The Canary Islands are a very important factor in the local economy. Due to the pleasant subtropical climate of the Canary Islands, many tourists from Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland visit them. Canarias is the second Spanish region that receives the largest number of foreign tourists (behind Catalonia), with more than 9.6 million foreign tourists per year.
The Canary Islands are considered the Sun of Europe and is an idyllic destination thanks to its mild temperatures, which allows you to enjoy its wonderful beaches throughout the year. In them you can relax, sunbathe, or practice sports such as surfing, windsurfing or diving.
Inside each of the islands you will find incredible landscapes that invite activities such as cycling, hiking and climbing. Here you will also find cultural offers, such as walking through the historic center of La Laguna, in Tenerife; discover the works of César Manrique, in Lanzarote; relax in the paradisiacal beaches of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, or admire the amazing natural landscapes of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro doing some of its interesting routes.
Nature tourism is also one of the great attractions of this destination, in fact it enjoys an enviable natural environment, proof of this is that it has four National Parks and five of its seven islands are declared a Biosphere Reserve.
What to see in the Canary Islands.
Tenerife: This island has many places of great tourist interest, such as the famous Teide, the fabulous beaches of southern Tenerife, beautiful natural parks; volcanic landscapes such as Cueva del Viento, and interesting towns and cities such as Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava or La Laguna.
It is the largest in the Canary Islands and is full of nature, so in addition to frequent ecotourism and cultural tourism, it will allow you to practice extreme sports like nowhere else in the world. Climbing, paragliding, diving, surfing or windsurfing are some of the activities you can do.
Here you can practice hiking, as well as enjoy romantic horse riding or get to know the island by bike. In addition, Tenerife gives us the opportunity to have fun with numerous leisure activities and excursions: nocturnal routes through monumental cities, or interesting visits such as the Teide National Park, the highest peak in Spain with no less than 3,718 meters high.
Known for being the island of eternal spring, it has large golf courses, and unparalleled health and beauty centers where you can relax among various treatments. It is also famous for its attractive gastronomy and for its interesting historic centers such as La Orotava, Santa Cruz de Tenerife or San Cristobal de La Laguna, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The island also has important museums for lovers of art and culture. All this makes Tenerife a perfect place to spend an unforgettable vacation.
It has world-renowned beaches, especially the extensive and beautiful beaches of the southern municipalities of the island Arona, Costa Adeje and Granadilla de Abona; and Playa de las Teresitas, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Gran Canaria: It has one of the most beautiful tropical landscapes of the Canary Islands of which you have dreamed. The island has extensive and beautiful beaches of golden sands, endless dunes, large ravines with vegetation, and endearing towns; but also, you can visit charming cities that have all kinds of services, such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with large shopping areas and a lively nightlife.
Enjoy practicing water sports that you like: diving, surfing or windsurfing, take advantage of the day on board a small sailing boat or, if on the contrary, you prefer land sports, do not miss the opportunity to go hiking, climbing, canyoning or cycling throughout the year thanks to a suitable temperature in all seasons of the year that is around 24 degrees. The island is also a perfect place for golf lovers, as it has a wide range of excellent courses.
Gran Canaria presents an excellent gastronomy, as well as a variety of fun traditional festivals, and theme parks. In short, it is an ideal island for a fantastic family vacation.
Gran Canaria has been declared a Biosphere Reserve due to the wonderful and unique natural spaces found there.
Fuerteventura: This wonderful island is known as the quiet Island. It is the second largest of the archipelago of Canary Islands, and offers very picturesque landscapes, such as the mythical mountain Tindaya, to which the aborigines attributed magical properties. Today, there are still many important vestiges of its oldest inhabitants.
It is characterized by its long rolling plains, full of mills, where they make the gofio, the roasted cereal flour that is still an essential ingredient of many and exquisite island dishes.
Its small coastal towns will show you typical architecture next to churches and castles. It also has an interesting network of museums that will undoubtedly captivate you.
If you like to walk, see beautiful landscapes or practice windsurfing, this is your island. Here you can walk along paths between exotic volcanic cones, submerge on precious sea beds, or practice windsurfing, a sport that finds here the best conditions to celebrate the World Championship every year thanks to the strong wind that is on the island and its great waves . You will also find excellent theme parks, such as Baku de Corralejo, or La Lajita’s Oasis Park, perfect for spending a great day with the whole family or with your friends.
Lanzarote: It is a natural paradise for our senses, but it does not leave leisure and culture away from your hand, since on this island you can visit interesting museums and observe great musical shows and dances.
Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it is currently a world reference for natural architecture within the Canary Islands. In it you will find several natural parks and protected areas, and you will have the opportunity to explore interesting routes, such as the Route of the Volcanoes of the Timanfaya National Park, and discover each of the corners of this spectacular volcanic island, either on foot or on horseback. by bicycle, through its beautiful trails.
By visiting it you can also discover a group of islets known as the Chinijo Archipelago; a natural park formed by L a Graciosa, Alegranza and Montaña Clara, very close to Roques del Este and Oeste.
The beaches of Lanzarote will captivate you with its crystal clear waters, especially visible on the beaches of calm and relaxing sea; while if you are a water sports lover, you will be happy to know that on the island you will find numerous beaches with large waves, which are ideal for practicing sports such as surfing or windsurfing.
Its sea bottoms are provided with spectacular volcanic forms that give shelter to an interesting and colorful marine fauna, which is very appreciated by the diving lovers.
La Palma: It is known as the Isla Bonita because of its spectacular landscapes. This beautiful island is linked to numerous legends, which have as main stage their large laurel forests or their refreshing springs of water, which will make you enjoy landscapes and unrepeatable sounds.
The island of La Palma has been declared a Biosphere Reserve thanks to its large forests, such as Los Tiles; and its beautiful coves and volcanic cones. On this island you can live a unique experience walking great trails, walking, cycling, or riding.
The Natural Parks and protected areas offer spectacular views over the island, as for example in the Caldera de Taburiente, where you will enjoy incredible unique views, sometimes reaching above the clouds.
You will also find interesting theme parks, such as the Garden of Birds or the Maroparque, where you will enjoy learning curiosities of the fauna and flora of the world.
This island is ideal to admire the stars thanks to the clarity and cleanliness of its sky that encloses the Canary Islands. In fact, in the Roque los Muchachos, in the middle of a singular place of overwhelming beauty, and at more than 2,420 meters of altitude, is one of the most important astrophysical observatories in the world, where scientists from all over Europe study the Universe.
La Gomera: Located 30 kilometers from Tenerife, it is the second smallest island in the Canary Canary Islands. This island is very cozy, in it you can live a great experience of rural tourism, since the island is home to the Garajonay National Park, declared a national heritage by UNESCO since 1986, a place to discover that will undoubtedly surprise you.
Of the seven largest islands of the Canary Islands, it is the one that preserves its customs and traditions in a purer way. Only in La Gomera you will be able to see the Gomero Whistle, a language with which the Gomeros have communicated by whistling in the distance. It also has a gastronomy full of unique elements, such as watercress stew, or palm honey, an exquisite dish made from guarapo, the name by which the sap of the palm tree is known.
La Gomera also has unique sea beds, thanks to its cliffs formed by eroded lava that dig into the Atlantic Ocean.
El Hierro: It is the smallest island of the Canarian archipelago, but it does not stop being one of the most beautiful and interesting, since in its 280 square kilometers you will find very diverse landscapes, from volcanic cones and lava flows, to pine forests with green meadows and beautiful forests of laurisilva.
This Canary Island has rocky shores, sometimes inaccessible cliffs up to 1000 meters high, sunk in completely transparent and clean waters.
Here you will live a true encounter with nature. The island has numerous paths through which you can travel the entire island, either on foot or by bicycle. You can also discover the island flying over its valleys in paragliding, or getting into its volcanic tubes; But, without a doubt, one of the things that is worth visiting the island, is its seabed, as they are considered the most spectacular of all the Canary Islands.
Another of the great attractions of this island is in Guinea and the Recovery Center of the Giant Lizard, an endemic and protected species.
Isla de La Graciosa: It is located northwest of Lanzarote, the island to which it “depends” administratively. From Lanzarote to La Graciosa you can go by ferry, which takes around 20 minutes and is quite economical, besides, you will not have major problems when catching it.
On this island, you will find great beaches where you can rest relaxed and that will undoubtedly seduce us with its clear and crystalline waters. The best known are in the south of the island, such as the beach of the French and the Kitchen.
La Graciosa belongs to the Chinijo archipelago, which also includes islets such as Roque del Este and Oeste, Montaña Clara and Alegranza; In spite of being an island since it inhabits 630 people, it is better known as an islet.
This island has only two recognized towns: Caleta de Sebo, a very traditional town; and Pedro Barba, which is a very touristic urbanization in which we can enjoy our vacations.
The climate in La Graciosa is mild and pleasant throughout the year. In the summer months temperatures rarely exceed 25 degrees; while during the winter months the nights can go down to 16 degrees. in addition, there may be some small rain, but even at that time of year the temperatures are constantly pleasant and warm, do not fall below 20 degrees or exceed 25. Even in winter you can enjoy splendid days of beach, swimming in the Atlantic waters.
To get to the island of La Graciosa you must make a small crossing by sea of just 20 minutes from Ozorla, the last fishing village north of Lanzarote.
The island of La Graciosa is one of the few places in Europe where asphalt roads do not yet exist. It is the quietest and most unknown island of the Canary Islands. It is a flat island, where four well-differentiated volcanic assemblages stand out.
One of the best times to visit the island is on July 16, since it is when the feast of La Virgen del Carmen is celebrated. The Carnival, at the end of February or the beginning of March, is also very beautiful.
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