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A Guide to Canary Islands Top Destinations

| February 21, 2019 | Travel Guides

Perfect weather and different sceneries from the stunning white sandy beaches. Moon-like landscape are what makes the Canary Islands worth the visit and a delight for all kinds of tourists. No wonder you will find so many tourists flocking into this destination each year.  

Every year, thousands of tourists around the world visit these seven central Canary Islands. To help you plan your vacation, here are guides for each Canary Island. You need to pay close attention to them if you want to get the best from your tour to the Canary Islands.  

1. Tenerife

Tenerife  

Tenerife Island is the largest among the Canary Islands chain. Around its southwestern part lies Playa de las Americas, a beach resort, where most tourists flock to. It should be your starting point when you choose to tour this place.  

If you love to go on a food trip, ‘there’s nowhere better than going to the beach promenade located in Los Cristianos to Costa Adeje. It has a lot of bars, fish shops, kiosks, souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants.  

If you love the off the beaten track, then ‘you’ll find yourself in volcanic hiking trails and preserved villages. Be sure not to miss the Teide National Park. It houses Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide. It will give you one of the best experiences when touring the Canary Islands.  

2. La Gomera 

La Gomera

La Gomera is only the second smallest Canary Island. The island has forests covered in laurels, some tropical flowers, and rock formations. These features give it some of the best views that you can ever find in an Island.  

To get an ultimate feel of this lush place, be sure to visit Garajonay National Park. People who love to walk and hike find themselves in pure heaven with the walking trails around the terrains. If you are one of them, La Gomera is the place to be.  

It is also a must that you go on a whale-watching boat tour. During this time you will enjoy watching whales, sea turtles, dolphins, swordfishes, orcas, and Bluefin tunasThese are some of the must-go places for anyone who is touring La Gomera.  

3. Gran Canaria 

Gran Canaria is rich in tourist spots in comparison to all the other islands in the world. It has everything you need and hence should not miss out on your list. From mountains to lush canyons, from golden sand beaches to Sahara-like deserts. The destination delivers a very refreshing atmosphere to the visitor.  

It’s no wonder the island is a continent in miniature that attracts millions of visitors every yearIt’s even a World Biosphere Reserve. The Maspalomas Dunes are a must-visit for its desert landscape.  

There are also water parks here that are perfect if you have kids with you. With this in mind, you should not fail to visit Gran Canaria when touring the Canary Islands. The region has all that a local tourist would like to get out of a trip.  

4. Fuerteventura 

Fuerteventura

If you want to see black beaches and dunes, then Fuerteventura is the way to go. The island is famous for kiteboarding, surfing, and windsurfing. If you are a lover of any of these activities, you can be sure that the destination has your best interests at heart.  

Most of the people who have been to Fuerteventura have not had any regrets once they are over with their trip to the Canary Islands.  

Isla de Lobos is the best surfing site. Fuerteventura is listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is one of the destinations that will give you the best value for your time and money. Make sure you include Fuerteventura on your list as you plan to tour the Canary Islands.  

5. Lanzarote 

Lanzarote

For an out of this world experience, Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote is the perfect place. Most people who have been to this destination have great stories to tell for the rest of their life. Some famous beaches to check are the Costa Papagayo and Las Cucharas Beach. 

 The Plaza Pueblo Marinero is where ‘you’ll satisfy your cravings with its wide selection of Spanish restaurants. You will not go wrong when you include this destination to the top places you will be visiting in the Canary Islands.  

6. La Palma 

Caldera de Taburiente National Park is one of La ‘Palmas’ best places to visit. The island is well known for being one of the best spots to go for a stargazing adventure.  

After all, La Palma is a Starlight Reserve because of its clear skies. The beautiful view that you get in La Palma is enough to keep you refreshed all day long. Visiting this place is one of the best choices you can make as you head to the Canary Islands for your tour.  

7. El Hierro 

El Hierro

El Hierro is the smallest island, but it holds the UNESCO geopark title. Anyone who has been to this place will tell you that it is one of the best choices they have ever made in life. You will come across very astonishing views that no one wants to miss out in life.  

It has fields of wildflowers, walking paths, soaring pines, and rocky cliffs. Its waters make the best scuba diving site. If you are a lover of all these activities, El Hierro is the place to go. You will get some of the most memorable experiences that come out of a tour.  

8. Santa Cruz de Tenerife 

If you are looking for a lively and attractive city, you need to visit the capital of Tenerife. The capital is marked by some of the best and outstanding architectural designs.  

To add to its beauty, the capital has an auditoria de Tenerife, which is an opera house that overlooks the sea. The Auditorio was designed by Santiago Calatrava, who was a Spanish architect. 

Other than hosting world-class performers, the concert hall also contains other cultural highlights. Some of these highlights include some of the most beautiful Museum arts. 

The Museum also offers you an opportunity to learn about the native Tenerife people. You can learn about their life before the invasion of the Europeans. Also from the Museum, you can find a little bit of some volcanic history. 

If you are a fan of some local crafts, you can also find some close to the Museum. If you like shopping, then you need to visit Santa Cruz. It is here that you will be able to find the best shopping.  

9. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 

There is nowhere where you will ever the best colonial information about Spanish than Las Palmas de gran Canaria. The region has the best Spanish history that dates back from the 19th century. The city was founded way back in 1478. 

Also, in the city, there is an impressive cathedral in Santa Ana. The cathedral dates back to the 16th century once you get to the temple you will enjoy seeing the best gothic interior.  

Also in the cathedral is a Diocesan museum. The Museum contains a rich collection of religious, art, and silver work. The archeological and ethnographic collections in the Museum reveal the prehistoric conditions in the region. 

The Casa de Colon, which was built in the 15th century, served as a home to the first governor. You can find some exhibits in the Museum which detail the exploration of the governor. The house is a perfect manifestation of the Canarian architecture. 

The Nestor museum, also found in the same region, is a perfect exhibition of the artwork Néstor Martín-Fernandez de la Torre. Nestor was the best and one of the most renowned symbolic painters in Spain. 

If you visit the Museum, you will have a rare opportunity of looking at some of his best paintings. Those paintings include portraits and landscapes, among many other arts. 

Loro Park, Tenerife 

This park is among the most famous tourist attractions in Tenerife. The other fantastic thing about the park is the immense aquarium, which contains an underwater tunnel. You can choose to walk through the tunnel and enjoy seeing sharks swim over your head. 

Conclusion 

If you are an adventurer or a tourist, then you need to visit the Canary Islands. Even though not known to many, the region has some of the best features you can find on this planet. It is good to visit all the above destinations if you want to get the best experiences from the Canary Islands.  

What you need to do is a plan for enough days to visit Canary Island. The region has too much to see and do. It is not advisable to go through this destination in a hurry. Work hand in hand with your tour and travel professionals to come up with the best schedule for visiting the Canary Islands. It is one of the best places to go for a vacation as long as you choose the destinations well.

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