The Canary Islands have a climate that has long been praised as one of the best in the world, and it’s easy to see why. From July to September, the islands experience average temperatures in the mid-20s, and there’s virtually no chance of any rain to ruin the summertime fun. And with such perfect weather, they’re a fantastic place to enjoy the great outdoors.


Playa de Las Teresitas, Tenerife

Near the town of Santa Cruz, on the north coast of Tenerife, lies Playa de Las Teresitas. Nestled between deep aquamarine waters and emerald mountains, the gorgeous golden beach has an interesting history. The natural beach began to disappear in the 1950s due to its sand being taken for construction. An artificial beach was built in its place, with 270,000 tons of white sand being imported from the Sahara in 1973, as the natural black volcanic sand of the area was scarce, and tourists preferred the white sand.


Corralejo, Fuerteventura

The Parque Natural de Corralejo boasts an impressive 11km of white powdery sand. Despite being in close proximity to the popular resort town of Corralejo, the beach is often almost empty, although you may meet the occasional surfer or kite-surfer. The vast dunes are a sight to behold, a scaled-down Sahara, and the beach offers a view of Lanzarote and Los Lobos in the distance. Driving inside the park is forbidden except on the FV-1 road, but the walk to the dunes takes under 2 hours from the centre of Corralejo town.


Papagayo, Lanzarote

The landscape of Papagayo has been described as “lunar” and “otherworldly”. With rocky headlands protecting the turquoise waters from the worst of the wind, Lanzarote’s most famous beach is not so much a beach as a series of small coves - all excellent for swimming, snorkelling, and sailing. Don’t forget your sunscreen and umbrella though, as there pristine landscape leaves little room for shade.


Mount Teide, Tenerife

Located inside Teide National Park lies the highest peak and most visited wonder in Spain - Mount Teide. The summit, 3,718 meters above sea level, is accessible by bus or car, and features several viewpoints from which to enjoy the vistas of Tenerife. Hiking through the park allows you to spot the birds and reptiles native to the area, as well as the many plant varieties that grow in the mineral-rich volcanic soil.


Garajonay National Park, La Gomera

Often misty and cool, the park offers a variety of well-marked trails ranging from easy rambles to challenging hikes for the more skilled. As well as being home to many lizards, birds, and other wildlife, the park has a romantic backstory, being named after a Guanche legend. The story goes that Gara and Jonay met and fell in love, but when their engagement was announced, Mount Teide erupted in disapproval, and the couple’s parents broke the engagement. The lovers ran away together, but were pursued by their families and were soon trapped on a mountain, where they took their own lives rather than be separated again.

 

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