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Canary Islands Vacation Ideas
Ideas of places to visit in the Canary Islands
Listed below are all the amazing attractions we visited in our travel guide video. These are the best spots to add to your travel itinerary. They’re listed in order of their appearance in the video so that you can check out the amazing footage as you go through our suggested itinerary.
(1:26 in the video) One of the most spectacular attractions on the island of Fuerteventura, Corralejo Dunes National Park is a must-visit. Breathe in the briny breezes mixing with the hot desert winds and cool off in the turquoise waters where the ocean meets the sand dunes.
(1:39 in the video) This scenic bay is one of the best kitesurfing locations in the Canary Islands. If you’re in the mood for relaxation, however, roll out your towel on the golden sands, lie back and enjoy some sunbathing.
(1:47 in the video) Although it’s not suitable for swimming, this beach is one of Fuerteventura island’s top attractions. It draws many tourists because of its fine, pitch-black sand. This area also offers plenty of shops and restaurants to explore.
(2:45 in the video) Pay a visit to Pilancones Natural Park on the island of Gran Canaria. The park is known as the oldest part of the island and is filled with otherworldly terrain and fascinating plants and animals.
(3:06 in the video) Outdoor enthusiasts will adore Roque Nublo on Gran Canaria island. This stunning rock formation rises out of the volcanic crater of Caldera de Tejeda. To reach the rock you’ll hike through lush forest to spectacular lookouts with some of the most awe-inspiring sights on the island.
(3:27 in the video) After the rugged terrain around Roque Nublo, travel back to the welcoming arms of civilization at Amadores Beach. Sunbake on the golden sands or savor fresh island flavors with the many beachfront dining options.
(3:30 in the video) One of the top surfing destinations in the Canary Islands, Caleta de Arriba is another must on your travel itinerary. This area is also a very popular accommodation hub, so if you aren’t sure where to stay, this is a great place to start.
(3:52 in the video) One of the best urban beaches in the Canary Islands, Las Canteras Beach boasts plenty of things to see and do. It’s also a great place to base yourself for your vacation, so check out the great range of hotels on offer.
(3:55 in the video) Admire a masterpiece that took over 350 years to construct. The Cathedral of Santa Ana is a spiritual smorgasbord of gothic, renaissance and neoclassical style. For architecture lovers, this is a worthy addition to your Canary Islands itinerary.
(4:22 in the video) Travel to the island of Tenerife, the most famous, largest and busiest of the Canary Islands. Lounge on the golden sands of Las Americas Beach and let the sound of the lapping waves wash all your worries away.
(4:25 in the video) Another sparkling stretch of coastline on the island of Tenerife, Los Cristianos has plenty of places to stay and play. Enjoy beachfront bars, restaurants and boutiques, as well as a range of fantastic hotel options.
(4:27 in the video) When planning a trip to the Canary Islands, beach-hopping is a must, and Playa Jardín is one beach you should definitely add to your itinerary. Wind your way through scenic paths and lush gardens to the unique black sands of the beach. Float in the calm sheltered waters, or surf in the open areas.
(4:34 in the video) Enjoy wet and wild rides or relax on the lazy river at this immense Thai-themed water park on Tenerife. Try your hand at surfing at the Wave Palace, or get your heart thumping from the 92-foot drop on the Tower of Power. The Canary Islands has activities to match every traveler’s pace and style.
(5:11 in the video) Visit a structure that has become the symbol of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and resembles the sails of the ships that once used these islands as a safe harbor.
(5:45 in the video) Home to the highest mountain in all of Spain, Teide National Park is one of the most important attractions in the Canary Islands. Hike the trails to the summit, take a four-wheel drive tour or simply sit back and watch the sun set over the mountain.
(6:08 in the video) This vacation idea brings you up close with the power of Mother Nature at Timanfaya National Park, a volcanic wilderness on the island of Lanzarote. Gaze out over rugged landscapes of jagged volcanic rock, formed by devastating eruptions between 1703 and 1736.
(6:49 in the video) Mother Nature blends with human creativity at Jameos del Agua. The original caverns were formed 3,000 years ago by Mote Corona’s lava flows, but the legendary architect César Manrique transformed this underground space and its surrounding area to be a magical amphitheater and performance venue.
Cueva de los Verdes
(7:03 in the video) Another lava tube on the island of Lanzarote, Cueva de los Verdes, the green caves, are well worth visiting. The cave was once used as a refuge from pirates and slave raiders; however, today it’s a popular attraction and even has a concert hall near the entrance.
(7:17 in the video) Lie back on the pristine sands of Playa Blanca on the south of Lanzarote island. If you want to stay awhile, this area boasts a bustling marina, plenty of bars and restaurants and a range of great hotels.
(7:22 in the video) A short stroll from Playa Blanca, Papagayo Beach feels like a world away from the bustling tourist area. Gaze out across the rocky, crescent-shaped shoreline, sunbathe or snorkel in the life-filled waters.
(7:28 in the video) Spend an afternoon in the small fishing village of Punta Mujeres. With access to plenty of the island’s fantastic attractions, this area is a great accommodation choice.
(7:40 in the video) The perfect place to round off your Canary Islands vacation, Puerto del Carmen witnesses spectacular sunsets year round. Get a thrill with a Jet Ski or boat ride, take in uninterrupted ocean views and savor fresh seafood at the many restaurants here.
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