Top Five Things to do in Canary Islands

Several companies offer short cruises between and around the islands. Enjoy food, drink, swimming, and the chance to see whales, dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat. Check around to see which boat cruise best matches what you want to see or do – you can charter a fishing boat if you would rather do some fishing, for example.

Go Windsurfing or Kite Boarding

Enjoy the wind, the waves, and the beautiful coastlines of the islands by windsurfing or kite boarding. Popular islands for this include Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Visitors may buy or rent the necessary gear. Lessons for beginners to windsurfing or kite boarding are also available. The best time of year to visit for these activities is between spring and late summer, when winds are strongest.

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving

Those who have never snorkeled will be awestruck at the beauty to be found beneath the surf. Snorkel or scuba dive in waters off the Canary Islands and expect to see a beautiful underwater landscape, colorful fish and maybe even a dolphin or whale, if you are lucky. If you have never been snorkeling or scuba diving before, you can sign up for lessons at many of the dive shops. Some also offer package deals, which include boat trips and snorkeling or scuba gear along with the lessons.

Take a Day Trip to RoqueNublo

RoqueNublo is a well-known rock formation located on Gran Canaria. Rent a car, bicycle (if you are very fit) or take a bus up the road to this huge monolith and be prepared for stunning views of the land below. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the fantastic view. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers that you can add or remove clothing as you go. Temperatures at higher elevations can be significantly cooler than the beach.

Visit a Canary Island National Park or Botanical Garden

The Canary Islands not only offer great beaches, they are also home to lush forests, breathtaking mountains and gorgeous botanical gardens. Teide National Park, on Tenerife, is known for a large volcano. Garajonay (ParqueNacional de Garajonay), located on La Gomera, is best known for its lush forests. Loro Park, located on Tenerife, offers not only beautiful tropical flowers, but also parrots. Gran Canaria and Fuertaventura are also home to popular botanical gardens.