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Which Canary Island is for you?

Tourists from all over the world flock to the Canary Islands each year.  They are drawn by its stunning beaches, balmy weather and volcanic landscape.  The Canary Islands are a grouping of Spanish islands located just off the coast of Africa.  The weather is favorable year round, making it one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.   Each of the islands takes on a personality all its own.  There are seven main islands to choose from and if you can’t seem to pick a favorite you can always take excursions to visit neighboring islands.  Why not visit them all!  Here’s an overview of what each one has to offer its tourists. 

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands.  It boasts sandy beaches and an active nightlife.  The interior of the Tenerife is home to Mount Teide which is the 3rd largest volcano in the world.  Touring around the island you’ll come across a variety of banana plantations and parks to explore.  When considering where to stay on holiday, view this luxury presidential suite available for home exchange through International Vacation Home Exchange

Lanzarote is known for its volcanic terrain.  The Timanfaya National Park is one of the main attractions on Lanzarote.  The landscape of the island is most intriguing and may leave you feeling as if you just landed on the moon but rest assured the coastline has some of the most breathtaking views.  There’s an abundance of fabulous restaurants and bars to choose from with many offering some amazing views of the Atlantic. 

Gran Canaria is often referred to as a “continent in miniature” because of its variation in terrain.  The northern part of the Gran Canaria is green and leafy, the interior of this island has a mountainous terrain and there is dessert terrain to the south.  Needless to say there are lots of beach and water activities on Gran Canaria to enjoy.

Fuerteventura is the best choice for beach lovers.  This island boasts 150 beaches to explore.  Visitors can enjoy an abundance of water sports.  It’s a major holiday destination for surfers and windsurfers. 

There are 3 lesser known islands to explore on your holiday.  La Polma being the greenest and has the clearest sky, perfect for star gazing.  La Gomera and El Hurro are well known for their forest trails.

Looking for additional information on what a Canary Island holiday has to offer?  Contact one of  IVHE’s Personal Travel Researchers to help plan out the best way to get the most out of your island hopping holiday.

Thank you to travel writer Lisa Medeiros.  Follow her on twitter @lisamedeiros_


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