Welcome to the Canary Islands. With rich lunar landscapes, lush forestry, looming volcanoes and incredible sandy shores; ranging from volcanic black to the soft sands of the Sahara, these islands have so much to offer and give so many reasons for visiting.
1. Canary Islands Climate
Clear skies with little cloud or rain make for beautiful long sunny days in the Canary Islands. A climate that’s linked to constant good moods – The Canaries offers shorts and t-shirt weather for the majority of the year!
With an average temperature of 28 degrees in high summer and 22 degrees in the winter, its never to hot neither too cold and therefore some would state as one of the best climates in the world. You may find certain islands to have a presence of stronger winds over the months June – August but as this is when temperatures are high, that breeze can actually be very much appreciated!
The Canary Islands are located off the north-west coast of Africa, much, much closer to the equator than other Spanish mainland, making the heat very intense in summer months – great for those who love to tan!
You may be wondering what’s the best time to visit the Canary Islands? If you still want sunshine but nothing too overwhelming, the months of September to November dip to delightful temperatures plus there’s less tourists at this time making getting around that little bit easier and relaxing!
2. Natural Pools
Who doesn’t love going down to the beach and swimming in crystal Atlantic waters? – Well the Canary Islands offer even more of an unforgettable experience with their abundance of natural pools.
Full of charm and striking beauty, you can lounge your days away in these stunning enclosed pools which due to their natural formation, allow sea water to seep in without any human intervention.
With no disruption from waves or harsh currents, you can enjoy a refreshing dip just as you would pool side on deck or in resort! One added benefit though; seawater is known to help remove toxins from your skin as it acts as a natural exfoliator. So in reality, these natural waters are so much more than a pool – they’re basically a free outdoor spa! Are we right?
See some of our favourite spots below!
3. Mount Teide
The highest peak in the Canary Islands and in the whole of Spain, if there’s one definite, must do excursion when cruising the canaries its visiting Mount Teide!
Located on the largest Canary Island, Tenerife, it’s the backdrop of the entire island and actually one of the best places in the world to observe the night’s sky!
There are two ways to this stunning volcano, on foot or by cable car – we highly recommended the cable car! By foot will take keen hikers around 5-6 hours to reach the summit. Although highly worth it for those whom are fit and able, the climb is still a challenge for many.
The cable car will have you at the top in as quickly as 8 minutes, dropping you a mere 200 meters from the summit.
Once up high, the views can only be described as majestic! The volcano is surrounded by yellow and white sulphurous rock, which is hot to the touch and slopes deep into its crater – those are some serious out of this world scenes.
Looking back outward, on a clear day you can lap up the views of neighbouring Gran Canaria, La Palma and even El Hierro among the glistening hues of the Atlantic Ocean. However cloud cover is by no means a hindrance or a disappointment. Teide’s peak rises above the level of the clouds, meaning you can stand in bright sunlight and look down upon the sea of clouds that circles the volcano. – You’ll certainly feel on top of the world.
4. The vines and wines of the Canary Islands
Six of the Canary Islands produce wine, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. These are some of Europe’s oldest vines, each producing their own unique grapes – thanks majorly to the rich vegetation of these volcanic islands.
With a climate that many would say isn’t ideal for wine-making, the Canary Islands actually have one of the most exciting wine regions, producing delicious reds, whites and rosé.
There are many wine tasting excursions all across the islands with Lanzarote mainly producing Malvasia white, while Gran Canaria known for its specialty reds and Tenerife; home to the majority of the regions production, offers a beautiful mix of them all.
It’s Tenerife where most wine is exported, so if you’ve tried a bottle from the Canary’s outside of the island, its most likely came from Tenerife and the fertile volcanic slopes of mount Teide.
5. Surfing the Canary Islands
Europe’s answer to Hawaii? We’ll let you decide that one, but the Canary Islands serve up seas both ideal for the beginner and surf enthusiasts across the islands.
There are over 100 well known surfing points which boast idyllic water temperatures and waves good enough to surf year round! Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are your top four Canary locations to ride the waves. Your best time to surf… That’ll be between the months of September to April.
Wake up early to get the waves to yourself or go later in the day and mix with the locals. Surfing is a popular sport around the Canary Islands so be ready to share waters, especially in the more popular resort towns such as Corralejo on Fuerteventura and Las Americas on Tenerife.
Cruising the Canary Islands can provide the best of both surf holiday and relaxing break away!
6. Lets hit the beach
With beaches to enjoy all year round thanks to the Canary Islands extraordinary climate, beach days can seem too inviting to pass up! The Canary Islands are home to over 500 beaches, each with their own uniqueness, colouring and amenities.
Enjoy unspoiled bays with endless lengths of beautiful soft white or sometimes darkened volcanic sands, while those crystal blue waters invite surfers, water sport enthusiasts or anyone for a refreshing dip and soothing wade.
You’ll find practical beaches for family days, complete with lifeguards so you can relax in complete ease. Beaches surrounded by unbelievable scenery of the islands intricate natural landscapes, and then there’s the more lively districts, with shops, bars, restaurants and beach parties with DJs on the sand.
We’ve rounded up what we think are some of the best beaches in Canary Islands! So pick your favourite, grab a towel, pull up a lounger and enjoy a day of blissful relaxation.
Eager to explore?
There really are so many things to do in the Canary Islands, so why not cruise around the islands and experience each of their charms on one amazing holiday? If you’re ready to set sail, check our latest cruise deals to the Canary Islands here!
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