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Quiz: Which Canary Island Is Right for You?

The lowdown on Lanzarote…

 

The city of Puerto de la Cruz with the imposing Mount Teide in the background

Attracting over 10 million visitors a year, it’s definitely no surprise that the largest Canary Island is also the most popular. Tenerife is renowned for its all-inclusive resorts, beaches and lively clubbing scene. But beyond the tourist enclave is a world you’d never know existed.

A few stand-out experiences include lush tropical forest walks, dark forays into volcanic lava, visiting colonial towns and villages and a shopping scene that is to die for! And that’s before we’ve even touched on the island’s Carnival (which is second only to Rio by the way). The open-air bonanza takes place every February in Santa Cruz and promises to be epic. For 15 days, the streets come alive with colour, beauty and freedom.

And of course, we can’t talk about Tenerife without mentioning the Pico del Teide, Spain’s tallest mountain – the peak reaches 3,718 metres! You’ll find this beauty in the Teide National Park which is also home to some of the best hikes in all of the Canaries.

 

Gran Canarian greatness…

The dunes of Maspalomas are a popular draw for tourists

Gran Canaria is the island that feels most like its very own little continent, thanks to its wide and dramatic variation of terrain. It’s spot on for adrenaline junkies and sporty travellers – so if you fit the bill then you mustn’t leave the island without attempting hiking or at least mountain biking.

Kitesurfing at Flag Beach, Fuerteventura

At first, you might mistake Fuerteventura for a gigantic meteor craterbut we promise that if you give it a chance, you’ll absolutely adore this island. Especially great for beach buffs and aquaphiles, you can spend days baking under the sun or mastering the waves with locals, surfers and windsurfers! If you’re serious about perfecting your surf, we recommend the Wave Rider Surf School – where the team will help you achieve your goals in no time.

It may be the oldest Canary Island but it has so much to offer. In fact, what makes Fuerteventura so special is that the island isn’t overly populated. It’s a terrific choice for families with young children, and couples looking for the right balance of zen and adventure.

There are volcanoes to climb, pretty whitewashed villages to visit and delicious Majorero cheese to devour. Believe us when we say that it tastes as good as it looks. 

 

Lovely little La Gomera…

La Gomera’s lush landscapes

La Gomera is the island that mass tourism thankfully left behind. Just arrive and you can feel the uniqueness of the island in the air. For starters, you can drive for miles without facing a single traffic light! And you’d be totally bonkers not to take full advantage and enjoy a little road trip through the sleepy mountain villages, palm-filled valleys and deep ravines.

To put it into perspective, there are people who travel half the world to see landscapes as beautiful as these. And once you get through the 4-hour flight, it’s yours for the taking.

If that wasn’t already enough, La Gomera is also the only island where you can see a cathedral organ cut into a cliff, and yes we’re fully serious. It’s a sight for sore eyes, at 200 metres wide and 80 metres high, Los Organos Natural is only accessible by sea. When you see it you’ll be totally in awe – Mother Nature really delivered the goods here.

 

Hard-to-reach El Hierro…

Charco Azul in El Hierro

El Hierro is the smallest and the hardest Canary Island to get to, but it’s certainly well set up for tourists. The island is undeniably very quiet but that all adds to its charm. There are no pubs, clubs or gimmicks which is one of the main reasons travellers return time and time again.

Instead of knocking back a pint or two, pay a visit to Charco Azul, a natural seawater pool in El Golfo Valley. It’s without a doubt the best bathing spot in all the Canaries.

And in case you didn’t already know, El Hierro is said to be where Columbus said adios to Europe before setting sail in 1492! And since Columbus already had his time to explore this semi-mythical island, now it’s your turn. From the twisting roads to the rugged hills, you can play in nature’s playground and indulge in some much-needed ‘you time’. 

 

Picture-perfect La Palma…

Los Tilos waterfall in La Palma 

Often referred to as the Beautiful Island, La Palma is ram-packed with enchanting forests, imposing volcanoes, crazy-coloured waterfalls and star-lit skies. And don’t just take our word for it – the island won a Starlight award after minimalising light pollution!

Though the island is open to all, its romanticism lends itself perfectly to couples in pursuit of some winter sun. In the morning you can take a dip in the cobalt-hued ocean and in the afternoons you can visit some of La Palma’s best sights.

You might decide to visit the island’s capital Santa Cruz de la Palma, or even more impressive the Caldera de Taburiente National Park where you’ll find the most spectacular views of the island. Photos really don’t do it justice. But come prepared with walking boots and a bathing suit – because there’s nothing better than bathing under a waterfall!

 

And…breathe! We know that was a lot of information to take in. But hopefully you’re one step further to knowing which Canary Island is the one for you. If you need a lending hand, our concierge team are always an email away.

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