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Things to do in Canary Islands

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Water Park
“Tenerife's most famous water park for adults and children. Open every day from 10:00. Book your tickets online or at the door.”
  • 234 locals recommend
Park
“a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited national park in Europe. From the luscious forests of the lava plains of La Esperanza to the lunar volcanic rock formations such as the Roques de García, it is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world.”
  • 203 locals recommend
Zoo
“Beautiful and relaxing walks in the shade of various types of plants. Also one of the world’s greatest bird sanctuaries.”
  • 180 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You have a lot to do there if you get bored or the weather is not convenient for you. You can go shopping, have luncch or dinner or some icecream if you prefer.. Kids have fun there too.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Volcano
“Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain, and the third highest volcano in the world. Its three lookout points offer fantastic views of Tenerife and its neighboring islands. You can do guided walks to the peak (which take around 6 hours and are not for the faint-hearted) or take a cable car (€27 adults, €13.50 children). If you do fancy daring a visit to the mouth of the volcano, you’ll need to apply for a permit beforehand from the national park’s office in Orotava.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Gym
“One of the world's great urban beaches, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Playa de las Canteras features a promenade to match. If you don't want to get sand between your toes, the Paseo de Las Canteras provides the ideal setting for a stroll.”
  • 150 locals recommend
Beach Bar
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“Papagayo is a great place to chill out with a few cocktails and party till dawn.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Shop & Service
“Has everything including shade. On the hottest days it is a great escape from the beach. Carrefour, Primark, McDonalds, 100 Montaditios, are just a few of the many shops to try out. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Our favourite and most ambitious of Manrique’s architectural works This is a must when on the island, take a couple of hours to explore this one ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Park
“Timanfaya is the symbol of Lanzarote. You can drive through the park many landscapes with your car on the normal road (dir. Yaiza). If you have more time, you can book a guided tour in the very heart of the national park (very touristic so expect a lot of people). You will have to leave your car at the entrance and join the tour's bus through the moon-like lava and the vulcano's calderas. Note it is not allowed to walk/hike/bike in that part of the park.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“On the other end of the city with the majestic views of Las Canteras, stands the Alfredo Kraus auditorium. In the popular neighborhood of Guanarteme where it is filled of young people and vibrant life.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Nature
“A piece of the Sahara desert that must not be missed. Best views from the Hotel Riu pathway. Warning, ask yourself where the 40,000+ people a day go to the washroom. Island Government has not installed washrooms nor showers under pretense of Natural Reserve Area. No permanent facilities are allowed yet somehow temporary Bar Cabanas and thousands of rental Beach Chairs are everywhere. Can be an amazingly disgusting place if the winds turn from there natural direction of out to sea during the day to inland. wow can the ocean ever smell like a giant toilet. Only saving graces here is the winds blow out to sea normally and the currents flow quickly and away from the beach. High winds can equal instant burn on exposed skin. Area is not for the faint of heart or prudes. Expect real life in all its forms here and enjoy the freedom wallowing in human movement. Paid washrooms exsist. Sadly they are a must for a shower after if you don't want swimmers itch. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Beach
“Teresitas Beach is perfect for those looking for a bit of respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s one of the few beaches in Tenerife to have yellow sand.”
  • 77 locals recommend
History Museum
“For a gateway into Gran Canaria's past, why not visit one of GC's museums? Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Casa de Cólon (Columbus House) museum chronicles the adventures of Christopher Columbus whilst Gáldar's Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) museum reveals the island's pre-Spanish history.”
  • 62 locals recommend
History Museum
“amazing Museum about the history of the Guances (natives from Canary Islands before the hispanic conquer)”
  • 48 locals recommend
Amphitheater
“Dubbed the ‘Sydney of the Atlantic’, The Auditorio de Tenerife has become the island’s architectural icon, and is the most photographed view in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The brainchild of architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, the ambitious structure features a huge wave-like arch that appears to defy gravity. It becomes particularly impressive at night when it is lit with bright white light. Home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, it also has ballets, dance shows, musical, operas, comedy and gospel concerts. You can grab tickets for as little as €5.”
  • 61 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Beach Bar
“Papagayo is a great place to chill out with a few cocktails and party till dawn.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“A simply magical place where you can make a brunch and see from the table the beautiful views of Tenerife. For brunch it is better to book. They have animals, so you can enjoy them and take a walk around the monastery accompanied by peacocks or ducks. You'll love it”
  • 56 locals recommend
Lounge
“I haven't visited this place but I offer it for those that crave this type of local.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“If you want to experience the real canarian guachinche experience... Let's see if you like it or not :)”
  • 51 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Centro comercial dotado de bares y restaurants. Tiene un Mercadona dentro y un Mac Donals. Mall provided with bars and restaurants. It has a Mercadona supermarket and Mac Donals inside.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Un lugar donde poder degustar pescado fresco y amplia variedad de arroces y marisco. / A place where you can taste fresh fish and a wide variety of rice and seafood.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Snack Place
“The place is great, good food, good views, a careful atmosphere, the cocktails are very good and at a reasonable price and also at night they put a DJ until 00:30. Highly recommended”
  • 23 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“This is where you go to Dance until the Sun comes up! It is empty until around 2.00AM when it fills up with young clubbers.”
  • 27 locals recommend

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