The Canary Islands attract over nine million tourists each year, largely thanks to their mild, year-round sunny climate and affordable prices. Whether you choose to head to Lanzarote, La Palma, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Gran Canaria or La Gomera, there’s something to suit everyone on a Canary Island getaway.
The question is, how can you choose which of the six islands you should visit? Whatever type of holiday you’re looking to enjoy, below we’ll reveal the best island you’ll want to head to.
Fuerteventura – The Beach Lovers Paradise
If you’re an avid beach lover, Fuerteventura is definitely the island for you. Its sun-kissed beaches are the perfect place to relax and unwind. There’s also the opportunity to take up a new water sport if you head to Playa de Sotavento. Each July, water sport lovers flock to the area to take part in activities such as diving, kite surfing and windsailing.
While you’re there, you won’t want to miss the local goats cheese delicacy. There are more goats on Fuerteventura than there are people and the goat’s cheese is truly mouth-watering.
Lanzarote – The Ultimate Family Getaway
The unique landscape of Lanzarote can make it feel like you’re stepping out onto a totally different planet. With charred sands and striking vistas, the island offers the perfect family getaway. Take the kids to the fun-packed Ranchos Texas Park for a day full of excitement. You can also explore the beautiful whitewashed towns and indulge in impressive modern artwork at one of the many great museums and galleries on the island.
Tenerife – The Party Island
Tenerife is often seen as more of a beach getaway. However, did you know it’s also renowned for its impressive nightlife scene? Head to Playa de Las Americas and experience the island’s hardcore clubbing scene. If you go in February or early March, you’ll also get the opportunity to enjoy the annual Carnival of Santa Cruz. This is known to be the second largest carnival after the legendary Rio De Janeiro carnival.
It’s not all about the party scene however. If you venture inland you can witness the biggest volcano in the world, Mount Teide, at the Teide National Park.
Gran Canaria – The All-Rounder Island
Out of all the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is definitely one of the most diverse. It boasts a fantastic night life scene, as well as cultural gems such as the famous Museum Casa De Colon and the stunning Cathedral of Santa Ana, built in the 15th century.
If you love to explore new areas, you’ll also enjoy hiking through pine-forest covered mountains and dramatic sand dunes. Then, when it’s time to relax, soak up on the sun on one of the island’s beautiful beaches.
La Palma – A Snorkeler’s Dream
La Palma is one of the quieter Canary Islands, making it ideal for those looking to enjoy a low-key, nature inspired break. While you’re there, the Enchanted Forest is a hiking experience you won’t want to miss. However, its snorkelling opportunities are what really make this island stand out from the crowd.
You’ll find a mixture of beaches on the island from black sand to Blue Flag crystal-clear waters. Perfect for snorkelling, you’ll also get to enjoy watching breath-taking sunsets. So, if you’re seeking a quiet, tranquil holiday, La Palma is the island you won’t want to miss.
La Gomera – The Cultural Experience
If you like your holiday to consist of sampling local cultures, La Gomera is the island for you. It’s range of local delicacies aren’t to be missed, including “Papas Arrugadas” or boiled potatoes that are drizzled in a fiery sauce.
It’s not just the food that makes La Gomera one of the best cultural islands to visit. The local native ‘el silbo’ language is also still used amongst villagers. It’s not uncommon to hear loud whistles echoing over the ravines as the locals communicate with one another. There’s even been reports that the sound can be heard up to 7 kilometres away.
While the Canary Islands are commonly thought to get their name from the yellow bird, it’s actually dogs which inspired the name. It isn’t clear whether this was because the aboriginals who lived on the Islands loved their four-legged companions or because the Ancient Romans described the island after the seals discovered there (sea dogs).
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