Top things to do in Canary Islands

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 archaeological sites: a cave adorned with geometric shapes, possibly thought to relate to the lunar an…
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 large section of model galleons ('La Niña…
Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves

For splendid views down the valley to Santa Cruz, put aside time to tackle the 4km uphill hike north of town to La Palma’s main object of pilgrimage, the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves with its fa…
Top Choice Beach in Cofete

Playa de Cofete

This is the main beach in far-flung Cofete, near the southern tip of the island and the main draw on the island for many. It's huge, quite beautiful and entirely undeveloped, with fine honey-coloured sand and a rumb…
Top Choice Mountain in Parque Nacional del Teide

Pico del Teide

The cable car provides the easiest way to get up to the peak of El Teide. The views are great – unless a big cloud is covering the peak, in which case you won’t see a thing. On clear days the volcanic valley spreads…
Top Choice Historic Building in Cofete

Villa Winter

This impressive structure, with its castle-like turret, was built by German engineer Gustav Winter in the 1930s. Rumours linking Winter to the Nazi party have never been confirmed, but conspiracy theories regarding …
Top Choice Cathedral in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Catedral de Santa Ana & Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro

The spiritual heart of the city, this brooding, grey cathedral was begun in the early 15th century, soon after the Spanish conquest, but took 350 years to complete. The neoclassical facade contrasts with the sunligh…
Top Choice Gallery in Central Lanzarote

Fundación César Manrique

Upon returning definitively to Lanzarote, César Manrique built his spectacular house and creative centre, Taro de Tahíche, into the lava fields just outside Tahíche. It’s a real James Bond-style hideaway, with white…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

Lanzarote's most spectacular sight, the eerie 51-sq-km Parque Nacional de Timanfaya sprawls around the Montañas del Fuego (Mountains of Fire) formed by the calamitous six-year eruption that rocked the south of the i…
Top Choice National Park in Central La Palma

Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente

Declared a national park in 1954, this beautiful park is at the heart of La Palma, both geographically and symbolically. Extending across 46.9 sq km, the park encompasses thick Canary pine forests, a wealth of fresh…