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13 reasons you need to add the Canary Islands to your bucket list

Mainland Spain has plenty to offer travellers and wanderers. With no shortage of beautiful cities, fun and quirky festivals (Ever heard of El Colacho, where people dress as devils and jump over babies? Yeah, it’s a summer festival in Spain.), incredible architecture, world-renowned cuisine, varied culture, and more than can be listed here, it’s a consistently popular destination for globetrotters. And while Spain is home to many beautiful beaches and the popular Balearic Islands, including party-mecca Ibiza and lush Mallorca, if you head farther south off the coast of Africa, you’ll come across the tropical and volcanic paradise of the Canary Islands.

With its crystal clear, turquoise waters, long stretches of beaches, national parks, and old-world charm, here are 13 reasons why you should add the Canary Islands to your bucket list.

1. The sunrises

Canary Islands sunrise

2. The towering Los Gigantes cliffs of Tenerife, shooting out of the sea and standing tall at anywhere from 500-800 metres

Los Gigantes

3. The picturesque fishing village of Puerto de Mogán

Puerto de Mogán

4. The black sand beaches

La Palma black sand

5. The Maspalomas Dunes on Gran Canaria (camel rides available!)

Maspalomas Dunes

6. The views of La Gomera’s Roque Agando, the island’s most famous rock formation

La Gomera Roque Agando

7. The alien-looking landscape created by the lava fields of La Palma

La Palma lava field

8. The #NoFilterNeeded crystal clear waters

Canary Islands water

9. The rugged terrain of Teide National Park, home to the world’s third highest volcano

Teide National Park

10. The brightly coloured homes of Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

11. The views

Teno Mountains

12. The quiet beaches

Playa Mujeres

13. The sunsets

Sunset over Tenerife

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