The Canary Islands is a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The islands were formed by ancient volcanoes and shaped by the winds from the Sahara desert.
Below is a selection of some of the popular attractions when visiting The Canary Islands.
1. Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
The lunar landscape of the Timanfaya National Park was created by a volcanic eruption that covered about a third of the island in the 1700’s.
You can hike through the Fire Mountains (Mountains del fuego) and experience the heat of the dormant volcano. At the beginning of the park guides will demonstrate the power of the heat by setting a bush on fire and creating artificial geysers shooting up into the air. An interesting way to see the park is by taking a 25 minute camel ride.
2. Catamaran sailing to Papagayo Beaches, Lanzarote
Go luxury catamaran sailing to the golden beaches of Papagayo on Lanzarote. You can relax with drinks and fresh fruit as the boat sails to Papagayo. The Captain and crew are happy for you to help trim the sails and take the helm- could be interesting to see where I end up taking us.
Lunch is served on board at the beaches and coves where the anchor is dropped for swimming, snorkelling and Jet Ski rides. If you are lucky you will see dolphins and pilot whales on the sail back. I love the sound of this relaxing day on the water and it reminds me of sailing around the Greek Island of Paros in the same way.
3. Mount Teide and Las Canadas National Park, Tenerife
Mount Teide is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. You can walk to the summit through the National Park exploring pine forests, giant craters and a lunar landscape.
Kalyra is mad on volcanoes so I think she will love getting this close to one. We may have to get the cable car up to the summit with her though! If it is a clear day you will get to see some of the other Canary Islands.
4. Maspalomas Sand Dunes , Grand Canaria
Enter a different part of the world through a spectacular 400 hectares stretch of sand dunes along the coastline of the island of Grand Canaria.
The sand dunes were designated a National Park in 1994 and you can only cross by foot or camel. The dunes also provide a habitat for a number of rare plant species, some of which can only be found in the Canaries – somehow they manage to survive in this arid environment alongside lizards and rabbits.
5. Island of Lobos, Fuerteventura