The classic summer getaway usually consists of a well-planned trip to some international hotspot like Europe, Hawaii, or the Bahamas. But those looking for a slightly more unconventional experience should consider the culturally rich and aesthetically unique Canary Islands.
Located just off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago that continue to retain a vibrant Spanish influence with expansive, subtropical southern landscapes.
The word “island” may bring to mind an endless region of soft beaches and palm trees, but the Canary Islands are far more than a sleepy beach town. In many ways, the Canary Islands are a perfect all-in-one destination for any traveler, from the mountain lover to the desert bunny to the beach bum.
The islands have something for whatever mood or group you’re in, including:
Timanfaya National Park: This ethereal region was created in the 1700s after more than 100 volcanoes erupted throughout the terrain. The craters, colors and climate will make visitors to the park feel like they are walking on the moon or another planetary landscape. Located on the island of Lanzorote, the park offers unique hiking opportunities, guided tours, and even camel rides.
Maspalomas Sand Dunes: Located on the island of Gran Canaria, the dunes offer a soft, expansive view of the rolling sands. The dunes are a popular place for sunbathers and explorers alike. Adventurers can spot very unique plant and animal life in the region, and can travel around by foot or by camel.
La Palma: For the lifelong nature lover, the island of La Palma is a heaven on earth. It offers some of the most stunning sights in the entire Canary Island region, with bountiful natural waterfalls, endless greenery, and volcanic desertscapes. The entire island is a designated biosphere reserve, and it’s easy to see why.
Santa Cruz: A beautiful portion of La Palma, Santa Cruz is a quaint, yet vibrant seaside town with impeccable architecture and centuries-old palaces and churches. Any design lover will be instantly smitten with the way Santa Cruz combines natural views with thoughtful structures.
Of course, as with any international travel, a trip to the Canary Islands may present a few unique health risks, especially to those with delicate systems. Travelers should make sure they have their rabies and Hepatitis A and B vaccines.
If any sort of medical emergency should occur in the midst of this island paradise, remember you can always rely on AngelMedFlight (AMF) to transport you or your loved one back home for medical care.