Scattered off the west coast of Africa, the Spanish-speaking Canary Islands are a dream for vacationers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Picturesque sandy beaches, quaint fishing towns, and luxury hotels make the Canary Islands some of the most idyllic vacation destinations in Europe. Discover the heights of Mt. Teide, the cobbled streets of Santa Cruz de La Palma, and the diverse geology and al fresco dining that both call Gran Caneria home. A gorgeous hotel over-looking the ocean is the ultimate way to experience the soul of this far-flung archipelago.
Hotels in the Canary Islands: The islands at a glance
Tenerife: Souring peaks and World Heritage sites
Hotels on the island of Tenerife open the door to explore the Canary Island’s largest landmass. Dominated by Mt. Teide, Tenerife provides miles of golden beaches, buzzing nightlife, whale-watching and stunning colonial architecture. To experience the heart of traditional Tenerife, book a hotel near the town of La Laguna. Gorgeous, brightly colored houses line the narrow streets, which are overflowing with trendy bars, relaxed cafes and boutique stores to entice vacationers. This UNESCO World Heritage site is an easy day trip from the other major Tenerife cities of Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz, so it’s easy to explore La Laguna if you have a hotel in one of these hubs. Fans of the great outdoors will find plenty to explore in Teide National Park, and those daring enough will even be able to hike the souring 3,718-meter-high dormant Teide volcano which dominates the landscape. On the climb up, you will be able to experience two entirely different ecosystems. Those who prefer to keep themselves firmly at sea level will find plenty to love about a hotel in the south of the island, overlooking some of Spain’s most rugged and blissful beaches. La Tejita provides vast stretches of sand and azure blue water, while Las Vistas in the town of Playa de las Américas is protected from unruly seas, so family-friendly swimming is guaranteed.
Gran Canaria: Water parks and natural wonders
Vacationers flock to Gran Canaria for a variety of reasons; from vast beaches to stunning national parks, hotels in this spot in the Canary Islands pack a real punch. Your first port of call should be the gorgeous Playa de Las Canteras for its miles of wide, open coastline and azure blue waters. The town of Vegueta is a real hidden gem, tucked away inside Las Palmas. Historic and charming, Vegueta offers the perfect place to spend an afternoon, exploring the bars and Spanish eateries that line its narrow streets. If you’re vacationing with the kids, why not check out Palmitos Park; a zoo, dolphin sanctuary and aviary in the heart of the island. Little ones will be thrilled by the dolphin shows which take place twice daily. A hotel in the Canary Islands puts you close to some of Spain’s most diverse volcanic geology, which can be seen with a trip to Gran Canaria’s Roque Nublo. Located in a nature reserve, this large volcanic rock is estimated to be around 4.5 million years old. As the sun sets, hit the Plaza de España in Las Palmas’ Mesa y Lopéz district for a memorable night on the town. Here you will find endless bars, clubs and restaurants, with music playing late into the night.
Peace and quiet in the wilderness of La Palma
Known for its forests, dormant volcanoes and sleepy harbor towns, La Palma is a dream location for a stylish yet peaceful hotel in the Canary Islands. The most far-flung island in the archipelago, Santa Cruz de La Palma is its historic capital. The town’s rolling green hills and picturesque ocean views, along with its kilometer-long promenade, make it a great spot to find a unique boutique hotel to enjoy your stay that little bit more. Vacations on La Palma are all about the ocean, and scuba diving is a popular pastime. The rich volcanic history of the island creates incredible underwater caves, grottos, and lava formations teaming with fish and coral, all waiting to be explored. If you’d prefer to stay above the waves, then hop on a cruise from Tazacorte harbor and explore former pirates’ bays and romantic coves only accessible by sea. Catch wild dolphins jumping alongside the boat as the sun sets over the distance. Hiking is another great way to explore the island, and with over 1,000 kilometers of trails suitable for all experience levels, you’ll soon discover the intriguing flora and fauna, wildlife, and waterfalls hidden deep in La Palma’s rich nature reserves.