A Quick Overview of the Canary Islands – Warm and Welcoming

Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands is Tenerife, it also belongs to Spain, although it is geographically closer to Africa. The island itself is around eighty kilometres long and fifty kilometres wide. Five million years ago, Tenerife emerged from volcanoes, which is also reflected in the barren landscape. Due to the volcanic activity, the highest mountain in Spain can be found here, the Pico del Teide at 3718 meters, here you can admire a huge crater landscape. 

Since the temperatures here are pleasantly warm all year round, Tenerife is a very popular holiday destination. Not only is the island great for water sports enthusiasts and divers, Tenerife also offers a great range of coastal boat trips. If you want to take a closer look at the underwater world or, with a little luck, want to watch the whales bathing, head to the southern tip of Tenerife. 

The largest collection of parrots in the world can be found in Loro Park, which, however, cannot be visited, but you can still see a large selection in Loro Park, as well as various other parakeet species. Nature lovers can visit the botanical garden in Puerto de la Cruz, the Jardin de Aclimatacion de la Orotava. For those interested in architecture, you should visit the old towns of La Orotava and La Laguna, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Tenerife offers some stunning hiking and walking

A visit to the port and the old town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is not only suitable for admiring the historical architecture, but also for shopping, where the Canarian Parliament is also located. 

Gran Canaria

Another of the Canary Islands is Gran Canaria. In terms of size only in third place, but probably the most unusual of the Canary Islands. It starts with its appearance, viewed from the air, it looks like a volcano and is almost circular with a diameter of 45 kilometers and doesn’t stop with the climate. Believe it or not, there are 14 microclimate zones here, and a number of barrancos (dry valleys) go from the mountainous interior of the island to the coast. During the sometimes extreme rain showers, these fill with water and turn into torrential torrents. Tourism here is well developed. Sights are lined up with hotel complexes, shopping streets and restaurants.

Many holidaymakers spend a few weeks here in winter, because even then it is pleasantly warm on Gran Canaria, therefore the Canaries are also known as the Islands of Eternal Spring. The Venice of the South can be discovered here on Gran Canaria. In the south of the island is the small fishing village of Puerto de Mogan. Here some rivers lead inland and the many narrow streets are reminiscent of Venice.

Sand dunes in Gran Canaria

In order to take in the many different impressions of the island, it is best to explore it completely. Here you can see such stark differences in nature that you think you are on several continents. So you can find the dunes of Maspalomas in the south of the island, and although you are near the sea here, you feel like you are in a desert. The west coast, on the other hand, does not have a beach, here you find yourself on a dramatic and steep coast. In the south of the island is the small fishing village of Puerto de Mogan which a very pretty and charming place to wonder around.