A perfect holiday must have these ingredients: fairytale sea, idyllic climate, a varied landscape that knows how to excite.  Welcome to the Canary Islands. This is a taster of what awaits you, if that’s not enough, we will just add a little mythology. According to a fantastic story, the Canary Islands derive from the beauties of Atlantis, the legendary earthly paradise.
This could be the explanation why the landscapes seem to belong to another planet, amongst pine forests waterfalls, relaxing oases and black beaches. But where are the Canary Islands? They are off the coast of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean. They are a concentration of incredible views, varied landscapes, often of volcanic origin, subtropical vegetation, but also of fine wines and tasty food. Each island is different and will stand out. 
Be enchanted by the elegance and mountainous interiors of Gran Canaria, the picturesque waterfalls of La Palma or the Parque Nacional de Garajonay on La Gomera. Add the bright colours of Lanzarote, or the mighty Mount Teide in Tenerife. Relax admire the view and the opportunities: now get comfortable and find out with us what the must-see stops on the Canary Islands are.
  • Tenerife
  • Lanzarote
  • Fuerteventura
  • Gran Canaria
  • La Graciosa
  • La Gomera
  • La Palma

Tenerife

Varied and eclectic: Tenerife. It is the most urbanised and populous of the Canary Islands and allows all kinds of experience or activities. The starting point can only be Santa Cruz, the capital. It is a living city, full of culture and energy, but it also has a past full of history and a present full of interesting ideas. You can vary between parks, wonderful nature excursions or museums. In the Museum of Archaeology you will have the opportunity to see the mummies of the first populations who inhabited the island more than two thousand years ago, i.e. Aboriginal Guanches. If you prefer parks or a day in the open air, let yourself be conquered by Teide National Park, almost 19,000 hectares to discover, and aUnesco World Heritage Site.
The town is famous for its sparkling nightlife: the place of fun is the "cuadrilatero", where bars, clubs, restaurants alternate seamlessly. Here you can relax and listen to live music, while tasting appetisers or sipping a cocktail, a beer or the typical wine of the island, perhaps that of the Tacoronte-Acentejo vineyards. The "La Recova" market also deserve a visit: it is a typical place to buy local fresh products and which has recently been the subject of a restoration.

Nella parte nord dell’isola è da visitare Puerto de La Cruz, conservata molto bene e meta di un turismo più pacato, anche La Laguna è una cittadina piena di sorprese, mentre chi vuole vivere la parte più naturale di Tenerife si deve recare a Orotava, dove è percepibile la solennità del Teide, uno dei vulcani più grandi del pianeta e la vetta più alta di tutta la Spagna con i suoi 3718 metri sul livello del mare. Potete fotografarlo dal basso, oppure provare a salire, ma è solo una prova per sportivi o per persone allenate, Per tutti gli altri, c’è una comoda funivia da cui godere un panorama unico. I più curiosi non potranno, poi, perdersi le piramidi di Guimar, interessanti e intriganti come quelle egiziane. È l’acqua, però, l’elemento magico e principale dell’isola.

Le piscine naturali di Tenerife sono una delle meraviglie dell'arcipelago che permette di godersi il mare durante tutto l'anno e di nuotare nell'acqua calma e tiepida. Montaña Amarilla, Charco Azul, le piscine De Bajamar, Jóver, Lago Martianez, Charco del Viento, Garachico El Caletón e Punta del Hidalgo sono solo alcune delle piscine naturali più belle di Tenerife. E se, invece, si dovesse puntare su una spiaggia, c’è Playa de Las Teresitas, la più conosciuta dell’isola. Questa perla si trova a circa 7 chilometri dal centro di Santa Cruz . Dotata di ottimi servizi, la spiaggia è ricoperta di sabbia bianca importata dal deserto del Sahara. La scelta del panorama migliore sull’isola, però, è ampia, visto che ci sono 269 chilometri di costa dove rocce e scogliere si alternano a spiagge lunghe e sabbiose.

In the north of the island, Puerto de La Cruz is a must place to visit, a destination for a quieter tourism, but full of attractions; Also La Laguna is a town full of surprises. For those who prefer to savour the most natural part of Tenerife, Orotava is a place to visit, where solemnity of Teide one of the largest volcanoes on the planet and the highest peak in all of Spain with its 3718 metres, can be felt. 
For the less fitter of us, it is better to photograph it from below. If you want to try the climb, know that it is only for sportsmen or fit people. In any case, there is a comfortable cable car to relax and enjoy an unparalleled view. The most curious will not be able to miss the pyramids of Guimar, as intriguing as the Egyptian ones.
Water, however, is the main, magical element of the island. The natural pools of Tenerife allow you to enjoy the sea throughout the year and to swim in the warm, calm water. Charco Azul, Montaa Amarilla, the De Bajamar pools, J'ver, Lake Martianez are just a few of the names you need to keep in mind where you can really relax. And if, on the other hand, you prefer a beach, there is Playa de Las Teresitas, the best known on the island. With great facilities, the beach is covered with white sand imported from the Sahara desert. This pearl is located about 7 kilometres from the centre of Santa Cruz.
On the island, however, there are 269 kilometres of coastline where rocks and cliffs alternate with long and sandy beaches: the choice of the best view is a daily challenge.

Lanzarote

It is the wildest and roughest of the Canary Islands, a place where natural parks meet beaches and volcanic scenery. A fascinating mix and full of contrasts. The curiosities begin with the name, which comes from Lanzerotto Malocello, an explorer originally from Varazze (Liguria), who discovered it in 1312. It is the island of silence to be savoured, a place in which to rediscover slowness, and which due to its unique nature, has become a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. The forms that make it up are due to some earthquakes that occurred 300 years ago. Among the “musts” to visit is the volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park.

Lanzarote è anche legata all’arte: l’isola è il luogo natio dell’artista spagnolo César Manrique. Il pittore ha sempre contribuito alla valorizzazione dell’isola e in particolare della sua città natale, la capitale, Arrecife. Il Castillo di San Josè ne è un esempio calzante: anticamente era una fortezza militare, oggi è uno dei più importanti musei di arte contemporanea di Spagna. Contiene al suo interno opere dei più grandi artisti del Novecento, come Picasso o Mirò, anche se la vera particolarità del luogo è l’intera ala dedicata alla ristorazione: i turisti possono visitare il museo e poi gustare un pasto tipico o assaggiare prelibatezze internazionali con vista sul mare. A pochi passi dal centro di Arrefice si può visitare anche la Fundacion César Manrique, la casa dell’artista, oggi diventata museo in cui ammirare molte delle sue opere e di altri artisti spagnoli. Tra le altre chicche il Jardin de Cactus, un enorme giardino in cui la natura si fa arte: si trova a Guatiza, nel nord di Lanzarote, e ospita più di mille varietà di cactus, provenienti da varie parti del mondo. Da Lanzarote, poi, non si può non partire alla volta dell’Isla Graciosa: insieme ad altre quattro piccole isole e la scogliera Famara, forma un arcipelago nell’arcipelago. 

There is no shortage of treasures like Jameo del Agua, a set of underground caves that guard a salt lake thanks to the ocean. This scenario has become the preferred habitat of the blind albino crab, a typical species here. Nature is also the undisputed protagonist in the Cueva de Los Verdes, a cavity that has formed over hundreds of years: you will be surprised by the play of light inside that colour the stone with a thousand colours and shades
Some people joke and say that Lanzarote looks a bit like Mars with all those dark rocks or those majestic volcanoes, or like sci-fi scenarios from Star Wars, but it is the art that manifests itself explosively on the island, and not only that of the landscape that seems drawn with brushstrokes, with its white sand, crystal clear waters and patches of lush greenery. In the capital Arrecife the Spanish artist Cesar Manrique was born. He redeveloped and revolutionised entire areas of the island, using the materials he had at his disposal. Starting with San Jose Castillo, a ruined military fortress, which is now one of the most important contemporary art museums on the international scene.
A manor house that houses works by Picasso, and Miro’. It is also a restaurant and temporary exhibitions are held in its dining rooms. If you have time there is also the artist's house-museum, which has become a foundation.  You will see a beautiful contamination of styles from different historical periods. Among the other wonders you can visit, there is the Cactus Garden, which is located in Guatiza: a perfect combination of art and nature: here you can discover over 1300 species in an architectural context that again bears the signature of Manrique.

Fuerteventura

Your journey continues in Fuerteventura where you will be greeted by a pristine coast, emerald waters and white sand. Those who love it say it's not just an island, but a way of life. The beauty, however, is centralised as Fuerteventura has been declared a Biosphere Nature Reserve. Add to this an ideal climate, breathtaking landscapes that make you appreciate even its silence. Here people come for its beaches. Among the most characteristic features is the Playa del Bajo Negro, with a shallow seabed, soft beach, and crystal clear water, making it perfect for families. 
Another particularly popular beach is Playa del Mattoral, which is over 4 kilometres long, that everyone likes. Those who want a relaxing day and those who want to try to do some sports in the waves. When it comes to sinuous shapes you can't miss, there is the Parque Natural de Corralejo, ten kilometres of dunes that disappear into the distance, a spectacle that is difficult to explain in words. A sort of desert by the sea where other beaches follow on from each other (El Medano, El Bato Negro, El Viejo) to name a few. Another option is to visit the natural pools in the area, in particular those of Aguas Verdes. On the side of La Alcogida, you can visit the open-air museum: the theme of the refurbished dwellings is the rural life of the era.

Una delle spiagge più particolari, invece, è Playa de Cofete, riparata leggermente dalle montagne. Per questo il mare ha una temperatura dell’acqua più calda rispetto alle altre spiagge di Fuerteventura. Per visitare l’isola è ideale usare una bicicletta, attraversando e godendosi i parchi naturali come il Parque Natural de Corralejo o visitando le piscine naturali presenti nel territorio, in particolare quelle di Aguas Verdes. Partendo dal lato de La Alcogida, sarà possibile visitare il museo all'aperto, le cui abitazioni ristrutturate ci parlano della vita rurale dell’epoca. Fuerteventura saprà anche prenderti per la gola con la cucina locale: tra le specialità i pejines, simili a sardine, le patate rugose o il formaggio a denominazione di origine.

If someone also needed to see some wildlife, no problem, just make a little detour to Isla de Lobos, a corner full of surprises, famous for its scenic beauty and for being inhabited by monk seals. You can also go snorkelling and meet hammerfish or go birdwatching in the middle of nature. Fuerteventura will also give you a little taste of the local cuisine, which does not disdain delicious foods or appetisers: amongst the specialities to try absolutely are pejines, a type of sardines.

Gran Canaria

Nature here is varied and full of nuances, to the extent that this island can be considered a miniature continent. It is like it has the characteristics of the other islands in a corner of limited land. There is everything, from exotic woods to desert landscapes in Roque Nublo, to the huge and pristine beaches or the small villages that are little jewels to visit. The first tourists arrived in Gran Canaria 150 years ago attracted by its climate. Today the area has evolved and transformed, becoming a hub of thermal spas and wellness centres. There are more than 60 km of beaches to experience with the family, or the entire western area of the island to be discovered, by diving into an area that has been declared a Biosphere Reserve

Un piccolo mondo dove troverai tutto il necessario per rendere ogni giorno speciale. Fare whale watching (osservare i cetacei), passeggiare tra distese di pino canario, divertirsi in un parco acquatico, visitare le vie dello shopping, i musei o semplicemente rilassarsi su una spiaggia paradisiaca. Per esempio c’è chi ha definito Playa de las Canteras una “Central Park di mare”. E, in effetti, questa lunga lingua di sabbia per gli abitanti di Las Palmas è molto più di una semplice spiaggia. È un luogo di ritrovo dove chiacchierare, pensare, condividere, far giocare i propri figli e naturalmente fare il bagno. Nella zona c’è anche un tocco glamour: l’Auditorium Alfredo Kraus alla fine della spiaggia di Las Canteras. Progettato dall’architetto Oscar Tusquests, l’edificio, che è sede dell’Orchestra Filarmonica di Gran Canaria e del Gran Canaria Ballet, è stato realizzato tra il 1993 e il 1997. La struttura richiama quella di un faro, simbolicamente destinato a illuminare e proteggere la capitale dell’arcipelago delle isole Canarie, Las Palmas

La capitale beneficia di un clima e di una posizione geografica che la rendono una meta turistica da sogno. Fra spiagge immense e affascinanti quartieri antichi affiancati da un’urbanistica fiorente, Las Palmas può regalare un soggiorno dalle forti emozioni. Si può passeggiare nei quartieri vecchi come la Isleta e l’Arsenal e curiosare nella strada commerciale di Triana. Oppure visitare la zona urbana e la Caldera de Bandama. Un po’ di tempo lo meritano il parco Doramas e i siti storici, testimoni dell’influenza britannica e del patrimonio spagnolo. Fondata nel 1478, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria vanta un importante patrimonio storico e culturale, le cui maggiori testimonianze si trovano soprattutto nel quartiere di Vegueta, il più antico quartiere della città, che è stato dichiarato nel 1990 Patrimonio dell'Umanità dall'Unesco.

You'll be able to go whale watching, stroll through the expanses of canary pine, have fun in a water park, relax on a heavenly beach, or visit the shopping streets and museums. Starting with Playa de las Canteras, some have called it a "Sea Central Park". And the inhabitants of this place also know that it is something more than just a beach. It is a place of aggregation, a place where you can chat, think, share, let your children play and of course bathe You don't even lack a touch of glamour, as there is the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, which is located near Las Canteras beach. The building, which houses the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gran Canaria Ballet, was built between 1993 and 1997. It was the architect Oscar Tusquests who designed it, having in mind the structure of a lighthouse, symbolically intended to illuminate the capital of the Canary Islands archipelago, Las Palmas.
The capital is an unmissable tourist destination. It boasts immense beaches, clear waters and charming neighbourhoods that can mix history with thriving and in some cases modern town. Isleta and Arsenal are two neighbourhoods full of charm. Or you can visit the Caldera de Bandama and the urban area The greatest historical spots can be found in the district of Vegueta the oldest neighbourhood in the city, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1990.

La Graciosa

Here we come to the wildest and most authentic of the islands. Small numbers, but great charm: 29 square kilometres of jewel and the inhabitants who number less than 700. You get there by ferry from the port of Orzola to Lanzarote. Here we aspire to peace and quiet and contact with nature. It is not necessary to rest, you can go kitesurfing, diving, hiking and trekking on foot or bike. The island paths allow you to discover the spectacle of nature and the landscapes follow each other and combine: the ocean gives way to the volcanic lands. The village of Caleta de Sebo is one of the towns: Here you can find bars, shops restaurants and tourist services on the island. The second is Casas de Pedro Barba, famous for being mainly home to summer residences.
The beaches are the added value of the island, and can be reached through nature-themed paths or even by bicycle.  Among the most striking ones is Playa de la Concha. The name comes from the shells that appear on the sand. The beach of La Lambra is also dotted with shells. Instead, the beaches in the South East are more intimate and only accessible on foot. The island is also full of curiosities and customs. If you hear a whistle, you're not going mad. It sounds like a birdsong, but it is man who produced it: it is a kind of language that was used to communicate at a distance and in dangerous situations amongst the residents of the area.

La Gomera

La Gomera will amaze you with its wild landscapes and its palm groves. Nature is a continuous alternation of rainforest, small terraces, palm groves and suspended hills that seem to belong to fairy tales. The best way to get to know it is to walk, challenging the headlands that dive into the sea, the dirt roads and the rushing views. Nature also reigns within the Garajonay National Park. Here heather, laurisilva, and strawberry trees all live together. There are also several species of birds, reptiles and amphibians. There are also other tourist areas to explore, including Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey, characteristic areas that exist in the name of simplicity

Anche il capoluogo, San Sebastián, è poco più di una tranquilla cittadina di provincia: qui Colombo si fermò durante il suo viaggio alla scoperta delle Americhe. Le principali attrazioni della cittadina sono legate a questo avvenimento. La Torre del Conde, costruita come una fortezza spagnola nel XV secolo, e la bellissima arte sacra della parrocchia dell'Asunción si conservano ancora in buone condizioni. Nel centro storico di San Sebastián si potrà visitare il museo Casa di Colombo, che ospita una collezione di arte pre-colombiana proveniente dal Perù. Tra le altre cose da non perdere la Casa de la Aguada, con la sua mostra permanente sulla scoperta dell'America e l'eremo di San Sebastián, che è dedicato al patrono della città. La passeggiata può arricchirsi con lo shopping e uno snack in qualche terrazza nel centro storico, dove si servono i popolari biscotti di La Gomera. Per chi volesse godersi il panorama, c’è il Mirador de Abrante, un luogo magico che permette di osservare la natura da un terrazzo vetrato molto suggestivo, dove si può anche pranzare.

Even the capital San Sebastian is a quiet, provincial place: there is an absolute protagonist who has influenced its history and habits: Christopher Columbus who stopped on his journey to discover the Americas. The town's main attractions are inspired by him and this historical event. In the historic centre of the capital, a must-see is the Columbus House museum, which reveals a collection of indigenous art. You'll find, however, a permanent exhibition about the discovery of America in the Casa de la Aguada.
Among other things to see are The Torre del Conde, built on the plan of a Spanish fortress in the 15th century, and the parish of the Asuncion and its admirable sacred art, which is still preserved in good condition. For those who want to enjoy the view, there is the Mirador de Abrante, from here you can observe nature on a very charming terrace, and you can also have lunch. The walk can continue in some shops in the old town, where they serve the popular biscuits of La Gomera.

La Palma

Nature, nature and nature. It starts from the green that accompanies the whole island. Leafy woods, swaying trees, lush vegetation in every corner. You can relax on the beaches or get lost amongst volcanoes and canyons. The landscape is a mosaic of magical paths with small waterfalls, epic and wild scenery that have stopped the time of a thousand-year history. The island of La Palma boasts the title of "Starlight”, because, quite simply astronomical observation of the skies is ideal, due to low light pollution. Looking up will be an added value.
San Miguel de La Palma, its correct name, is a paradise in the islands of the Canary Islands for those who want to relax and savour the days, contemplating nature without haste or worries. The green of the Los Tilos Forest will introduce you to one of the longest and most lush laurel forests. There are other attractions to enjoy. In the south, you can be amazed by the Fuencaliente's salt mines: these are a site of scientific interest, here in fact you will find dozens of bird species, as well as a number of wonderful light games making the blue of the sea, the white of salt and the black of the volcanic land the protagonists. 
For hikers there is a route, which is a must. It is called the Ruta de los Volcanes and crosses the main villages of La Palma. You will be amazed by the play of contrasts, between the yellow flowers of the island and the green of the woods. The National Park is another wonder: it is a huge crater carved in the centre of the island where you can hike or camp to admire the stars. There is also am Astrophysics Observatory (Roque de los Muchachos), one of the best places for astronomical observation of the sky. Those who suffer from vertigo must prepare themselves. At the foot there is, in fact, a breathtaking view over a volcanic caldera covered with trees. 
For those who still want a bit of nature there are also natural pools, such as those of the Fajana, suitable for families and that are a very welcome sight for children. And there is also a very beautiful and characteristic beach (Playa de Nogales). Here the sand is black and full of charm. You have to be a little cautious and pay attention to the currents.
There is also the capital Santa Cruz de La Palma: it is the main centre of the island. A small town, but on a human scale. A lively place full of clubs, life and nice details, such as colourful balconies, vintage little shops. Colonial houses mingle with more modern buildings, the shops alternate with the markets. The city was founded in 1493 and one of its strengths is its old town, with pebble streets, onto which open buildings that contain art and influences, including Flemish. 
A city with a long seafaring tradition which tells and is influenced by stories of corsars, conquerors and great adventurers. There's no shortage here, of some museums to visit, including the Insulare. It was an ancient Franciscan convent, which now houses rooms dedicated to ethnography, fine arts and natural sciences. A village to discover is El Paso, which is located in the central part of the island, and takes its name from the paths that populate it and that date back to the time of the Spaniards.

Set off on a Costa cruise to the Canary Islands

Experiencing the Canary Islands will be a tale of sea, nature, beauty and also many curiosities. Did you know that even in the Canary Islands there is the St James way? The route cuts through the islands Gran Canaria and Tenerife from south to north. Relaxation, fun and sharing will also be on the table, where taste will be the protagonist. Typical Canary Islands food combines the classic Spanish traditions with recipes from neighbouring Africa and South America: simple and essential ingredients enriched by gofio, a flour of roasted cereals or maize. Another recurring ingredient is spicy sauces prepared with salt, garlic, vinegar, oil and herbs and prepared in different variants. Now arrange your journey with us and get ready to go.

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