Canary Islands in detail

Regions at a Glance

The Canary Islands may share the same archipelago, but in every other way they are truly diverse. If you love the outdoors, there are spectacular natural landscapes and scope for scenic strolls or more arduous hikes on all islands, but especially Tenerife, La Palma, Gran Canaria and La Gomera. Beaches abound on every island but Fuerteventura has, arguably, the best of the bunch and, like neighbouring Lanzarote, is a hot destination for water sports. Something darkly different? That has to be Lanzarote: its black volcanic lava fields form the ideal backdrop for some dramatic sculpture and architecture. History lovers have plenty to ponder here as well, particularly in Gran Canaria, which digs deep into its past with some truly extraordinary archaeological sites.