Traveling to the Canary Islands and looking for some activities you can do while being there? This Spanish archipelago, located about 100 km west of Morocco, offers it all. The eight major islands of this breathtaking piece of land include Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Graciosa.
Perched off the coast of northwest Africa, all the islands have exceptionally beautiful sites. Including beaches, volcanoes, canyons, and villages that can easily convince you to spend your next vacation on these islands. To help you explore better, we have a list of things to do in the Canary Islands. Therefore, keep reading to find out more.
Hiking on Roque de Los Muchachos-La Palma
If you’re a space lover, you need to hike this ‘Rock of the Boys’. Two thousand four hundred twenty-three meters above sea level, this mountain has two trails to go to the highest point. Thus, you can visit the world’s busiest space observatory. The hike is the easiest among the other hiking tracks on the islands and requires mere 3.5 hours to reach the top (almost touching the stars).
The observatory homes some of the world’s largest and most unique telescopes, where you can observe the stars. Plus, the altitude and the dryness of the climate make the observing conditions perfect. From the Roque, you can even see the islands of La Gomera, El Hierro, and Tenerife.
Attending the Kite Festival in Fuerteventura
The kite festival on the Canaries is definitely the coolest kite festival in Europe, if not in the whole world. It takes place once a year at the Fuerteventura dunes and aims to attract both amateurs and professional kite pilots. The festival lasts for three days on the weekend. You can see and enjoy hundreds of kites of different shapes and sizes decorating the sky over the La Playa Del Burro beach.
So, if you are passionate about kite flying and planning your trip to the islands, do it around November. This will provide an opportunity to attend this colorful and adventurous kite festival. The sand dunes filled with hundreds of kites that take to the sky will certainly keep you hooked for years to come.
Ride the Waves of El Cotillo
Situated on the northwest coast of Fuerteventura, what was once a small fishing village, has become a must-visit coast for surfers from all around the world. Plus, being a pretty safe beach for every kind of surfer, the waves can sometimes get aggressive and can only be enjoyed by the oldies of surfing.
Hence, suppose you’re a beach lover who also has some experience with surfing, then El Cotillo should be your destination to enjoy mellow waters and white sands that will give you a surfing experience of a lifetime. And, once you get tired of riding the waves, you can enjoy a well-earned beach day in the breathtaking landscape.
Shopping in Calle Triana – Gran Canaria
While on vacation in the Canary Islands, everyone wants to taste the shopping environment of a location. For your shopping sprees, head towards Calle Triana, where you can find renowned brands worldwide and many local businesses with different shopping options. The place is the commercial hub of the Capital of the Canaries. There, you can find more than 70 tourist attraction sites and many local restaurants to stuff up that growling tummy.
The district of Triana, located in the heart of Las Palmas, is one of the oldest of the city. Moreover, it is quite close to another old district called Vegueta. Vegueta is widely praised for its narrow streets and older buildings that take you back to the Middle Ages.
Discover the Gorgeous Town of Teror
If you are keen on sightseeing, visiting the town of Teror would be a memorable experience. You can find it in the central-eastern region of the island, 20 kilometers from the capital of Gran Canaria. At an altitude of 543 meters above sea level, Teror is a picturesque town. This town abounds in many tiny cobbled streets and colorful houses.
While in Teror, you have to visit the historic Basilica located in the town square Plaza del Pino. The town is a place of pilgrimage for all the people in Gran Canaria. Another place worth visiting is the Museo de Los Patronos de la Virgen which is a historic building where many Caretakers of the Virgin have lived.
Tour Teide National Park – Tenerife
Being the biggest park on the Canary Islands, the Teide National Park should definitely be on your must-see list if you are visiting Tenerife. It offers a unique landscape of volcanoes, huge craters, and rivers of petrified lava. Moreover, you’ll see the Teide Volcano which is situated at 3,718 m above sea level and covered in snow during some times of the year.
Luckily, visitors can easily discover the area thanks to the many services organized there. For instance, a road network across the Park, two visitor centers for detailed info about the park, an area for refreshment with a bar and a restaurant. Likewise, there are numerous viewpoints to enjoy the scenery of the entire park, an extensive network of trails, and even accommodation.
Explore the caves of Jameos del Aqua
Finally, if you are visiting the Canary Islands, and especially if you are on the Lanzarote island, you should visit a series of lava caves. Located in the municipality of Haria, called Jameos del Aqua. Additionally, the place isn’t only famous among tourists but is also a popular art and culture center. It offers a subterranean salt lake, emerald-green pool, gardens, museum, auditorium, and a restaurant.
The caves are a lava formation stretching over 6km in the region and are home to an endemic species of squat lobster. You can find the squat lobster there, which many people know as the blind or albino lobster. It is a yellow-white and blind crab that can grow only up to one centimeter in length. Such a unique place to explore!