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. Casa Museo Colón


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

  • 2. Jardín Botánico Canario Viero y Clavijo

    Welcome to one of Spain's largest botanical gardens, with plants from all the islands grouped by their natural habitat. The cactuses are particularly arresting....Read More

  • 3. Jardín de Cactus

    North of Costa Teguise between Guatiza and Mala, this cactus garden with 10,000 specimens of more than 1,500 varieties was César Manrique's last creation for...Read More

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  • 4. Las Canteras

    One of the best urban beaches in Spain is found at the northwest end of the city. Its yellow sands are flanked by a pleasant...Read More

  • 5. Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

    Popularly known as the "Fire Mountains," this national park of barren volcanic landscapes takes up much of southern Lanzarote. The terrain is a violent jumble...Read More

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  • 6. Parque Nacional del Teide

    This park includes the volcano itself and the Cañadas del Teide, a violent jumble of volcanic leftovers from El Teide and the neighboring Pico Viejo....Read More

  • 7. Parque Rural de Anaga

    Thanks to its ornery terrain, Anaga Nature Park has managed to keep the tour-bus crowd (mostly) at bay—their loss. This magical oasis takes in misty...Read More

  • 8. Aqualand Maspalomas

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

  • 9. Castillo de Santa Bárbara

    For sweeping aerial views of Lanzarote's craggy coast and parched volcanic landscape, climb to the top of this 16th-century fortress that, since 2011, houses the...Read More

  • 10. Cueva de los Verdes

    Guided walks take you through this 1-km (½-mile) section of an underground lava tube, said to be the longest in the world. It's one of...Read More

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  • 11. Jardín Botánico

    Filled with more than 4,000 varieties of tropical trees and plants, and sonorous birds, the Jardín Botánico was founded in 1788, on the orders of...Read More

  • 12. Lago Martiánez

    Because Puerto de la Cruz has uninviting black-sand beaches, the town commissioned Lanzarote artist César Manrique in 1965 to build Costa Martiánez, a forerunner of...Read More

  • 13. Las Nieves Natural Park

    Also known as Bosque de Los Tilos, this protected biosphere is home to one of the best-preserved laurisilva forests in the archipelago. Take a leisurely...Read More

  • 14. Loro Parque

    This huge subtropical garden and zoo holds 1,300 parrots, many of which are trained to ride bicycles and perform other tricks. The garden also has...Read More

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  • 15. Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África

    This colorful city market is part bazaar and part food emporium. Stalls outside sell household goods; inside, stands displaying everything from flowers to canaries are...Read More

  • 16. Museo de Historia y Antropología

    Occupying the splendid 17th-century palace of an Italian merchant, this museum chronicles Tenerife's sociocultural history from the 15th to the 20th century with documents, artifacts,...Read More

  • 17. Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueología

    Primitive ceramics and mummies are this museum's highlights. The ancient Guanches mummified their dead by rubbing the bodies with pine resin and salt and leaving...Read More

  • 18. Museo del Queso Majorero

    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 (toasted...Read More

  • 19. Palmetum

    Up on the hill just behind Parque Marítimo is Europe's largest collection of palms with some 600 species. The 29½-acre site, built over the former...Read More

  • 20. Palmitos Park

    One of the main attractions in this part of the island, inland from Maspalomas, this part botanical garden and part zoo has 1,500 tropical birds,...Read More

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