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Things to do in Canary Islands

From its volcanic craters to its fascinating seabed, this Spanish archipelago is a natural playground.

Our most recommended things to do in Canary Islands

La Palma: Guided Volcano Trekking Tour

1. La Palma: Guided Volcano Trekking Tour

Discover the new volcano of La Palma and its consequences as you visit the youngest piece of land on the continent that was created in 2021. See the lava flows and hike to the top of the volcano on this guided walking tour. Begin your hike from the first historic volcano, Tacande which was registered in 1480 and known as the burnt mountain. Start the ascent up the new Cumbre Vieja volcano and admire the overwhelming landscape that was formed in just 85 days. Hike to the top of the volcano, walk around the back edge on a 4.5-kilometer route along a comfortable path where you can observe the force of the eruption. (you do not climb on the crater). Learn about how the lava flow destroyed over 3000 buildings, and forests, and formed a new peninsula. See where the fiery molten rock carved its own path and created a new volcanic landscape.

Puerto de la Cruz: Loro Parque Entry Ticket and Shows

2. Puerto de la Cruz: Loro Parque Entry Ticket and Shows

Visit Loro Parque, one of the top attractions in the Canaries, with entry tickets. Discover the incredible animal habitats that put you within a whisker of the action, and experience the excitement of the park’s 4 world-class shows. Witness a whale show at the park’s Orca Ocean. One of the most respected zoological gardens in the world, Loro Parque is known for its exceptional beauty, excellent facilities and installations, and its focus on nature and the environment. It is the first such park in the world to have been awarded the environmental certification of Animal Embassy. It is home to a wide range of animals living among tropical palm trees and the exotic vegetation that surrounds the park’s stunning Thai architecture. Loro Parque’s fully refurbished parrot show calls attention to the need to preserve the forests while showcasing the intelligence of exotic parrots who perform as ambassadors for nature. Younger visitors will enjoy their experience in Kinderlandia. This attraction resembles an African village of huts in the trees, where kids can climb and enjoy the jungle, balancing on the hanging bridges and slithering down the snake slide. The whole family can try out the Orca Roller Coaster. In Kinderlandia, both kids and parents can have a great time.

Tenerife: Siam Park Tickets

3. Tenerife: Siam Park Tickets

Get your adrenaline fix with this full-day ticket to Siam Park Tenerife, a thrilling theme park that recreates the old Kingdom of Siam, relocated to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Book a skip-the-line entry ticket to avoid the long queues. Pick the premium package ticket, including a delicious spring roll lunch, Thai food, chicken nuggets, a scoop of ice cream, and a drink. Fancy VIP treatment? Book yourself the all-inclusive deluxe ticket, including a locker, towel, and all-inclusive meals paired with soft drinks, beer, wine, and water. Floats and fast-track access to all attractions are also included in this ticket. Fun for the entire family, the park covers 185,000 square meters of natural landscape and exquisite Oriental design. Each attraction is a unique experience in a magical setting, combining the exotic mystery of Siam with the exciting adventure of white-knuckle rides. Ascend the Tower of Power for a vertical plunge down a 91-foot (28-meter) drop. Float down a gently meandering river. Or bask in the sunshine, enjoying beautiful views from white sand beaches. Siam Park boasts many records, but the biggest and best is the exhilarating wave pool which churns up the largest manmade wave in the world, reaching up to 10-foot (3 meters) high. Ride the surf to feel the force. Feeling peckish? Don't worry you can purchase food from the restaurants on-site or book an option that includes lunch to save you the hassle. Bring your towels, or alternatively, you can book the option that includes towels and lockers. Don't leave without visiting the Floating Market to discover a typical Thai village, where you can enjoy a traditional Thai massage, purchase unique souvenirs, and stock up on snacks and sweets.

Mogán: Las Palmas Submarine Tour

4. Mogán: Las Palmas Submarine Tour

Discover the seabed of Puerto de Mogán aboard the Golden Shark in a submarine tour. Explore the world beneath the waves and watch the maneuvers when diving and surfacing with TV screens available for each passenger. Reach depths of 25 meters without experiencing any change in pressure. Marvel at the incredible habitats and ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean. Drift past shipwrecks on the sea floor and admire unique underwater formations. Enjoy a tour suitable for all and capture one-of-a-kind photos. At the end of your tour, you will disembark at the departure point.

Lanzarote: Guided Volcano Buggy Tour

5. Lanzarote: Guided Volcano Buggy Tour

Get your adrenaline pumping on a guided buggy tour exploring the wild north of Lanzarote. Live an adventure through the interesting landscapes of the island. Start your tour from Costa Teguise and head to Guatiza. Here you'll ride on a track that passes through the old quarries of Guatiza. Make your way to Los Cocoteros for a stop to visit and take photos from the salinas. Continue towards Mala through the cactus area, where you will see the cochineal. From here, continue through Guatiza to the Mala Dam, the only one in Lanzarote, before heading to the highest point of the island, Peñas del Chache. After descending through the Teguise area, enjoy a motocross trail, where you will abandon the track at el Mojón quarry and make your way back to Costa Teguise.

La Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

6. La Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

Depart from Puerto de Tazacorte where you’ll board the Flipper and receive a warm welcome from the crew. Set sail in search of dolphins and whales, listen to the crew share information about these fascinating creatures and learn about their marine environment. Cruise around the beautiful coast of La Palma, which is home to up to 29 different types of cetaceans, and enjoy the unique opportunity to see a wide variety of whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. During the excursion visit the famous Cueva Bonita, a volcanic cave formed by ocean erosion. Soak up the magical atmosphere before heading to another idyllic cave, the Poris the Candelaria one of La Palma's most famous coastal villages. And finally, visit the volcanic deltas formed during the last volcanic eruption of La Palma in 2021.

Gran Canaria: Camel Ride in the Dunes of Maspalomas

7. Gran Canaria: Camel Ride in the Dunes of Maspalomas

Ride through the rolling dunes of Maspalomas on camelback and admire the unique landscape of Gran Canaria. Enjoy the support of your Sahawari guides during your 30-minute experience. Feel like a desert scout as you ride a gentle camel along the seemingly endless dunes of Maspalomas. The camels are fitted with comfortable 2-seater saddles, so you don’t need to ride on the hump. The ride on these gentle giants lasts for around 30 minutes and you’ll be accompanied by Saharawi guides. Enjoy this unique way to discover the desert landscapes of Gran Canaria. 

From Los Cristianos: No-Chase Whale and Dolphin Cruise

8. From Los Cristianos: No-Chase Whale and Dolphin Cruise

Join an eco-friendly, no-chase whale and dolphin cruise from Los Cristianos. Explore Tenerife South's marine life with the only cruise company in Spain that collaborates with the Sea Shepherd UK and the Dolphin Project non-profit organizations to ensure a safe and conscious whale watching experience. Depart the Los Cristianos harbor on a boat that can go further than a 3-mile radius due to the qualified captains onboard, which is highly advantageous to spot larger whales and other species. Set out to visit resident short-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins as well as other species. Fin whales, sperm whales, blue whales, and even orcas can be seen on your tour. Keep an eye out for migrating turtles, tuna, and even sharks.  Listen to your guide tell you about the ecosystems of the region. Learn about the habits of the resident dolphins in front of the cliffs of Los Cristianos. As you cruise, enjoy the view of Mount Teide and the southern coast of Tenerife. Feel comfortable knowing that the whales and dolphins are always put first. To make sure that they are not disturbed, they are not forced to dive, an important part of ethical whale watching. Observe them in your natural environment and see how they naturally behave.

La Palma: Stargazing Tour with Wine and Hotel Transfer

9. La Palma: Stargazing Tour with Wine and Hotel Transfer

Get to know the La Palma's skies on a stargazing tour in Los Cancajos. Stop by one of the world's most famous places to practice astronomy. Next, visit another astronomical viewpoint and watch the sunset over a glass of wine. Look at the stars through a telescope and learn about the constellations. Begin by getting picked up at your hotel. Head to the Roque de los Muchachos viewpoint, which is located at the highest point of La Palma at 2,426 meters above sea level. Jump out and take a look at the observatory from the outside, and at the telescopes that are situated on both sides of the road. Listen to your local guide tell you about each of the telescopes and why they chose this extraordinary place for their location. See the sky of La Palma and take in the special characteristics of the observatory, which is considered one of the best places in the world to practice astronomy. Go on a short drive to a nearby astronomical viewpoint, and enjoy the sunset accompanied by a glass of wine. Participate in an amateur telescope observation in the dark of night. With the help of your guide, discover an infinity of stars as well as galaxies, planets, nebulae, and star clusters. Get dropped back at your hotel at around 1am.

Tenerife: Dolphin and Whale Eco-Cruise with Snack & Drinks

10. Tenerife: Dolphin and Whale Eco-Cruise with Snack & Drinks

Set sail in the Atlantic on an unforgettable eco-friendly dolphin and whale watching boat day trip in Tenerife. Get all food and drinks included onboard, plus the chance to have a swim whilst at sea. Start your marine adventure by meeting your crew at the dock for a quick safety briefing. Then, set sail towards ideal dolphin and whale watching hotspots on a catamaran equipped with fuel-efficient technology designed to greatly reduce its carbon footprint. Time to get out your phone or camera while cruising the Teno-Rasca Whale Sanctuary, part of Tenerife’s official Special Conservation Zone that protects vulnerable marine wildlife and habitats. Enjoy the views from the boat as you pass beaches such as Playa de las Américas and Playa de los Cristianos on the way. Even spot the famous Mount Teide from the water on clear days. Spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat, safe in the knowledge that you are also simultaneously respecting it. Benefit from your crew’s expert commentary and underwater audio equipment to bring the sounds of the ocean onto your deck. Even enjoy some time to swim in the Atlantic waters before heading back to shore. On the 3-hour tour, you will be served drinks and a small sandwich. If you want even more time at sea, book the extended option that includes an onboard lunch with rice and chicken. Vegetarian options are also available. Gain 2 extra hours with the "extended" option to explore more parts of the coastline, including the impressive cliffs at Los Gigantes, and the exclusive bay at Masca Beach that once served as a pirate hideaway.

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4.5 / 5

based on 62,107 reviews

Was an amazing trip around whole island, 9-17pm, we had a lunch stop as well, we saw a lot of the beauty of Lanzarote. Nazaret, our guide, is such a lovely person, thank you! All passed super professional, from my booking to the end of the trip. Air-conditioned bus, spanish-english languages. I highly recommend this trip because you can see even La Graciosa from distant, was a surprise for me.

Very enjoyable. We didn’t see dolphins but it was a lovely evening despite this.

It was an amazing experience with a very funny guide man :) Thank you so much

Great diving point and professional staff, also friendly. Top experience

Good advice on where to go. Equipment in good order.