The Canary Islands in Spain are a popular tourist destination for many people worldwide. And it is easy to see why- the crystalline water, breathtaking beaches, and year-round sunshine.
The weather in Canary Islands is mild throughout the year making it a perfect destination for winter or summer vacations. It is a little piece of paradise right in Europe! No need to fly to an exotic location in the Caribbean when you have an archipelago with beautiful beaches and stunning natural parks so close.
Where are the Canary Islands?
The islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean about 62 miles west from Morocco. The Canary Islands are made up of the following seven islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro. Not all islands are the same. So each island allows the visitor to live different adventures.
The Canary Islands are part of an archipelago with volcanic origins
The only thing that connects the islands is that they were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. In fact, some beaches have black volcanic sand still! The Canary Islands volcano, Mt Teide, is in Tenerife but more on that later.
Even though the Canary Islands aren’t connected to mainland Spain, they still are part of the 17 autonomous communities. They incorporate the Spanish way of life but also preserve their own cultural identity and laidback lifestyle. As a result, the Canary Islands people are known to be more relaxed and have a laissez faire on life which is easy to see why when you are surrounded by stunning natural phenomenon.
Looking for some activities to do in the Canary Islands?
There are so many fun and exciting things to do in the Canary Islands (Spain). Indeed you can explore the islands by going on a Canary Island cruise to go from one island to the next. Or you can also stay at luxurious Canary Island resorts that allow you to completely disconnect from the real world and relax.
Take a break and relax on the best beaches in the Canary Islands!
Any beach on the Canary Islands will be marvelous to visit. As the islands boast picturesque beaches, crystal-clear water, and bungalows to sip on an island cocktail. It all depends on the experience you want. Depending on which island you are at, you can choose the beach based on the color of the sand!
Discover a variety of sand colors on the same archipielago!
If you want to experience a beach with black volcanic sand then you must check out the Benijo beach in Tenerife Canary Islands or the Charco Verde beach on La Palma Canary Islands.
If you want to see fine golden sand with turquoise water then the Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote Canary Islands is the perfect place for you.
To enjoy the best beaches with white sand we recommend La Concha Beach, El Cotillo in Fuerteventura Canary Islands or Mogan Beach in Grand Canary Island.
Honestly, any beach on the Canary Islands will seem like a paradise as each island has its own unique features. You really can’t go wrong! Wherever you go you will be able to enjoy the sunshine, hear the calming waves crash the shore, and enjoy the sea breeze.
Things to do and see you can’t miss
We will provide a concise list of things to do on the Canary Islands (Spain) because the islands are numerous and each one offers a unique experience. Then you will find a brief description of each island.
If you are a sport and nature lover the Canary Islands is your place!
- Gran Canaria: the perfect destination to see rolling sand dunes reminiscent of those found in the Sahara Desert.
- Tenerife: a lively island perfect for people interested in nightlife, hiking in the Anaga natural park that features a tropical forest, or climbing Mount Teide at night to stargaze with an uninterrupted view.
- Lanzarote: for those interested in wine tasting, art, culture, or visiting Timanfaya National Park.
- La Gomera: is the perfect island to visit to escape from busy cities as the landscape is comprised of ancient forests and natural wonders such as the Garajonay National Park.
- Fuerteventura: to experience white sand beaches and enjoy various water sports.
- El Hierro: for those eco-friendly travelers, diving experts, or off the beaten path travelers as this island is the “youngest” of the Canary Islands.
- La Palma: a beautiful location for people looking to relax, explore the various landscapes from beaches to pine forests to volcanoes.
Enjoy traditional food of the seven islands
The good news is that the Canary Islands are accustomed to welcoming tourists from all over the world so they have perfected the meaning of relaxation and beautiful vacation memories. The people that work at Canary Islands hotels are very welcoming and hospitable. Taking every opportunity to share recommendations on where to go, what to do and see, and most importantly what to eat.
Don’t miss the delicious Canary Islands tapas!
The Canary Islands are a food lover’s dream as they offer exquisite cuisine from the land and sea. If you visit the Fuerteventura Island we strongly recommend trying the majorero cheese which is elaborated on this island.
Then you can find a very traditional tapa dish on every island called papas arrugadas con mojo (boiled potatoes with mojo). Potatoes are an important part of the Mediterranean diet. Basically, it is a sauce that can range from mild to spicy that accompanies boiled potatoes. You can find this in pretty much any traditional bar on the islands.
As you can hopefully see, every island is different but they all offer an earthly paradise. No matter what island you have the opportunity to vacation at, you will love the beaches and the food. It is truly a magical place that is located so close to Europe!
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