Nature and variety while hiking on the Canaries
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 tour.
Walking Paradise Tenerife
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 our hiking holiday Walking Paradise Tenerife – only with a little more maritime flair.
- Eurohike HikingBlog: Read more about the beautiful Canary Island in Theresa’s travel report from hiking in Tenerife.
Fiery and peaceful: According to this motto, our hiking holiday on 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 active holiday on Lanzarote.
- Find out more about island hiking with Eurohike.
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 holiday on El Hierro – a real paradise on earth.
On our hiking tour La Palma, 8 days, you will explore the northwesternmost Canary Island in eight days. On good hiking paths you can enjoy wonderful moments of active relaxation and a quiet break while island hiking. The original nature of La Palma, including the prehistoric laurel forests, the magnificent views from the "Roque de los Muchachos", the highest point on the island, as well as the diverse flora and fauna in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park are guaranteed to inspire you.
- Year-round hiking holidays: The best thing about this hiking tour on La Palma? This holiday can be experienced all year round due to the mild climatic conditions.
The climate on the Canary Islands
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.
- Our hiking tip: Due to the mild climate, the Canary Islands are ideal for a year-round hiking holiday. You can read why hiking has no season and more about our year-round hiking tours on our HikingBlog.
Cuisine 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.
The best travel time for a hiking holiday in the Canary Islands is from January to December, all year round. The Canary Islands offer ideal conditions for hiking in the open air the entire year.
- Read more about why hiking has no season and where you can experience the most beautiful year-round hiking holidays on our Eurohike HikingBlog.
The Canary Islands offer a wonderful variety of hiking paths and opportunities to spend time active out in nature. In the Canaries you can experience these all-round organised hiking tours with us:
The Canaries offer plenty of variety and hiking opportunities for all levels of hiking and target groups. We offer hiking tours on these Canary Islands:
- El Hierro
Do you have any questions about our hiking tours on the Canary Islands? Our Eurohike travel specialists are happy to assist you!
There are wonderful hiking paths and multi-day hiking tours in the Canary Islands that will take you to the most beautiful places on the islands. Experience the fantastic routes on our individual hiking tours in the Canaries:
On our hiking tour Walking Paradise Tenerife, 8 days you will experience the impressive mountain landscapes, the wild Atlantic, the sunny stretches of the coast and fantastic views while island hiking.
- Read more about hiking on the island of Tenerife on our travel report ‚Travelling in Tenerife‘ on the Eurohike HikingBlog.
The westernmost and smallest island of the Canary Islands is an ideal place for a tranquil hiking holiday. Far away from the crowds of tourists, you will experience the original nature, the Canarian way of life and the quiet island life on our hiking holiday El Hierro, 8 days at your own pace. The route of our eight-day hiking tour takes you from Valverde to Mocanal, Frontera, El Pinar and Las Playas.
There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Canary Islands. Two of these are Natural World Heritage Sites and one site is a Cultural World Heritage Site.
- La Gomera: Natural World Heritage National Park Garajonay with the largest laurel forest in the world
- Tenerife: Cultural World Heritage San Cristóbal de la Laguna, a university town and bishopric
- Tenerife: Natural World Heritage National Park Teide with the mountain Pico del Teide (highest mountain on Tenerife)
On a hiking holiday in the Canary Islands you will experience an original and particularly diverse nature. It is not for nothing that the Canary Islands are also known as the islands of eternal spring. Whether hiking on the island of El Hierro, Tenerife, Lanzarote or the other Canary Islands – a peaceful break is guaranteed. On El Hierro you will experience the rough beauty of the smallest island of the Canary Islands by foot, on a hiking tour on Tenerife you can discover the wonderful hiking paths, that lead through the mountains to the imposing stretches of coast and on a hiking holiday on the 'Island of Fire' Lanzarote, around 300 volcanic cones and the original Canarian way of life wait to be explored while hiking.
Perfectly organised hiking tours in the Canaries
A colourful variety as far as the eye can see – this and much more awaits you on a hiking holiday in the Canary Islands. Our experienced Eurohike travel specialists and the Eurohike WANDERPLUS ensure that your hiking holiday in the Canaries is the perfect active experience. This includes our detailed travel documents, personal on-site support, luggage transfer during your hiking holiday, as well as cosy hotels and accommodation. You can also reach us on our Eurohike service-hotline if you have any questions during your hiking holiday.
- Still have questions about why a hiking holiday with Eurohike is an all-round successful experience? All answers and advantages can be found at a glance here.