Snuggled alongside the coast of North West Africa, the Canary Islands are most well known for their black and white sanded beaches, and due to their location are great for all-year-round sunny skies. Here are some highlights and things that shouldn’t be missed…
Don’t miss out on a refreshing day trip over the mountains and through vineyards to visit the northern part of Tenerife. This rocky island is the largest and the most popular of the Canary Islands and is home to Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, with its 16km wide volcanic crater. The high altitude walking is sensational but not for the faint-hearted although a cable car takes you to within 200m of the summit to enjoy stunning views from this volcanically active summit. The dramatic scenery around the volcano is breath-taking.
Puerto de la Cruz, is the oldest resort in Tenerife and a firm favourite for travellers with its bustling town boasting fine colonial buildings, botanical gardens and the picturesque Old Town. The fishing port area is a maze of cobbled streets awash with traditional bars and cafes, and there are sophisticated boutiques, delightful squares, a casino and lido lined by three small beaches with dark volcanic sand. With its lush green surroundings and quaint, traditional atmosphere, it’s a real contrast from the south.
To the west of Tenerife you’ll find La Gomera; the most relaxing and lesser known of all the Canary Islands with dense forestry, beautiful cedar groves and amazing ravines. La Gomera attracts walkers, cyclists, golfers and anyone looking for total peace and unspoilt surroundings. It’s a complete opposite to its sister Canary Islands and feels like stepping back in time.
Tenerife, both North and South have something unique to offer and for the truly unique Canary Islands experience why not indulge in the beauty of La Gomera.