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Canary IslandsSpain

Lanzarote featuring boating, a coastal town and general coastal views

Move from island to island for year-round pleasant weather, relaxing seafront resorts, historic Spanish architecture, varied landscape and friendly locals.

Although they are closer to Africa than to Europe, the seven large Canary Islands and smaller islets offer a fascinating glimpse of Spanish development in a gorgeous tropical setting. Plan a beach vacation and discover much, much more.

Over 40 percent of the lands and waters of the Canary Islands are protected parks and reserves. Enjoy varied terrain of volcanoes, laurel forests and natural swimming pools. Visit some of the four national parks, three marine reserves and seven biosphere reserves.

All seven islands have exceptional dive sites, with clear water to 100 feet (30 meters) deep. Investigate the Gran Canaria wreck of the Plasencia and explore the underwater lava of Punta Restinga on El Hierro. If you’re not a diver, try snorkeling in the warm waters, a comfortable temperature year-round.

Tenerife is the largest island. Ride a cable car or hike to the top of its volcanic Mount Teide, the islands’ highest peak. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, see 17th-century buildings with Islamic and Spanish architectural influence. Drive to Costa Adeje for superb beaches and exciting water parks.

For an otherworldly experience, ride a camel over the multicolored lava rocks of Timanfaya National Park, part of a UNESCO biosphere on Lanzarote. Appreciate the contrasting lush forests of laurel and ferns of Garajonay National Park on La Gomera. Walk among pine trees and gaze into a volcanic cleft nearly 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) deep in La Caldera de Taburiente National Park on La Palma.

Climb the sand dunes of Corralejo Dunes Natural Park on Fuerteventura or windsurf off its western coast. Take a water taxi to the small, uninhabited Lobos Island to enjoy the shallow lagoons. Look for some of the thousands of plant and animal species endemic to the islands and surrounding waters.

Fly to the main Canary Island airports on Tenerife or Gran Canaria and fly, ferry or sail between islands. Rent a car to explore your home island or simply find your favorite beach spot and enjoy days of quiet relaxation.

Popular cities in Canary Islands

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Known for Beach View, Island and Café
Great weather, food, surfing, diving, culture and architecture are just some of the reasons to visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Reasons to visit

  • Las Canteras Beach
  • Gran Canaria Marina
  • Cathedral of Santa Ana
Teresitas Beach showing a beach, general coastal views and swimming
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Known for Island, Business and Budget
Stroll down tree-lined boulevards, explore art galleries and dine at sophisticated restaurants in Tenerife's capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Teresitas Beach
  • Tenerife Auditorium
  • Tenerife Beaches
La Oliva featuring a park and heritage architecture
La Oliva
Known for Beach View, Port and Surfing
Stroll across mountains of sand and investigate local traditions in this town full of stunning resorts in northern Fuerteventura.

Reasons to visit

  • Corralejo Beach
  • Corralejo Dunes Natural Park
  • Cotillo Beach
Gran Canaria featuring mist or fog, tranquil scenes and mountains
San Bartolome de Tirajana
Known for Dining, Beach View and Family-friendly
Relaxing San Bartolome de Tirajana is calling! Discover its beaches, sports, desert views and more.

Reasons to visit

  • Maspalomas Lighthouse
  • Maspalomas Dunes
  • Yumbo Shopping Center
Del Duque Beach featuring a sandy beach, general coastal views and swimming
Adeje
Known for Dining, Beach View and Shopping
Adeje is a fantastic destination that combines the rural charm of an ancient mountain village, dreamy beaches and leisure options to suit all tastes.

Reasons to visit

  • Siam Park
  • Aqualand Costa Adeje
  • Golf Costa Adeje
Pajara which includes a small town or village
Pajara
Known for Beach View, Family-friendly and Sport
Move through this area’s small villages to discover scenic beaches, hiking paths, dunes and an active local fishing community.

Reasons to visit

  • Las Gaviotas beach
  • Sotavento de Jandia Beach
  • Punta Jandía Lighthouse