Leisure hiking with variety
If you look at the seven islands in the Atlantic from a bird’s eye view you might think that the largely barren islands may not have a lot of ‘life’. However, if you take a closer look, you will quickly see the hidden beauties of each of the islands for yourself. From Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, via Lanzarote, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera to La Palma – the islands promise a Mediterranean climate and nature in abundance. Excellent prospects for a perfect hiking trip!
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and a true subtropical paradise for hiking tours. It is particularly easy to hike around the Teide in the north – a dormant volcano and Spain’s highest mountain. The region resembles a lonely, mystical desert of lava and rock formations with poinsettia bushes and banana plantations. With a little imagination you could think you have landed on the moon during a hiking trip in Tenerife – only with a little more maritime flair. Read more about the beautiful Canary Island in Theresa’s travel report from hiking in Tenerife.
Fiery and peaceful: According to this motto, Lanzarote not only offers something for the eyes with its beautiful volcanic landscapes, but also something for the palate with delicious and powerful wines. Landscapes of the moon that seem almost unreal and a calm atmosphere, without hustle and bustle. Nature lovers and hikers will particularly appreciate the island’s beauty and experience the special charm of the island during a hiking trip on Lanzarote.
Far from mass tourism, hikers enjoy the charm of the smallest Canary Island – no frills and just for themselves. El Hierro was recorded in old maps as ‘the end of the world’ because the prime meridian, also known as the meridian of Ferro (Spanish for El Hierro), is located in the west of the island. This feeling of silence and tranquillity, untouched nature and tradition gave it the feeling of the ‘end of the world’. A hiking trip on El Hierro – a real paradise on earth.
The ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’ – the Canaries are guaranteed to live up to this nickname. The archipelago in the Atlantic offers the perfect climate to spend a wonderful hiking holiday with sun, sea and healthy exercise all year round. With around 4,800 hours of sunshine a year Gran Ganaria can boast, it is the sunniest place in Europe. But the sun is also at its best on other islands – guaranteed.
On the dining table in the Canaries
A relaxed atmosphere can also be found in the regional Canarian cusine. After a relatively small breakfast, lunch and dinner come at once rather late. The hunger in between is satisfied by the famous tapas. People generally eat as a family – dishes are placed in the middle of the table and everyone takes what they want. Regional classics include, for example: ‘Pimientos de Padrón’ – small fried peppers with sea salt, ‘Pulpo a la gallega’ – squid with paprika powder, various stews, fresh fish, olives, citrus fruits, almonds, honey and one thing cannot be missed for any meal – the traditional bread made from wheat flour. Since 1970, quality wines have been produced – and the Canarian wines can be seen and tasted. With this in mind, all we say is ‘Buen provecho!’.
Did you know … ?
That the Canary Islands consist of a total of seven main and six secondary islands?
Sorted by size, the seven main islands are: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The seven neighbouring islands include Montaña Clara, Roque del Este Lobos, Alegranza, Roque del Oeste and La Graciosa, the only inhabited island.
That Spanish wasn’t always the official language of the Canaries?
Before the conquest by Spain, the indigenous people on each island spoke an individual variety of the Guanche language, which is assigned to the Berber languages. To date, there are numerous words derived from this period that can be found in everyday use, such as in place names or names of people.
And what about the goats on Fuerteventura?
Can you imagine that around 90,000 goats live on Fuerteventura, the second largest Canary Island? Hardly any visitor doesn’t get to know the animals on the island: Either in person or in the logo of the island, sticker or Live – the icon is present anyway. Also, the production of milk and goat cheese has a long tradition in Fuerteventura – the cheese in all its variations is a real delicacy and definitely worth a try.
Adiós el estrés!
So that the best time of the year is guaranteed on a hiking tour – and without stress – our Eurohike team ensures perfect organisation in advance and on-site. We take over travel planning and organisation of your hiking holiday, including accommodation and detailed travel documents and information. The same applies on site – pure relaxation. Your smooth luggage transfer is ensured. If you have any questions while hiking on the Canary Islands, we can always be reached on our service-hotline. We are pleased that you are choosing a quality trip with Eurohike!