Do you want to run away and hide just for a little while longer, before you actually prepare yourself for a whole new year of life, but you have no idea where to run away to? Here’s an idea!
The Canary Islands is a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa. The islands were formed by ancient volcanoes and shaped by the winds from the Sahara desert.
If you enjoy fairytale scenery with rich forests, rugged cliffs, archipelago, volcanoes, if you enjoy mysterious climates that include tropical weather on one island and snowfall on another, then this place is definitely for you.
Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
The lunar landscape of the Timanfaya National Park was created by a volcanic eruption that covered about a third of the island in the 1700’s.
Take a hike through the Fire Mountains (Mountains del fuego) and experience the heat of the dormant volcano, or take a 25 minute camel ride.
Mount Teide and Las Canadas National Park, Tenerife
Mount Teide is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. You can walk to the summit through the National Park while exploring pine forests, giant craters and a lunar landscape.
You can also take the cable car up to the summit and, if it’s a clear day, you can see some of the other Canary Islands.
Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Grand Canaria
If you really want to be blown-away, 400 hectares stretch of sand dunes along the coastline of the island of Grand Canaria should do the trick.
The sand dunes are a National Park since 1994 and you can only cross by foot or camel. The dunes provide a habitat for a number of rare plant species, some of which can only be found in the Canaries.
Island of Lobos, Fuerteventura
The island of Lobos is a nature reserve, constructed of desert and volcanic landscapes. It’s home to plants and birds not found anywhere else on the planet.
If you need some time to tap into yourself, find tranquility and peace, its crystalline waters and beautiful hidden bays and corners of serenity will do the trick.
Santa Cruz, La Palma
Santa Cruz in La Palma is a beautiful seaside town with buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
It’s also the capital, which has been declared a Cultural Asset and there’s no need to ask why.
Just imagine cute, narrow cobbled streets, with colorful palaces, manor houses, churches and balcony homes tucked into lush, green scenery.
Garajonay National Park, La Gomera
The Garajonay National Park has one of the largest continuous areas of Laurel forest, a habitat that has almost disappeared from southern Europe and North Africa. The lush vegetation, not typical of the Canaries, exists with the help of streams and springs.