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Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are home to a wealth of natural beauty from looming volcanos and lush pine forests to sandy coves and miles of white beaches. Though most visitors tend to favour the islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, the lesser known islands of La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura and La Palma are not to be overlooked.  Each island has its own unique appeal and offers visitors stunning scenery and immersive actives.

The islands are renowned for their consistently good weather and dramatic landscapes, making them the perfect year-round destination for a relaxing, sun soaked holiday. Aside from the seafront resorts and golden sands, there is an abundance of prehistoric sites, museums and outdoor activities to be explored across all seven islands. Hike the meandering trails and mountain treks that criss-cross the islands or scuba dive the warm waters and marvel at the diverse species of fish, while adrenaline seekers can indulge in kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing which are all big activities on the islands.

If art and architecture is more your thing then look out for the emblematic wooden balconies, leafy patios and brightly painted facades that line every street. Fans of surrealism should head to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, home town of world-acclaimed painter Óscar Domínguez, or explore the abstract sculptures of Martín Chirino and César Manrique which are a highlight of trips to Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

Canary Islands factfile

  • There are seven canary islands in total, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura
  • All of the Canary Islands have been formed from volcanic eruptions
  • Mount Teide is the highest point in Spain sitting at 3,718
  • In the centre of Gran Canaria, is a little village of tegeda, with its white house and almond tree's, its picture perfect but the views of the giant caldera surrounding it are no less spectacular
  • El Hierro is almost completely self-sufficient, getting all its power from wind, sun and the ocean
  • There are more than 240 official recongised hiking routes around Gran Canaria
  • There are more than 12 million visitors that arrive every year