Tweet-Worthy Canary Islands Fly High

  • Las Canteras Beach, Gran Canaria

    Most visitors to the Canary Islands come for the beaches.  A Spanish territory, the Canaries lie 1200 miles southwest of Lisbon, Portugal, and just southwest of Morocco. One of the country's most festive beaches is Playa de Las Canteras, right in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. . . a heaven for swimming, strolling through the sand or catching a wave.  

    Photo courtesy of JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    The island of Gran Canaria, only the third largest in the chain, is home to half the population of the Canary Islands. Thanks to its diverse terrain and wealth of experiences, it's often referred to as a "miniature continent." The capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria maintains a feel of mainland Spain with an eclectic mix of cultural influences thrown in, and Vegueta, the old quarter, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Photo courtesy of JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

  • Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Gran Canaria

    The geological diversity of Gran Canaria is perhaps best experienced at the Maspalomas Sand Dunes, a stark desert landscape right on the beach. You'll find many of the island's most luxurious resorts in this area, as well as a large golf course.

    Photo courtesy of JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

  • Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria

    When you need to get away from the bustle of Las Palmas, take a hike to Gran Canaria's most famous landmark, Roque Nublo (Rock in the Clouds). The volcanic rock formations are out of this world, and the view from the top makes it well worth the climb, especially when you get to look out over a sea of clouds below you.

    Photo courtesy of JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

  • Whale watching

    La Gomera

    Visitors who want to get away from it all should make a beeline for the island of La Gomera, a natural jewel covered in verdant forest and lined by jagged cliffs and numerous good beaches. Inland, strap on your hiking boots and explore Garajonay National Park, or take to the waters just off the coast for world-class whale watching.

    Photo courtesy of Ingo Ronner

  • Papagayo beach


    The island of Lanzarote has an other-worldly landscape in its interior created by centuries of volcanic activity. When you're not relaxing on one of the island's many black sand beaches, you can sample wine made from grapes grown in the black volcanic sands or hike among the Montañas de Fuego (Fire Mountains).

    Photo courtesy of Luc Viatour

  • Teide National Park


    Tenerife, the biggest and most famous of the Canary Islands, is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a national park and 217 miles of coast lined with some of the archipelago's best beaches. It's on this island that you'll find Pico del Teide, Spain's highest peak, within Teide National Park. Feeling festive? Carnaval in the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is considered second only to Rio.

    Photo courtesy of JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

  • Fuerteventura

    If beaches are what you're after, they don't get much better than those on the island of Fuerteventura. The elongated island is home to miles of untouched golden sand beaches, some perfect for swimming and others more suited to surfing. Each year at the end of summer, visitors to Fuerteventura can witness sea turtles being released into the ocean at Cofete Beach.

    Photo courtesy of Mário José Martins

  • Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos

    La Palma

    La Palma, known as the Pretty Island, is the greenest in the archipelago and a favorite with hikers and cyclists. Experience the natural greenery for yourself with a walk through the enchanted forest of Los Tilos, a World Biosphere Reserve and home to the Canary Islands' most important laurel forest.

    Photo courtesy of Victor R. Ruiz

  • The Volcanoes Route on La Palma

    Not all of La Palma is green, as you'll see should you choose to take on Ruta de Los Volcanes (the Volcano Route), the third leg of the 12-mile GR 131 long-distance hiking paths. The lunar0like, volcanic landscape that dominates the south side of the island is a stark contrast to the misty green forests of the north.

    Photo courtesy of Axel Brocke