Top 5 Things To Do On The Canary Islands

by Danielle E. Alvarez on January 11, 2011 · 11 comments

The Canary Islands

One of the many beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands. (Photo: Tony Hisgett)

Sun worshipers have been flocking to vacation on the Canary Islands for years. If not for isn’t for the gorgeous coastlines, then it’s the majestic mountains, and amazing beaches. But that’s not all the Spanish archipelago has to offer tourists.  I’ve rounded up the top five things to do beyond Mount Teide–the third largest volcano in the world. No matter what adventure inspires your travel you’ll find it on the Canary Islands. You may want to book one or two flights to Gran Canaria now.

1. Spend a morning in the botanical garden of Tafira Alta. This wealthy Gran Canaria hosts about 500 beautiful native plant live on a sprawling 27 acres.

2. Take a day trip to Puerto Rico to watch dolphins. And not to worry, if you don’t get a glimpse of the many species of dolphins in the area, most boats won’t charge you.

3. Strap on your hiking gear and head up to Pico de las Nieves. It’s the highest point on the entire island.

4. Avoid the crowds at the ever-popular Playa del Inglés and spend a night around Parque Santa Catlina instead. Street artists and musicians make for an enjoyable evening, late night, and even early morning.

5. Finally, if beach is what you’re looking for, head to the area between San Agustin and the Playa del Inglés border. You should be able to even find secluded piece of sand all to yourself.


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Islandmomma January 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I only have one problem with your post………and that is that it isn’t enough! I immigrated to neighboring island of Tenerife more years ago than I care to remember, and am still exploring! The Canary Islands are so often dismissed as “sun, sea and sangria”, but offer SO much more!


Danielle E. Alvarez January 13, 2011 at 5:40 am

Oh, I’m sure! Please share. I just wanted to promote popular but often overlooked things to do.


Edbankey January 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Shouldn’t this be titled “…in Gran Canaria” and not “…in the Canary Islands”? I lived in Lanzarote for 3 years and it too has a lot to offer apart from sun, sand and sangria! Then there is Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and…. ;-)


Dave January 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Clearly I need to check out these islands for myself!


Olov Lindgren January 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

This was just the post i needed. Going there next weekend. Thx for the tips:)


GlobalButterfly January 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Oh wow!!! I had no idea it was THAT beautiful there!!!


Alicia January 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

This is my first to read about this Canary Island… I love the beach and i never missed going to the beach every time I got the chance to travel, actually, the beach is one of my favorite destination. Watching the sunset is so much fun in the beach, and watching kids run here and there along the sea shore remind me of so many thing on my childhood.


Kimberly January 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Nice shot! This is very beautiful, the beach is so lovely I didn’t even notice there’s a small town in the picture.


location calonge January 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

very nice post…its really a very beautiful beach..i must visit it soon..thanks for information


location calonge January 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

really a beautifull beach..i like your post..i really want to visit here…thanks for sharing the information..


cheap flights January 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm

We are told that the canary islands is a definately must see holiday destination, we have regular clientele visiting the islands, Im planning a trip there myself with the family and came accross this wonderful post very informative.


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