The Canary Islands may technically be a part of Spain, but in many ways they feel a world away; not only are they situated right off the coast of northern Africa, but certain aspects of their culture are quite distinct. It should come as no surprise then that the people of this archipelago of seven main islands, all off on their lonesome in the Atlantic, feel a great sense of regional patriotism. With that in mind, here are 7 ways to get better acquainted with Canarian culture.
Most of today’s Gran Canaria action centers around the main city of Las Palmas. But, back in the day — hundreds upon hundreds of years ago — the town of Gáldar was at the heart of the land’s activity. Nowadays, you can discover Gran Canaria’s ancient past, along with its recent past, and present, with a trip to this northwest corner of the island.
Nestled under the protective arch of a volcanic rock mountainside on the Canary Islands’ Gran Canaria, you’ll find the ancient grain storage cave of Cenobio de Valerón. There’s plenty to explore in this ancient pantry!
Tenerife may be especially known for its sky-piercing El Teide volcano – the highest point in Europe — and all the outdoor activities that come along with it. But the island is also home to loads of unique Canarian culture, and, thankfully, little pueblos where you can get to know it. Garachico Get away from […]
If you can’t make it to Rio come February for Carnival, maybe you can make it to the Spanish Canary Islands, where it is considered one of the biggest celebrations of the famous holiday around. For the ultimate of Canarian Carnival celebrations, though, you’ll want to head to the biggest island, Tenerife, and its capital […]
Amidst fields of cactus in a valley not far from Lanzarote’s northeast coast, you’ll inevitably do a double-take at the sight of an eight-meter-high cactus. With perfectly prickly arms it stretches up to the sky and invites you to come explore further. It may appear as a king among cacti, but really this is just […]
The Canaries are a veritable volcanic paradise, and the island of Lanzarote packs in proof of this around just about every craggy corner. From steaming still-active volcanoes to electric-green ponds and underground lava tunnels, here a few ways you should plan to explore Lanzarote’s top volcanic marvels. Timanfaya National Park The star of Lanzarote’s seemingly […]
La Palma: It’s the newest, most northwesterly, and possibly most beautiful of the Canary Islands. From star gazing to hiking and a little bit of local culture, here are a few ways to discover the allure behind the island nicknamed La Isla Bonita (the beautiful island). Take a hike La Palma is often lauded as the […]
The Canaries may have seven main islands, but in reality their surrounding Atlantic waters are home to quite a few more of them. Isla de Lobos is one of these, a dot of land situated just two kilometers away from the northern edge of Fuerteventura. The deserted volcanic Isla de Lobos was discovered by Spanish […]
Many people head to the Canary Islands for the holidays in order to relish in the pleasant wintertime weather. But that’s not the only reason: between fireworks, outdoor countdowns and late-night dips in the sea, the Spanish archipelago really knows how to ring in the new year.