By Expedia, on March 12, 2020

Canary Islands Vacation Ideas


Canary Islands Vacation Ideas

[/video-title][video-blue-header]A Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands are a vacation destination like no other. With amazing beaches, wonderful views and fascinating attractions spread across the seven main islands, planning your vacation itinerary can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve made it easy with our Canary Island Vacation Travel Guide video. The footage of these stunning islands is breathtaking and will help inspire an epic Canary Islands vacation. Use the video and this blog as your trip planner, and get set for an unforgettable island adventure.


Ideas of places to visit in the Canary Islands

Listed below are all the amazing attractions we visited in our travel guide video. These are the best spots to add to your travel itinerary. They’re listed in order of their appearance in the video so that you can check out the amazing footage as you go through our suggested itinerary.

Corralejo Dunes National Park, Canary Islands, Spain

Corralejo Dunes National Park

(1:26 in the video) One of the most spectacular attractions on the island of Fuerteventura, Corralejo Dunes National Park is a must-visit. Breathe in the briny breezes mixing with the hot desert winds and cool off in the turquoise waters where the ocean meets the sand dunes.

Sotavento de Janida Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Sotavento de Jandia Beach

(1:39 in the video) This scenic bay is one of the best kitesurfing locations in the Canary Islands. If you’re in the mood for relaxation, however, roll out your towel on the golden sands, lie back and enjoy some sunbathing.

Ajuy Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Ajuy Beach

(1:47 in the video) Although it’s not suitable for swimming, this beach is one of Fuerteventura island’s top attractions. It draws many tourists because of its fine, pitch-black sand. This area also offers plenty of shops and restaurants to explore.

Pilancones Natural Park, Canary Islands, Spain

Pilancones Natural Park

(2:45 in the video) Pay a visit to Pilancones Natural Park on the island of Gran Canaria. The park is known as the oldest part of the island and is filled with otherworldly terrain and fascinating plants and animals.

Roque Nublo, Canary Islands, Spain

Roque Nublo

(3:06 in the video) Outdoor enthusiasts will adore Roque Nublo on Gran Canaria island. This stunning rock formation rises out of the volcanic crater of Caldera de Tejeda. To reach the rock you’ll hike through lush forest to spectacular lookouts with some of the most awe-inspiring sights on the island.

Amadores Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Amadores Beach

(3:27 in the video) After the rugged terrain around Roque Nublo, travel back to the welcoming arms of civilization at Amadores Beach. Sunbake on the golden sands or savor fresh island flavors with the many beachfront dining options.

Caleta de Arriba, Canary Islands, Spain

Caleta de Arriba

(3:30 in the video) One of the top surfing destinations in the Canary Islands, Caleta de Arriba is another must on your travel itinerary. This area is also a very popular accommodation hub, so if you aren’t sure where to stay, this is a great place to start.

Las Canteras Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Las Canteras Beach

(3:52 in the video) One of the best urban beaches in the Canary Islands, Las Canteras Beach boasts plenty of things to see and do. It’s also a great place to base yourself for your vacation, so check out the great range of hotels on offer.

Cathedral of Santa Ana, Canary Islands, Spain

Cathedral of Santa Ana

(3:55 in the video) Admire a masterpiece that took over 350 years to construct. The Cathedral of Santa Ana is a spiritual smorgasbord of gothic, renaissance and neoclassical style. For architecture lovers, this is a worthy addition to your Canary Islands itinerary.

Las Americas Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Las Americas Beach

(4:22 in the video) Travel to the island of Tenerife, the most famous, largest and busiest of the Canary Islands. Lounge on the golden sands of Las Americas Beach and let the sound of the lapping waves wash all your worries away.

Los Cristianos Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Los Cristianos Beach

(4:25 in the video) Another sparkling stretch of coastline on the island of Tenerife, Los Cristianos has plenty of places to stay and play. Enjoy beachfront bars, restaurants and boutiques, as well as a range of fantastic hotel options.

Jardin Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Jardín Beach

(4:27 in the video) When planning a trip to the Canary Islands, beach-hopping is a must, and Playa Jardín is one beach you should definitely add to your itinerary. Wind your way through scenic paths and lush gardens to the unique black sands of the beach. Float in the calm sheltered waters, or surf in the open areas.

Siam Water Park, Canary Islands, Spain

Siam Water Park

(4:34 in the video) Enjoy wet and wild rides or relax on the lazy river at this immense Thai-themed water park on Tenerife. Try your hand at surfing at the Wave Palace, or get your heart thumping from the 92-foot drop on the Tower of Power. The Canary Islands has activities to match every traveler’s pace and style.

Auditorio de Tenerife Adan Martin, Canary Islands, Spain

Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martin

(5:11 in the video) Visit a structure that has become the symbol of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and resembles the sails of the ships that once used these islands as a safe harbor.

Santiago del Teide National Park, Canary Islands, Spain

Teide National Park

(5:45 in the video) Home to the highest mountain in all of Spain, Teide National Park is one of the most important attractions in the Canary Islands. Hike the trails to the summit, take a four-wheel drive tour or simply sit back and watch the sun set over the mountain.

Timanfaya National Park, Canary Islands, Spain

Timanfaya National Park

(6:08 in the video) This vacation idea brings you up close with the power of Mother Nature at Timanfaya National Park, a volcanic wilderness on the island of Lanzarote. Gaze out over rugged landscapes of jagged volcanic rock, formed by devastating eruptions between 1703 and 1736.

Jameos del Agua, Canary Islands, Spain

Jameos del Agua

(6:49 in the video) Mother Nature blends with human creativity at Jameos del Agua. The original caverns were formed 3,000 years ago by Mote Corona’s lava flows, but the legendary architect César Manrique transformed this underground space and its surrounding area to be a magical amphitheater and performance venue.

Cueve de Los Verdes, Canary Islands, Spain

Cueva de los Verdes

(7:03 in the video) Another lava tube on the island of Lanzarote, Cueva de los Verdes, the green caves, are well worth visiting. The cave was once used as a refuge from pirates and slave raiders; however, today it’s a popular attraction and even has a concert hall near the entrance.

Playa Blance, Canary Islands, Spain

Playa Blanca

(7:17 in the video) Lie back on the pristine sands of Playa Blanca on the south of Lanzarote island. If you want to stay awhile, this area boasts a bustling marina, plenty of bars and restaurants and a range of great hotels.

Papagayo Beach, Canary Islands, Spain

Papagayo Beach

(7:22 in the video) A short stroll from Playa Blanca, Papagayo Beach feels like a world away from the bustling tourist area. Gaze out across the rocky, crescent-shaped shoreline, sunbathe or snorkel in the life-filled waters.

Punta Mujeres, Canary Islands, Spain

Punta Mujeres

(7:28 in the video) Spend an afternoon in the small fishing village of Punta Mujeres. With access to plenty of the island’s fantastic attractions, this area is a great accommodation choice.

Puerto del Carmen, Canary Islands, Spain

Puerto del Carmen

(7:40 in the video) The perfect place to round off your Canary Islands vacation, Puerto del Carmen witnesses spectacular sunsets year round. Get a thrill with a Jet Ski or boat ride, take in uninterrupted ocean views and savor fresh seafood at the many restaurants here.



Need more Canary Islands vacation ideas?

Feeling inspired already? You’ll be itching to book your island getaway even more when you see our Canary Islands photo galleries. If you want to broaden your horizons, our wider photo gallery is home to stellar photography from across the globe.

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