Oh, the Canary Islands, it’s like being in paradise every single day. These clusters of Islands are home to some of the most incredible sandy beaches, natural landscapes and even dormant volcanos.
Made up of eight Islands, the Canary Islands are located just off the coast of northwestern Africa and make an excellent stopover when planning a round the world trip. Not to mention it’s also sunny practically all year round, so if you’re looking for a sunshine-filled destination, you’ve hit the jackpot.
These islands truly have something for everyone. Travelling as a family, individually, or as a couple, we can guarantee you’ll find something you love. If you’re including the Canary Islands in your round the world trip, hiring a car is typically the best mode of transport on the island. Airfare Geeks have spotlighted each of the Islands with our recommendations of things to do and see.
Starting with La Palma, this island is full of lush greenery, enough to make anyone feel like they’re on holiday. La Palma is home to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. It also has a resident volcano surrounded by high peaks and stunning views. Importantly, it’s now declared to be inactive – its last eruption occurred in 1971.
If you’re into astrology or can appreciate a good star gaze, La Palma has some of the most monumental astrological observatories found in the world. Include La Palma in your round the world itinerary with this premium economy deal from $2032, starting in Australia to Tokyo, with a stopover in Barcelona along the way.
Tenerife is the largest of all the Canary Islands and is home to another dormant volcano, Mt. Tiede. Tenerife is the location of the Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colourful costumes. The festival takes place between February and March, depending on the year. This is something to be mindful of when trying to beat the crowds as you’re planning a round the world trip. If festivals aren’t for you, look to Tenerife’s stunning beaches with black or yellow sand.
Lanzarote is one of the more versatile islands. It’s filled with lava fields, volcanos, black and red earth, mountains and beaches. The island is also known for being quiet and peaceful. If you’re travelling with your family, Lanzarote is a great RTW destination, as many of the beaches are tucked away, protected from big waves and currents. Additionally, Lanzarote is the only place where you can take a stunning day to La Graciosa. Add in Lanzarote to your round the world trip from Australia to Santiago with Swiss Airlines flying business class from $6877.
La Graciosa is the smallest of all Canary Islands but definitely shouldn’t be missed. Being such a small island, the only way to get there is by ferry from Lanzarote. A day trip is most likely all you’ll need here, but what a jam-packed day it’ll be. You could either take it slow and relax on sandy beaches, have a snorkel and see all of the marine life. However, if you’re looking for something more to do, you can rent a bike or tour a 4×4 around the island.
A long stretch of an island within the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is lined with a white and yellow sandy beach that screams holiday destination. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are available at the beaches in Fuerteventur. If you’re sick of the cold weather and plan on chasing the sun, add a business class stopover flying from Australia to Singapore with Qantas from $7128.
La Gomera is the second smallest of all the islands and is filled with an incredible landscape. If you’re into hiking, this is one island you have to visit. There are also stunning black-sand Atlantic beaches along with dense forests and volcanic mountains.
For those who are into surfing, consider adding Gran Canaria to your RTW trip. Its beaches are famous for their golden sand and waves for surfers. Due to its location, it’s home to imports and exports for the town, which means duty-free shopping. That’s a yes from us!
El Hierro is one of the smaller islands, but it still has so much to do and see. If you’re into diving, this is the place to go. The water temperature year-round varies from 18 to 25 Celsius and also has visibility of up to 50m deep. Depending on the time of year you plan to visit during your world round trip, you even have the chance to see dolphins, manta rays, whales and even sharks.
If your eyes lit up at Canary Islands, here’s how you can add them to your next RTW trip. As the first port of call, check out our latest deals that include stop-over options. In particular, look for trips that include countries like Spain and South Africa.
Crafting a personalised itinerary can make all the difference. Normally a time-consuming and daunting task, the team at Airfare Geeks is dedicated to making your round the world trip one to remember.
We will take the pressure off. With in-depth travel knowledge (we live and breathe this stuff), our friendly team will help build your ideal RTW itinerary. We’ll work with you every step of the way, ensuring it’s hitting all your must-sees and -dos. If you’re considering taking a round the world trip, get in touch with one of our speciality travel agents today to get started on your journey.
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