Many people have fallen in love with the Canary Islands. If you’ve ever been to the archipelago, you’ll understand why. The Canaries offer landscapes and temperatures that aren’t typical of Europe. It’s like they’re the gate to another continent. Seeing that, geographically, the Canary Islands are closer to Africa than they are to Europe, this thought isn’t even far-fetched. But which one of the seven main islands of the archipelago is the best?
Tenerife is possibly the most well-known island of the Canaries, as it counts the highest number of tourists each year. The island of Tenerife is also the biggest one and has got even another record to offer: Its most famous landmark, El Teide, is Spain’s highest peak and is visible from almost all corners of the island.
Tenerife is the perfect island for a nice couple’s holiday, a trip with friends, or a family holiday. There are many high-end all-inclusive resorts around, but if you want to get a feel of the vibrant and international Tenerife lifestyle, you might prefer a holiday apartment. Holidu is a popular booking platform that puts forwards a myriad of nice holiday homes – for the small and for the big budget.
If you visit Tenerife, there are various beautiful regions that you can visit. Some say that you haven’t really been to Tenerife if you haven’t seen Costa Adeje in the southernmost part of the island. Others swear that the beaches up north around Puerto de la Cruz are the best ones. To get the most out of your trip to Tenerife, tour the entire island and find your dream destination.
Gran Canaria – the big Canary Island: Even though Gran Canaria isn’t really the biggest island of the archipelago, it’s the most extensive one and shaped like a circle. Just like the other Canaries, Gran Canaria is volcanic. The white sands and black rocks will constantly remind you of that fact. At the same time, they create a unique atmosphere. Gran Canaria is an island of opposites.
Arriving at Gran Canaria by ship is an extraordinary experience. Most ships dock at the capital harbour in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. But the town of Maspalomas in the South is worth a visit, too.
El Hierro is the westernmost island of the archipelago and is part of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. As the small island only has one airport, it is a lot less touristic than Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Thanks to its beautiful landscapes, you are sure to spend an extraordinary holiday there: On El Hierro, there are more volcanic cones than on any other of the Canaries, which makes the island a true miracle of nature.
In 2021, La Palma was all over the news because of a volcanic eruption. On September 19th,Cumbre Vieja started spitting out lava and ashes. It didn’t stop until January 2022. Eruptions like that remind us of the fact that the Canaries are indeed a volcanic archipelago. That’s why the landscapes are so unique. Hikers and outdoor lovers will love the beauty of La Palma Island.
La Gomera will take your breath away with its subtropical forests, cliff-edged coastlines, and palm-filled valleys. Getting to La Gomera is a little adventure, as the airport only takes flights from within the Canaries – that means you’ll have a layover on one of the bigger islands. That makes La Gomera the perfect destination for island hoppers, who want to see it all. Make sure to include Fuerteventura, too.
The island of Lanzarote is well-known for its black rock formations, caves, and cliffs. Like on the other islands, the rough landscapes derive from volcanic material. To some, Lanzarote is the epitome of what the Canary Islands stand for.