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The variety of things to do in Canary Islands has attracted travelers for decades. The islands are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, only 100 km west of Morocco and are one of the lushest regions of Spain. While a part of the country, the Spanish government recognized the islands as one of the regions with special consideration of historical nationality thus protecting their traditions and culture. The archipelago comprises seven main islands as well as multiple smaller islets. The most prominent islands include Tenerife, Fuerteventura, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Gomera and El Hierro. Historically, these islands served as a bridge between three continents: Europe, America, and Africa. The nearly-perfect year-round climate makes the Canarias an attractive destination any time of the year. 
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Las Palmas is the capital city of the Gran Canaria island. Located in the northeastern part of the island, it radiates with an eclectic mix of cultures. Here, Spanish, African, Chinese, and Indian influences mix with container-ship crews and the flotsam and jetsam typical for port towns. The place will sweep you into a spinning carousel of hooting taxis, bustling shops, buzzing bars and busy port life. You can either indulge in the fashionable atmosphere of Vegueta, the city’s oldest quarter, or head to the other side of town to the Playa de las Canteras. This beach provides a perfect moment to take a refreshing break between sightseeing and shopping. Las Palma’s culinary scene will not disappoint you either! There are many restaurants ready to treat you to authentic Canarian dishes. In other words, you won’t be short on things to do in Las Palmas.

When in Tenerife, don't miss out on the island’s bustling capital, Santa Cruz, as you hurry to its divine beaches. This busy, rather good-looking city is a unique concoction of quirky yet sophisticated shops, colorful buildings, intriguing museums and tropical concerts of chirping birds and purling fountains. From the port, the city stretch in all directions offering you an array of avenues, plazas, architectural gems, and exotic landscapes to choose from. Santa Cruz provides an excellent selection of perks. However, it’s most known for its vivacious Carnival filled with color, music and rollicks. In fact, the Carnival period is the busiest time on the island, and the participation is incredibly international. All in all, Santa Cruz has got it all: sandy beaches for the leisure-lovers, museums for the history geeks, quirky ambiance for the atmosphere-seekers and dynamic nightlife for those in search of a good party.

La Laguna is the second largest city on the island of Tenerife. Though easily explored as part of a day trip from Santa Cruz, the town has much more to offer and can keep you busy (or keep you from being busy) for much longer. To give you an idea of what awaits you there, La Laguna is widely regarded as the most beautiful town in all of Tenerife. Its historical city center is a jewel riddled with charming narrow streets lined by ancient mansions, friendly bars, and small local shops free of the reign of giant consumer chains. Curiously, the layout of La Laguna center served as the model for multiple colonial towns in Americas! Today, the town enjoys the protection as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It's a place to relax, explore, as well as indulge in the sun, gastronomy and dynamic nightlife!

What Makes CANARY ISLANDS Special

Made up of 7 islands, the largest of which is Tenerife, the Canary Islands boasts the best climate in the world. That’s right! This archipelago, an autonomous Spanish community located in the Atlantic Ocean, enjoys a year-round temperate climate. In January, the Islands’ coldest month, temperatures sit at the comfortable average of 21 degrees Celsius. Yes, it is no joke. In the summer months, long sunny days are the everyday reality, with between 9 and 10 hours of sunlight a given. Tradewinds and thermal inversion meaning the promise of grisly grey clouds and rain, expected almost everywhere else in the world, can be forgotten. There is no need to worry about what to do in the Canary Islands when it’s rainy as the monthly rainfall average is around three days. The Islands redefine shorts and shirt weather and are a natural alternative to mainlining Vitamin D into your system.

Contrary to popular belief, the Canary Islands are not named after the little yellow birds that populate the archipelago. In fact, the Islands derive their name from the native dogs that were found by the first explorers. The direct translation of the name from Spanish means, “Islands of the Dogs.” You may also be surprised to learn that beyond the bars, cafes, and restaurants of the all-inclusive hotel-resorts the Canary Islands offers a whole world of untouched, natural wonder. From mountains to volcanoes, to lush green forests and deserts the Canary Islands are a playground for the outdoors. It’s one of the few places in the world where the rich diversity of some of the most dramatic landscapes is located so tightly together. Here you can windsurf in the Atlantic, marvel at the Pico del Teide (Spain’s tallest mountain) and meander down trails or hike volcanic ravines.

Every year, in the months following Christmas the Canary Islands, like a tinderbox of Crayola paints, explodes into a world of color. The Canary Islands Carnival, which is second in size to that of Rio de Janeiro, dates as far back as the 15th century. Celebrations occur throughout the Islands anywhere between January and April. However, the main festivities kick off the weekend before Ash Wednesday and take place in Tenerife’s Santa Cruz and Gran Canarias’ Las Palmas. The South American and Caribbean influences are easy to spot. Much like Rio’s Carnival, thousands of people, dressed in the flamboyant costumes of the year’s theme, flock to the streets to party the night (and day) away. Highlights include the opening parade, the singing murgas, a drag queen contest and, of course, the Burial of the Sardine that marks the formal end of the festivities. An unmissable experience!

Things to do in CANARY ISLANDS

You can choose to admire the subtropical flora in the national park of La Gomera, wander across the pine forests in the mountainous Gran Canaria, or marvel at the temperamental waterfalls of La Palma. To keep things interesting, you can contrast the extraordinary greenery by visiting Tenerife’s barren flatlands El Teide, or the colorful lava fields in Lanzarote.    

The archipelago has something to offer to all types of travelers. Those hungry for activity and adrenaline can indulge in an array of outdoor activities. You can hike across the numerous signposted footpaths that range from leisurely walks to steep mountain treks, go scuba diving or compete with nature by kitesurfing, windsurfing or surfing. If you want to take it slower, there is a selection of boat rides, golf resorts, horse or camel rides at your fingertips. Plus, relaxation seekers can indulge in the peace of golden beaches or get pampered in a local spa center.

All in all, it’s hard to run out of exciting things to do in Canary Islands- Even those in search of culture and history won’t be left empty-handed. The islands offer a plethora of art and architecture to admire including surrealist paintings of the acclaimed Óscar Domínguez or abstract sculptures of Martín Chirino and César Manrique. Peek below to explore more exciting activities and experiences.

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