The 10 best things to do in the Canary Islands
From exploring wild landscapes and petrified lava fields to chilling on brilliant white and black sand beaches, shore experiences in the Canary Islands really do offer something for everyone.
In the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Morocco lie the Spanish Canary Islands, each boasting a distinctive personality and diverse attractions. On a Canary Islands cruise holiday, you’ll soak in their beauty and bask in the reliably hot, sunny weather – even in winter. And as you venture on shore, you’ll find an amazing array of shore experiences to choose from to suit your own interests…
Things to do in the for the active type in the Canary Islands
For the adventurous
Camel Ride and Fire Mountain, Lanzarote
Great fun for all the family. Ride your camel over volcanic dunes in the Timanfaya National Park, then follow the snaking road to Fire Mountain, where geothermal experiments demonstrate the fearsome heat below the surface.
The Water Kingdom, Tenerife
Part of Siam Park, this is an aquatic theme park not to be missed, with 14 major water attractions, a floating market, a tea house, a beach bar and a Thai restaurant.
For aquatic types
Surfing at Las Canteras Beach, Gran Canaria
Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve done it before, this surfing lesson on Las Canteras city beach is great fun for all the family – and a great workout.
What do the Canary Islands offer for the leisurely type?
Teguise Sunday Market, Lanzarote
The narrow maze of streets comes to life on market day with a vast network of shops and stalls offering everything from handmade local arts and crafts to stunning silver and gold jewellery.
History & Flavours Of Tenerife, Tenerife
Admire the lovingly preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Laguna. The town centre was used as a template for the likes of Old Havana, Lima and Cartagena. During your shore experience, enjoy delicious local snacks and refreshing drinks, including a typical passionfruit mojito
For art fans
The Magic of Manrique, Lanzarote
Painter, architect, builder and sculptor César Manrique adored Lanzarote’s lava landscape. He was also an ecologist and loathed modern construction, which you’ll appreciate as you travel around the island to see his masterpieces, including the Jameos del Agua cave and Manrique’s home, half submerged in volcanic bubbles.
Playa de las Americas On Your Own, Tenerife
Visit this high-rise and high-energy resort for beachside bars, shopping centres and the best sunbathing, as this is the sunniest and driest part of the island.
Try something unique in Tenerife
For the green-fingered
Gardens of the Valley, Tenerife
Explore the wonderfully laid out botanical garden, the attractive waterfalls and colourful terraces and the Risco Bello Gardens and the largest collection of orchids in the Canary Islands at the Orchid Gardens of Sitio Litre.
For budding photographers
Northern Panorama, Tenerife
This scenically rewarding excursion includes the mountains of Anaga, the magnificent Canary flora, and the El Bailadero and Pico del Ingles viewpoints.
For something a bit different
Star Gazing, Tenerife
Armed with telescopes and binoculars, join our expert guide in Cañadas del Teide National Park to discover planets, stars, galaxies, nebuloses and star clusters in the clear night sky.