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The Canary Islands in pictures – Routard.com

Volcanic and lunar landscapes, lush forests, magical beaches and coves, dancing dunes, steep cliffs, villages colored or dressed in white… the islands of the Spanish archipelago of the Canaries, off the Moroccan coast, offer unique and remarkable landscapes.

Need a moment of escape? We invite you to discover in photos some of the most beautiful sites of the Canary Islands! Something to give you ideas for your next trips.

Consult our Canary Islands file: which island to choose?

Pico del Teide – Tenerife

Pico del Teide – Tenerife

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the Teide national park, listed as a World Heritage Site since 2007, is the most visited national park in Spain. At its heart, the spectacular Pico del Teide volcano is the highest point of Tenerife, but also of the country, from the top of its 3,718 meters of altitude. This volcanic landscape, where the rock dominates, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful panoramas of the island!

If a cable car allows you to reach its summit, the bravest can make the ascent on foot (with an authorization in your pocket). In winter, it is not uncommon to see the volcano covered in snow while temperatures remain mild.

Consult our report Canaries: Tenerife, in the shadow of the Teide volcano.

Punta and Faro de Teno – Tenerife

Punta and Faro de Teno - Tenerife

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After a getaway inland, head for the coast of Tenerife!

To the very west of the island, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the point of Teno is a peninsula that appeared following several volcanic eruptions. It is located in a preserved and uncrowded natural setting. A path leads to the end of the point and offers a breathtaking view of the cliffs of Los Gigantes and the island of La Gomera.

With its 20 meters high and its red and white stripes, you cannot miss the Faro de Teno. A touch of color among the black volcanic rock. It is one of seven lighthouses on the island. The ideal spot to admire a Canarian sunset.

Dunas de Maspalomas – Gran Canaria

Dunas de Maspalomas - Gran Canaria

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In the south of the island of Gran Canaria, 3rd of the Canary Islands by its area, a sea of ​​Saharan dunes extends over 4 km (400 hectares) of coast, the famous dunes of maspalomas. This preserved place, emblematic of the island, is a real desert of dunes, some of which can reach nearly 10 meters high.

This landscape of golden sand is in perpetual motion, the dunes undulate in the wind. There is not a day when this desert has the same silhouette. With a bit of luck, you may also spot large lizards, desert birds and rabbits.

Not far away, don’t miss Playa del Ingles, one of the most beautiful and popular on the island.

Puerto de Mogan – Gran Canaria

Puerto de Mogan – Gran Canaria

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In the southwest of the island, the municipality of Mogánnestled in a fertile ravine, stretches between ocean and mountains in a wild landscape.

Its port, the Puerto de Mogan, is considered one of the most beautiful marinas in Gran Canaria. When the weather is warm, it is pleasant to stroll in the shade of the pedestrian and flowery streets, in particular with bougainvillea, which run along the seafront. They are lined with superb white villas, with colored embrasures, representative of Canarian architecture. .

Caldera de Taburiente National Park – La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente National Park – La Palma

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Nicknamed “Isla Bonita”, the island of La Palma, classified as a biosphere reserve by Unesco in 2002deploys exceptional vegetation and natural landscapes.

In the center of the island, the famous Caldera de Taburiente National Park brings together all the natural riches of La Palma: lush forests of high Canarian pines, waterfalls, streams, ravines… Impressive, the caldera measures 9 km in diameter and has a drop of nearly 2,000 meters at the bottom of the old volcano. You have to see it to believe it!

This national park is a vtrue paradise for hikers. It has twelve hiking routes of different levels. It is also the ideal place for stargazing.

Discover our report Canary Islands: La Palma, Isla bonita.

Much of the island has been preserved despite the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano which took place from September 19 to December 25, 2021.

Salinas of Fuencaliente – La Palma

Salinas of Fuencaliente – La Palma

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At the southern end of the island of La Palma, the Fuencaliente salt pans are one of the most beautiful sites on the island. Frequented by many migratory birds, they were classified as a Site of Scientific Interest.

Above all, we admire an extraordinary palette of colors: the sparkling white of the mounds of salt contrasts with the deep black of the volcanic rock, but also with the blue of the Atlantic Ocean and the sky. Salt pans can also be tinged with pink, yellow or blue.

Overlooking the salt pans, the Faro of Fuencalientedressed in white and red, is also worth a visit.

Timanfaya National Park – Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park – Lanzarote

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Nicknamed “the island of volcanoes”, Lanzarote is the most volcanic of the Canary Islands, but also the oldest. The change of scenery is total, especially in the west of the island Timanfaya National Park which gives the feeling of having set foot on the Moon.

Lunar, it is indeed the most appropriate term to qualify this volcanic site of 5,000 hectares born of several eruptions. Fields of solidified lava, craters, cones, expanses of ash… all tinged sometimes with black, brown, ochre, red or yellow. However, the park is almost devoid of fauna and flora.

Consult our report Canaries: Lanzarote, the island of volcanoes.

La Geria Vineyards – Lanzarote

La Geria Vineyards – Lanzarote

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Lanzarote is also an agricultural island that has risen to the challenge of cultivating vines in volcanic soil. One of the best wines in the Canary Islands is produced here. To taste absolutely!

In the center of the island, the vineyards of the La Geria wine region are one of the most typical landscapes of Lanzarote. Thousands of low volcanic stone walls (the zocos), mostly mounted in an arc, surround the vines planted in basins dug into the ground. An ingenuity that protects them from the wind very present on the island.

These low walls stretching as far as the eye can see as well as the contrast between the green of the vines and the black of the volcanic ash form a unique landscape to see absolutely!

Agando Rock – La Gomera

Agando Rock - La Gomera

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Are you a nature lover? The island of La Gomera, one of the smallest Canary Islands (369 km²) after El Hierro, is made for you! This green and wild paradise is the delight of hikers. Little more, it is still little frequented.

Among this vegetation emerge impressive sugar loaves including the monumental Roque de Agando made up of basaltic organs. Located at the top of Garajonay national park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the emblems of the island. Its summit is not accessible, it will therefore be enough to contemplate it.

Discover our article La Gomera, the green island of the Canaries.

Playa de Cofete – Fuerteventura

Playa de Cofete – Fuerteventura

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From north to south, Fuerteventura, the second largest island of the Canaries, offers miles of coastline lined with magnificent white sand beaches ideal for a moment of relaxation. idleness.

In the Jandia Peninsulaclassified as a natural park, Cofete beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, even in the Canary Islands, but also one of the wildest. At the foot of the mountains, its golden sand and choppy turquoise waters stretch as far as the eye can see for 14 km. A sublime mineral and maritime landscape that gives us the impression of being at the end of the world!

Betancuria – Fuerteventura

Betancuria – Fuerteventura

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In the center of the island, on an arid land, the charming white village of Betancuria seems to emerge from the palm trees. Founded in 1404 by the conquistador Jean de Béthencourt, it was the capital of the island of Fuerteventura until 1834. It is often described as the most beautiful colonial village on the island!

Strolling through the narrow streets, you come across superb buildings including the church of Santa Maria in the city center and the hermitage of san diego. The Archaeological Museum is also worth a visit, it retraces, among other things, the fascinating history of the colonization of the island.

Sabinar de la Dehesa – El Hierro

Sabinar de la Dehesa – El Hierro

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Head to the smallest of the Canary Islands! Browse the discreet El Hierro, classified as a biosphere reserve by Unescoit’s discovering wild landscapes: volcanic mountains, arid countryside, pine or laurel forests…

The Dehesa (the “pasture”), a vast warped plateau, shelters the most astonishing and mysterious landscape of the island, the Sabinar. Here, one has the impression of being inside a painting by Salvador Dalí. Towering twisted junipers (the Sabinas) bent down to the ground by the force of the wind. Over time, their form has become incredibly surreal. These trees are the symbols of El Hierro!

Consult our report Canaries: El Hierro and La Palma, the western islands.

Text : Coralie Argiolas

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