Holidays on the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are prepared for all needs
The Spanish islands off the northwest coast of Africa offer something for all holiday preferences. Coveted for the many sunny days a year and the volcanic landscapes, the Canary Islands not only convince winter escapees and bathing lovers, but also water sports enthusiasts, hikers and explorers of new adventures. Each island impresses with its very own character.
The island of eternal spring has a good reason for its nickname: in winter, the heated sea ensures mild weather, while in summer the trade winds cool things down so that the heat is not unpleasant. The second largest island of the Canaries magically attracts sun worshippers as well as water sports enthusiasts. The bay with its beach that slopes gently into the sea is a hit with families with children, among others. Divers and snorkellers also get their money's worth in Fuerteventura. The underwater fauna provides experiences that will be remembered.
Just a one-hour drive separates the sea in Gran Canaria from the high mountains. The steep rock faces, cliffs and gorges, created over thousands of years by volcanic eruptions and erosion, magically attract climbing fans. Hikers also feel at home: the whole island is criss-crossed with paths through palm groves, mountain relief and volcanic craters. The dunes of Maspalomas are among the most famous sights on Gran Canaria and are also best experienced on a hike. A visit to the adjacent beach Playa de Maspalomas is a must. It is one of many long, bright and beautiful sandy beaches on Gran Canaria. Thanks to the pleasantly warm air and water temperatures, they all invite you to enjoy a relaxing bathing holiday even in autumn.
This Canary Island may seem rough from the outside. A lot of wind, little vegetation. Lanzarote attracts with its untouched landscapes, in the water as well as on land. Many villages on Lanzarote have so far been spared from classic tourism and instead offer pure island romance. Many feel as if they are on a journey through another world. On a hike through the Timanfaya National Park, for example, you feel as if you are on a lunar landscape. Lack of vegetation, ruggedness and mountains of fire characterise this unique place.
Spain's "green island" is a paradise for bathing, biking and hiking holidays. The dense forestation - just like the black sand on the beaches - is due to the volcanic origin of the island. 800 different plant species grow on La Palma, 45 of which are found exclusively here. In the centre of the island is the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. In this crater depression, the Roque de los Muchachos rises to 2,426 metres above sea level. Nature lovers discover the wonders of the island best in hiking boots, on a bike or with an oxygen tank in the sea.
Tenerife stands for a lot of action. Wind and kite surfers will feel particularly at home in el Médano. Hikers enjoy the usually snow-covered Pico del Teide and the volcanic landscapes of El Teide National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cable car takes you up a little faster and, at 3,718 metres, you can enjoy the view from the highest point in all of Spain. For romantics, a trip after sunset is worthwhile - the starry sky is particularly impressive here. Divers explore sunken ships, visit some moray eels or discover apnoea diving for themselves. Those who like to hit a few golf balls will enjoy the largest golf offer in the Canaries on Tenerife.