When we close our eyes and dream of the perfect vacation we can imagine hot sun, Canarian wine, tapas and warm ocean – the Canary Islands can rightfully be called a tourist paradise.
What are the best things to do in the Canary Islands?
1. Find the end of the world
The place that the indigenous inhabitants of the Canary Islands called the End of the World is Los Gigantes – huge rocky cliffs that form a natural border with the sea on the western edge of the main island of the archipelago – Tenerife.
The height of these cliffs really allows us to call them real giants – they rise up to 600 meters above sea level. Many tourists go there to see sharp edges over the choppy sea, but one must not forget about safety precautions – no fences are provided on the edge of the cliffs.
2. Rent a room in a suburban parador
Hotel Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide in Tenerife
Branded Spanish paradores are distinguished in the Canary Islands not only by their remoteness from the main hotel areas, but also by a unique landscape.
Most often they are located in rocky areas, where you will have to go by taxi or walk for a couple of hours to the nearest populated settlement.
Lovers of secluded relaxation will fully appreciate the high mountain paradors and the view of the sharp rocky peaks opening from the windows.
We advise you to see the page of the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide which is located in the stunning Teide National Park. The location of the hotel will appeal to fans of astronomy, and guests are offered 2 telescopes.
3. Slide off the water slide
Numerous water parks at the hotels are a visiting card of holidays in the Canary Islands, which does not leave indifferent either children or adults. Many water slides here, in their sophistication and extreme appearance, are much more interesting than similar structures in Turkey and the Emirates.
The leader among the roller coasters is the Tower of Power attraction located in the Siam amusement park in Tenerife.
The height of the slide is comparable to a ten-story house, and the lower part of the glass tube is located inside the aquarium with decorative fish.
4. Climb to the top of the volcano
Teide (Spanish Teide) – volcano on the island of Tenerife
The famous Teide volcano, located on the island of Tenerife, is a place where those tourists who have sufficient physical training and a desire to spend time not on the beach, but on the slope of an extinct volcano, seek to get to.
You can get to the top on foot, or by cable car, the funicular overcomes the height of 3,500 meters in a matter of minutes, but this pleasure will cost about 30 euros per person one way.
It will take a whole day to climb on foot, so there is a reason to stand in a long queue for the cable car.
5. See whales and dolphins
To see whales and other marine mammals in their natural habitat, you do not need to look for an oceanarium at all – you just need to go out to the open sea at certain times or order a diving excursion on a yacht or specially equipped boat!
Most often, tourist groups depart from two ports: Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje.
Both resort areas offer different programs of sea excursions, but to see the whales. It is best to go during the day when these peaceful animals get as close to the coast as possible give in us an amazing spectacle.
6. Walk along La Laguna
The oldest city of Tenerife, La Laguna, was a poor fishing village before the active
development of the islands, but over time, wealthy Spanish merchants and nobles settled here, who built up the area of the island with their mansions and residences.
Now, the historical part of the city with the surviving mansions and cobblestone roads is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Hiking around this city is one of the must-see excursion programs in Tenerife in any month.
7. Order dinner at Tajao
The village of Tajao, located relatively far from the main beach areas of Tenerife, could remain unknown to a wide range of tourists, if not for one small feature.
Furnished like inexpensive European cafes, these eating areas do have relatively low prices, but the variety of local food here is on par with luxury seafood restaurants.
Most often, restaurant guests can independently choose the ingredients for the dishes that are prepared here. This is very nice, isn’t it?
8. Look at the ancient pyramids
The recently promoted Güímar Pyramids, located in several districts of Tenerife, attract tens of thousands of lovers of ancient history to the Canary Islands.
The remains of ancient buildings are vaguely reminiscent of Egyptian and South American stepped structures.
According to archaeologists, all these pyramids and what remains of them are of the same age as the most ancient civilizations. Here you can also see the exhibition pavilions opened by the Norwegian traveler Thor Heyerdahl.
9. Go to the prehistoric forest
Several excursion routes in Tenerife at once cover Monteverde – a relict evergreen forest, where the only deciduous trees in the world grow, the varieties of which grew on Earth in the Cretaceous period.
The island itself arose from volcanic lava after the disaster that destroyed the dinosaurs, but Monteverde is usually called the “Forest of Dinosaurs“.
Walking along this one is often absolutely safe since there are no large predators on the Canary Islands.
Canarian islands can be an excellent choice to visit if you are a nature lover and want to enjoy water sports such as windsurfing and scuba diving.
But, they are also perfect for those who need a different kind of vacation in order to relax under the amazing sun.
Book your activities and enjoy the trip!