglesia de la Concepcion.