Where to Stay & The Best Location in the Canary Islands

Where to Stay in the Canary Islands

Before going to the Canary Islands you must make a decision about where to stay because there is a wide range of options. Above, I posted a map of the seven islands above and will describe each one so you can find the one that works best for you! Each island has different altitudes, landscapes, and biodiversity, so the activities greatly vary. This archipelago is one of the most unique in the world because each island has a different climate despite its close proximity. Also, remember you can always come back!

Which Island Should you Visit?

The Most Popular Destinations

Tenerife is the most popular destination in the Canary Islands and also the largest island. Moreover, the southern part contains mostly resorts for tourists while the center is home to Teide National Park, with Mount Teide reigning over the wildlife. In the north, you can find the lovely capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife which often has less tourists. Come here if you’d like a more resort-style life with less focus on the surrounding environments.

Gran Canaria is the other most popular destination for tourists. I chose to stay in my Airbnb here because of its’ scenic landscape and beaches without a crowd. Similar to Tenerife, it has a touristy southern coast with the historic capital of Las Palmas in the North. In the middle, you can find many national parks along with the famous Roque Nueblo. Gran Canaria is where you want to stay in the Canary Islands if you’re looking for more relaxation, but still want the option of a nightlife similar to Tenerife.

Lanzarote is largely a volcanic landscape with small settlements containing unique architecture with a white-sand beach resort in the south. Furthermore, there are plenty of wineries, similar to those near Mount Vesuvius in Italy, say that their mineral heavy dirt gives the wine a better and unique taste. Here you will find the beautiful Timanfaya National Park for your activities.

For Untouched Nature & Small Resorts

Fuerteventura is one of the least developed of the Canary Islands. It is closest to the African Coast, giving it a unique desert-like ecosystem. There are various volcanoes to climb, large beaches, and some resorts in the North.

La Palma is known as the beautiful island and was deemed a UNESCO biosphere reserve because of its’ landscape. You can walk around and shift from a rainforest to desert ecosystems in minutes. If you’re a serious nature buff and into hiking, then La Palma is a must-visit.

Off the Beaten Path

Now to one of the less-traveled islands, La Gomera basically only offers hiking but also has a unique landscape with well-marked paths. There are many local wineries but it’s not very inhabited.

By far the hardest to get to and least developed, El Hierro offers some of the most untouched landscape. Here, you will find robust diving, solitude, and pure nature. There are many cliffs, twisting roads, and volcanic lava fields.

Hotel/Airbnb Recommendations for Barcelona

The Airbnb I stayed in, Hosted by Alessandro

I stayed at an Airbnb near Hiperdino Express Hamburgo, a convenience store in the area. The Airbnb was perfect for two people. It had a balcony, kitchen, shower, and was part of a larger apartment building like the one seen in the photo. There was also a pool included with the property but I did not use it at all. I strongly recommend weighing your options in the Canary Islands as many places will be more resort-like and thus cost much more money. There are different areas with different price ranges and more cost-effective apartments like the one I stayed in.

Remember if you would like to learn more about any of the places included in my guide for where to stay in the Canary Islands, then you can visit my all-inclusive guide for free here!

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