The Canary Islands have always been a firm favourite to visit. Perched off the coast of north-west Africa, these Spanish islands are just too beautiful to miss.

Full disclosure, I really have to be honest, It never felt like ‘my cup of tea’ and for so many years I kind of resigned the Canary Islands to the back of my holiday lust list. I mean, I’d visited as a child and loved it but as a newly graduated ‘adult’ it always seemed at the back of my travelling lust list! How wrong I was! 😱

Thankfully, mistakes like mine are rectified with one amazing trip (and that’s all it took to get me hooked on this incredible island chain). One thing that some travellers don’t realise is that the islands are actually completely different and much more diverse than we give them credit for. I mean, where can you see soaring hills, volcanic landscapes, hike gorgeous canyons, discover beautiful little towns, eat your weight in yummy Spanish cuisine and relax in the mini island deserts! 💛

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To help you along your way to the Canary Islands, take a look at my map I created below (I’ve pushed the islands a little closer together just for ease of use). Each of the islands is home to some amazing and unique sites that I’m almost certain you’ll love to visit. So what are you waiting for? 🏝

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La Gomera Island

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1.) Roque Agando 

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One of the most striking natural landscapes in the Canary Islands, Roque Agando is one place you shouldn’t miss on La Gomera. Make sure to hike early in the morning and stay along prescribed routes. You won’t be able to get to the top (as it’s forbidden) but the view is actually much better up close.

It’s an incredible natural site to see and one that held great significance to the original Berber Inhabitants of the Canary Islands, who had built a whole range of shrines and sacrificial points in the mountains.

2.) Hermigua

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Hermigua is a gorgeous area of La Gomera! Think gorgeous green ravines, little villages and the imposing twin rocks Roques de San Pedro – a gorgeous natural site that’s well worth seeing.

After a day in the countryside, head over to Hermigua beach for a paddle in the cool seas. Just be careful as tides can be strong here – listen to local advice and only swim when it’s safe to do so.

3.) El Monumento Natural de los Roques

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Perched almost in the centre of La Gomera, this dramatic scene is easily viewed if your driving… so there’s no need for lots of hiking gear or an Olympian spirit to get there. Head on road TF-713 from the Capital San Sebastian. The whole drive is incredible and the best way to see the canyons, mountain ranges and an almost untouched landscape.

If you listen carefully, you might also hear the world’s most unique language, Silbo Gomero!!! A language made from whistling, it was traditionally used for inhabitants to communicate long distances. Apparently, due to the terrain, the whistling noises could be heard up to 5km away, so listen carefully. Who needs phones, right! 🤣

4.) Sail around La Gomera

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From the capital city of San Sebastian, you can actually join some epic sailing tours of the gorgeous island and the beautiful waters. Head over to places like Canary Sail or Oceano Whale Watching that depart on the other side of the island at Valle Gran Rey.

El Hierro Island

5.) Bathe in Charco Azul

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Perched on one of the lesser-known Canary Islands (El Hierro), the stunning bathing pools of Charco Azul are a pretty unique place to experience here. Located in the valley of El Golfo, this gorgeous volcanic creation and turquoise waters are the BEST place to spend a few hours relaxing the day away. Bliss.

6.) Candeleria Chapel Frontera

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Towered over by the volcanic mountains of El Hierro, this intimate little chapel is a beautiful sight against the dark, coarse volcanic rock that surrounds it! A special little chapel that’s perched in some awesome natural surroundings.

7.) Watch the sunset at Mirador de la Peña

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Probably one of the best viewpoints on the island. Head over to Mirador De La Peña around sunset and see this gorgeous island swap day for night. The food menu is pretty reasonably priced and tasty (although, don’t expect Michelin Star style meals).

8.) Hike around El Hierro

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El Hierro has some incredible hiking trails to enjoy, especially early in the morning! Follow the signed routes around the island (which you can view here) for some impressive sites. Don’t be fooled by that wind, though – the sun is strong so dip yourself in lots of sunblock and carry plenty of water! No one wants to come off a hike looking like a raisin! 🤣

Gran Canaria Island

9.) Visit the gorgeous town of Teror

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The pretty town of Teror is one place you have to visit whilst in Gran Canaria. Make sure to visit the historic Basilica, wander the tiny cobbled streets and oogle at the colourful houses. Most definitely more gorgeous than Teror-fying! (sorry, I couldn’t resist). 🤣

10.) Explore the Cathedral of Arucas

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Located in the historic town of Arucas, The Church of San Juan Bautista is one of the island’s most iconic Catholic Temples (or Cathedrals). Arucas is home to a whole array of gorgeous little restaurants too, like Gourie 3, who serve the town’s best desserts.

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11.) Climb Roque Nublo 

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Translated to Cloud Rock, this dramatic natural formation sits in the centre of the island. Roughly 80 metres tall, this impressive icon of the island is well worth a visit. Just make sure you take a guide (or are an experienced hiker) if you plan to make it to the very top!

Fuerteventura Island 

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12.) Ride the waves of El Cotillo

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In the north-west of the island, El Cotillo beach and the surrounding landscape is a great place to go if you want to enjoy one of those well-earned beach days. Enjoy the sandy beach or take your board and ride some of the regions waves. It’s a gorgeous place that I loved visiting!

Read more on visiting El Cotillo, here

13.) Enjoy the annual Kite Festival

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Okay, this has to be one of the coolest kite festivals in Europe! Each year, the Fuerteventura sand dunes are filled with literally hundreds of kites that take to the sky. You can see more about the Dunes, in our post, here.

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14.) See the Milky Way with two kings

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The Morro Velosa Statues are two kings that overlook the gorgeous mountains of Fuerteventura. We headed here around 11 pm in the evening and stayed until 1 am counting loads of shooting stars and capturing the Milky Way high above. It was truly beautiful.

Read more on what camera setting to use here and our post on The Morro Velosa Statues, here

15.) Sail to Lobos Island

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Lobos Island is around 20 minutes from Fuerteventura. We travelled by catamaran, where we had lunch on the boat, dived into the gorgeous sea and had a few hours to discover this gorgeous island.

Read more on how to visit Lobos Island, here

Tenerife Island 

16.) See the dramatic Los Gigantes cliffs

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The clue is in the name, right… these are som Gigantic cliffs! On the west coast of Tenerife, they are easy to spot… in fact, they are hard to miss! The cliffs are probably one of the island’s most popular sites to see so expect other travellers. Head across around sunset for some epic views.

17.) Visit Teide National Park 

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One of the biggest National Parks in the Canary Islands, Teide National Park is a must-visit for all us travellers heading to the Canary Islands. Make sure to visit Teide Volcano which is covered in snow during certain times of the year. Around the park, you’ll see lava flows, vents, huge craters and shed loads of petrified lava. It’s a geologist’s dream.

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18.) Explore La Orotava

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Perched in the north of the Tenerife Island, La Orotava is a pretty large town by Canary Island standards. Make sure to visit Plaza de San Francisco, head inside Iglesia de La Concepción and see the gorgeous El Ayuntamiento building that sits pretty in the town centre.

La Palma Island 

19.) Watch an island sunset

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It’s hard to avoid the gorgeous rocky seafront of La Palma, which is especially pretty around sunset. Find yourself a vantage point, enjoy the lapping waves and watch the sunset across the rippling ocean – it really is a stunning island for a sunset.

20.) See the Sea of Clouds at La Cumbrecita Viewpoint

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One of the best places to experience Taburiente National Park,  La Cumbrecita Viewpoint is the perched relatively high in the mountains of La Palma. Pack your comfy shoes, grab some water and head up for some impressive views. If you’re lucky, you might even see the ‘sea of clouds’ that drives its way into the valley below. It’s magnificent.

21.) Visit a city on top of a lava flow

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Santa Cruz is one of the island’s largest cities and situated right on top of a historic lava flow that devoured the region. Make sure to visit Church of Santo Domingo, The neighbourhood of San Telmo and gorge on some of the cities amazing (and fresh) seafood.

Lanzarote Island

22.) Enjoy Papagayo beach and Ajaches

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If you’re looking for a little rest and recuperation, head of to gorgeous Papagayo Beach which is pretty unique for the island. Make sure to visit early in the morning when the sun is less strong and the crowds much less.

23.) Explore the city of Arrecife

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The city of Arrecife is one of Lanzarote’s larger hubs to explore. Make sure you visit the Castle of San José, visit the Yellow House and take a dip in Playa de las Cucharas (if all that city exploring has worked up a sweat). Whilst on the coast front itself, take a walk over the Bridge of Las Bolas, too. The city is filled with a whole heap of historic sites.

24.) Explore the caves of Jameos del Agua

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Jameros Del Agua, is part of a historic lava formation that stretches over 6km in this region. Nowadays, Jameros Del Agua has opened up some of the underground caves for us visitors to explore. Expect to see the albino crabs that call this cave system home – it’s a gorgeous place to explore. It can get pretty busy (time-dependent) so plan around non-peak times for the best experience.



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It’s a really nice post about the islands and being fronteras there myself I thank you flor it, but they are all drawn wrong, in the wrong way as well. I would appreciate it if you found a better map.

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Ah, thanks so much Laura. I actually created this map myself and the islands are in scale to each other but I had to cram them into the picture so they are easily seen (so they are closer together than they should be). I did mention this in the post, too as a disclaimer – it was just the easiest way to show the islands on a portrait format.

Lloyd 🤗

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I think I need to plan a trip there ASAP. I currently live in land-locked Germany, so i’m always looking for a nice little beach getaway, and this looks perfect! I will be saving this and coming back to your suggestions! x michelle

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Ahhhh, so happy you like it. Let us know if you need any tips – we are always happy to help.

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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In Lanzarote visiting the volcano is a must! I’ve never before driven among cooled off lava!

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It’s an amazing island isn’t it, Anna. So glad you loved it!

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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