Visit Canary Islands - The Western Isles
The Canary Islands with their winter sunshine, beautiful beaches and scenery ranging from desert to lush green forests are one of the main tourist destinations in the world. Tenerife in the Western Isles is the most popular of the islands.
THE WESTERN CANARY ISLANDS TOURIST SITES AND PLACES TO VISIT
The Western Canary Islands are made up of four islands; Tenerife, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. All three are mountainous islands.
(For more information about the Eastern Isles of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura visit The Canary Islands - The Eastern Isles)
La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera are tiny islands without much tourist activity but they are being discovered by people who like walking, mountains and being away from it all. Tenerife is the most popular of the Western Islands.
Below are highlights and favourite places for each of the islands to enable you to plan your trip to the Western Canary Islands
Tenerife is a very mountainous island, sunny and dry in the south and lush and wet in the north offering a great choice for holidaymakers.
Mount Teide, a dormant volcano dominates the scenery of Tenerife. Be sure to visit Teide National Park where you can visit the crater by foot or by cable car.
In the south of the island the main resorts are Playa-de-las-Americas with its reputation for a buzzing night-life, close by is Los Cristianos, another popular choice. Don't miss Tenerife's fabulous water parks, especially if you are travelling with children. These are close to Playa de las Americas.
El Medano has a more relaxed, laid-back feel and is great for water-sports and Costa Adeje will appeal to those looking for a stylish resort with great beaches.
Also on the coast is Puerto de la Cruz, a charming harbour town.
The worlds steepest island and worth visiting because of the lush vegetation and massive volcano crater, La Caldera de Tabureient. This area is a national park and is truly beautiful. Most visitors come for the excellent walking and other sporting activities.
The capital Santa Cruz de la Palma has elegant buildings and life size copy of Columbus' ship the Santa Maria.
A tiny, hilly island perfect for quiet holidays surrounded by nature.
It is possible to get to La Gomera for a day trip from Tenerife which makes it the most visited of the three small Western Islands.
The scenery is beautiful with lovely terraced hillsides and deep ravines. It is great for walking holidays and the centre of the island, the Parque Nacional de Garajonay (the Garajonay National Park), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The main town is San Sebastian de la Gomera
Places to Visit : Towns and Villages
Places to visit on the island of Tenerife
Dominated by Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Spain, Tenerife is another mountainous island. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is sunny and dry in the south and lush and wet in the north offering a great variety.
Garachico - lovely jewel of a town, tiny but very elegant with colourful stucco buildings, elegant plazas, convents and mansions.
La Laguna - (San Cristobal de La Laguna) originally the capital of Tenerife this inland town remains the cultural capital of Tenerife. There are several good museums and the historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
La Orotava - wide streets, handsome squares and lovely churches and like Puerto de la Cruz beautifully situated at the foot of Mount Teide.
Masca - the most beautiful village on Tenerife.
Montes de Anaga- a lush green though rugged mountain range popular with walkers.
Playa de las Americas - Tenerife's biggest resort and well-known for its night-life.
Puerto de la Cruz - a lovely little harbour town situated at the foot of Mount Teide. Colourful stucco buildings, tropical gardens of Loro Parque and the beautiful Lago Martianez designed by Cesar Manrique.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - plenty to see in this the capital of Tenerife. Local beaches are black sand but the most popular is Las Teresitas made by importing tones of Saharan sand. One of the biggest carnivals in Europe takes place here each year in Feb/March.
Teide National Park - Mount Tiede rises out of an enormous volcanic crater and is surrounded by an eerie volcanic landscape. The crater can be visited by foot or by cable-car. If you can, stay at the Parador de Canadas del Teide. Teide National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in the World.
Tenerife's Aqua Parks - Tenerife has two great aqua parks which are great for a family day out.
Places to Visit on the island of La Palma
Santa Cruz de la Palma - the main town on the island has many elegent buildings and a life size replica of Columbus's flagship the Santa Maria
Places to Visit on the island of El Hierro
Valverde - the island's capital is a small town though quite attractive.
La Restinga is a small fishing village which has grown into a small resort very popular with scuba divers.
Places to visit on the island of La Gomera
San Sebastian de la Gomera - the main town of La Gomera
WESTERN CANARY ISLANDS TOURISM AND SIGHTSEEING
UNESCO World Heritage Sights
Garajonay National Park, La Gomera - humid sub-tropical forest
San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife - historic old town
Teide National Park - volcanic landscape
Teide National Park - Tenerife
Corona Foresta Natural Park - eastern Tenerife
Garajonay National Park - La Gomera
Cumbre Vieja Natural Park - La Palma
Gardens in the Western Canary Islands
Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava - a botanic garden in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Vallehermoso Botanical Garden - La Gomera
Maroparque botanical and animal park - Breña Alta, La Palma
Paradors in the Canary Islands
Parador de Canadas del Teide - Teide, Tenerife
Parador de la Gomera - La Gomera
Parador de la Palma - La Palma
Parador de El Hierro - El Hierro