Canary Islands

Closer to North Africa than to Spain, this Atlantic archipelago has been drawing travelers to its shores for centuries. Each island, so close to the next, is uniquely different in landscape and culture, even having their own climates. Tenerife is dominated by the barren and lunar like El Teide, while, just a stone’s throw away, La Gomera sits covered in subtropical greenery.

Gran Canaria’s mountainous interior couldn’t be more different to the plains of her sister Fuerteventura or the black and red lava fields of Lanzarote. Volcanoes, craters, caves, ancient forest and a rich and varied nature provide one of the planet’s best ecosystems, as well as an extraordinary, and often otherworldly place for travelers to explore. Nearly half of the Canaries is protected, with seven biosphere reserves, four national parks and three marine reserves. The Canary Island skies are the cleanest in Europe – it’s one of the best places in the world to stargaze – you don’t even need a telescope. There’s 1500km of coastline and over 500 beaches with red, gold, white and black sand and over 3000 hours of sunshine.