Can’t decide where to go on your next holiday? Try a place that offers a piece of everything – from mountain ranges to virgin forests, from coral reefs to gushing waterfalls. The Canary Islands, an archipelago made up of El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote, and Tenerife, is your next stop.
Start exploring at the Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled on the great volcano Teide. You might catch a glimpse of the tizon lizard, silver thistle, and a shrub called “Teide broom.” Another World Heritage Site, Parque Nacional de Doñana, is home to the Iberian lynx, a fierce-looking carnivore with sideburns.
Have you ever imagined attending a concert in a cave? You’ll get to try it in Cueva de Los Verdes, which was formed from the lava of the La Corona volcano. It is one of the venues for the Visual Music Festival of Lanzarote, which features avant-garde performances from all over the world.
Are you eager to tuck in some Canarian cuisine? Then dig into Ropa Vieja, a filling mishmash of meat, eggs, tomatoes, chickpeas, and potatoes. A dash of Mojo will heat up any Canarian dish. This special hot sauce is a potent brew of garlic, paprika, and peppers, and is coloured a festive orange or green. To soothe the fire in your mouth, take a swig of Lanzarote's Malvasía and Tenerife's Taraconte wines, or the regional specialty, honey-rum. For dessert, try a local favourite, Bienmesabe, a concoction of almonds, cinnamon, lemon zest, and sugar.
Of course, your Canary Island holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. Fuerteventura's Sotavento, Gran Canaria's El Inglés, and Tenerife's Las Américas are just some of your choices.