An Exotic Paradise: Canary Islands

When you hear Spain, the first thing that comes to mind is either Madrid, Barcelona, or Seville — three of the most-visited beautiful destinations in Spain. But at the end of that list of must-visit places in Spain is the Canary Islands. We hear little about it, but after my short visit here, I know it definitely deserves to be talked about.

The Canary Islands is a seven-island Spanish archipelago (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Palma) famously known for being the sunshine center of Europe. Yes, you can enjoy long hours of sunshine with mild temperatures all year-round!

It offers a multitude of untouched national attractions that five of its islands have been proclaimed a Biosphere Reserve. You can experience both white and black sand beaches, and even the golden yellow sand of Playa de Las Vistas; witness the largest natural crag in Europe called El Roque Nublo; enjoy natural swimming pools, botanical gardens, and museums; visit the famous Timanfaya Volcanic Park and the Maspalomas sand dunes; hit the trails in its four national parks and go stargazing; and if you’re a sustainable traveler, you will surely appreciate El Hierro which is running mainly on renewable energy.

There are plenty of nature and adventure activities for active travelers like us, too! You can hike, swim, surf, dive, parasail, and many more. And the best thing about it is the Canaries are surprisingly an affordable destination.

If you are planning your next European trip, don’t forget to include the Canary Islands on your itinerary.