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Backpacking Around The Canary Islands

November 27, 2012

Jardín de cactus con las montañas de Lanzarote

Backpacking is a popular way of travelling with young people and is a cost effective way of seeing The Canary Islands and their beautiful scenery. The Canary Islands are Europe’s furthest islands and are closer to the African coast than Spain. There are seven islands that come under the umbrella, Canary Islands.

  • Tenerife
  • Lanzarote
  • Fuertenventura
  • Gran Canaria
  • La Palma
  • La Gomera
  • El Hierro

While the first four are considered as holiday destinations for package holiday tourists, backpackers can enjoy the more rural aspects of these islands with some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. With flights available from all major airports within Europe, a backpacking trip is an ideal choice for those looking for a cheap, yet exciting holiday.

Backpack Tenerife

Cheap flights are available to Tenerife which will land you and your well stocked back pack in the heart of the Canary Islands. Tenerife, is limited with back packers’ hostels, however, there is an abundance of cheap bed and breakfast accommodation for around 15 Euros per night in the resort of Playa de las Americas. Tenerife is awash with young people and night life is vibrant and exciting. For those looking for a scenic view then there is Mount Tiede, the islands volcano which is a must see. All islands have an inter-island ferry service, so a flight to one of the main islands’ airports is required, again making backpacking a cost effective way of seeing the whole of the islands in one go. Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a vivid city that will serve backpackers well. It’s a one stop haven for those just looking to explore the island and embrace all it has to offer. With a city that is known for activity and visitors from all over Europe for sunnier experiences, backpackers will not be disappointed. With cheap public transport, excellent water sports, and wind swept landscapes, this island has everything covered for backpackers. Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote have quieter versions than Gran Canaria and Tenerife, but there is still plenty to see. Like their bigger brothers, these two islands are busy and vibrant but with a quieter feel. Water sports are just as available and there are plenty of walks for those who prefer less bustle. Lanzarote has the quite breathtaking scenery, Timanfaya National Park an incredible volcanic setting that brings tourists flocking every year.

La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro

For a quieter backpacking trip then the volcanic terrains of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are the destinations. Here, there are is plenty for hikers to get their boots stuck into and completely away from the hub of the popular tourist spots. Flora and Fauna is to be beholden and you will find natural forests that are endemic to the Canary Islands. In La Palma, the water tunnels are a sight to see. These water tunnels bring the water from the mountains to the towns and villages. A walk along the tunnels is free although a permit can be purchased if inside the tunnel holds more interest.

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