The Canary Islands have some of the most diverse and dramatic landscapes in the world. These volcanic islands have been formed from years of huge eruptions to create some truly unique sights.
For decades, British holidaymakers have been making Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura their home away from home. Blessed with excellent dedicated holiday resorts, many people don’t get really get a sense of the beauty of these islands. This can be all changed by hiring a car and seeing the real side of the Canaries.
Here are our pick of the best road trips across the Canary Islands.
See the beaches of the Jandia peninsula
Perched on the southern tip of Fuerteventura is the picturesque Jandia peninsula. The uninhabited area of the island is home to some of the best beaches in the region including the most famous – Sotavento Beach.
Forged by the volcanic nature of the Canary Islands, Jandia has blossomed into a tranquil escape of miles of white sand beaches, deep, turquoise waters of the oceans and colourful flowers. This area is also home to Fuerteventura’s tallest mountain, Pico de Jandia. It also has the added bonus of enjoying the magnificent coastal views on the hour-long drive from Costa Calma.
Take the spinal route of Tenerife
If you want a drive that guarantees the ‘wow’ factor then there is no better place than the spinal route in Tenerife. Starting at La Laguna hit road and pass the eucalyptus plants and the pine forests. The route up to El Portillo provides some dramatic views over Tenerife and on clear days you can see for miles out to sea.
The route takes its ‘spinal’ moniker as it is deemed to form the backbone of Tenerife. Gaze over the volcanic landscape and unique plants in this beautifully dramatic setting before you reach the base of the imposing Mount Teide.
Experience the GC-200
There are not many better ways of seeing the beauty of Gran Canaria than driving the GC-200. While it may only take an hour to complete the route from Agaete to Puerto de Mogan, it manages to showcase every aspect of the island’s incredible scenery.
Start at the whitewashed buildings of Agaete and head up to the Mirador del Balcon where you can take a moment to admire the rugged cliffs and the crashing ocean below. Pass the tiny town of El Risco where you will be treated to a hidden beach. The final descent into Playa de Mogan provides a panoramic of the holiday resort, providing the ideal reward for your adventure.
Cross the Wine Valley of Lanzarote
Lanzarote may not be the first place you think when it comes to great wine but the island produces some delicious plonk. From Timanfaya National Park you can drive to La Geria and travel through Lanzarote’s wine country.
It is somewhat of a surreal sight looking out on to the volcanic landscape punctuated with the vibrant green of the vineyards. Stop off and take a guided tour of the region and don’t forget to take home a bottle of refreshing white wine – you will thank yourself when you get to your hotel in the evening.
Drive through the dramatic Mount Teide National Park
If we’re talking about the Canary Islands’ most iconic settings then it has to be Mount Teide National Park. The dormant volcano is a symbol for the entire region and its national park is a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Naturally, it provides one of the most scenic driving routes in Tenerife. Get to know to the island’s landmark a little better by touring this unique landscape. While it is a favourite among other holidaymakers, the roads tend to stay relatively quiet leaving you to enjoy the surroundings.
Do any of these road trips take your fancy? You can add a hire car to your holiday package when you book with Sunmaster. Find out more by visiting www.sunmaster.co.uk.