Canary Islands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Canary Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Maspalomas

    Beach–Sight

    The island's most emblematic beach and one of the most beautiful, Maspaloma has golden sand that stretches for 2¾ km (1¾ miles) along the southern...Read More

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  • 2. Parque Nacional Timanfaya

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Popularly known as "the Fire Mountains," this national park takes up much of southern Lanzarote. As you enter the park from Yaiza, the first...Read More

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  • 3. Playa de los Guíos

    Beach–Sight

    This small cove is dwarfed by Los Gigantes, the towering cliffs nearby; it's about 12 km (7 miles) north of Playa de las Américas. The swimming...Read More

  • 4. Antigua Windmill

    Town/Village

    In Antigua, 8 km (5 miles) east of Betancuria, you can visit a restored, white Don Quixote–style windmill that was once used for grinding gofio...Read More

  • 5. Aqualand Maspalomas

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    The largest water park in the Canary Islands has wave pools, slides, and just about everything else splash related. ...Read More

  • 6. Artenara

    Town/Village

    From the road leading to the Parador Cruz de Tejeda, follow signs west to the village of Artenara (about 13 km [8 miles]) for views of the rocky...Read More

  • 7. Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martin

    Arts/Performance Venue

    A magnificent white shell of an auditorium dominates the west end of the city. Built by the architect Santiago Calatrava in 2003, the auditorium...Read More

  • 8. Cable Car

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    On its way to the top of Mt. Teide, the cable car passes sulfur steam vents. You can get a good view of southern Tenerife and Gran Canaria from...Read More

  • 9. Casa de los Coroneles

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The island's main historic building is south 19 km (11 miles) on the inland road. Military governors built the immense house in the 1700s and...Read More

  • 10. Casa de Vino La Baranda

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Wine and food lovers will want to head to this winery, opened by the Canary Islands' government to promote local vintners. It includes a wine...Read More

  • 11. Casa Museo Colón

    Museum/Gallery

    In a palace where Christopher Columbus may have stayed when he stopped to repair the Pinta 's rudder, nautical instruments, copies of early...Read More

  • 12. Castillo San Gabriel

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This double-wall fortress was once used to keep pirates at bay. You can walk out to the fortress over Puente de las Bolas with lovely views...Read More

  • 13. Catedral Santa Ana

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It took four centuries to complete St. Anne's Cathedral, so the neoclassical Roman columns of the 19th-century exterior contrast sharply with...Read More

  • 14. Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno

    Museum/Gallery

    This art gallery has earned a name for curating some of the best avant-garde shows in Spain, with a year-round calendar of exhibitions. The...Read More

  • 15. Climbing the Teide Crater

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    If you're planning on hiking in the park, plan ahead. Take warm clothing even in summer, suitable footwear, sun protection, and plenty of drinking...Read More

  • 16. Cueva de los Verdes

    Cave

    If the Jameos del Agua caverns weren't enough for you, then head to this cave, just across the highway. Guided walks take you through a 1-km...Read More

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  • 17. El Médano

    Beach–Sight

    Stretching for more than 2 km (1 mile), this is the longest beach on the island and also one of the most distinctive—the conical top of Montaña...Read More

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  • 18. Ermita de San Telmo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Destroyed by Dutch attackers in 1599, this chapel was rebuilt in the 17th century. Inside is a fine baroque altarpiece with rich gold leaf and...Read More

  • 19. Fundación César Manrique

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The former home of this accomplished artist and architect is now a museum and foundation displaying a collection of his paintings and sculptures...Read More

  • 20. Holiday World

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    This amusement park has bumper cars and other carnival rides, including a Ferris wheel visible from miles away. ...Read More

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