The Canary Islands, which belong to Spain, are located in the Atlantic Ocean, about one hundred kilometres from the West African coast. The Canary Islands consist of seven main islands and several small rocky islands. The Canary Islands are particularly popular with nature lovers and active sportsmen. Each of the inhabited islands has its advantages and special features.
About a thousand kilometers from the Spanish mainland is the fourth largest island of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote. Lanzarote is of volcanic origin, which you will not only recognize by the rugged volcanic landscape. In Timanfaya National Park you will learn exciting things about the Origin of the island. Afterwards you can take a dip on the most beautiful beach on the island, at Playa Famara in the north. In Teguise, the former capital of Lanzarote, the church of Señora de Guadeloupe is considered a landmark. Here you can discover many more cultural highlights.
Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the Canary Islands. Its capital is Puerto del Rosario. The turquoise blue sea stands out here especially from the gray Martian landscape. Because fine, bright beaches abound here, which is why the island is ideal for sun-seekers and beach holidays is particularly suitable. Fuerteventura is also the Mecca for windsurfers and kitesurfers, who find fantastic weather conditions here in summer.
The largest of the Canary Islands is Tenerife. It has excellent tourist facilities and offers a mild climate all year round. The bathing beaches, like the pitch black beach in the bay of Puerto de Santiago, are fantastically beautiful. Furthermore, Tenerife has numerous well developed hiking trails that lead you over impressive cliffs. The historical towns of the island are also attractive destinations for excursions.
The third largest island in the Canary Islands is Gran Canaria. It is considered the paradise for beach holidays, is suitable for families with small children due to the shallow beaches and offers a varied entertainment program in the evening. Famous is the lighthouse of Maspalomas as well as the Playa del Inglés with its huge dunes. With its deep gorges, the hinterland is reminiscent of the backdrop of a western film. The interior of the island invites you to explore by moped to discover snow-white mountain villages and fragrant pine forests.
One of the reasons why the Canary Islands attract tourists is the wide range of leisure activities on offer. Whether you prefer surfing, diving or hiking in the interior, the seven main islands of the Canary Islands are so different in terms of their geological structure and geographical location alone that there are inevitably different sports and leisure activities on offer.
For surfers the Canary Islands are a paradise, especially Fuerteventura is known for its very good conditions. Especially the north coast is appreciated by surfers all over the world. Due to the steeply sloping coastline the waves break with very high power near the coast. Especially experienced surfers love the autumn and winter months on Fuerteventura, when the trade winds are strongest and create big waves.
If you want to take it a bit easier, but still want to experience something, you should go on a hike. On Tenerife, holidaymakers can explore the Teide National Park, including Spain's highest mountain, the Teide volcano. Gran Canaria also has a mountainous interior that offers wonderful hiking routes. Especially in autumn the high peaks and wide canyons can be explored at pleasant temperatures.
In general, the seven large Canary Islands differ greatly in their appearance, but temperatures and rainfall are relatively identical on all islands. There are actually more differences between the north and south sides of the islands than between the islands themselves. The northern coasts are generally a little cooler and have more rain. This is due to the trade winds to which the archipelago is exposed all year round and which bring partly humid air masses from the north.
No matter which island you finally choose, you will find pleasant conditions in the Canary Islands in the autumn and winter months and you will have a relaxing time.