Things to do in the Canary Islands

Things to do in the Canary Islands are as diverse as the people who come to visit. If you're looking for art, natural wonders, fine beaches, charming cities, spas, golf courses, or something different than home, you'll find on these Spanish Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

One of the largest waterparks in all of Europe, Siam Park, quickly became one of the favorite things to do in Tenerife. Since it opened in 2008, the theme park has grown into one of the most visited locales in the whole of the Canary Islands. Siam Park covers 45 lush acres in Adeje, one of the beach resorts in the south of Tenerife. A favorite of families, sun worshippers, surfers, and thrill seekers, the park has something designed for relaxing as well as thrills. Other water parks in the region include Aquapark in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura's Oasis Park, and Aqualand on the island of Grand Carina.

As you'll discover at Siam Park, spending time in the sun and surf is one of the favorite things to do in the Canary Islands. With pleasant trade winds, frequent sunny skies, and miles and miles of beaches, you'll find ample opportunities to spend time in the sun. Many of the Canary Island hotels are located just steps from the beaches—the black sands of Las Palmas, white beaches on Fuerteventura, and the golden sands along the shores of Gran Canaria. Resort guests, and those just visiting for the day, will have access to a variety of typical beach activities, from the total relaxation of sunbathing to the thrill of water skiing, paragliding, and windsurfing.

When looking for things to do in Gran Canaria, you won't go wrong planning time along the beach. The 100 miles of beaches include the hopping Playa del Ingles, where many of the resorts, nightclubs, and restaurants are found; the watersports haven of Masapalomas; and the quiet beaches of Amadores and San Agustin. Of course the beach is only the beginning of things to do in Gran Canaria. The diverse island is home to a wide array of golf courses, spas, restaurants, and shops, where you can relax and experience the good life.

Like all of the Canaries, this island is home to a fascinating and lush landscape, which can be explored at national parks and nature preserves. A visit to the World Biosphere Reserve gives you the chance to see some of the protected, diverse landscapes, unique to the Canary Islands. Because of the designation by the United Nations, this land on Gran Canaria (and the biosphere reserves of the other islands) ensures that future generations will be able to enjoy nature's diversity. A hike through mountainous Tamadaba National Park is one of the favorite things to do in Gran Canaria.

One of the most popular Lanzarote attractions, Timanfaya National Park, is another amazing place to connect with nature. Forged over time by volcanic activity, the park's main feature, the Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains), the landscape looks like something more fitting to Mars. This strange landscape, complete with geysers and rugged peaks, is best explored on a narrated bus tour. Camel rides, one of the more unique things to do in the Canary Islands, are another way to explore this fascinating place.

Another placed forged by volcanic activity, Mount Teide towers above the island of Tenerife. One of the world's largest volcanoes is included in one of the most popular things to do in Tenerife—a visit to Teide National Park. The bravest sorts can climb Mount Teide, and a cable car is available to whisk everyone else to the peak. Going beyond the park, you'll find a wide array of things to do in Tenerife. Like the other islands, there's a seemingly endless of stream of options, including beaches, resorts, spas, and golf courses.

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