With perfect weather, a remarkable variety of geographic features, and three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canary Islands are a unique experience with so much to offer. The Canary archipelago features the perfect balance of long, pristine beaches, five-star accommodations, amazing foods and wine, top-of-the line spa experiences, off-road adventuring, exciting water sports, and more! The Canary Islands offer activities for all types of travelers, so here are some of our favorite things to do while we’re on vacation there.
Explore in the Water
One of the most obvious options when visiting the Canary Islands is to go to the beach. With miles of coastline and year-round good weather, the archipelago is home to hundreds of beautiful golden and black beaches that attract people from all over the world. While you could spend your time as a beach bum and soak in the sun (and we wouldn’t blame you for it!), there’s lots of adventures to experience in the water too!
Exploring the ocean off the coast during a whale and dolphin watching tour is one of the best ways to capture the magic of the Canaries. This is a must-do for everyone as this is an area for migration and breeding, so you can experience whales and dolphins nearly face-to-face in the crystal clear blue water. If cruises are not your thing, a kayaking, paddleboarding or snorkeling excursion is another way to explore. Jump in to spot turtles, dolphins, and other marine life. An adventurous dolphin may even come say hi right next to your kayak! The marine life surrounding the Canaries is truly spectacular.
Discover Roads Less Traveled
The coastlines of the Canaries offer promising views that you wouldn’t want to miss. For those that like to raise their heart rate with a little adventure, an ATV tour is for you. Imagine racing through the bamboo poles, palm trees, and even Indian tunos as you experience the panoramic views of the Canary Islands. This is one of the most exciting ways to see the natural side and diversity of each Island. In Tenerife, for example, you’ll experience volcanic landscapes, forests, and deserts!
If you are interested in the island of La Gomera, hop onto an Island Jeep Tour! Explore the UNESCO Garajonay National Park in chauffeur-driven jeeps, enjoying the open air and panoramic views. During this tour, you’ll find incredible views, learn about the island’s history, and even spot the home of Christopher Columbus.
Looking for a breathtaking view? Visit Las Cañadas National Park, home to Mt. Teide. This park is characterized by its unique, lunar landscape and beautiful plant life. Once in the park, pass the Chinyero Volcano (site of the last major volcanic eruption in Tenerife in 1909) and stop at Roques de Garcia, where you can admire the view of Mt. Teide from 3,718 meters. At the end of the day, enjoy the beautiful sunset overlooking the other Canary Islands and capture memorable photos at a few of Mt. Teide’s stunning vistas.
On Lanzarote Island, take a tour through the awe-inspiring stretch of volcanic wasteland and desolate landscapes of Timanfaya National Park. You may even have the chance to ride a camel!
Relax and Recharge
The Oriental Spa Garden at the Hotel Botanico is considered one of the most rejuvenating places on the island. Enjoy acres of subtropical gardens, multiple relaxing pools, services including various locally made oils, volcanic stones, treatments using local flowers and sand as well as health rituals using locally grown aloe vera and sea salt
Once you're totally relaxed, head over to nearby Bodegas Monje Winery in El Sauzal on Tenerife Island, another place to recharge your batteries and taste traditional Canarian wine. Located 500 meters above sea level, the vineyard is situated on rocky ground and solidified lava from the nearby volcano. The Monje family is among Tenerife’s first wine producers, cultivating and bottling wine since 1750.
The Canary Islands also have some fantastic, highly rated golf courses. If you’re an avid golfer, we encourage you to grab your clubs for a day on the links. The golf courses on the Canaries vary from original stone walls to black volcanic sand in the bunkers to make for a challenging but unforgettable day. On a single island you can play on up to 8-different courses!
Activity abound, there’s lots to see and do in the Canary Islands. Our Travel Specialists at Quest Travel Adventures have over 20-years of experience in individual and small group travel to the Canary Islands. Some of our most popular trips include the adventures listed above, such as our Canary Islands Adventure Seeker, Tenerife Getaway, and Golf in the Canary Islands. Don’t miss out - book your trip to the Spanish Canary Islands today!