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Timanfaya National Park is one of Lanzarote's top attractions, with more than 1 million visitors annually, which makes the second most visited National Park in the Canary Islands, after Teide National Park.
Puerto del Carmen is the most popular resort in Lanzarote and it has an ideal location, in the center of the island, very close to the airport. The town is divided in two: the old town and harbor and the new town. This makes Puerto del Carmen a place with lots of opportunities for activities during the day, lots of restaurants and also plenty of bars and club open all night long.
What better way to explore the beauty of Lanzarote's coast, than by walking along the ocean, soaking up the sun and enjoying the amazing landscape? If you're staying in Puerto del Carmen, one of the island's most popular resorts, we highly recommend the walk to Puerto Calero, which can be completed in under one hour one way.
In 2020, the International Kite Festival in Fuerteventura will celebrate its 33rd edition since it first launched in 1987. The event has started more than 30 years ago and it was simply a gathering put together by people who were passionate about kite flying and since then it has grown with each edition, into the internationally recognized event that it is now.
Playa San Juan is a small fishing village in the municipality of Guia de Isora, situated somewhere in between Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes. In the past, the entire village used to live from fishing and the tuna factory, but in the past years the place has developed and tourism is now an important part of the economy.
There is a new market in Fuerteventura, this time happening in the beautiful village of El Cotillo. You can come to buy some souvenirs and presents for the family back home and then relax with a cocktail or glass of wine, admiring the beautiful sunset.
Los Gigantes - famous for its majestic cliffs, is a quaint and charming seaside town on the island of Tenerife. It is situated on the west coast of the island, but it still enjoys beautiful weather all year round, similar to the southern resorts like Costa Adeje, Playa las Americas and Los Cristianos.
Lanzarote is a small island compared to Tenerife or even Fuerteventura, which is located in the close vicinity and is the second largest island in the Canaries. Given its relatively small size and flat surface, Lanzarote is the ideal place to drive for visitors who rent a car abroad for the first time.
Playa de las Americas - Tenerife's most famous resort, popular for the nightlife and partying, a true Mecca for visitors who come to the island not only to lay in the sun all day long, but also to party hard all night long.
Costa Teguise was purposely built as a tourist resort under the guidance of Cesar Manrique, the famous artist and architect who had a major influence in Lanzarote's development as a tourist destination.
Out of all the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is the one with the most amazing beaches, endless sand dunes and a relaxing vibe that will make you want to come back time and time again.
El Golfo is a lake of an unusual green color on the island of Lanzarote, formed in the crater of an old volcano and it owes its color to a type of algae that grows there.
Costa Calma is a small tourist resort in the south of Fuerteventura, which is close to some of the island's most beautiful beaches. The Jandia Peninsula is the perfect place to go and explore massive unspoiled beaches and many locals will tell you that here you'll find the best beaches in Fuerteventura. Once you see some of these places with your own eyes, you'll easily understand why.
Fuerteventura is an island to be explored and discovered and it's easy to do so if you have a rental car and you are able to drive out on your own. One of the most romantic adventures that you can have in Fuerteventura is to watch the sunset on one of its wild beaches on the west coast, where the waves come crashing into the surrounding rocks, offering spectacular sights for those present.
The area of Castillo de Lara is probably the greenest part in Fuerteventura, situated inside the Betancuria Rural Park at an altitude of 450m. It's not a very popular spot among tourists, which is why it's a great place to come and enjoy the silence and the natural shade of the pine trees (something very rare on a barren island like Fuerteventura).
Gran Canaria is an ideal place for shopping during your holiday, as the island has over 20 weekly markets and a few annual ones. See which are the best markets in Gran Canaria and where you should go for your souvenir shopping.
Caleta de Fuste Flea Market has undergone changes and improvements recently, which now allow for the inclusion of musical performances and workshops on Saturday mornings.
Planning a family holiday in Lanzarote and you're wondering if it's the right destination? Lanzarote is a great destination for people of all ages, because you have the beautiful beaches, the spectacular views, good food, cultural activities and the island is small enough that it's easy to drive around and explore.
Most of the towns and resorts in Lanzarote have a weekly market going on, so if you want to do some shopping while on holiday, you can spend a few hours browsing through the stalls.
Lanzarote is mainly a destination for sun and beach lovers, but the island has so much to offer beyond the beautiful beaches and great weather.
Tenerife is a great place to visit, even if you're only stopping over for a day during your cruise. As the most visited island in the archipelago, Tenerife offers plenty of activities for everybody and after your short visit, you will definitely want to come back to spend more time here.
Although Tenerife is a very popular destination for people from all over Europe, its capital - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is often overlooked by tourists, except for the time when the carnival is happening.
Read our travel guide for Arguineguín, if you are planning a holiday in this area of Gran Canaria. Arguineguín is an ideal destination for people who want a relaxing and quiet holiday, away from the noisy bars and clubs.
While the name of Puerto Rico might at first make you think of the Carribean Sea and distant places, you must know that the Spanish resort with the same name has equally beautiful beaches and an exotic feel, perfect for a holiday in the sun.
Playa del Inglés is a beach resort in Gran Canaria, situated in the southern part of the island, where the weather is sunny and warm all year round, which is why it's so popular among many visitors.
La Caleta is a small urbanization in the south of Tenerife, very close to Costa Adeje, where you can find a tranquil spot to spend your holiday in the Canary Islands. People who come to La Caleta are looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway, which would not be possible in the bigger resorts.
Playa Paraiso is a quiet and chilled place in Tenerife South, close enough to grab a taxi to the more popular resorts if you want to go for a night of fun, but far enough to enjoy a tranquil holiday in the sun.
Callao Salvaje is a tourist destination in the municipality of Adeje, in the very south of Tenerife. It is an ideal place to spend a quiet holiday on the island at any time of the year, due to the warm climate throughout the year.
Puerto de Mogan is a fishing village situated in the municipality of Mogan, one of the sunniest parts of the island Gran Canaria, part of the Canary Islands. If you're visiting the island, you should not miss the chance of seeing this lovely place.
Maspalomas is one of Gran Canaria's most popular resorts, due to its all-year-round good weather, which makes it a good destination even for a winter holiday in the sun.
Punta del Hidalgo is a small coastal village with a beautiful natural swimming pool, which is best enjoyed during the summer months.
Bajamar is a small town and resort in Tenerife, which is especially popular among German tourists and also among tourists coming from the Nordic countries in Europe.
Candelaria is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Canaries, as many people come here to visit the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, which is the patron saint of all the Canary Islands.
S.C. La Laguna was the first town founded in Tenerife due to its strategic location on the island: it has a natural source of fresh water and it was away from the coast, which meant it was protected from pirate attacks.
San Miguel de Tajao is a coastal town in the Arico municipality in Tenerife. The history of the town dates back to the end of the 19th century when only some caves in the area were occupied and used as dwellings.
Morro Jable is situated in the south of Fuerteventura, in the municipality of Pajara, which is the southernmost and the westernmost municipality on the island.
The Municipality of Arucas is situated in the north of Gran Canaria, stretching from sea level until up into the foothills, at an altitude of over 1.800 feet.
Icod de los Vinos is a municipality in Tenerife with around 25.000 inhabitants, best known for the famous Drago Tree, said to be the oldest on the island.
Garachico was once Tenerife's most prosperous port and it had a commercial connection with Europe, as well as Africa and the Americas. Unfortunately, the town has suffered a series for unfortunate events, including one of the most severe eruptions in Tenerife's history, which has altered the course of history for Garachico.
Did you know Puerto de la Cruz is the oldest tourist resort in Tenerife? The town of Puerto de la Cruz has always attracted foreign visitors, especially from Northern Europe, who come here during the winter months for the warm climate.
There's no doubt that the south is the most popular part of Tenerife and many visitors only get to see that part of the island, missing all of the beauty of the north, with its wild beaches and amazing hikes in the mountains.
If you're planning a trip to Lanzarote and you want to go out and explore (which you definitely should do), then read our list of the best things to do on the island.
From sunrise 'till dusk, Tenerife is an island full of amazing surprises and if you're on the hunt for the best spots to see the sunset, we will show you our favourite ones.
Gran Canaria is the second most visited island of Canary Islands (after Tenerife) and it's often referred to as a Mini Continent, due to its diversity in landscapes. From amazing beaches to mountain trails and volcanic landscapes, Gran Canaria has it all.
Los Cristianos is one of the most popular destinations in Tenerife and many tourists choose it as a base for their holiday.
El Medano is one Tenerife's most chilled and laid back resorts, popular among German tourists and surfers. El Medano is located very close to the Tenerife Sur Airport and it's a good base also for travelers who want to explore more areas of Tenerife.
Siam Park is one of the top attractions in Tenerife, along with Loro Parque, the best zoo in Europe, located in Puerto de la Cruz. Actually, in 2019 Siam Park was named the best water park in the world according to Tripadvisor users for the sixth time in a row, and Loro Parque the best zoo in the world, also by Tripadvisor user.
Puerto Santiago is a quiet resort on the west coast of Tenerife, part of the municipality of Santiago del Teide. It is located very close to Los Gigantes, famous for the majestic cliffs that rise up from the ocean.
The South of Tenerife is where most of the tourism on the island is concentrated, due to the great sunny weather all year round.
Lanzarote has a lot to offer in terms of amazing beaches and you don't have to go far to find a nice place where you could spend your day laying in the sun.
Las Aguilas Jungle Park is one of the 2 major zoological parks in Tenerife and it is situated in the south of the island, in the Arona municipality. The name Las Aguilas translated to The Eagles, since the park has a brilliant outdoor show with birds of prey.
Although Gran Canaria it's known for its great weather and back to back hours of sunshine, sometimes it does happen to get some bad weather and rainy days.
Oasis Park is situated in the town of La Lajita, in the south of the island. You can get here by car or by bus, since the park has its own shuttle that stops at the big hotels on the island. The park is a Zoo combined with a Botanical Garden specialized in tropical and sub tropical plants, cactus plants and also succulents.
Poema del Mar is one of the newest attractions in Gran Canaria, which was opened in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at the end of 2017. It is an interesting place to visit especially if you are on a family holiday and you are traveling with kids.
Every three months, the sleepy village of Tetir fills up with people and energy in order to host the popular Tetir Craft Market, an event that brings together residents and tourists alike.
Tenerife has a great weather all year round - it's one of the main reasons why it's so popular and loved by tourists all over Europe. But ever so often, even Tenerife gets a few rainy days, especially during the winter months.
Some of the best beaches in Europe for practicing water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing The Windsurfing World Championship takes place each year on Sotavento beach, in the south of the island Many of the beaches in Fuerteventura are nudist friendly You can find both beaches with golden sand and beaches with black volcanic sand
Most people come to Lanzarote for the beautiful weather, even in winter, when it's still possible to sunbathe and swim in the ocean.
Everybody goes to Fuerteventura for the sun and to enjoy some of the best beaches in Spain, right?
The best way to discover a new place is to just walk and interact with its people, its culture and its nature and that's exactly what you should do if you want to get to know more about the island of Lanzarote.
Fuerteventura is well known for its amazing beaches, with hundreds of km of coastline and turquoise waters, but there's so much to do and see around the island!
Teguise is the old capital of Lanzarote and a place full of history so a walk through the historic center is like going back in time hundreds of years ago.
Teguise is considered the oldest town in the Canary Islands, dating back to the XIII-th century. La Villa de Teguise as some locals still call it, was the capital of Lanzarote for over 450 years, up until 1852, when Arrecife became the new capital city.
Haria is a small but beautiful village in the north of Lanzarote, with a population barely over 1000 people.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Island and also the island with the largest number of visitors of the archipelago. This is due to the diversity of landscapes and things to do, as Tenerife has something to offer for each type of guest, from great weather all year round to parties and sports competitions.
The Morro Velosa Statues are situated in the Rural Park Betancuria, very close to the viewpoint with the same name: Mirador Morro Velosa.
Mirador Morro Velosa is situated on the road between Antigua and Betancuria, at only 9 km of the old capital of Fuerteventura - Betancuria. The building itself is situated on the top of Tegu mountain (montana Tegu) at an altitude of 669 m.
Somewhere on the west coast, down south from Cotillo and close to Tefia, lies the small village of Puertito de los Molinos, or El Puertito as some call it.
Corralejo Natural Park is a MUST SEE in Fuerteventura - Enjoy this beautiful place with turquoise water and kilometers of fine white sand. Corralejo is situated in the North of Fuerteventura, in the municipality of La Oliva and it is the most popular resort on the island.
Jameos del Agua is a MUST SEE when visiting Lanzarote and it's probably the place that shows best the vision that Cesar Manrique had for the entire island. The white pool is what ties everything together and creates a contrast in the space. We can't say for sure, but it's said that only the King of Spain has the right to swim in the pool inside Jameos del Agua.
The name Cueva de los Verdes translates to English as the Green Caves, and the place itself is a lava tube that is now open for the public as a tourist attraction in the north of Lanzarote. You can enter the cave with a guided tour, which takes 1 hour.
An underwater museum was inaugurated to the public on the 10th of January 2017 off the shore in Lanzarote, revealing scenes that depict the problems that our society faces today.
Mirador del Rio offers one of the best views in Lanzarote, in a building that is completely integrated in the surrounding natural space, a feature that is typical for all the works of César Manrique.
Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote and you can easily spend at least half a day walking around the city. There are plenty of things to do in Arrecife, from going to local markets to visiting an art museum situated in an old stone fortress.
The Maspalomas Beach and Sand Dunes are situated in the south of Gran Canaria and constitute a protected Nature Reserve space since 1987. This area is the center of tourism on the island and the Dunes play a big role in the popularity of the resorts around them.
El Cotillo is situated on the North West coast of Fuerteventura and it has one of the best beaches on the island. El Cotillo beach was voted number 4 most beautiful beach in Europe according to Tripadvisor ...
Good news for residents or people interested to visit the beautiful island of Lanzarote! The world's longest seafront promenade will open in Lanzarote, surpassing the one in La Coruña. The promenade in La Coruña measures 13 km and holds the present record of thge longest promenade in the world, with the promenade in Atlantic City (New Jersey, USA) being 2nd place, at 9,25 km.
No matter how many travel guides you read, this old saying is still true: a photo is worth 1000 words. For travel destinations this is 100% accurate, since all you need sometimes is a photo to make you want to discover a place you knew nothing about until that moment.
Faro de la Entallada is situated near the village Las Playitas, on the east coast of Fuerteventura. This is the closest point to Africa on the island, at a distance of only 100 km of Cape Juby in Morocco. Since Fuerteventura is also the closest island to the African continent, this means that Faro de la Entallada is the closest point to Africa in all the Canary Islands.
Ajuy is a small village on the west coast of Fuerteventura, in the municipality of Pajara. Ajuy used to be an important fishing port on the island and even today people in the village still do some fishing. So if you want to try the local fish, here you will get to enjoy dishes with some of the freshest fish caught in Fuerteventura.
Puerto del Rosario has been the capital of Fuerteventura since 1860 and it was previously called "Puerto de las cabras" (Port of the goats). The city is the largest on the island, with a population of around 30,000 people according to Wikipedia and it's the main port in Fuerteventura, with many big ships coming here every day.
Mirador Sicasumbre is the first astronomical viewpoint in Fuerteventura, and it offers great views over the island. You will have to climb for a few minutes in order to get up to the top, but the views are totally worth the effort.
Corralejo is situated in the very North of the island and it's probably the most popular resort in Fuerteventura. Here you will find great beaches, good food, an active nightlife and many things to do with the kids, if you're planning a family holiday to Fuerteventura.
Fuerteventura may seem at first a boring destination for a family with children, but there's plenty to do and see around this beautiful island. Besides swimming and playing around the hotel pool, there are plenty of activities and places that cater for the needs of families with young children.
Los Hervideros area is situated on the west coast of Lanzarote, close to El Golfo and Salinas de Janubio. The name Los Hervideros literally translates to Boiling Waters and the place is a true show of mother nature's power.
The Castle Route in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a guided tour happening on the first Saturday of each month, organized by Museos de Tenerife. The tour consists of visits to several edifices of cultural interest in the capital of Tenerife: first San Juan Castle, followed by the Casa de la Polvora (Gunpowder House).
Punta de Teno is Tenerife's westernmost point and today it's part of a protected area: Teno Rural Park (Parque Rural Teno). The entire park has a large surface that spreads throughout several municipalities: Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos, El Tanque and Santiago del Teide.
Most people come to Tenerife for the sunshine and to enjoy the beaches. But Tenerife is much more than this. We absolutely recommend exploring the forests and the trails on the island, as you will probably be amazed by the beauty that you'll discover when hiking in Tenerife.
Alto de Guamaso is one of the easiest hikes in Tenerife and it's also short, so it won't take you long to complete it.
Rambla de Castro is a protected natural space covering around 46 ha, situated in the municipality of Los Realejos and very close to Puerto de la Cruz.
Anaga is in our opinion one of the most beautiful and mysterious places in Tenerife and we really wanted to explore it more on foot, especially the laurissilva forest.
TWe did this hike on a sunny and warm day at the beginning of March and we started our journey in the South of Tenerife where it was a bit cloudy. On our way towards the Lunar Landscape (Paisaje Lunar), we started to see the clouds beneath us and when we got at a high point, above the clouds, we were able to get a glimpse of Gran Canaria, which made for a pretty amazing view.
The thing that we love most about Tenerife is the diversity in landscape and activities that you get to do while visiting this unique destination in the Atlantic Ocean.
Walking along the coast in Tenerife is pure joy, especially on a sunny day when it's not too hot, like it was the case when we did this trip.
The Canary Islands are one of the most visited destinations in Spain and they are comprised of 7 main islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Tenerife is a diverse island, where everyone can find something to do and enjoy at any time of the year, beyond the sunny beaches in the south.
One of the most recent attractions in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Palmetum is a botanical garden which covers 120.000 square meters and specializes in all types of palm trees.
La Palma is one of the smaller Canary Islands, very different from the bigger islands like Tenerife or Gran Canaria in terms of scenery and tourism as well. La Palma is (fortunately) still untouched by mass tourism, as most visitors come here for an active holiday, to enjoy the amazing scenery and discover the island on foot.
Most people come to visit La Gomera for the peace and quiet, the natural beauty and the landscapes and for the numerous trekking and hiking opportunities around the island.
Los Volcanes Natural Park is a space of volcanic origin, with an area of around 10,158.4 hectares, which spreads over the municipalities of Tinajo, Tías, and Yaiza.
Although one of the smaller Canary Islands, Lanzarote offers plenty of great things to do and see around the island and when it comes to sunsets, some of the ones you can watch here are simply unforgettable.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital of Gran Canaria and is one of the capitals of the Canary Islands, along with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The city is great to visit if you're looking for a sunny city break, as you can find interesting places to visit, great restaurants, shopping opportunities and also a beautiful beach (actually one of the best city beaches in Spain).
Tenerife South is the southern part of the island, where most of the tourism is concentrated, due to the beautiful weather all year round.
Casa de los Balcones can be translated to English as the House of the balconies, referring to the beautiful wooden balconies, typical Canarian, that adorn the outside of the building.
One of the small and hidden attractions in Tenerife is the Carpet Museum in La Orotava or Museo De La Alfombra.
Almost every time he have visited La Orotava up until now it has been pouring rain, but even so, we loved discovering the town and just walking up and down on its narrow streets.
Alcala is one of the population centers in the municipality of Guia de Isora. Its original settlements are to be found next to a small coastal cove, on top of a flat terrace. It was initially a tiny dwelling area for 52 inhabitants, who lived in 11 single-story buildings (this was around the 1850s).
Tenerife is an island full of amazing landscapes and possibilities, so we always advise people to venture out of their resort in order to explore their surroundings. You can do this in many ways, either by using the local bus system, a rented car or an organized tour.
Tenerife is a great holiday destination for almost any type of traveler: from solo travelers, to people interested in sports and families looking for a bit of relaxation in the sun, this beautiful island has it all.
Located in the city of Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, Loro Parque needs no introduction, as it's probably the island's most popular attraction and also the no 1 zoo in the world according to Tripadvisor (in 2017 and 2018).
Tenerife is usually acclaimed for its great climate, sunny sky and warm winters, but if you're willing to look past that you will find that the island is a great place for many types of activities, ranging from water sports, cycling, trekking to stargazing, as the Canary Islands are one of the best places in the world to watch the stars (especially Tenerife and La Palma).
For most visitors, Gran Canaria is just a beach destination where they can enjoy a great weather all year round.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and most popular by far - in 2017 it received almost 2 million tourists in the first quarter only.
With less than 3000 permanent inhabitants in total, Fasnia attracts visitors looking for a place to relax and enjoy quiet moments, away from the big hotels and the hustle and bustle of the Arona and Adeje regions.
Telde is the second most populated city in Gran Canaria and it used to be the capital of the island before Las Palmas. The town is located in the southeast of the island, just 16 km south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and very close to the island's airport.
At the Salt Museum in Fuerteventura (Salinas del Carmen) you get the chance to see first hand how salt is formed and processed. The Museum of Salt is located in the municipality of Antigua, close to Caleta de Fuste and it’s an interesting place to visit if you want to see something else besides amazing beaches all day long.
Caleta de Fuste or El Castillo as some people know it, is a popular resort situated very close to the airport in Fuerteventura. The town is found on the east coast of the island, sort of in the middle, so it has a great position if you want to explore and discover more places while you are on holiday. The resort has a great beach, ideal and safe for kids, so it's a popular choice among families.
Playa Blanca is the southernmost resort in Lanzarote and it has grown quite a bit in the last few years, from the sleepy fishing village it once was.
If you are pregnant and planning to go on holiday before the baby arrives, Tenerife is a great choice and you won't regret it.
For a unique trip through the history of Fuerteventura, you can attend the Coronel's Route tour in the village of La Oliva.
If you're looking for the most beautiful beaches in Lanzarote, then you needn't look further than Playas de Papagayo.
Lanzarote, as the rest of the Canary Islands, is a year round destination, so anytime you'll decide to come over, it will most likely be sunny and warm.
Mount Teide is the 3rd highest volcano in the world and the highest peak in Spain, so normally many of the visitors who come to Tenerife wish to go up to the top.
Faro del Toston is located close to El Cotillo, only 5 km north from the small fishing village, in a place known either as Punta Ballena or as Punta Toston.
Tindaya is a unique and special place in the Canary Islands because it's a mix of legends, biodiversity, history and an area with great archaeological significance.
In order to celebrate Dia de Canarias (30th May 2017), the Council of Tias invites tourists and residents also, to explore more of the coastline and discover the natural beauty of Lanzarote.
Loro Parque is probably one of the finest theme parks you will find in Europe, with lots of animals from different species. Visiting the park is a great idea for families with kids, but adults will enjoy it just as much.