To many people (especially in Europe), the Canary Islands are known for being an exotic and unusual holiday destination which boast of beautiful beaches and a warm, year-round climate. While this description is totally correct, the Spanish archipelago has much more to offer than simply an exotic, extravagant paradise allure. Located just 100 kilometers (60 miles) of the southern coast of North-Western Africa, the Canary Islands are part of an extremely diverse region that has something for just about everybody. There are hundreds of good reasons why over 12 million people come to visit this wonderful place every year and we picked 25 of them to show you. Before this list is over, you will see why the Canary Islands deserve to be a part of your travel plans for this year. From astonishing natural landmarks and breathtaking national parks to delicious local foods, busy nightlife and lively carnivals, here are 25 Reasons Why The Canary Islands Should Be On Your Bucket List.
Tenerife, the largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands, is home to the third highest volcano on a volcanic ocean island in the world. At a height of 3,718 meters (12,198 feet), the Mount Teide is also the highest point in Spain. Offering stunning views of the island, the volcano was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.
The Canary Islands´ climate is generally considered one of the most pleasant and stable in the world. With about 2,800 hours of sunshine annually, local hot subtropical climate is constantly cooled down by trade winds and the Gulf Stream, creating just the perfect weather.
As the Canary Islands are home to a varied and abundant marine life, it is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Apart from a number of fish species, the islands also host five different species of marine turtle that are sighted periodically in the islands, the most common of these being the endangered loggerhead sea turtle.
Lanzarote, the easternmost island of the Canary Islands, is a well-known surfing destination thanks to its consistent year-round waves. The island is also notable for its astonishing long beaches that stretch for kilometers.
However, picturesque beaches can be found on all seven islands. The Canary Islands boasts over 500 beaches of all types, lengths and colors, offering a wide range of activities. From the Playa del Inglés Beach in Gran Canaria to the iconic Los Patos Beach in Tenerife, this place is a real beachgoers paradise.