View of Cofete Beach (Fuerteventura)

Holidays in the Canary Islands–say hello to the sun

So you can make the most of what's on offer in the seven Canary Islands, we suggest a travel plan with what's essential on each one. We're thinking of a stay of at least two days on each island and we know it's not long enough. Make the most of magnificent international airport connections and get away to paradise for as many days as you can.

The two main islands are Gran Canariaand Tenerife. We start off from these two because they have the main air and sea connections with the rest:  Fuerteventura,Lanzarote,La Gomera,La Palma,El Hierro and La Graciosa. Discover how and enjoy.

Islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro

  • 1 TENERIFE
  • 2 LA GOMERA
  • 3 LA PALMA
  • 4 EL HIERRO

Tenerife

Are you thinking of a few days in Tenerife? Perfect for disconnecting but certainly not enough for discovering all of it. When it comes to organising your getaway, you can divide the island into three large areas: the south, where you will find the Tenerife-South International Airport; the north, which is home to the Tenerife-North International Airport; and the metropolitan area. In the south, we are struck by the peculiar contrast between mountain towns and popular beaches such as El Médano, Los Cristianos, Las Américas and Las Vistas, which are spread out over the areas of Costa Adeje and Costa del Silencio, the warmest spot on the island. In the north, the highlights are Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava. In the first, the Lago Martiánez (salt water pools) and the lively seafront promenade are very popular. Whereas La Orotava allows you discover the island's most traditional architecture and the beautiful Valle de La Orotava, one of the main entrances to the Teide National Park. Lastly, the metropolitan area refers to the cities of San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. They are the cultural nucleus of the island and there is barely 15 kilometres separating them. They are cities to discover on foot and enjoy their parks, historic building and avenues. Furthermore, San Cristóbal de La Laguna is the only city in the Canary Islands declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

One island, one thousand possibilities

As many as you can think of. Thousands in natural surroundings and one that is completely essential: the Teide National Park. We recommend you take some hiking routes depending on the time you have. If you don't have much, a good option is to drive along the TF-21 (from La Orotava and from Granadilla), TF-24 (from La Laguna) and TF-38 (from Chío). There are lots of viewpoints along the way where you can enjoy the beauty of the park. More nature options are whale watching and the lunar landscape in the Corona Forestal Nature Reserve, both in the south. You will also come across thousands of leisure options. For example, in the south, one of the largest water parks in Europe, Siam Park; and, in Puerto de la Cruz, an incredible zoo where you can see penguins, killer whales, parrots and all kinds of animals, Loro Parque. Possibilities include discovering beautiful villages with rural charm, such as Vilaflor or Icod de los Vinos.  

La Gomera

This is a mysterious island, a place where time stands still... or seems to.  If you're not convinced, look out from one of its spectacular viewpoints during your stay and you'll see how you forget all about time. The island has a network of more than 25 viewpoints. The Alto de Garajonay, the highest spot on La Gomera, is especially fascinating, and you can make out the islands of El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife and, even, Gran Canaria in the distance. It is in Vallehermoso, where there is an abundance of a landscape that is very popular in La Gomera: that of crops grown on terraced land.

La Palma

Its nickname says it all: “La isla bonita” (the beautiful island). Here you have ten reasons... the proof is in the pudding. Its natural landscapes hide unique routes. The perfect plan for the island? Hiking, a good swim in a quiet cove, eating overlooking the sea and a drive through its charming little villages. At nightfall, look up at the sky: there are few places where you will see the stars as clearly as you do here. Make sure to keep time for a very special visit to Las Salinas and Faro de Fuencaliente, in the south of the island. It is well worthwhile. Furthermore, you can complete your trip with activities such as a boat trip (there are caves and beaches that can only be reached by boat), a guided nocturnal tour or a wanderthrough the historical quarters of Llanos de Aridane or Santa Cruz de La Palma.

An island of stars

The sky of La Palma is protected and it is known worldwide as a centre for stargazing. You'll discover this any night without thinking about it. You'll get the best views at the Roque de los Muchachos, where there is an important observatory. And for the daytime... take note: Caldera of Taburiente National Park (you have to book if you're going by car), the Los Tilos Forest and the Volcano Route. You will hike above a sea of clouds, in very striking scenery with extraordinarily beautiful viewpoints. Furthermore, you will come across very simple routes in the first two. To relax after the walk, we suggest one of its many beaches. From the quiet natural pools of Charco Azul and La Fajana (north-east of the island) to the beautiful beach of La Zamora (south-west) or Los Cancajos (near the airport), or Puerto de Naos Beach and Puerto de Tazacorte (in the west of La Palma)

El Hierro

It is a unique and different destination for several reasons. Do you know that it is an island that is 100% sustainable and self-sufficient with renewable energy? Even more impressive is the island of 1,000 volcanoes. You will be struck by its variety of landscapes (sharp cliffs in the north, incredible lava formations in the south and lots of vegetation in the centre) and, whether you are a fan or you have never done it, you have to try scuba diving or, at least, go snorkelling while you are on El Hierro. There are dive points and La Restinga is one of the best-known areas. The Pozo de las Calcosas, Tiñor and El Sabinar are also examples of the originality of the island. The first two are striking because of their houses built from volcanic rock and marked rural architecture. Whereas, in El Sabinar, in the Frontera Rural Park, you will see trees up to eight metres high that have been twisted by the strength of the wind to create an amazing image.

Sea and volcanic views

Can you imagine swimming in a landscape full of colour? Visit the seashore of the south-west of El Hierro and discover the beaches of the Las Calmas Sea, with coves such as Tacorón where the blue of the sea combines with the ochres and blacks of the hillside and volcanic earth. We also recommend the area of El Golfo, where you will find natural pools such as Charco Azul, amongst rocks eroded by the volcanic lava. To appreciate the beauty of the scenery, we suggest some viewpoints: La Peña (by César Manrique) and Los Bascos reveal the El Golfo Valley; Las Playas reveals a gorgeous semi-circular bay without any buildings. Nearby is San Andrés (you have to visit the Garoé tree and ask about its legend) and, about 20 minutes away, Valverde – an excellent example of the island's architecture.

Make sure to reserve some time for a very special visit to Las Salinas and Faro de Fuencaliente, in the south of the island. It is well worthwhile. You can complete your trip with activities such as a boat ride (there are caves and beaches that can only be reached by boat), a guided nocturnal tour or a wander through the historic quarters of Llanos de Aridane or Santa Cruz de La Palma.

El Hierro

It is a unique and different destination for several reasons. Do you know that it is an island that is 100% sustainable and self-sufficient with renewable energy? Even more impressive is the island of 1,000 volcanoes. You will be struck by its variety of landscapes (sharp cliffs in the north, incredible lava formations in the south and lush vegetation in the centre) and, whether you are a fan or you have never done it, you have to try scuba diving or, at least, go snorkelling while you are on El Hierro. There are many dive sites and La Restinga is one of the best-known areas.

Sea and volcanic views

Can you imagine swimming in a landscape full of colour? Visit the seashore of the south-west of El Hierro and discover the beaches of the Las Calmas Sea, with coves such as Tacorón where the blue of the sea combines with the ochres and blacks of the hillside and volcanic earth. We also recommend the area of El Golfo, where you will find natural pools such as Charco Azul, amongst rocks eroded by the volcanic lava. To appreciate the beauty of the scenery, we suggest some viewpoints: La Peña (by César Manrique) and Los Bascos reveal the El Golfo Valley; Las Playas reveals a gorgeous semi-circular bay without any buildings. Nearby is San Andrés (you have to visit the Garoé tree and ask about its legend) and, about 20 minutes away, Valverde – an excellent example of the island's traditional architecture.

The Pozo de las Calcosas, Tiñor and El Sabinar are also examples of the originality of the island. The first two are striking because of their houses built from volcanic rock in a characteristic rural architecture. Whereas, in El Sabinar, in the Frontera Rural Park, you will see trees up to eight metres high that have been twisted by the strength of the wind to create an amazing image.

Tips and interesting facts



  • To verify the air connections to each island, we recommend you visit the Airports in Spain or the Canary Island Tourismwebsites.
  • Swimwear, sun cream and leaving stress behind are compulsory for visiting the Canary Islands. Furthermore, if you are thinking of going hiking or visiting rural areas, remember that temperatures may be cooler.
  • Above all if you only have a little time and you want to discover a lot, we recommend that you get around by car. The islands have a large fleet of vehicles for hire but it is always best to book from home. 
  • Take your camera and charger–you're going to see lots of pretty things and you'll want to immortalise it all. Remember that the Canaries stand out for their biodiversity and species of flora and fauna that only live here so be respectful, care for the environment and enjoy the nature.
  • Basic, important and tasty advice: you have to try the most popular food. On all the islands, you will come across excellent cheeses, local wines, delicious desserts and a wide variety of mojos (sauces) for accompanying the delicious “papas arrugadas" (wrinkly Canarian potatoes) or the "gofio amasado". Also, remember that bananas from the Canary Islands are internationally renowned. Here are a few suggestions by island: Tenerife: have some fresh fish overlooking the sea, accompany it with cheeses and wines from the island, try the Canarian "puchero" casserole, taste some "gofio", or some shrimps as a starter... these are just some recommendations. La Gomera: its star product is palm tree honey and the confectionery made with it. Its cheeses are very tasty and they are used for making "almogrote" (a kind of cheese paté). You also have to try the watercress stew served in a wooden bowl made from Spanish juniper. La Palma: its rum and wine are very well known, along with its artisan goats' cheeses and its confectionery with desserts such as "rapadura", "marquesotes", almond cheese or Príncipe Alberto cake. El Hierro: there are lots of cheese-based recipes on El Hierro, such as quesadillas (a typical dessert), cheese soup or cheese mojo sauce. Amongst its casseroles, the Champurrio is very popular.

Transport information


It has direct air connections to practically all the countries in the European Union, above all to Tenerife-South Airport and, less frequently, to La Palma Airport. Interisland connections from Tenerife: there are two airports. The one in the north receives most national flights and almost all interisland connections with the rest of the islands. Whereas sea connections with the other islands are from the ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (in the north) and Los Cristianos (in the south).  Interisland connections from La Gomera: there are direct flights that take 30 minutes to Tenerife-North Airport. Likewise, there are sea connections to the islands of Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro from the ports of San Sebastián and La Gomera. Interisland connections from La Palma:  there are direct scheduled air connections to the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Likewise, the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma is connected to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Gomera by sea. Interisland connections from El Hierro: scheduled flights connect the island to Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Whereas scheduled sea routes connect the port of Estaca on El Hierro with the port of Los Cristianos in Tenerife.


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