These islands are known as Europe’s sun-trap, and for their mild temperatures and outstanding natural surroundings. In fact, five of the islands (El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote), the western half of Gran Canaria, and the Anaga Massif in Tenerife, are official Biosphere Reserves. The archipielago also has four National Parks.
Its beaches are its most outstanding attractions, and are perfect for relaxing in the sun or enjoying water sports such as windsurfing and scuba diving. In the interior you’ll find amazing landscapes which are ideal for hiking, cycle touring, rock climbing and even caving. Some of the most spectacular include the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, the beaches of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria with their sand dunes, the green forests of La Palma and La Gomera and the peace and quiet of La Graciosa.
The Canary Islands also offer a range of cultural options to explore, including the monumental site at San Cristóbal de La Laguna, which has been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO, and the work of César Manrique in Lanzarote. If you’re going in February, you’ll also be able to enjoy the spectacular Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.