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Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves

For great views over Santa Cruz, take the relatively easy 2km hike north of town to La Palma’s main object of pilgrimage, the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves with its fabulously ornate interior. Th…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Gáldar

Cueva Pintada Museum & Archaeological Park

Discovered by a local farmer in the late 19th-century, this is one of Gran Canaria's most important pre-Hispanic sites: a cave adorned with geometric shapes, thought to relate to the lunar and solar calendars. It is…
Top Choice Cave in Malpaís de la Corona

Cueva de los Verdes

Cueva de los Verdes is a yawning, 1km-long chasm, which is the most spectacular segment of an almost 8km-long lava tube left behind by an eruption that occurred 5000 years ago. As the lava ploughed down towards the …
Top Choice Canarian in Parque Nacional de Garajonay

Casa Efigenia

On the southern border of Parque Nacional de Garajonay, take a short detour to the town of Las Hayas, where you'll find a local institution serving family-style meals. Efigenia started cooking for the local engineer…
Top Choice Museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Casa-Museo de Colón

This fascinating museum documents Columbus’ voyages and features exhibits on the Canary Islands’ historical role as a staging post for transatlantic shipping. Don’t miss the model galleon on the ground floor, which …
Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

It's difficult to miss the striking bell tower of the city’s oldest church, which also has traditional Mudéjar (Islamic-style architecture) ceiling work. The present church was built in the 17th and 18th centuries, …
Top Choice Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre

This brain-bending amalgam of natural science and archaeology is the city’s number one attraction, and one of the best museums in all the Canary Islands. Set inside the former civil hospital, the exhibit highlights …
Top Choice Museum in La Oliva

Casa de los Coroneles

This 18th-century building has been beautifully restored, retaining its traditional central patio and wooden galleries. The ground floor now houses temporary exhibitions of world-class modern art, while upstairs you…
Top Choice Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Playa de las Canteras

The fine 3km stretch of yellow sand is magnificent, and considered by many to be one of the world's best city beaches. There’s an attractive seaside promenade – the Paseo de las Canteras – which allows walkers, cycl…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA)

The highlight of this dramatic modern building is the excellent art gallery which covers three large and light galleries. Don't miss the permanent exhibition of both the paintings and audiovisual exhibits dedicated …