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35 Things to do in Spain: Crowd-pleasing Canaries


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Say ‘hola’ to part two of our ultimate Spanish bucket list! 1,300 miles southwest of the beautiful Balearics lie the crowd-pleasing Canaries. Closer to Africa than Spain itself, this amazing archipelago treats its travellers to spectacular scenery, breathtaking beaches and most importantly – year-round sunshine. Whether you’re craving a winter escape or summer break, there’s countless things to do in the Canary Islands…

Conquer Mount Teide, Tenerife

Golden hues and wild rock formations accessorize the national park at the base of Mount Teide.  The volcano itself broods in the background.

If you’re into Sci-Fi films, we’ve got just the thing for you – a dormant volcano and surrounding national park that look like they’re from another planet! Mount Teide is Spain’s highest summit, towering over Tenerife at a mammoth 3,718m. Catch a ride to the top courtesy of the cable car… from here you’ll be able to see the entire Canary archipelago.

Set sail for Lobos Island, Fuerteventura

Turquoise seas lap gently across a wooden boardwalk on the island of Lobos

Little Lobos Island is a match made in heaven for anyone chasing their very own ‘castaway’ experience. Sitting 15 minutes from Fuerteventura’s coast, the ‘get away from it all’ idyll is awash with raw natural beauty and pockets of peace and quiet. The ferry journey is good fun too.

Make a splash at Siam Park, Tenerife

The huge Tower of Power waterslide surrounded by luscious vegetation and fronted by a shark aquarium

Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat at Tenerife’s award-winning waterpark, Siam Park. Here you’ll find some of the fastest slides and rides in the business, including the terrifying Tower of Power. Unsuspecting daredevils hurtle down a 28 metre drop at 80km/h before speeding by the resident sharks swimming in the aquarium at the bottom. Splashtastic! 

Embrace the raw beauty of Cofete Beach, Fuerteventura

A couple walk hold in hand across the golden sands of Cofete Beach

Looking to get off the beaten track? The Cofete Beach in Fuerteventura is a no-brainer! Used as the backdrop in Star Wars, the endless golden sands are backed by brooding mountains and lapped by wild seas. You won’t find sunbathers here though, it’s all about a day in the elements. Brace yourself for strong breezes, raw and rugged natural beauty and best of all… a feeling of total freedom!

Feast your eyes on Los Gigantes Cliffs, Tenerife

Bright pink bougainvillea frames a panoramic picture looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and soaring cliffs of Los Gigantes

You’ll have to steady those sea legs again for this next one! Although the towering cliffs are visible from the nearby seaside town, the best views of the 800m high rock face is undoubtedly from the water. Literally translating to ‘cliffs of the giants’, this awe-inspiring stretch of Tenerife’s coastline has more than earnt its name.

Celebrate in style during fiesta season, Gran Canaria

A festival-goer wears a gold and rich blue costume as part of the Gran Canaria festival

Clear your diary, because Gran Canaria has a social calendar like no other! January – March might be the time of year that most of us want to go into hibernation, but thanks to the island’s year-round sunshine, the Guanches throw a huge party instead. A close second to the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Gran Canaria’s own creation is a kaleidoscope of colour and showstopping celebrations.

Surfs up in Fuerteventura!

A surfer paddles out to sea on his surf board in Fuerteventura

Ride the waves in one of the world’s best spots for surfing. Strong winds and uncrowded beaches mean Fuerteventura’s shores have conditions to rival Hawaii’s (without the long haul flight). You’re guaranteed to have a swell time thanks to some of Europe’s best conditions.

Marvel at the Maspalomas Dunes, Gran Canaria

Golden, rolling sand dunes at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

The ‘must’ that you can’t miss! Swap waves for rolling dunes at one of Gran Canaria’s most iconic natural landmarks. Maspalomas golden sand dunes cover a total of 400 hectares – you’ll feel like you’re making your way across the Sahara as you navigate this otherworldly oasis.

If you’ve noticed the absence of a certain Canary Island – have no fear! We love Lanzarote so much we had to give it its very own ’35 Things to do…’

Emma Mackey

Emma Mackey is a Content Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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