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The Ever Surprising Canary Islands

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TENERIFE...MONTE TEIDE

The Canary Islands are primarily known for package holidays. Many people come here and don’t stray far from the beach, yet this part of the world is truly delightful especially for people who like unique natural features.

Indeed, many Europeans take off on cheap holidays to Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura to relax and get some sun. This is understandable as the archipelago is blessed with warm weather and lovely beaches.

The Canary Islands owe much of their natural beauty to their origins: born from volcanoes these isles have some truly unique facets. Perhaps most notable is the moonlike interior of Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote. This area is truly fascinating and going for a hike on this desolate surface makes one feel like they should be kitted out in a spacesuit. There are guided tours through this area that make a nice diversion for people bored of the beach, spacesuits generally are not included.

There is also some fantastic hiking in the Canary Islands: trails weave along rocky coastlines and up desolate peaks. Perhaps the most notable climb is up Mount Teide on Tenerife. This volcanic mountain is the highest peak in Spain and one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It gives great views of the surrounding area and presents a rather challenging hike, though if you left your hiking boots behind you can always ride to the top on a cable car.

For people willing to look, the Canary Islands is a truly fantastic place to be active outdoors. You can see the amazing landscapes, go hiking or even head off on a bike ride. And of course you can always book an array of exciting water sports like sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. So don’t be too quick to dismiss this destination as solely a spot for great beach relaxation, as it will surprise you.