Travellers to the Canaries will be spoiled for things to do and see on the islands. Not just a beach-and-party destination, the Canaries are home to national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, museums, dive sites, volcanoes, and art galleries. Every trip has its risks though, so be safe with travel insurance. It’s worth noting you can make good savings when you purchase annual holiday insurance.
Few are the travellers who come to Lanzarote without wanting to go to the beach- and with good reason. Playa de Papagayo is a gorgeous natural beach with fine yellow sand, and the 3 EUR entrance fee is worth it for the pretty clifftop cafe and clean bathroom facilities. These beaches are in a national park area, and off the beaten track. You’ll have a more tranquil time than at the city beaches, but don’t forget your flip flops, sun hat, and plenty of water.
Activities in Lanzarote
Those wishing to break up their trip with a little art and culture might well enjoy the quirky Cabra Cabra Galeria De Arte in the Old Town of Teguise (cabra means “goat”). Visitors and locals alike love the hand-painted pieces on sale at a variety of pricepoints. For a totally free activity, Teguise is also home to the stately Palacio Spínola, an impressive eighteenth century building which houses a museum, as well as being the official residence of the Canary Islands’ government.
If your tastes incline more to wine and cheese, however, we think you’ll love Bodega Rubicón- situated in La Geria, it costs an unbelievable 1.50 EUR to taste three artisanal wines- come for the wine and on-site museum, but stay for the gourmet delights in the restaurant.
With over 10 million visitors a year, it’s safe to say that Tenerife is popular. A stay outside the main tourist season is recommended for that very reason, and visitors in the early spring will be rewarded with fantastic Mardi Gras carnival celebrations in the capital of Santa Cruz (the celebrations last for around 3 weeks, culminating in a 24-hour party). Happily, the carnival is totally free to watch.
Activities in Tenerife
For those who want to relax away from the beach, Santa Cruz’s lush and tropical Parque Garcia Sanabría is home to wild parakeets, colourful flowers and trees, and delightful water features- a perfect place for a picnic or a quiet afternoon if you’ve been partying the night before.
If you want to get out of the city, Teide National Park offers walks and adventures of the outdoorsy kind- the slopes of this volcano are strewn with lava and make for an oddly desolate moonscape. Families with kids will also love Loros Parque (Parrot Park) for its exotic birds and exciting shows.