Canary Islands: a forgotten tourist destination for Americans


I think is time for Americans to know something about this beautiful tourist destination we have in Spain.

The main destination cities in Spain for them are Barcelona in first place, Madrid, Pamplona (thanks to Hemingway and some others) and the south of Spain.

Not only there are nice temperatures throughout the year but they have nice beaches, culture and history. In my case I love Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura among them. You can take a ferry to go from one island to another. Transmediterranea is one of the main companies which does these itineraries.

Don’t miss the opportunity of going to Garachico in Tenerife; I am sure you will love the landscape and you will be able to swim in their natural swimming pools, enjoy good fresh fish and good views in a restaurant in the area like Ardeola. Las papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) & mojo picón (a special mild hot sauce) are one of the typical dishes in the islands.

A must go in Tenerife is The Teide, be careful with the altitude and the narrow roads! Make a pit stop during your way to take some pictures when you find yourself higher than the clouds; it is an amazing sensation.

Have you ever been in a beach where the sand is black? Go to Tenerife or Lanzarote. Their origins are volcanic that is why the sand has this color in most of their beaches. There is only a white sand beach in Tenerife: Las Teresitas Beach.

The February Carnival in Tenerife is amazing but if you want to go, book a hotel months in advance; also check the Cesar Manrique impressive art all around Lanzarote island including the volcanic Timanfaya National Park. Fuerteventura with its amazing dune beaches and landscapes is perfect for relaxing or practice water sports.

These island offer a diverse culture with many gay friendly hotels and many naturist beaches like Corralejo in Fuerteventura or Caletones in Lanzarote.

Take into account for your budget that renting a car will be essential in all these islands luckily it is very affordable (around 25eur per day) always depending on the car hire company, the dates, your age and the length of the agreement. If you are driving an automatic car, you will have to learn how to handle a manual one… it is hard to find automatic cars available in Spain.

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