The perfect combination of natural beauty and Spanish charm make this archipelago one of the most popular holiday spots for those in the mainland. Visitors flock from all over Europe to visit the Canary Islands for their balmy weather, stunning beaches and volcanic landscapes. Located off the northwest coast of Africa, near Morocco, the Canaries are made up of thirteen islands. The largest and most tourist-friendly of which are El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma and Tenerife. Eight airports serve the area, which makes travel to the Canary Islands very accessible. Because of their lush vegetation and gorgeous landscapes, admiring the Canary Islands’ natural beauty is a great activity in itself, but there’s a lot more to do–think golf, water-based sports, hiking and stargazing. Find out how to make the most of your trip with our Canary Islands travel guide.
Things Not to Miss in the Canary Islands
• Visit the national park at the highest mountain in Spain, Mount Teide, in Tenerife
• Take a hike at La Palma’s natural reserve
• Explore the skies at Roque de los Muchachos and el Teide observatories
• See prehistoric cave art at the Museum and Archaeological Reserve of Cueva Pintada in Gran Canaria
When to Go to the Canary Islands
Their enviable geographical position gives the Canaries a yearly average temperature of 72 degrees, making them an ideal travel destination year-round. Head there during Carnaval season in February and March to join the celebrations, or choose for the cheapest airfares and accommodations in November and early December, and April through June.