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Which Canary Island is Right for You?

“It’s hard to go wrong with any of the Canary Islands, but each one holds something unique to visitors”

Should you go to the largest island, Tenerife or try one of the smaller ones? Is nightlife important or do you want adventurous hikes and trips into nature? Maybe your only goal is to relax on a warm, sandy beach? Whatever […]…

  • Which Canary Island is Right for You?

    It’s hard to go wrong with any of the Canary Islands, but each one holds something unique to visitors. Should you go to the largest island, Tenerife or try one of the smaller ones? Is nightlife important or do you want adventurous hikes and trips into nature? Maybe your only goal is to relax on a warm, sandy beach? Whatever you have in mind, we’ll help you find the perfect Canary Island for your trip.

     

    Long shot of sun over the hills in Tenerife, Canary Islands

    Tenerife

    As the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife provides you with lots to see and do. This island is home to the famous Mount Teide and, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, the surrounding national park will keep you happy for days on end. Not that Tenerife shies away from creature comforts, though. The island boasts Michelin-starred restaurants and the tourist resorts offer a wonderful experience. 

    The Tenerife nightlife is buzzing, especially when there are festivals taking place on the island, such as the Carnivale. The capital, Santa Cruz, is a hive of activity during festival time, with all its night-time street parties and parades. The beaches, villages, restaurants and nature spread across the island, allowing you to have it all your way on Tenerife.

    Gran Canaria

    Like in Tenerife, you can take perform a wide variety of activities in Gran Canaria. The resorts are world-renowned and there’s even a volcanic mountain like Tenerife! It’s the beaches and the charm of the villages that set Gran Canaria apart, though. In the island’s historic villages you can escape the crowds and also enjoy a more romantic getaway. 

    Unique food and drink also await in Gran Canaria which serves lots of seafood and a tropical lager that will hit the spot after a day of exploration. Just like Tenerife, Gran Canaria has an active nightlife near the resorts and in the main cities. If you’re having trouble deciding between the two, don’t worry: Gran Canaria will please everyone on the trip.

     

    Couple in each other's arms facing the sea on a romantic Canary Island beach

    Lanzarote

    Lanzarote has something of an otherworldly feel due to the volcanic cone shapes around the island, particularly in Timanfaya National Park. Lanzarote is also one of the youngest of the islands and showcases some modern architecture. This is thanks to the creative architectural style of Cesar Manrique, who fought to stop high-rises from taking over the island

    Recently, the island has become popular with active travellers who want to cycle or go mountain biking, go running or do watersports while they’re on holiday. If you’re lacing up your tennis shoes or popping on your gear for some beach volleyball while reading this, Lanzarote might be for you!

     

    Close up of two ladies playing volleyball on a Canary Island beach

     

    The other Canary Islands are easy to get to by sky or sea and are ideal day-trip destinations. La Palma is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and is a good location for wide-ranging nature outings. La Gomera is another secluded nature retreat, whereas Fuerteventura is all about the beach lifestyle and windsurfers and kiteboarders will feel right at home there. The smallest of the islands, El Hierro, is relatively untouched by tourism and is a refreshing day trip. 

    Each of the Canary Islands represents something different, but the one thing they all have in common is their awe-inspiring beauty. Visit the Canary Islands with us and explore it all for yourself.

Author: Carol Oconnor

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