Travellers love an adventure. Whether to you this means spending days camping out in the wilds of the Amazon rainforest, trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro or simply trying to cross the road in Vietnam, it can be hard to satisfy your non stop quest for thrills. But stop right there. If adventure is your middle name, why not look into doing something fun and exciting on one of the Canary Islands? Sure, these islands may not be as appealing as other places on earth in terms of adventure, but you can still have the time of your life and island hop to some of the most remote and stunning places anywhere in the world!
Explore Nature on Gran Canaria
Did you know that Gran Canaria has 8 natural reserves, 32 protected areas, 6kms of beaches and over a 100 species of flora? There is so much more to Gran Canaria than most people think – so why not explore it? In the centre of the island stand the impressive Bentayga rocks which reach heights nearing 2000 metres, which allow the hardy trekker fantastic views once scaled. If you are more of a sand person than rocks, head to the Dunes of Maspalomas Nature Park. These are the iconic dunes you may well have seen on travel shows or in a guide book written about the island.
Climb the Rocks of Tenerife
Tenerife has a volcanic history, meaning the island today has some outstanding cliff faces which, for the brave, present a real challenge. Throughout the island are different climbing routes, catering for people of all levels. Head to Arico, which is actually in the Teide National Park. It is considered to be one of the best places to get your climbing kicks and local companies organise excursions here as well as provide you with all of the equipment you will need. Tenerife is one big activity playground with canoeing, mountain biking and lots more on offer all year round if climbing is not your thing!
Get Away from the World on El Hierro
You may not have heard of El Hierro, but just because the smallest of the Canary Islands often goes unnoticed does not mean you should turn a blind eye to it too. Hikers will love this island – its small but packed with mountain faces, differing terrains and lovely sunshine. It is also packed full of history, with El Hierro being the last piece of land which Columbus was to see until he landed in the Bahamas in 1492. Bet you didn’t know that did you?!
Sure, you’ll find lots of people enjoying two week holidays to tenerife or alike. But the Canaries are well worth braving the crowds even for just a few days – it will make a nice change, get you off the backpacker trail and will not be too expensive neither – always a plus!
Written by Ricky Durrance*