Looking for a holiday that’s equal parts relaxing, exciting and all-around gorgeous? The Canary Islands could be your ideal destination. With so many beautiful natural landforms, beaches and fun cultural attractions to explore, you could stay here for weeks and never tire of the islands. You can hop around, or spend the majority of your holiday on one of the biggest islands, Gran Canaria. Holidays in Gran Canaria are cheaper than ever, and the rest of the Canaries have so much to offer as well, that you just might have to extend your vacation longer than you intended! Check our top picks for Gran Canaria and the rest of the Canary Islands:
Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria
In the south of Gran Canaria is this adorable fishing village where you can forget about the rest of the world! It’s a great destination for scuba divers, or anyone who loves to relax by the serene waters in a small local town, enjoy quaint cafes and generally enjoy the good life. Sunsets here are killer, and you might find yourself never wanting to leave this unique part of the island!
Santa Cruz, La Palma
This gorgeous seaside town is the perfect pick if you love to be surrounded by beautiful art and architecture. The churches, houses and cafes here are built in beautiful 16th and 17th century styles, and you can wander the cobbled streets here for hours, poking into shops and stopping for delicious bites along the way.
Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Gran Canaria
The 400 hectares of sand dunes on Gran Canaria will make you feel like you’ve stepped into an alien world. It’s only possible to explore this national park by foot or by camel, so take your pick and enter this unique landscape – bring your camera, but watch out for sandstorms!
Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
Another place which feels like a different planet, the Timanfaya National Park was born of a volcanic eruption which has made the landcape feel like part of the moon. When you take a hike through the Fire Mountains, you can literally feel the heat coming from the sleeping volcano here.
All kinds of cafes
Wherever you are on the Canary Islands, food is a huge part of the culture, so it’s imperative that you sample as much of the local flavors as possible! Try the Sancocho Canario, which is a local white salted fish served in a spicy sauce called “mojo”. A great side dish to try is the papas arrugadas, or small wrinkled potatoes which are boiled until they’re soft with a salty crust. And of course you must wash down a meal on the Canary Islands with a locally-made mojito!