- Canary Islands
- Where to stay
- Things To Do
- Best Tours
Most visitors come to the Canary Islands to enjoy the great weather, the sunshine, and the beaches... but there's much more to see in this amazing Spanish archipelago.
In our opinion, the Canary Islands are a really unique travel destination and we recommend to everyone coming here on holiday to go out and explore, discover the real villages and towns and enjoy their authentic atmosphere.
Did you know that some of the villages on this list are also considered to be among the most beautiful villages in all of Spain? Garachico, in Tenerife, and Teror, in Gran Canaria, are features among the prettiest villages in Spain, so definitely go visit if you're visiting one of these two Canary Islands.
Garachico is probably the most charming village in Tenerife, located on the northwest coast of the island. Garachico is also featured among the most beautiful villages in Spain, so you absolutely need to visit if you're in Tenerife.
Visit Garachico to see the typical architecture and the main square with the church on one side and the kiosk in the center. In summer you can also take a dip in the amazing natural pools, which are among the best natural pools in Tenerife.
Teror is a small town in the center of Gran Canaria and it's often seen as one of the most lovely towns in Gran Canaria. Teror is also featured among the prettiest villages in Spain, along with Garachico, the only two villages in the Canary Islands to be featured on the list.
In Teror you should pay a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine (Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino), which is dedicated to the patron saint of Gran Canaria, so it has great importance.
Did you know that Betancuria is the historic capital of the Canary Islands?
Located away from the coast, in the heart of Fuerteventura, Betancuria is a charming village that every visitor to the island should see. You can see lovely old buildings and relax in the church square, where there's often live music.
Teguise is considered the oldest town in the Canary Islands, dating back to the XVIIIth century. La Villa de Teguise as it is locally known, used to be the capital of Lanzarote for over 450 years, up until 1852 when Arrecife became the new capital city.
On Sundays, there's a massive market organized and if you want to do some shopping while in Lanzarote, the Teguise market is the best place to go.
Masca is one of the most popular villages in Tenerife, although judging by its size it's probably more of a hamlet than a proper village.
The road to Masca is scary for many people but at the same time it's the most exciting drive in Tenerife, so the simple journey to get to Masca is worth the trip there.
Agulo is a charming village in La Gomera, with cobbled streets and lovely houses, which will make for a pleasant walk through the village. Agulo was founded more than 400 years ago, so it's one of the historic settlements in La Gomera.
In Agulo you get to see the local architecture and the place still manages to retain its charm and pleasant atmosphere.
Although Los Llanos de Aridane is the most populous municipality on the island of La Palma, with its 20,000 residents, it still manages to retain the charm due to its Old Town full of old typical Canarian houses.
If you decide to Los Llanos while on La Palma, don't skip going to Plaza de España or the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, which is the patron saint of the municipality.