6 Ways to Explore the Canary Islands


The Canary Islands, fondly known as the Canaries, are a group of Spanish islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.  The group are made up of  seven main islands  – Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and much smaller islands and islets.  Due to the location (100 kilometres west of Morocco) the Canaries enjoy a year round average temperature of 22 degrees and therefore are popular with tourists in all four seasons.  The islands are renown for their varied landscapes of looming volcanoes, historical sites, lush green pine forests, lava tubes and miles upon miles of Sahara-style sand dunes.

I recently shared six ways to explore France, Italy and Greece and today I’m delighted to share six different takes on travel in the Canaries, as experienced by travel bloggers in the Trips100 community.  I hope the articles below will inspire you to book a trip!

Live like a local in Tenerife

Paulina from Paulina on the Road shares her expert local knowledge from living in Tenerife in this useful post – Tenerife’s Top 7 from an Expat View.  She proves that Tenerife is not just a beach destination but is also the perfect island for hiking, dining on fine local foods, mingling with the friendly locals and trying out a new sport.

Paulina hiking up to the top of Mount Teide

Soak up the sun in Fuerteventura

Emily from That Emily recently enjoyed a relaxing beach holiday in Fuerteventura. She shares her thoughts of sunbathing on the volcanic sandy beach whilst listening to waves crashing and recuperating with a huge stack of books in this post – Royal Palm Hotel, Fuerteventura. 

Beaches in the Canaries can be enjoyed year round due to an average year round temperature of 22C

Explore the beauty on foot in La Palma

Anna from The Cruise Blogger has published a useful guest post featuring how to make the most of a day ashore in La Palma, known as the ‘La Isla Bonita’ – the Beautiful Island.  Highlights include the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, the black sandy beach of Playa de Bajamar and hiking the moon like landscape of Fuencaliente.

“This volcanic landscape walk affords exceptional views towards the Teneguia vent and down towards the southern tip of the island”

Get up close and personal to the volcanic landscape in Lanzarote

As shared over on Travel Loving Family, I recently returned from a short break in Lanzarote where I trekked across red sand dunes on a camel, ate food cooked by the heat of a volcano and explored one of the largest lava tubes in the world.  Here I’ve shared my 15 things to do in Lanzarote with kids and my thoughts on returning to Lanzarote ten years on.

No visit to Lanzarote is complete without visiting the islands national park, often called the Mountains of Fire (Las Montañas del Fuego) for a ride on a camel!

Experience the world’s 2nd largest carnival in Tenerife

Hannah and Thom from That Adventurer share their secret of Tenerife is this post – Tenerife Has A Secret & You Need To Know All About It.  “If I told you that Tenerife has a big secret do you think you could guess what it was? What if I told you that Tenerife held the world’s second largest carnival after Rio? You probably wouldn’t believe me, would you? I mean if it was the world’s second largest carnival then surely you would’ve heard of it. Right?  

You don’t have to visit Rio to experience a carnival, as Hannah and Thom from That Adventurer found out!

Discover Gran Canaria by bus

Angia and Matt from Self Arranged Journeys have shared their tried and tested tips for a holiday in Gran Canaria in this informative post – Gran Canaria – What We Did and How We Will Do It Next Time.  The couple recommend spending time exploring the picturesque streets with “bougainvillea-covered arches and tidal channels which earn the village its nickname ‘Little Venice’ and keeping shade from the heat of the midday sun by people watching from a waterfront restaurant”.

Swaying palm trees at Morgan, Gran Canaria

Do you have a great post to share about the Canaries?  Do leave it in the comments below, we would love to have a nosy! 

Lisa Jane

Lisa is Editor of Trips100 and Travel Loving Family (travellovingfamily.com). Her family travel blog shares travel tips, holiday reviews and destination guides from travels around the UK and abroad. Lisa is also Co-Editor of Cruising with Kids (cruisingkids.co.uk). A new website designed for parents looking for cruise reviews, cruise news, tips for cruising, port information and pre-cruise ideas. Lisa has travelled to 80+ countries and has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.

Discussion1 Comment

  1. Great article! The Canaries have so many different things to offer, and amazing nature for hikers. I actually didn’t know that they have such a big Carnival but now I’m curious to see it. Maybe next year!

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