You don’t know which island to choose for your holidays in the Canary Islands? Here is our guide to the most beautiful Canary Islands!
The Canary Islands lie off the African and Moroccan coasts. If all or almost all have beautiful volcanic landscapes, are home to national parks and superb beaches, each has its own personality. Fuerteventura is thus known for its winds favorable to windsurfing and kitesurfing, Gran Canaria for its cultural heritage and Tenerife for its exceptional hikes.
You don’t know which island to choose for your holidays in the Canary Islands? In this article, we present each of them with their specificities. You can easily choose the most suitable for your future dream trip.
1. Tenerife, the all-rounder
Tenerife is the largest and most populated of the Canary Islands. It is also the most versatile of the Canary Islands. It has activities for all travellers, whatever their desires.
You will find there in particular superb volcanic landscapes, which make the fame of the island. Tenerife is thus an excellent destination for hikers. You can climb to the top of the Teide volcano, explore its national parks or walk its coasts. If they are often inaccessible, the island also has some magnificent beaches: Tacoronte, Taganana or Playa Antequera.
Finally, culture lovers will be satisfied with historic towns such as Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ideal for partygoers, or La Candelaria and Los Cristianos. In short, Tenerife will particularly delight hikers, but will be able to appeal to all profiles.
2. Gran Canaria, the dynamics
Second most populated island of this archipelago, Gran Canaria is a versatile island just like Tenerife. However, it has a few small peculiarities that make it so charming. First of all, it is home to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the most populated city in the archipelago. With this city comes an incredible cultural and historical heritage. Travelers will also appreciate the dynamism of this city, with typical restaurants and many bars where you can enjoy a drink after dark. Gran Canaria is thus a superb destination for gastronomy, culture or to party.
A vast biosphere reserve, Gran Canaria is also considered a miniature continent due to the diversity of its landscapes and climates. This destination has something to delight hikers and lovers of sublime landscapes. It therefore offers a good balance for travelers wishing to mix relaxing holidays, nightlife and cultural visits.
3. Lanzarote, the volcanic
Lanzarote is undoubtedly the most volcanic of all the Canary Islands. Also recognized as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, it is home to the magnificent Timanfaya National Park, one of the island’s main attractions. In this park, you can admire superb lunar landscapes, dotted with impressive craters.
But the island of Lanzarote is not only home to extinct volcanoes. You will find a number of beaches there, some of black sand, where you can relax and enjoy a delicious moment of idleness. It is therefore an ideal destination for resting, swimming and walking. We also recommend it to families for peaceful and relaxing holidays in an incredible setting.
4. Fuerteventura, the sporty one
Fuerteventura is an incredible destination for all lovers of water sports and especially wind sports. It is thus home to superb spots for practicing kitesurfing, windsurfing or surfing. Travelers will be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. Some are taken over by athletes, such as Corralejo or Costa Calma. Others are ideal for swimming and sunbathing, such as Playa de Gran Tarajal or the impressive Playa de Garcey.
Fuerteventura is well known for its beautiful beaches and natural coves. You will also enjoy incredible landscapes, typical of the Canary Islands. We recommend it to all budding sports enthusiasts, but also to families and travelers looking for a charming beach destination.
5. La Palma, the authentic
La Palma is not the best-known island for travellers. And we quickly understand why: the island has very few beaches. On the other hand, it is entirely classified as a biosphere reserve by Unesco. And icing on the cake, it is crossed by an impressive number of hiking trails! La Palma is thus a paradise for all hikers.
You can therefore discover its Caldera de Taburiente National Park and its impressive landscapes. Very mountainous, La Palma offers superb panoramas and viewpoints to intrepid hikers ready to climb its peaks. We strongly recommend it to all sports enthusiasts and nature lovers.
6. La Gomera, nature’s choice
La Gomera is another little-known island in the Canary archipelago. Not very touristy, it is a very green and very unique destination. La Gomera is thus very different from its more populated and more dynamic neighbours. We recommend it to all travelers looking for a bit of calm, tranquility and authenticity. Fortunately, you won’t be bored there.
You can also visit the Garajonay National Park, located in the heart of the island. This park intrigues with its dense vegetation, its mists, its mountains and its rocks emerging from the canopies. A special atmosphere reigns there. But La Gomera is not only hiking, it is also home to incredible diving spots, picturesque villages and small black sand beaches. There are also cruises to watch dolphins and whales. In short, it is an ideal destination for all nature lovers!
7. El Hierro, the savage
El Hierro is similar to La Gomera. Small and wild, it is a perfect destination for hiking and nature. But what makes all its beauty and its particularity is that it is absolutely intact from any tourism. Located at the very west of the Canary Islands, its landscapes are fully preserved. The result is an exuberant nature with incredible panoramas along the ridges.
During your hikes, you will discover very different landscapes: misty and luxuriant forests, fertile valleys, dark volcanic landscapes, steep peaks facing the Atlantic. You can also swim there, not on fine sandy beaches, but in beautiful natural pools. We therefore recommend those of Charco Azul and La Maceta, both located in La Frontera. If you are looking for a unique experience in the Canary Islands, you now know where to go!
Map of hotels and accommodation – Canary Islands