Do you have a travel “bucket” list? You know, the kind of list where you mentally write down the places you want to visit in your life. I don’t exactly have such a list, but there are a few places that I’d love to visit like Japan and California. One thing’s for sure: the Canary Islands weren’t on this list, but…when the opportunity arose to visit one of them I hopped on board (literally).
I’m exaggerating a bit here, as I only visited one island, that being Lanzarote. It isn’t the most renowned island of the bunch such as Tenerife and Grand Canaria, which are the “posh-est” of, but it belongs to the Canary Islands nonetheless, in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Africa! Yeah, I’ve traveled further than that I know, but I still got excited with the opportunity!
I must admit that the coastal cities/resorts reminded me of the Greek Islands a bit, as white is the prevalent color for the buildings here as well. The inner villages, had a more Spanish (and original) look. Sightseeing wise, the “top” sight for me was the volcano tour. I’ve never been near an active volcano (it last exploded on 1824) before, so it was quite an experience.
In the photos below you can see some snaps from my trip featuring a cactus garden, celebrations for Canary Day, the beach at Puerto del Carmen, soldified lava in Timanfaya National Park, El Golfo beach, Famara beach, a building in Teguise village, the exquisite view at Mirador del Rio and the interior of a restaurant in Puerto del Carmen.
If the opportunity to visit the Canary Islands arose again, I’d probably try out another island, Tenerife maybe? (Which also has an Opera House designed by Calatrava).
Have you been to the Canary Islands and if not, would you visit one day?