The Canary Archipelago consists of seven islands: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro. The small island of La Graciosa, north of Lanzarote is also worth mentioning.

The biggest island is Tenerife, where the Pico del Teide (3718 m), rises the highest of the Canary Islands, and it is also the highest peak in Spain. The proposed routes are in Tenerife, La Palma (Roque de los Muchachos, 2426 m) and La Gomera (Alto de Garajonay 1487m).

                            Photographer: Gonzalo Peláez

When I was twenty-four I moved to Tenerife, to spend some time there. And that is when I started my travels in this volcanic archipelago; I went by ferry from port to port, discovering landscapes completely different from the ones that I knew; walking along the coast, collecting seafood, and camping on the beaches, sleeping by a bonfire, with the noise of the waves; and in the morning, crawling out of the sleeping bag, and swimming in the ocean.

Within about six months, I had already visited more than half of the archipelago. That was only the beginning, after seasons in those islands would repeat.

There are a lot of attractions for guests and travellers:

national parks, vertiginous roads, cliffs, huge rocks emerging from the sea, bays, beaches, forests, mountains and volcanoes; peculiar flora, trees – like the curious drago, interesting wildlife, high mountain peaks, trade winds, mild temperatures. Although sometimes, in winter, snow appears, flouring the tops of the highest volcanoes.

After hikes, we can enjoy a diverse cuisine, with influences from Cuba and Venezuela. Cities and towns in colonial court, carnivals…

And the ocean is always in the background.

Xavi Flores