The wonderful, volcanic Canary Islands off the coasts of Africa have long been a Spanish colony and now an official part of Spain. Since the 60’s flocks of tourists have visited the islands in order to enjoy the yearlong sunshine, exquisite sandy beaches and of course partying and relaxing respectively. However, one of the things that gives those islands their distinct charm, are their small picturesque villages. Often situated inland, with colourful or whitewashed houses along with old churches adorning them, villages in the Canaries are a spectacle in themselves. If you plan on heading on a holiday to the Canary Islands, here are 5 picturesque villages to explore and escape from the tourist hustle and bustle.
Teror (Gran Canaria)
A small town rather than village, Teror is nothing like what its name might suggest. Located amongst green rolling hills in an idyllic scenery, this tranquil place has been left mostly untouched by mass tourism. Stroll around its cobblestoned streets and take in the details. The colourful old houses are adorned by wooden balconies with elaborate carvings and the serenity of this place is something that definitely has to be witnessed on your holidays to Gran Canaria.
Different to most touristy resorts on the island, Ajuy maintains its charm as a small fishing village. Located on the west coast of Fuerteventura, this place seems untouched. Its whitewashed houses contrast dramatically with the black volcanic sand of its beach, the rocky shores and the barren land around it. Be in the know and visit it for a pleasant change of scenery on your next holidays to Fuerteventura while enjoying a distinctively Canarian scenery.
Forget about the touristy food, crowded beaches and run of the mill attractions of Palma and set sail -or preferably wheels- towards the mountainous village of Taganana. Located high up on the map between the Anaga mountains, this cosy little village is well worth the trip. Treat yourself to some of the best food, views and immense calmness and make your holidays to Tenerife an event to remember.
Voted consecutively as one of the most beautiful villages in the Canary Islands, the largely ignored but immensely beautiful Yaiza is a must visit if you plan on holidays to Lanzarote. Situated on the foothills of Timanfaya natural park, Yaiza is a tranquil spot brimming with character which makes it shine. Close to Papagayo and Quemada beaches and surrounded by extinct volcanoes, this place is simply magic!
La Orotava (Tenerife)
Another one of Tenerife’s most beautiful, the small town of Orotava is famed for its wines and spectacular architecture. The historic town centre of La Orotava is considered a national monument. Its colourful houses and old churches were built by some of the richest families who moved in from Spain straight after the colonization of the island and their well-kept gardens are impressively beautiful. In all, Holidays to Tenerife always have more treasures to show than what you initially expected depending on where you look, so rent a car and explore!