Though the Canary Islands are officially a part of Spain, they are actually closer to Africa than they are to Europe. About 62 miles (99 kilometers) from the southern coast of Morocco, the islands are volcanic, and are quite active.
Subtropical and arid, the majority of the Canary Islands have a desert climate. The trade winds blowing in from the ocean greatly influence the terrain, which is rich and forested in some regions, and sparse and barren in others.
Colonial cities dot the landscape, surrounded by an endless expanse of blue. Offshore are incredible volcanic rock formations, making the vistas that much more spectacular.
If you don’t go to Mount Teide, the third tallest volcano in the world, you are most certainly missing out. The Teide National Park is one of the most highly visited National Parks in the entire world, boasting a staggering 12 million visitors per year. There are three other National Parks to explore on the island, as well.
Flying into the islands is the most direct, and admittedly the simplest way to get to paradise. The three islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and Lanzarote have airports.