With year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, volcanic landscapes, bars, resorts and exhilarating watersports, there’s plenty to love about the Canary Islands. This popular, sun-soaked Spanish archipelago consists of seven larger islands, including Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierrois, as well as a few tiny islands. You can have many top experiences in the Canary Islands!
These varied islands aren’t just for lazy beach holidays and downing frozen margaritas, there are lots of exciting activities, picturesque hikes and foodie finds, with each island having its own unique character. Luckily for you, I have created a list of top experiences in the Canary Islands, so you can make great holiday decisions!
Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park is home to Lanzarote’s ‘Fire Mountains’, which were created by huge volcanic activity in the 1700’s. Come and marvel at this unique volcanic landscape and spend some time gazing at lava fields, boiling steam, cones and salt marshes. You can book tours of the area, eat food that is cooked by volcano heat at the El Diablo Restaurant, or go on a self-guided walk. Just be sure to take care when trying to get a ‘steam selfie’, this landscape is as fiery as it is beautiful.
Dolphin spotting in Gran Canaria
Book a boat excursion to go dolphin and whale watching in Gran Canaria and soak up some Vitamin D whilst you’re at it. Imagine kicking back with a beer on the top deck of a lush boat, as pods of dolphins follow along in the wake, jumping and playing in their natural environment. You might also be able to spot orcas, sperm whales and humpbacks if you are lucky, so get those cameras ready for some wildlife snapping! There are many dolphin excursions available in Gran Canaria, I would recommend doing some research on Tripadvisor to find a trip to suit your style and budget.
Watersports in Fuerteventura
With 150km of white sandy beaches, gorgeous sunshine, clear waters and world-class breaks, Fuerteventura is an ideal place to try your hand at watersports. There is a huge range of watersports to choose from including kite surfing, kayaking, surfing and windsurfing. There are private lessons and surf schools available for newbies as well as equipment hire for pros, so grab a board and start riding those waves, you’ll be on your feet in no time!
Stargazing in La Palma
Lush forests, dramatic landscapes and a serene ambience, La Palma is perfect for a peaceful getaway. It’s also a world-class stargazing spot thanks to a restrictive outdoor light policy You can book a tour with Ad Astra, led by a qualified Starlight Guide and Astronomer, to try and find the most iconic constellations in the sky through a powerful amateur telescope.
Hiking in La Gomera
When you are visiting La Gomera, the second-smallest of the main islands, make sure you spend some time hiking around Roque de Agando, a striking rock formation in a beautifully scenic area. Hiking around La Gomera is relatively easy due to a network of well-marked trails of varying difficulty. A popular route is Roque de Agando to Playa de Santiago, a lovely 12.5k hike around a charming rural area.
Diving at El Hierro
There is spectacular diving around El Hierro, the water has beautiful clarity as well as fascinating underwater landscapes. There are many dive sites in this area, each full of marine life including sponges, corals, flatfish, seahorses and rays, you might even be lucky enough to spot hammerhead or tiger sharks. There are several professional dive schools, such as the Green Shark Diving Centre, that offer equipment rental for licensed divers as well as courses for newbies.
5-star hotels in Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is hugely popular with tourists, who come to sun themselves on fabulous beaches and to enjoy a spot of luxury at its many hotels and resorts. You can book a 5-star hotel experience with several travel booking websites including TripAdvisor, DealChecker and Icelolly and properly spoil yourself in a top-notch hotel. I personally love hotels with fabulous restaurants, swimming pools, spas and a lush terrace for enjoying a cheeky glass of vino from, as the sun goes down.
Siam Water Park
Siam Park has built itself a stellar reputation as one of the world’s best waterparks. Lazy rivers, free fall slides and thrilling drops have a backdrop of lush vegetation and Thai inspired architecture. This popular theme park has a variety of exhilarating rides as well as family-friendly water attractions in this colourful and comprehensive park. It can get extremely busy on weekends, so perhaps schedule a weekday visit to avoid the crowds? Also, ladies, for the love of Thor, wear some sunscreen, you will burn to a crisp.
Be sure to check the weather online before yourCanary Island’s destination with the world weather online weather forecast system. You can make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather may throw at you on your sunshine break. What do you think of my guide Top experiences in the Canary Islands? Is there anything that should be added to this list, let me know in the comments below!
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