Island Hopping on the Canary Islands

Nestled off the North West coast of Africa lies the Canary Islands, an archipelago of 7 Spanish islands that have attracted sun worshipers, culture vultures and adventure seekers for years. Traditionally, holidaymakers have chosen their destination island and not travelled far from it, but with the sheer variety of landscapes and environments that the seven islands offer why not turn your trip into an island hopping adventure?

First of all, you are going to need to get the lowdown on each of the seven islands and decide which ones you want to see or if you want to go for broke and visit them all!

In size order the inhabited islands are:

Tenerife

As the largest of the islands, Tenerife offers a little bit of everything. You can find traditional villages, purpose-built holiday resorts and untouched national parks. If you start your island hopping adventure here why not climb to the top of Mount Teide and see the archipelago stretched out before you.

Fuerteventura

The beach island of the Canary’s offers miles of sandy beaches that provide plenty of water sports activity opportunities. Try your hand at windsurfing or kiteboarding on the waters off of Fuerteventura. After a day on the water take a walk through the rust red sand dunes and meet the local goats who roam the island; quite the change from the lush greenery of Northern Tenerife!

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is often considered to be one of the most diverse islands in the archipelago. Similarly to Tenerife there are built up areas of resorts where party lovers will find everything they, need but you can also step outside that part of the island and experience some of the heritage and culture of the Canarians. Head here for dramatic scenery and astounding views of Tenerife’s mega volcano.

Lanzarote

For a quiet getaway Lanzarote is ideal, in the same day you can explore sandy beaches and then marvel at the volcanic cones that dot this sparsely populated island.

La Palma

A visit to this pint-sized island with it’s tradition of hand-rolled cigars will make you feel like you have stepped into South America. La Palma is one of the less visited Canary Islands but it’s wealth of amenities, charm and history give it the feel of an undiscovered gem.

La Gomera

Avid walkers will want to make sure to include La Gomera in their island hopping adventure. Filled with dramatic ravines, dense rainforest and of course beautiful beaches. There are resorts here but you won’t find the party scene of Tenerife or Gran Canaria here.

El Hierro

Not even 19 miles across the tiniest of the Canary Islands is like no other! There are limited flights to this gem of an island on the edge of the ocean and the other option for getting here is a 3 hour ferry ride, but boy is the journey worth it! The contrast between the dunes of Fuerteventura and the almost English countryside style environs of El Hierro will have you wondering where on earth you are!

How to get around

Travelling by ferry is by far the most beautiful way to see the islands but it can quite time consuming, but hey, life is about the journey, not the destination right! There are 4 ferry lines that will take you all throughout the islands:

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other local wildlife!

If your time is short flights between the islands are less than an hour and operate fairly regularly, check out these providers for more details:

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