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Things to do in the Canary Islands

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Welcome to Canary Islands

Tropical in appearance yet Mediterranean in character, the Canary Islands attract visitors from all over the world to lounge on black- and white-sand Atlantic beaches, seek out adventure in world-class national parks, and enjoy an array of leisure activities from aerial-tram riding to scuba diving. Needless to say, these islands pack a vacation punch much larger than their diminutive size, and the wide range of activities on offer combined with the seven airports and plentiful boat transfers account for the Canary Islands' popularity among travelers of all types. The largest of the islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote, and most visitors choose to base themselves out of one of these while island-hopping to see their neighbors' main draws. Pair whale-watching with Mt. Teide excursions in Tenerife, beach lounging with catamaran sailing in Fuerteventura, cultural walking tours with camel riding in Gran Canaria, and wine tasting with trips to the volcanic Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote. Although the climate remains warm and welcoming year-round, visit during the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in February to see parades that easily rival the splendor of Rio's and put the islands' hybridized Spanish, African, and South American culture on full display.

Top 10 attractions in Canary Islands

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Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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The largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands and home to Spain’s highest peak—Mount Teide—Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide) is one of the top attractions on Tenerife. The rugged landscape of the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magnificent—a geological wonder featuring an expanse of rugged lava fields, ancient calderas, and volcanic peaks.More
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Masca Valley

Masca Valley

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Characterized by rugged cliffs, forested trails, and waterfalls, the wild landscapes of the Masca Valley are among Tenerife’s most beautiful. The remote gorge offers a thrilling backdrop for a hike—the trail winds down through the gorge and finishes at a black-sand beach.More
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Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya)

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Spanning 20 square miles (51 square km) of southern Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya) is a unique and eerie landscape of dormant volcanoes and lava fields. Visitors flock to the park from nearby beach towns to explore the otherworldly terrain that looks more like the moon than the Canary Islands.More
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Papagayo Beach (Playa de Papagayo)

Papagayo Beach (Playa de Papagayo)

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One of a string of sandy beaches and bays lining Lanzarote’s southern coast, Papagayo Beach (Playa de Papagayo) lies within the Monumento Natural de Los Ajaches Park and is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Visit the horseshoe-shaped bay cocooned between sea cliffs and blessed with swaths of pale gold sand for a relaxing day on the beach.More
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Lobos Island

Lobos Island

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Lobos Island (Wolf Island) is named after the “sea wolves” (monk seals) that used to live here. Now a protected nature reserve, the small, rocky island is home to wildlife—from birds to sharks—beaches, hiking paths, a visitor center, and, at the northern tip, the lonely Punta Martiño Lighthouse.More
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Roque Nublo

Roque Nublo

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Roque Nublo (Cloud Rock is a lofty, 262-foot (80-meter rock formation that was formed millions of years ago during a volcanic eruption. Located in Nublo Rural Park (Parque Rural del Nublo, the landmark is the island’s second-highest peak after Pico de la Nieves.More
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Mt. Teide (El Teide)

Mt. Teide (El Teide)

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At 12,198 feet (3,718 meters) above sea level, Mt. Teide (El Teide) is the highest point in the Canary Islands and all of Spain. The towering peak in Tenerife allows visitors to stand atop a volcano and look out over nearby islands including La Palma and Gran Canaria—if the clouds cooperate—whether they get there on foot or by cable car.More
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La Orotava Valley

La Orotava Valley

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Some of Tenerife’s most scenic landscapes can be found along La Orotava Valley. Stretching from the Teide Volcano, this picturesque region is dotted with vineyards, banana plantations, and pine-clad mountains popular for hiking. The historic town of La Orotava serves as a base for adventure in the valley.More
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Los Hervideros

Los Hervideros

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Ranking among Lanzarote’s most unusual geological attractions, Los Hervidores is an extraordinary collage of rocks, caves, and lava tubes that loom over the island’s west coast. Formed during the 18th-century eruptions of the Timanfaya volcanoes, the dramatic coastline was created when hot lava met with cold water.More
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Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

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Los Gigantes (The Giants), are cliffs that extend along a stretch of Tenerife’s western shore, towering up to 2,000 feet (more than 600 meters) above the sea. The seaside town of the same name, perched along the shore, in the shadow of the cliffs, maintains a quieter, more relaxed vibe than the bigger resort areas further south.More

Trip ideas

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Top activities in Canary Islands

Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
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Night Sky Star Safari Teide National Park Tenerife
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Lanzarote: La Graciosa island cruise with lunch and water activities
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Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
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Lanzarote: Catamaran Cruise to Papagayo beaches with Lunch and water activities
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
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Buggy Fuerteventura Off-Road Excursions

Buggy Fuerteventura Off-Road Excursions

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Five Star Boat Experience

Five Star Boat Experience

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Sunset Chill Out Cruise of Lanzarote

Sunset Chill Out Cruise of Lanzarote

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3 Hour Buggy Tour of the beautiful Island of Lanzarote
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Recent reviews from experiences in Canary Islands

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Las Palmas Tour
Vernon_S, May 2022
Visit to Las Palmas town with pickup from South
I highly recommend this trip for anyone wishing to see some of the history and life of the provincial capital of the Canary Islands.
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Fabulous day out
Hannah_D, Oct 2021
Gran Canaria Highlights Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick-up
Nice to see the varied landscapes, different towns of Gran Canaria, and the windy roads, although still very quiet out of the resorts.
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A brilliant day, packed with truly memorable experiences
Martin_C, Aug 2020
Custom Private & VIP Highlights Tour of Gran Canaria
Other than Gran Canaria, We've been to 3 other Canary Islands over the years, and on each island we have taken a bus tour of the points of interest and attractions.
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My wife, son who is almost 6 months...
Brent T, Jul 2017
Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
I didnt bother to ask either so the blame also falls on me.
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