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Make the Canary islands the right way!

The Canary Islands are commonly known as the islands with spring all year round. The archipielago is composed of eight islands (plus some smaller, uninhabited islets). The good things about the Canary islands is that each of the islands has a very different personality and offer something unique to be enjoyed. In case you thought they are all the same, great sunny destinations for year-round sunshine, we believe you should dig a bit deeper and discover which one would suit you best.

All eight islands share in common their volcanic origin but Tenerife, with its 40 miles of beaches to explore is very different to Fuerteventura, a paradise for surfers and watersports enthusiasts, or from Lanzarote, a paradise for hikes amonst volcano and lunarlike landscapes and excellent wines.

In this Canary islands guide we will try to answer to all your questions about which island is best suited for a given travel style, best things to enjoy at each island, hotel recommendations, top attractions, and much more.

Canary islands region guide - Contents

Canary islands

Juniper tree in El Hierro

El Hierro, Canary islands

El Hierro is the smallest island in the Canary islands and the least known of them all. This makes of el Hierro the island where things have stayed more unchanged. Eco-friendly, home of the giant lizard and of fantastic juniper trees, el Hierro offers the best scubadiving in the iCanary slands and a a very relaxing, tourist free atmosphere where you can enjoy the real Canarian islands

Landscape of La Gomera

La Gomera, Canary islands

La Gomera is the second smalles island in the Canary islands but with no doubt one of the most beautiful islands. The Garajonay national park boasts the most impressive laurel forest in the archipelago. Locals from La Gomera have managed to keep some of its ancient traditions and culture. These include the Silvo, a way to communicate which is unique to La Gomera.

Golden sand and green water in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, Canary islands

La Palma, known as “La Isla bonita” as the beautiful island is the second highest island in the Canary islands and a hikers heaven. La Palma offers spectacular star-gazing opportunities and a stress-free destination for nature lovers

alinas de Fuencaliente in La Palma

La Palma, Canary islands

La Palma, known as “La Isla bonita” as the beautiful island is the second highest island in the Canary islands and a hikers heaven. La Palma offers spectacular star-gazing opportunities and a stress-free destination for nature lovers

Road trip in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria offfers a bit of all the best to be found in the Canary islands. Excellent beaches, quaint villages, one of the best historic districts and beautiful natural areas. Discover in this guide all the things Gran Canaria offers and build your perfect holiday in the island!

Lanzarote vineyard landscape

Lanzarote, Canary islands

Lanzarote is an amazing place. Its dark soils and blue waters contrast with white houses and vineyards caved in the ground. Learn more about this magical gift of nature and how to spend a superb holiday riding camels, enjoying art, fantastic hotels and the best waves in the Canary islands

Church in Candelaria, Tenerife

Tenerife, Canary islands

Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary Islands with over 2,0oo square kilometers. km². Tenerife is probably the best-known island in the archipelago, but also the biggest victims of misconceptions. Tenerife offers much more than what the mass-tourist destination portrait suggests.

Main cities to explore in the Canary islands

las palmas city guide

Las Palmas city guide

Las Palmas is the capital and largest city of Gran Canaria, and the co-capital of the Canary Islands. Las Palmas is the perfect combination of natural beauty, history and modern amenities.

Tower of the church de la Concepcion in La Laguna

San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife

San Cristobal de la Laguna was founded in 1496 and it was the capital of the island for centuries. Its charm lies in its architecture. Any person with a thirst for buildings and colonial architecture will enjoy a good time at La Laguna. Its historical center with cobbled streets was designed following certain planning schemes and its layout was used to shape some of the towns and cities in Latin America.

costa teguise

Costa Teguise city guide

Costa Teguise is located on the island of Lanzarote which is part of the Canary Island archipelago, a Spanish territory of the coast of Morroco. Costa Teguise is popular and well known on the island for its amazing beaches and turquoise water. if you are traveling to Lanzarote and you just want to sit back and relax,Costa Teguise is the place for you.

puerto del carmen lanzarote

Puerto del Carmen City Guide

Puerto del Carmen is located on the island of Lanzarote which is part of the Canary Island archipelago, a Spanish territory of the coast of Morroco. Puerto del Carmen is well known on the island for its pristine beaches and laid-back vibes. if you are traveling to Lanzarote and you just want to sit back and relax, Puerto del Carmen is the place for you.

santa cruz de tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife city guide

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is located on the island of Tenerife which is part of the Canary Island archipelago, a Spanish territory of the coast of Morroco. It is the capital of the island and its largest and most cosmopolitan city. The Island of Tenerife is a tropical jewel that enjoys amazing weather all year round and features some of the most spectacular beaches you will ever see.

Canary islands - Top attractions

Canarian pine trees in Caldera de Taburiente

Garajonay National park

Garajonay national park Garajonay was declared a national park in Spain in 1981 and it became a Unesco world heritage site in 1986. Garajonay boasts

Windsurf in Fuerteventura

Windsurf and Kitesurf in Fuerteventura

Windsurfing and kitesurfing are the two main tourist attractions in Fuerteventura. . The world championship has been organised since 1985 in Fuerteventura and the island offers wide opportunities for both pros and beginners alike

Carnival of Tenerife / Carnaval de Tenerife

Carnival of Tenerife: The Ultimate Guide

One of the most colourful festivals in the world, the Carnival of Tenerife is second only to the one in Rio de Janeiro. During two weeks, the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife are full of people that take part in parades, dancing competitions, or that simply observe the queens. A great party, with amazing atmosphere and one of the fun guaranteed festivals in Spain

Bottleneck dolphins in Tenerife

Dolphin and Whale watching in Tenerife: the complete guide

One of the best things to do in Tenerife is to join a whale watching experience. A permanent colony of pilot whales and dolphins make it almost sure you will enjoy their presence in their natural habitat. Tours run daily from the South and west of the island and they can be enjoyed all year round!

teide national park

Teide national park

Teide national park Teide National Park is one of Spain’s 15 national parks and stands out for several different reasons. It is home to the

Timanfaya national park

Timanfaya national park

Timanfaya national park Timanfaya is one of the 15 national parks of Spain national park was created back in 1730. On the 1st of September

Killer whale jumping at Loro Park in Tenerife

Loro park Tenerife

Loro Park Tenerife Loro park or the parrot park in English is a private zoo on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands (off

Canary islands - Highlights

Papas arrugadas and mojo picon

A complete guide to Canarian food

In this guide you will find complete information about food in the Canary islands. Lots of local dishes and speciliates that include papas arrugadas, mojo picon, gofio and many others. Learn also about specialities in each iusland and also their local wines

Puerto de Mogan flowers

Gran Canaria best places to visit

Our favorite villages, towns, and cities in Tenerife. Discover traditions and hardly accessible places in one of the most tourist islands int he world. Interesting places where traditions remain and natural areas that will make you feel like in paradise. Discvoer in this guide with the best places to visit i Tenerife a very complete world from the touristic resorts in the island.

History of Tenerife in Candelaria

History of the Canary islands

Gran Canaria offfers a bit of all the best to be found in the Canary islands. Excellent beaches, quaint villages, one of the best historic districts and beautiful natural areas. Discover in this guide all the things Gran Canaria offers and build your perfect holiday in the island!

Views of teide from the Casa del vino in Tacoronte

Tenerife best places to visit

Our favorite villages, towns, and cities in Tenerife. Discover traditions and hardly accessible places in one of the most tourist islands int he world. Interesting places where traditions remain and natural areas that will make you feel like in paradise. Discvoer in this guide with the best places to visit i Tenerife a very complete world from the touristic resorts in the island.