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A Dramatic Landscape

The Canary Islands boast near-perfect year-round temperatures, which means whether it’s summer or winter you can enjoy the dramatic and varied landscape here that you usually have to cross continents to experience. Marvel at the subtropical greenery of La Gomera’s national park, the pine-forested peaks in Gran Canaria’s mountainous interior or the tumbling waterfalls of La Palma. Then contrast all this lushness with the extraordinary barren flatlands flanking Tenerife’s El Teide, the surreal play of colours of Lanzarote’s lava fields and Fuerteventura’s endless plains, punctuated by cacti, scrub and lots (and lots) of goats.

Be a Good Sport

It is this very diversity of landscape, coupled with those predictable sunny days, that makes outdoor activities so accessible and varied. Hike the signposted footpaths that criss-cross the islands, ranging from meandering trails to mountains treks; scuba dive in enticing warm waters, marvelling at more than 350 species of fish (and the odd shipwreck); or pump up the adrenalin by riding the wind and the waves – kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing are all big here. Slow down the pace with camel rides, rounds of golf, horse treks and boat rides.

Or Just Relax...

If your idea of a perfect holiday is that enticing combo of R&R, you’re in the right place. The most obvious spot to relax is on a beach, and there are plenty of choices: from the soft rolling dunes in Fuerteventura to the wide arcs of golden sand in Tenerife. Others may like to up the self-pampering stakes by visiting a spa. Thalassotherapy centres are spouting forth everywhere and offer a tempting range of treatments and massages. There’s also a tidal wave of ocean-front bars where you can enjoy a cocktail at sunset while contemplating the gently lapping sea.

Superb Art & Architecture

While the Canary Islands may not boast the grand-slam museums of Spain’s big mainland cities, there is plenty to compel art and culture aficionados here. Surrealist fans should check out the spectacular canvases of world-acclaimed painter Óscar Domínguez in his Santa Cruz de Tenerife home town, while the huge abstract sculptures of locals Martín Chirino and César Manrique are impossible to miss on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. If buildings are your thing, look for the emblematic wooden balconies, leafy internal patios and brightly painted facades that typify vernacular Canarian architecture.


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Southern Lanzarote Day Trip with Timanfaya National Park

Book your half-day or full-day tour and start your experience with a pickup from Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, Puerto Calero or Arrecife meeting points. Then, travel south by air-conditioned coach. Your route and destinations depend on the tour option you choose. Both finish with a hotel drop-off.Half-Day Tour:Travel through the village of Uga on your way to Timanfaya National Park. Stop here for an optional camel ride (own expense) and follow the Route of the Volcanoes, twisting round the slopes for grandstand views. Hear about the 18th-century eruptions that formed the surrounding cones and calderas and witness geothermic experiments; you can watch bundles of branches go up in flames within seconds of being tossed into fire pits.Head out of the park to see the vine-coated fields in the fertile La Geria winemaking region and learn how the island’s crisp and fruity wines, made from the malvasia grapes, are cultivated. Then, head for a winery to sample a glass for yourself! Afterward, rejoin your coach for your return journey.Full-Day Tour:After traveling through Uga and Timanfaya National Park to see the geothermal demonstrations, follow the Route of the Volcanoes to see some of the more spectacular lava formations as your guide explains how they were formed by past eruptions. Enjoy a camel ride (own expense) and continue to the park’s lava-carved west coast where El Golfo, a jewel-green lagoon, awaits. Pause at the Janubio salt pans and see Los Hervideros, an area where waves have hollowed out craggy grottoes into the coastline. Next, continue to the idyllic winemaking region of La Geria. See the vineyards where Lanzarote’s malvasia grape varietals are grown, and learn how they’re cultivated using the unique climate and landscape. Visit a winery to sample some wine and return to your coach for a drop-off at the meeting point.

$68.26 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Yacht Cruise

After hotel pickup in southern Tenerife, your 3-hour tour begins as you board your yacht and sail or motor away from the port to the area where pilot whales are usually seen. On the way, keep a lookout for dolphins, as well, who like to swim around the boat. After about half an hour of navigating, you should spot whale mothers and babies, with daddy whales keeping an eye on what's going on. Enjoy provided drinks and fresh sandwiches on board, and listen to information about the marine life from your captain. After viewing the whales, head to a secluded bay where you'll drop anchor so you can swim off the back of the yacht. Use the provided snorkeling gear to look for turtles, if you wish. More sandwiches and drinks will be served before pulling up the anchor and sailing back to the marina.

$48.59 Walking & Biking Tours

3 Volcanoes Guided Walking Tour from Lanzarote

This is probably the ultimate volcano experience, offering the thrill of walking up, around and into three spectacular volcanoes and to be as close to the protected National Park of Timanfaya on foot as possible. The first stage of the excursion is to the edge of the crater La Rilla, one of Lanzarote’s most impressive examples of volcanic activity. The group will climb steadily to the edge of the crater where during a rest for refreshments, the guide will explain the construction of this beautiful volcano and the life that inhabits it.The second part of the excursion is around the base of Montaña Colorada, one of the last volcanoes to erupt during the activity of 1730 – 1736. The stunning cinder cone shines a beautiful red color which is particularly intense for a volcano of this type. This easy walk takes the group around the base of the volcano making stops en route where the guide will explain points of natural or geological interest. The walk also offers the group the opportunity to see the world’s largest volcanic bomb, measuring some 4m x 5m– a great photo opportunity.The final destination is to Volcán del Cuervo (volcano of the raven). Accessed via a short walk from the drop off point, this visit allows the group right into the heart of a huge crater. Dramatic lava formations can be seen and the crater is also home to rare nesting birds, Berbery Falcons, which can be seen on some occasions. The total walk covers around 6km and is relatively easy. However walking shoes or trainers are recommended as in some places the terrain is uneven.

$45.12 Tours & Sightseeing

North Gran Canaria Highlights Full-Day Tour from Las Palmas

Begin the adventure by meeting up with an experienced guide in the busy town of Las Palmas. Head first to Teror, an important religious center known for its beautiful basilica and well-preserved old quarter. Admire the traditional wooden balconies and romantic corners of the village before continuing on to the mountains. Visitors who are up for a hike can head to Roque Nublo for an adventurous 1-1.5-hour trek to the fabled mountain. Guests staying behind can eat some almond sweets and enjoy the fantastic mountain views while waiting for the group.In the lovely mountain village of Tejeda you will have a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious picnic in a local restaurant with great views (6€/person, includes chicken or cheese sandwich + 1 tapa + 1 soft drink/small beer/coffee + a surprise dessert).Then head to the fertile valley of Valle de Agaete for a tour and tasting of unique Canarian coffee at a family-run coffee plantation. Learn how the local coffee is produced in a traditional way and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee with your included entrance ticket. End the day in the picturesque fishing port of Puerto de las Nieves by a nice walk along the beautiful seafront promenade or go swimming at the volcanic beach or natural salt water pools.

$52.06 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Lanzarote Day Tour with Timanfaya National Park, Wine Tasting

Start your day at Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto Calero or Arrecife meeting point, and then travel to Lanzarote’s south coast by air-conditioned coach. Pass through Uga village and into Timanfaya National Park, where a ring of stunning volcanoes, known as the Fire Mountains, dominate the sun-baked landscape. Temperatures just below the park’s surface are said to hit around 752°F (400°C), and geothermic demonstrations — such as the creation of mini geysers by pouring water into the ground — are commonplace. Hop out of your coach to see such tricks take place, and hear stories from your guide about past eruptions.Follow the ‘volcanic route’ through the park and travel west to Timanfaya’s rocky coast to see where a large lava field once flowed down to the North Atlantic Ocean. Stop for photos by the emerald lake of El Golfo.In the afternoon, leave Timanfaya National Park for the winemaking region of La Geria. The area’s otherworldly scenery is unique for a Spanish wine region, created from the remains of an ancient volcanic eruption. Hear how the volcanic soil, hot climate and cooling ocean winds combine to produce Lanzarote’s mineral-rich wine, and learn about the crisp tones for which the wine is prized.Visit a winery and sample a glass of wine made in La Geria. Varietals are subject to change, but typically include wine made from the local malvasia grape. Then, return to your coach and continue through the picturesque La Valles and Haria regions of northern Lanzarote.Enjoy a final stop at Jameos Del Agua, a unique cave resort designed by local artist César Manrique. Complete with restaurants, a cafe, garden and auditorium, the site features a salt lagoon with albino crabs. Use your free time to soak up the views along Lanzarote’s northern coast and La Graciosa island, just across the water. Return to your coach at the prearranged time and finish with a drop-off at the meeting point.

$40.49 Day Trips & Excursions

Tenerife Mt Teide and Masca Valley Full-Day Tour with Vilaflor

Leave your southern Tenerife hotel by air-conditioned coach, and travel to Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that surrounds Mt Teide, a volcano located at the heart of the island. One of Spain’s tallest volcanoes at roughly 12,198 feet (3,718 meters), Mt Teide makes for an impressive visit, and its views over the island are incredible.Gaze out of the window as you travel through Vilaflor, one of the highest villages in Spain. After traveling through the village’s winding streets, continue through the countryside — a region known for its rugged volcanic landscapes with lunar-like rock formations and sweeping stretches of volcanic soil. Head through La Orotava Valley and arrive in Icod de los Vinos, home to the island’s legendary dragon tree. While there are many dragon trees in Tenerife, the specimen in Icod de los Vinos is by far the largest — standing at 56 feet (17 meters) high — and also the oldest; many believe that the tree is more than 1,000 years old.Stop to stretch your legs and pose for photos by the impressive tree, and then continue by coach to visit two villages in the Masca countryside: Garachico and Masca. Partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the early 18th century, Garachico is known as one of the best vantage points to see the gorgeous rural landscape that typifies the Masca valley. Likewise, Masca enjoys spectacular scenery with dramatic rock formations and pretty houses stacked into the cliffs. Once a pirates’ hideaway, the village is home to some of Tenerife’s most breathtaking views, so have your camera ready as you explore. Use your free time in both villages to walk around, perhaps enjoy lunch (own expense) and soak up the sights. In the late afternoon, meet back up with your guide and travel back toward southern Tenerife, through the countryside of Santiago del Teide. If your tour takes place on a Wednesday, enjoy a stop at the Cliffs of Los Gigantes to soak up some more impressive views. Finally, finish your tour with a hotel drop-off in the early evening.