For sun, sea and sand, as well as plenty of places to explore, a trip to the Canary Islands has to be on the cards. With volcanic terrain, black and white-sand beaches and sunny temperatures all year round, it proves a popular destination for holiday-goers and newlyweds alike. But which island will you choose?
Largest and most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is great for party-goers, with plenty of nightclubs and restaurants to keep you occupied late into the night. Mount Teide dominates the skyline (a dormant volcano and Spain’s highest peak) with some spectacular views of the island.
Best for: The nightlife, water-sports and local seafood
Top tip: Head out during the Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colourful costumes – just make sure to book early to secure your favourite hotel!
This rural and mountainous island is a popular stop for cruise ships, with the capital, Las Palmas, great for duty-free shopping. There are nightclubs and great seafood restaurants around Gran Canaria, and if you get a chance to visit some of the prehistoric cave dwellings, add it to your list. Some are even still inhabited!
Best for: Shopping and beautiful beaches
Top tip: If diving is your thing, PADI Open Water courses are perfect to get your scuba certification on a three-day course here!
Home to Timanfaya National Park, an area formed by volcanic eruptions in the 1730’s, and with perfectly formed coves ideal for snorkelling, Lanzarote is a beautiful honeymoon destination. The museums here are also worth a visit if you fancy a change from the beach.
Best for: Museums, surfing and hang-gliding
Top tip: Visit the Cueva de los Verdes and take a tour of the caverns formed by an underground river of lava.
The second largest of the Canary Islands and well-known as a holiday destination for it’s white beaches and warm climate, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants throughout the towns to indulge in.
Best for: Sunbathing, golf courses and sailing
Top tip: Whales, dolphins and turtles are common sights for divers or boat excursions here – take advantage!
Dotted with volcanoes and excellent hiking trails crossing the island, La Palma is great for an escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, is a very pretty cobbled town, perfect for your honeymoon stay.
Best for: Parrotfish and stargazing
Top tip: The night skies are so clear, it really is a fantastic spot for stargazing. Head to one of the astral viewing points around the island away from any light pollution for the best views.
Second smallest of the Canary Islands, La Gomera has an incredible craggy volcanic terrain, black-sand beaches and lush forests and ferns within the Garajonay National Park. Plenty to see and do with far less crowds than the bigger islands.
Best for: Whale watching opportunities and hiking trails
Top tip: Hike to the summit of Alto de Garajonay, where on clear days the 360º views are beautiful, reaching as far as the neighbouring island of Tenerife.
The smallest of the Canary Islands and furthest south, with a population of only just over 10,000 people. It’s packed with natural wonders including The Garoe Tree, sacred to its original inhabitants for providing all the water they needed.
Best for: Diving and hiking in the peace and quiet
Top tip: Visit the Charco Azul, a natural seawater pool said to be gifted by the volcanoes – so peaceful!
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