After the holidays, it will very soon be time to think about the next vacation! To stock up on vitamin D as winter goes on, head to the Canary Islands.
The eight islands that make up the archipelago make the Canary Islands a complete destination, with a host of activities available.
Tenerife, island of culture
In addition to these fine sandy beaches, Tenerife has an incredible culture, nature and gastronomy. For a day in the sun with the family, Las Teresitas, El Camisón, Playa Jardín and La Arena are must-see places that offer a variety of activities. Natural swimming pools, such as that of Bajamar, are also worth a visit, as are water parks, including the impressive Siam Park. For nature lovers, Tenerife offers bird, dolphin and whale watching all year round. In Tenerife you can also observe… the stars! To do this, head for the Teide volcano, the Llano de Ucanca viewpoint or the Guajara mountain.
Gran Canaria: a mini-continent
With the diversity of its landscapes, Gran Canaria is a veritable miniature continent. Visitors will marvel at architectural, cultural and natural treasures, such as Maspalomas, a magnificent beach with dunes covering more than 400ha. Las Canteras, is a three kilometer long stretch of golden sand bordered by crystal clear waters, and near a bustling avenue with shops, restaurants and cafes. Vegueta, the historic center of the island, preserves the traces of the last five centuries. Another destination of choice in Gran Canaria, the fishing village of Agaete, lined with beaches and natural pools. Here you can even taste coffee “made in the Canary Islands”!
Volcanic adventure in Lanzarote
Lanzarote is a perfect destination to enjoy a relaxing or adventurous holiday. The mild climate and the relaxing atmosphere of the island make Lanzarote a perfect destination for recharging your batteries with the family. The 850 km2 of the volcanic island make it easy to move around and enjoy its lunar landscapes and its heavenly beaches. Places to visit with the family are the Timanfaya National Park, the Jameos del Agua, the Cueva de los Verdes, Teguise and the Costa de Papagayo.
Natural paradise in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a real natural paradise with its long beaches, many hiking trails to explore with the family, on foot and by bike, and the adorable little white villages! The dunes of Corralejo are one of the great attractions of Fuerteventura, the hills of fine sand are bordered by beaches with crystal clear waters. The island of Lobos is also well known for its dream beaches and coves. This is an opportunity to also take advantage of an excursion to an authentic windmill like the Molino de Antigua and thus discover the secrets of making the famous Canarian “gofio”, a type of flour typical of the Canary Islands.
Discovering the magic of La Palma
The island of La Palma, classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, reveals ancient forests, beautiful coastlines, a rich volcanic history and exceptionally clear skies. On the program for a family stay in La Palma: forest expeditions on the trail from Dragos de Buraka to Garafía, and adventure between black sand beaches (Nogales, in Puntallana) and natural pools (El Porís de Candelaria, in the heart of ‘a cave). La Palma is also very popular with hikers, especially the paths of the Marcos or Cordero springs, in San Andrés y Sauces. The fascinating Roque de los Muchachos Astronomical Observatory is one of the most important in the world. This scientific center is located 2,496 meters above sea level and offers incredible views of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
The purity of nature in La Gomera
In La Gomera, as a family, you can practice hiking, cycling, nautical activities and even whale watching. With a network of trails that extends over more than 600 kilometers, you can enjoy an incredible view of the Atlantic. La Gomera, one of the most important whale watching points in all of Europe, has been awarded the title of World Whale Heritage by the World Cetacean Alliance. Thanks to the climate and its privileged geographical location, the island allows visitors to observe dolphins, whales and even sea turtles throughout the year.
Swim between volcanic rocks in El Hierro
The beauty of El Hierro comes straight from its contrast between its black and red volcanic nature, its green forests and its turquoise ocean. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the island has natural pools like that of Charco Azul, formed by the historic lava flows of the El Golfo Valley and La Maceta, also located on the coast. To enjoy the beach with the family, head to Tamaduste, one of the most photographed beaches on the island, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the view. Here, the crystal clear waters and volcanic black sand create a fascinating environment with calm waters that are safe for children.
Alone in the world in La Graciosa
La Graciosa is a small island of 29 square kilometers located northwest of Lanzarote. It is part of the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park. On the island, almost all of the 700 inhabitants live in Caleta de Sebo. This quiet paradise is an ideal getaway to disconnect and relax with the family. The untouched landscape is full of beautiful, often empty beaches, such as La Francesa, Las Conchas and La Laja.