The Canary Islands have been a favoured holiday destination for Brits for many years now and it’s easy to see why.
Year-round sunshine, outstanding hospitality and gorgeous beaches are just some of the reasons why UK travellers return to the stunning islands year-after-year. However, there’s much more to Tenerife, Lanzarote & Gran Canaria than these well-known attractions.
Here are just some of the fantastic alternatives available for holidaymakers:
Swap sunbathing for stargazing in Tenerife
However, there is no harm in mixing things up a little and trying out stargazing instead for a night or two. Explore one of the best places in the world to experience star gazing. For the best views visit Las Cañadas del Teide where you can be amazed by the lunar and astronomical observations. It’s always great to go on holiday to relax but to experience a once in a life time opportunity just makes your time away that much more special and memorable!
As a stunning landscape full of craters and volcanoes, the area is a favourite of many holidaymakers. Ramblers can enjoy wonderful trails, whereas those who want a more relaxing day can marvel at their breathtaking environment, take in the quaint atmosphere and snap some photos for friends and family back home.
For those looking to explore more unheard of attractions in Tenerife why not explore Masca? The picturesque mountains look as if you have travelled to the Southern Asia region oposed to sunny Spain!
Dive into the underwater museum of Lanzarote rather than the hotel pool
A day by the pool is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of British life, but there is much more to do in Lanzarote than simply chilling out at the hotel.
Dive into Europes first underwater museum world called Museo Atlantico which showcases a thought-provoking ocean installation of over 300 life size human figures. You can experience this just off the south coast of Lanzarote, in the Bahía de Las Coloradas and is around 12-14 feet underwater and costs around £8pp.
The British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor uses mirrors within the statues to encourage octopus, fish and sea urchins to float around -making your time underwater even more exiciting! The installation is much more than just great craftmanship as each piece represents changes in our oceans, social attitudes and climate change. See for yourself sculpted refugees, couples taking selfies and rows of statues representing residents of Lanzarote and beyond.
For those who want to stay above sea level, you should definatly look into visiting Timanfaya National Park. The colouful warm tones of the ombre sands decorate the volcano and mountains, making every step more enjoyable and photo worthy!
Walk amongst the clouds rather than across the sands in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria boasts a marvellous selection of pubs that are perfect for a few hours of relaxation, serving up delightful drinks and a great atmosphere.
Instead of seeing the world through a screen experience it for yourself and take in Gran Canarias nature. Have a break from technology and clear your mind with amazing hikes around the Pico de las Nieves, the islands highest mountain. Walking towards it you witness dramatic backdrops and the mountain peaks above the clouds making you feel like you are on top of the world! If you are not a fan of heights we recommend taking a wander around Tamadaba National Park and trek through volcanic craters near Las Palmas.