The Canary Islands are an archipelago that are composed up by seven main islands (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Teneride, La Palma, Gomer, and Hierro), as well as six smaller islands (Isla de Lobos, Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, and Roque del Oeste). Why the Canary Islands make an amazing holiday destination? The islands are incredibly diverse; you can find rich forests, rugged cliffs, volcanoes, tropical weather on one island and snowfall on another. So what are the things to do in the Canary Islands?
- Surfing in Fuerteventura
And by that we mean; kitesurfing, surfing, or windsurfing in Fuerteventura. We know it is a little bit cheesy that we mention surfing in Fuerteventura as the first best activity to do in the Canary Islands, but it is just plainly the truth. There is no Canary Island that is better for surfing than Fuerteventura, because of many reasons – it is not a coincidence that different surf championships are being held yearly on Fuerteventura. All levels of surfers can enjoy themselves on this island when it comes to Surf, and there of plenty of surf-beaches to check out. Besides that, Fuerteventura is an amazing spot for beginner surfers since the best surf schools in the archipelago are located in Corralejo.
- Timanfaya National Park – Lanzarota
We will be honest: Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote is one of the best things to do in the Canary Islands. Why did this ever so popular activity end up on number 2? First of all: nothing can beat surfing. Second of all: you can only view the Timanfaya National Park from a coach tour. We get it completely though: they want to protect and preserve the nature, which is a good thing. If you love history and nature, this is the place to go to!
- Garajonay National Park, La Gomera
Another national park, but completely different from the first one; you will find yourself surrounded by a lush of green habitat due to the Laurel Forest. It is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is just completely different from some of the other islands. We included this activity on number three since La Gomera is the second-smallest island from the main Canary Islands. This means that besides the national park, there is not a lot to view. However, we actually prefer the Garajonay National Park over the Timanfaya National Park in terms of nature and authenticity!
- Isla de Lobos – Fuerteventura
Isla de Lobos is only a short 10 to 15 minute boat ride away from Corralejo, Fuerteventura. We have already mentioned that the best activity on the Canary Islands is surfing in Fuerteventura, but if you want to be a little less active: Isla de Lobos is your way to go. You can walk around the entire island within two hours, or relax at one of the two beautiful beaches which both have incredibly clear water. Besides that Isla de Lobos knows a number of hidden bays that can be explored. You can even camp on the island for three nights if you have authorisation. Read more about Lobos right here.
- Santa Cruz – La Palma
We felt like we had to include a city in our list of best things to do in the Canary Islands – because yes, the surf, the nature and the beaches of the Canary Islands are wonderful, but there is more to the islands than that. Santa Cruz is a colonial city that is the home to some beautiful architecture. You can find many palaces, churches, and buildings that are designed in a traditional Canary Islands Style. If you want to visit another historically interesting city, check out betancuria in Fuerteventura.
You may think: why are none of the beaches in Gran Canaria or Tenerife included? To us they are a little bit too crowded, but be sure to check out Las Teresitas Beach in Tenerife and Las Canteras Beach in Gran Canaria if you like that kind of vibe. Both beaches have public toilets, ubrellas, and lounge chair rentals.
Besides that, Fuerteventura is a beach heaven. The island has amazing beaches all over the island, that. The north shore of Fuerteventura has beaches that are especially amazing for surfing, but the island has stretches long of completely deserted white sand beaches on which you can relax if you feel like having a rest-day. Want to read about the best things to do when in Fuerteventura? Click here! We hope you got some inspiration about the best things to do in the canary islands, and hope to see you surfing in Fuerteventura with our surf school in Corralejo soon!