The Canary Islands
Beaches and watersports
Most visitors are drawn to the Canaries by their reliable subtropical warmth – despite many of the beaches being composed of black sand. The islands have a great contrast of scenery from luxuriant vegetation to spectacular volcanic formations.
La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro are small but with wonderful scenery making for good hiking.
Lanzarote, a choice place for beach holidays, is dry and still volcanically active.
Fuerteventura also has beautiful beaches but with a windy climate.
Tenerife and Gran Canaria offer the most variety, with northern coasts swathed in banana plantations and lively tourist spots in the hot and sunny south.
A cactus park in San Nicolás de Tolentino, Gran Canaria