There are seven islands that make up this beautiful Atlantic archipelago: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Also included are the small island, La Graciosa, which does not have its own island administration, as well as the five uninhabited islands that belong to the archipelago.
On the coast there are also more uninhabited rocky islands such as Roques de Salmor off El Hierro or Los Roques de Anaga off Tenerife. The summer temperatures throughout the year, as well as the unlimited range of activities available, make the Canary Islands attractive for the holidays of millions of people.
Diving, snorkeling, hiking, mountaineering, cycling, windsurfing, kite surfing or a classic beach holiday: the islands of eternal spring offer the right thing for every kind of holiday. Now, I let you find out what your ideal destination is with this travel guide.
The best time to travel to the Canary Islands
The climate of the Canary Islands is mild throughout the year, which makes the islands an ideal destination for tourists fleeing the European winter. Their location off the west coast of Africa provides the volcanic islands with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Differences in altitude influence the climate.
On the high western islands, La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the climate is subtropical. Due to the northeast trade winds, it is wetter and cooler in the northeast highlands than it is in the southern coastal regions of these islands.
The trade winds from the northeast have little influence on the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which are located to the east. On the islands consisting mainly of flat land, there is a dry and arid climate. Read on and find out what your new destination is.
All the Canary Islands are of volcanic origin, but still show differences. The eastern islands have fantastic beaches, the western ones take hikers’ breath away with their mountainous landscapes. In some of the Canary Islands the party life is intense, in others you will find the peace you are looking for. We leave you a list so that you can choose the most suitable island for your needs.
Tenerife – Sun, beach and dream landscapes
The largest of the Canary Islands, with some 2,000 square kilometers, it has more than 2 million visitors a year. The Pico del Teide, with its 3718 meters, is considered the highest mountain in Spain.
Places of interest in Tenerife are: The dragon tree of Icod de los Vinos, the cliffs of Los Gigantes, the auditorium. You will mainly find black sand beaches, but also some with golden sand. Ideal for active tourists, couples, families and sun and beach lovers.
Fuerteventura – the island for surfers and sun worshipers
The second largest island of the Canary Islands, also called Isla de la Primavera. Known for its 150 kilometers of beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts warm temperatures all year round with more than 20 degrees and 300 hours of sunshine.
The most popular beaches on the island are: Playa de Sotavento, Playa de Esquinzo, Playa de Mattoral. This spot is ideal for surfers, also known as the «European Hawaii». Some of the places of interest in Fuerteventura: The dunes of Corralejo, the Pico de la Zarza.
Gran Canaria – the island with the most atmosphere
The third largest island of the seven inhabited Canary Islands. Annually it has almost 2.8 million tourists. This island is popular with young tourists: Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés, Las Palmas. It has many museums, historical buildings and a huge port area in the north.
Lanzarote – For lovers of nature and relaxation
The fourth largest island of the so-called «Canary Islands». The entire island is considered a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Peace and recreation are the highest priority for hikers who travel to meet it. The black landscape shapes the image of the island. You will find the white houses of the artist César Manrique everywhere. Some of the places of interest in Lanzarote are Timanfaya National Park and Playa Blanca.
La Gomera – The hikers paradise
The second smallest Canary Island with an original charm, is located in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of the African continent. The Garajonay National Park (about 4 hectares) is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Although the island does not have as many beaches, it does have some places that you should know such as Valle Gran Rey, the capital San Sebastián, and the historic Agulo.
El Hierro – The island of tranquility
The smallest of the seven main islands with a size of 268.71 square kilometers. It cannot be accessed directly from international airports, and there is not much tourism compared to the other islands.
Some places that are worth knowing are the capital of the island, Valverde, the natural spas such as Las Playas, Playa del Verodal. Ideal for those looking for a holiday where tranquility reigns.
La Palma – The green island
An island with an impressive nature, actually called La Isla de San Miguel de La Palma. Rugged landscape, black beaches and numerous trails. The rainiest and greenest of the Canary Islands. The Caldera de Taburiente National Park has many streams and waterfalls. Some places of interest to visit are the Mirador de La Cumbrecita and Mirador del Time. Home of exotic fruits and numerous plants.
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