With millions of visitors every year, the Canary Islands are well known for their sun, sea and sandy vibe. The majority of holiday-makers are from the UK, Germany and Spain. Most of the tourism is concentrated around the beach resorts with Playa de Las Américas in Tenerife absorbing much of the tourism trade.
However, it’s not just the beach resorts which make the Canary Islands an attractive destination for holidays. The islands are rich in history, culture and have an abundance of stunning landscapes unlike anywhere else in the world.
A year-round sub-tropical climate makes the Canary Islands ideal for nature enthusiasts, hikers and those looking for an active sun holiday.
While Tenerife and Lanzarote attract the majority of tourists looking for relaxation and nightlife, the other islands all have their own unique charms.
Which Canary Island is best for walking?
Let’s explore what each main island has to offer before you plan your next Canary Islands Walking Holiday.
Walking In Tenerife
Tenerife is rich in cultural heritage and has some stunning landscapes which are ideal for hiking. It is home to Mount Teide and the Teide National park which has some fantastic walking trails. The island is also a foodie’s paradise with many unique restaurants and food markets offering the best of local cuisine including salt cod and crispy potatoes.
Holiday Tip: It can be misty at times which can suit walkers looking to get out of the sun but be aware the spectacular views may not always be captured by the camera.
For the more experienced hiker, this trail allows you to experience the best of Anaga Rural Park and the North coast of Tenerife.
Get immersed in lush green forest, take a dip in one of the many warm-water beaches and explore historical towns from the Age of Discoveries.
Prices starting at €1000 per person for 7 nights including accommodation, luggage transfers, and meals.
Walking In Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is known as the hiker’s destination. The island even has a walking festival in October. There are a variety of hikes to suit all abilities but for the more adventurous hikers, the island is a dream with tropical forest walks, steep ascents, and rewarding views.
One of the most famous of the routes is around the Roque Nublo, in the centre of the island. Often referred to as the “European Grand Canyon”, there is a 5KM loop that ends in a short climb to the ancient volcanic chimney. The monolith was declared a protected natural space in 1987. Another glorious place to hike is around the Parque Natural Tamadaba, a UNESCO world heritage site and a protected environment for birds and trees. The landscape is unique and the vegetation is more lush and green in winter.
If visiting Gran Canaria in March, make sure to visit the Gran Canaria Carnival in Maspalomas.
Holiday Tip: Most towns are on hilltops so expect a climb at the end of the day. However, the views are incredible on Gran Canaria so it is totally worth it!
Walking In La Gomera
Just 50 minutes by boat from Tenerife, the island of La Gomera is probably the Canary Islands best-kept secret. Unspoiled by millions of visitors, the island is the most authentic for culture, food, and heritage.
La Gomera also offers many stunning walks for its size, which are suitable for all abilities. Arguably La Gomera offers the most spectacular views of the Canary Islands. Garajonay National Park, another UNESCO world heritage site provides a stunning landscape for many exciting and breath-taking day trails.
Holiday Tip: Winter is the best time to visit the Canary Islands due to its lush vegetation and greenery in the winter months. However, be aware that the sun goes down early in winter just after 6 PM!
Explore La Gomera’s unique volcanic landscape which is well sign-posted and suitable for walkers of all levels.
This island has it all; banana plantations, fern rainforests, and jaw-dropping scenery. With a sub-tropical micro-climate, it has great weather all year round.
Prices starting at €815 per person sharing for 7 nights including accommodation, luggage transfers, and meals.
Canary Islands Walking Holidays: How To Book
The Canary Islands is our new venture as the islands offer sun all year round and make for ideal winter walking for our more adventurous hikers.
We have a range of walking options and will always go the extra mile to ensure your walking holiday to the Canary Islands is one to remember. All transfers are included so you don’t have to worry about organising public transport or car hire in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and La Gomera.
We’d love to talk to you about organising your walking holiday to the Canary Islands.