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Things to do on the Canary Islands

Besides sunny beaches, the Canary Islands offer a rich history and culture which you can uncover and explore during your holiday in one of our self-catering villas in the Canary Islands. Below we provide you with a list of a few interesting monuments, attractions and things to do on the Canary Islands.

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Things to do on the Canary Islands - Lanzarote

Museo-Fundación César Manrique

The César Manrique Museum and Foundation officially opened in 1992 in memory of the deceased César Manrique. Thanks to César Manrique, Lanzarote has remained a peaceful and charming island offering peace, tranquility and relaxation for guests of our self-catering villas in the Canary Islands. The main aim of the museum is to preserve, explore and popularize the works of César Manrique, but also to support the artistic activities which harmonize with the natural surroundings of Lanzarote. The museum is open all year round.

Cueva de los Verdes

The Los Verdes cave was created by an eruption of the Monte de la Corona volcano. It is located in Haría on Lanzarote. Here you will follow a hiking route which is 2 kilometres. The cave is open all year round.

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Things to do on the Canary Islands - Gran Canaria

Museo Canario

The Canary Islands Museum is located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and presents the prehistoric culture of the Canary Islands. The museum has a vast collection of archaeological and ethnographical materials, e.g. 2,000 prehistoric skulls. You can also explore the museum’s extensive library of specialized literature. The museum is open all year round.

Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente is a national park on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands. It covers an area of 4,690 ha and hosts nature that is typical for this region, e.g. the Canary Islands Pine. There are huge differences in altitudes: 2,000 metres. Slopes look like walls rising 800 metres in the air, and they create unique ravines with streams and waterfalls. The highest points of the island can also be found in the national park: Roque de los Muchachos (2,426 m), Pico de la Cruz (2,351 m), Piedra Llana (2,321 m), Pico de la Nieve (2,236 m) and Punta de los Roques (2,085 m).

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Things to do on the Canary Islands - National Parks 

The Teide National Park

If you are staying in one of our villas in the Canary Islands, make sure that you visit the Pico Del Teide, a volcano on the island on Tenerife that rises to 3718 metres, making it the highest point in Spain and the third highest volcano on an island in the world. The Volcano and its surrounding area make up the Teide National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited national wonder in Spain. Search our holiday rentals Spain to find a holiday home in Tenerife to stay in.

You will also find the Roques De Garcia in the Teide National Park, which are strange rock formations, the most famous being the red rock called Cinchado. This strange landscape has also been used is films such as Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and The Ten Commandments.

National Parks in La Palma and Lanzarote

There are 4 national parks you can visit whilst on holiday in villas in the Canary islands, the Caldera De Taburiente in La Palma and Timanfaya in Lanzarote. The Caldera De Taburiente is one of the largest craters in the world, which measures over 28 kilometres. The crater rises to 2400 metres and is filled with forests and vegetation making this a great place to hike. The Timanfaya National Park is made up almost entirely of lava rock and has remained unchanged for millions of years, even though it is still hot underfoot.

La Palma is a great destination for eco travellers and astronomers because of its fantastic natural landscapes and clear skies which are free of light pollution. One of the most important astrophysics observatories in the Northern Hemisphere are located in La Palma and attracts keen astronomers from all over the world. Keen walkers will also enjoy the challenging trails of Los Tilos, Ruta Del Los Volcanos and hiking up to the highest point at El Roque De Los Muchachos, which rises to 2426 metres.

The Island of El Hierro is the smallest island in the Canaries with just 10,000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by crystal clear waters making it an ideal destination for keen divers to book villas and apartments in the Canaries.

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Things to do on the Canary Islands - The Dunes of Maspalomas

The Dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria are one of the best places to visit in the Canaries. The dunes stretch 4.5 square kilometres on a natural reserve along the coastline and change every day formed by sand blowing off the Sahara over 250 kilometres away. If you would like to visit these amazing dunes then see our holiday homes in Spain and apartments in Spain.


Things to do on the Canary Islands - Cathedrals

With so many things to do on the Canary Islands, make sure you save some time for these cathedrals!


Cathedral de Las Palmas

The cathedral in Las Palmas is built in a neoclassical style and dates back to the 16th century. The inside of the cathedral is built in a gothic style. This is due to the fact that the construction was interrupted for many years. The cathedral’s palm tree-shaped columns are particular fascinating. You can also visit the diocesan museum located within the cathedral.

Castillo de Santa Catalina

The fortress in Santa Catalina on the eastern side of the island was used to protect the island in the past. The fortress dates back to the 16th century. Since 1961 it has been recognized as a historic and cultural monument. It can only be seen from the outside.

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Things to do on the Canary Islands - Experience amazing Jeep Safaris!

Gran Canaria Jeep Safari

Whilst staying in one of our villas and apartments in Gran Canaria, one the most fun ways to explore the mountains and countryside is to take an adventure off-road in an open-top jeep! With pick-up and drop off points in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas it is easy to discover the mountainous interior of Gran Canaria and appreciate why the island is known as a whole Continent in miniature!

Tenerife Jeep Safari

During your self-catering Canaries experience why not enjoy the open air and magnificent panoramic views of an open-top Jeep adventure to the spectacular volcano of Mount Teide and the Lost Village of Masca. Generally speaking you can be picked up from any of the southern holiday resorts on the island by an English speaking driver. Then it’s off up the mountain roads as you head towards El Teide, one of world's largest volcanoes!

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La Gomera Jeep Safari

As with the Tenerife safari you can be picked up and dropped of for the La Gomera Jeep Safari from any of the southern resorts in Tenerife, then you will board a ferry from Los Cristianos to the port of San Sebastian (90mins). Nowyou are all set to step back in time and discover some of the unique charm and amazing scenery of the unspoilt island of La Gomera. You will remember this Jeep safari in years to come as the adventure includes breathtaking dramatic scenery, history and local culture! And even though you won’t want your day to finish, there is always your NOVASOL Spain villas in the Canary Islands with pools to return to!

Lanzarote Jeep Safari

Take a day out from your holiday rental Lanzarote and enjoy the experience of seeing the island away from the tourist roads and places hire cars cannot access. There are lots of suppliers of Jeep Safaris and a huge variety of routes that you can choose from, although rest assured that all of them allow you to see parts of Lanzarote that even locals don’t always get to see during your holiday in one of our range of hand-picked villas in the Canary Islands! You can choose how much of the day you spend on or off road and most safari companies will collect you from the main holiday resorts on the island, some will even collect you from your chosen apartments and villas in the Canary Islands.

Fuerteventura Jeep Safari

An off-road alternative to the island tour by bus! Your qualified driver, who will also act as your English speaking guide, will take you on one of the best off road drives you can experience in Fuerteventura. You will also be able to explore the wonderful coastline of Fuerteventura in a new light, see the volcanic regions of the island and quietly drive through little villages away from the main tourist areas during your stay in your chosen villas in the Canary Islands. Most Jeep safaris will also include a delicious lunch. You will return to your holiday rentals Spain and sleep well after an amazing day out!

There are so many things to do on the Canary Islands; you and your family are bound to have an action packed holiday!