If ever there was a place seemed designed for urban escapes, it would be the Canary Islands just off the coast of Northern Africa. Administered by Spain but enjoyed the world over, the Canary Islands have had their place in history as a point of conquest but predominately their inhabitants have been farmers and now those with tourism in mind. Even though the islands are closely linked and are referred to collectively, there is quite a bit that distinguishes one from the other, with some of the islands being perfectly suited as tourist destinations.
If you choose to visit the Canary Islands know that you’re in for a real treat as the geography and culture of the islands is very different from Spain and even mainland Africa due to its volcanic origins and isolated nature. Just in case you’re unsure of which island to visit, take a look below at a few suggestions to get the creative juices flowing.
Quite a dramatic island when it comes to geography due to its stark contrast between rock and sandy beaches, Lanzarote is a great destination for any type of traveller, particularly those who enjoy unique landscapes. It’s not hard to find cheap holidays to Lanzarote if you plan ahead – or in some cases, leave it until the last minute! Nicknamed the island of fire, this island boasts lava fields and volcanic craters but it’s the warm winds of the Sahara that will be the most memorable for making Lanzarote a great beach destination.
One of the more famous and larger of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is famous for its beaches and terrific culture. Thanks to the strong winds and sandy coastline, Fuerteventura is a great destination for surfers and can be taken advantage or year ‘round. Museums, art galleries, cultural shows and sporting events make life on Fuerteventura anything but boring and if you’re looking to party, be sure to visit during Carnival.
As the largest island in the Canaries, Tenerife is probably the most famous and most visited as a tourist destination. Some of the most interesting sights on Tenerife are best appreciated from the water, as the giant cliffs provide a dramatic frame for this celebrated island, such as the Teno massif and Anaga massif. If you choose to visit, you’ll likely do so to the southern part of the island which is more developed than other regions, but be sure to do some exploring if you get the chance!
Along with some of the other islands, El Hierro has been designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO due to its unique properties. Luckily for you, this still means you can visit it! Known for its seismic activity, unique flora and fauna and, like all the islands, fabulous weather, a trip to El Hierro may not be on the top of your list compared to the other island listed, but it will never be regretted.