It is not necessary to travel the whole earth or to go to Bora-Bora to find dream beaches. A few hours flight from us, the Canary Islands appear as an invitation to relax and let go with its fine sandy beaches, turquoise waters and countless volcanic treasures. It is not surprising that the archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean seduces travelers so much. While particularly hot vacation spots like Cape Verde, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Turkey also remain popular, the Canary Islands remain at the top of the podium for Belgians. “The Canary Islands are the number one favorite destination for Belgians”, explains in a press release Piet Demeyere, spokesperson for the tour operator TUI. And those who have already set foot there agree that there are a thousand and one wonders to be found there. So if you are still wondering what would bring you there, here are some places that will convince you!
Lanzarote, the island of volcanoes
If currently it is Palma that is making headlines with the eruption of one of the most active volcanoes in the Canaries, the Cumbe Veja, it is nevertheless Lanzarote which is considered the most volcanic island in the Canaries: there are also small and large volcanoes in all shapes and colors. But in addition to its spectacular fields of frozen lava, and its breathtaking panoramas, Lanzarote is also small white towns in total symbiosis with its dream landscapes. We think in particular of the Jardin des cactus, the Mirador Del Rio, the Jameos del Agua art center, etc., which are the work of the famous one-of-a-kind artist César Manrique.
The arid Fuerteventura
It is the second largest island in the archipelago, the closest to Africa. Its incredible volcanic valleys and magnificent white sand beaches almost make us believe that we are sometimes in the middle of Arizona, sometimes in Mexico. People also come here for its splendid wild expanses such as Cofete beach, located at the tip of the island of Fuerteventura in the Jandia Natural Park in Pajara. The charming little fishing ports will also seduce you. El Cotillo, for example, and its traditional white houses huddled together give it the appearance of a postcard.
Gran Canaria and its steep relief
Are you looking for a place where sea and mountain are one? Gran Canaria is made for you: the island is divided between volcanic landscapes on one side and icy mountains on the other. Between the two, seas of dunes, fertile plains, but also small colonial towns that have everything to please. As much to be warned: here hiking is almost a religion as the island offers a thousand and one possibilities to get lost on its steep paths. So much so that a hiking festival is even organized every year on the island. This year it takes place from October 28 to 31.
Tenerife, the island of a thousand facets
When we think of Tenerife, we first think of the Teide volcano, which is the highest Spanish mountain, yet the island is full of other well-hidden treasures, provided you move away from the southern part of the island, known to be a “tourist hell”. Among the marvels to discover as soon as you leave the beaten track, we note for example La Laguna, La Orotava, Garachico, but also the rural park of Anaga and that of Teno, which offer grandiose panoramas and which are still uncrowded.
Gomera, the round island
Located between La Palma and Tenerife, La Gomera mainly attracts experienced hikers, because here it is not the beaches that make the island famous, but rather its incredible ravines, its valleys as far as the eye can see and its forests of impressive century-old laurels. It also has more than 600 kilometers of mysterious paths where we like to get lost. Moreover in the national park of Garajonay, the forest of laurisilva makes the specificity of the island. It is considered to be one of the finest living examples of the island’s ecosystem. And if we call it the round island, it is quite simply because we could almost draw a perfect circle by drawing its contours.
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