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Leagny Campos

Leagny Campos

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When we talk about the Canary Islands normally the first image that comes to mind are the characteristic palm trees of the islands and the white sand of some of its beaches. So together with my travel companion, I decided to live in first person the experience of visiting each of the Canary Islands. We prepare an ideal trip to know the paradise that is the Canary Islands.

On this trip we not only relax on a beach, we also venture, knowing much of its volcanic reliefs, picturesque ports and colonial architecture.

Each of the islands offers a different and unique experience, and below I will show you a part of my adventure in the Canary Islands.

La Palma


We landed at the airport in the city of La Palma, we picked up the rental car and went to the hotel, located in Santa Cruz de La Palma, to leave our luggage and check in, and finally get ready to get to know this wonderful island.

We started this adventure by taking a walk through the city, where we visited Calle Real together with Avenida Marítima, which stands out for its typical balconies, Calle Virgen de la Luz and Calle San Sebastián, finding a number of valuable buildings and corners .

In its surroundings we find the presence of museums, churches and buildings of great architectural beauty; like the Church of Santo Domingo; the Main Parish of El Salvador; Spain Square. In addition, Santa Cruz has a great variety of bars and restaurants, where, of course, we could not miss its traditional dishes.

After a good meal, we headed to a town that we were very excited to visit, San Andrés y Sauces. There we visit an important historical center, the San Andrés Apóstol Church, located in the Plaza de San Andrés, one of the oldest temples in the Canary Islands. Something very curious is that this church has a cloudy legend, in which it is said that María Liberata de Guisla was buried alive in the crypt of the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

Continuing with the tour, we see that in Calle de la Iglesia and in the entire small town you can see the houses of the wealthiest families, of the oldest constructions on the Island, being examples of traditional and popular Canarian architecture with their thick walls of stone and clay. We also visit other buildings with special historical and cultural value such as the Capilla del Pilar, the Hermitage of San Sebastián and the old Cemetery and Calvary.

From there we took a walk along the coast to Charco Azul, one of the most popular tourist sites, which consists of a large natural pool, protected from the waves, and with all kinds of services.

Charco Azul


This day we enter the heart of the island of La Palma, the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, an area of ​​volcanic nature with an 8 km diameter caldera and a large amount of water resources. On this spectacular trail we find waterfalls, pastoral shelters, plantations of various crops, dams, canals and a small power station, jewels of the island’s industrial heritage

The first thing we did was get to the parking lot of the Villa, where we left the car parked and took a taxi to get to the Los Brecitos viewpoint, the most used starting point to enter the Caldera de Taburiente.

The Caldera de Taburiente route was a fairly comfortable descent, surrounded by dense vegetation. As we went down, we came across curious ravines (Ciempiés, Las Cañeras, Las Traves, Piedras Redondas). Then we came across a sign announcing the presence of Playa de Taburiente.

After passing through the Playa de Taburiente we arrived at the camping area, with plenty of space, restrooms, a mini-interpretation center of the Caldera.

It was a slight climb to begin the steepest and steepest descent of the entire route: we headed towards the Barranco de las Angustias. On the way we saw the mythical Roque Sagrado Idafe from different points, rivers down ravines, waterways built by man, until we reached one of the great attractions of the Caldera de Taburiente route, the spectacular Cascada de Colores.

There were still approximately 5 kilometers of road to get to the starting point, a path that was slowed down by having to travel between rocks and avoiding the small stream that runs towards the coast, but we made it!


This third day on the island we wanted to do a different activity from the previous days, it is a fun kayak adventure, starting from El Remo beach.

This activity lasted 3 hours, in which we sailed along the western coast, enjoying each of the corners, beaches and caves of this fantastic place. We were able to see dolphins, little port of Puntagorda, Cueva Colorada, Cueva Bonita, Poris de Candelaria.



We continue our journey and we reach the next island, El Hierro, the smallest island of the Canary Islands, but which still has impressive places.

As soon as we arrived, we picked up the car and set off to get to our accommodation. We had planned our first activity on the island, a route by car from San Andrés to Valverde. Our first stop was the La Peña viewpoint, a work by César Manrique, which offers stunning views of El Golfo and the Roques de Salmor.

Our next stop was in the picturesque town of El Mocanal, surrounded by pastures and crops, an eminently agricultural town that provides a very special charm, with corners that keep their traditional architecture intact, narrow and small streets and squares that show the slow passage of the weather.

Finally we arrive at Valverde, a town that brings together most of the key administrative centers, streets and houses with heritage value, apart from serving as a commercial reference. In the historic center of Valverde we find sloping streets and picturesque squares, most outstanding buildings such as the Iglesia de la Concepción or the Town Hall with typical Canarian architecture.

Our tour took us to Puerto de la Estaca, where the entrance to the island by sea is located, and 15 minutes away is Playa de la Arena.


Today’s adventure is a trek through one of the most popular trails that we can find on the island of El Hierro. This tour lasted approximately 2 hours, where we discovered the beautiful landscapes that this amazing island hides.

His path began in the parking lot, we entered El Brezal, an authentic green fairy tale scenery, a dense and humid forest, leading to paths populated with ferns that lead to softer and bare lands, and to the black sands of one of the The island’s best-preserved calderas, which precede the grandiose Gulf scenery. They are seven kilometers round trip with a lot of magic and beauty.

Of this trail we especially loved two viewpoints, the Fireba viewpoint, with incredible views of the caldera of the same name; and the La Llanía viewpoint, with vertiginous and spectacular views of the El Golfo valley.


We approached the Natural Monument of Las Playa, since we had heard a lot about it. It is located in the southeast of the island, belonging to the municipalities of Valverde and Frontera. There we enjoy one of the most amazing landscapes on the island.

The views that overlook this great valley are truly amazing, whether we observe them from the viewpoints of Las Playas and Isora, which are located on the summit; as from the same beaches.

In the vicinity of the Natural Monument of Las Playas we find the Canarian pine and the juniper, which, normally, are usually accompanied by groups of rockrose or amagant shrubs.



Our next destination was the island of La Gomera, and as in the previous islands, we rented a car and once we had checked in at our accommodation, we headed to the Garajonay National Park.

El Garajonay, listed as a National Park and World Heritage Site, is located at the top of La Gomera, on the central “plateau”. Something very curious about this heritage is that it protects about 4,000 hectares of a unique forest ecosystem, the laurel forest, because, in the Tertiary period, Europe suffered a glaciation and North Africa a desertification has led to the extinction of the largest part of the subtropical flora of the Mediterranean basin. Due to its temperate climate, the tertiary flora survives as a living fossil on La Gomera.


We start our day visiting Vallehermoso, a town that has interesting examples of traditional architecture, and where the popular San Juan Bautista Church is located. This town is located in the west of the island of La Gomera, extending from north to south of the island.

Later, the Mirador de Los Roques, a place that offers impressive views, with a spectacular sunset and a sea of ​​clouds, that you will not resist taking a thousand photographs of it. In addition, if conditions allow it, we will be able to appreciate Teide from there.

Another viewpoint is the Mirador de Abrante, this not only has spectacular views but also made us feel that we were flying thanks to its 7-meter glazed walkway, having under our feet the cliffs hundreds of meters high. If you visit this site you will love its 360º panoramic view, contemplating the Agulo Valley and in the background the neighboring island, Tenerife, with its spectacular silhouette of Mount Teide. Taking advantage of the proximity, we made a quick visit to the picturesque Agulo.


Today we are located in the south of La Gomera, knowing its best beaches. We start with Playa del Inglés, it is said to be the best beach on the entire island of La Gomera, located in the extreme southwest of the beautiful Valle Gran Rey. This beach is characterized by its volcanic sand and its beautiful natural landscape that surrounds it, and being a naturist beach, nudism is allowed. The waves on this beach are medium, so you should be careful.

Another beach that we had to visit was Playa de La Calera, the longest sandy beach on the entire island of La Gomera, a characteristic of it is the tranquility of its waters, which makes it an ideal space to go with the family. . .

To finish, we finish the afternoon in Charco del Conde.



Tenerife was waiting for us and we eagerly too. We stayed in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and without wasting time we went out to walk its streets.

We started walking through the center of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with the Plaza de España being our first stop. From there, you can appreciate the view of the square towards the mountains, the artificial lake, the Central Monument and the large sign located at the end of the square by the lake. During the tour, we find the Iglesia Matriz de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, the Cabo Bridge and the Museum of Nature and Archeology, until finally reaching the TEA Espacio de las Artes, a cultural area that houses various exhibition halls, the Photography Center of the Island of Tenerife and library of the Insular Network.

Later we left by Av. De San Sebastián, and we visited the Nuestra Señora De África Market, a market that has a variety of flower stalls, organic and homemade product stalls, at very affordable prices. Then we go to Avenida Tres de Mayo, where the Skyscraper is located, the El Corte Inglés shopping center, the Nivaria Center, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Interchange.
After a while of rest, we resume our walk and go to the Auditorio de Tenerife, an incredible work that has become a symbol of the city, and where you can enjoy beautiful views of the sea.

On the other hand, we also wanted to know La Laguna, so we headed to it.

La Laguna is possibly the favorite city for leisure within the metropolitan area. Its narrow streets to walk, its wide squares for children to spend hours playing and adults on a bench to let time run, the variety of cafes, bars and restaurants that there are and that can leave anyone dizzy, the eternal night life. La Laguna may not be the capital of Tenerife, but it is one of the main destinations in the north of the island.

There we saw emblematic, public and historical buildings such as the City Hall, the Courts or the Hermitage of San Miguel, as well as the Convent of Santa Catalina, whose balcony takes center stage as it is the perfect place to see without being seen.

Then we move to Calle Herradores, one of the most attractive in La Laguna and also part of the Plaza del Adelantado.

One of the advantages of La Laguna is that, walking with or without direction, you will end up in a pedestrian street that will leave you enraptured with everything it has to offer. In this case, we turn towards Calle San Agustín, which, on the lips of many, is one of the most beautiful and impressive in the entire city. In this street there are also several stately homes, some of which have already been converted into museums or the headquarters of different estates of La Laguna. Just a few steps from the Episcopal Palace, and in the same Calle San Agustín, we find the Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife, which occupies the Casa Lercaro and the Casa Saavedra.

We also visit one of the most representative symbols of La Laguna, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción.


This day we wanted to rest and recharge ourselves and start this new adventure in the afternoon.

Our activity took place in the north of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, since we wanted to visit the historic center of La Orotava, since it concentrates a great variety of heritage points of interest.

At first glance the place is charming. We find the Museum of the Carpets and the Casa de los Balcones, which is considered the most important artisanal complex of drafts in the Canary Islands.

Our first stop began at Casa Ponte Fonte, popularly known as Casa Lercaro, a clear example of typical Canarian architecture.

Casa Ponte

Regardless of where we are or where we go, there is always something to see in La Orotava, in this case we went to the famous and spectacular Victoria Garden, a place that you definitely cannot miss if you visit this island, but on the way we came across the Popular Church of Our Lady of the Conception, the Plaza Patricio Casañas and the Municipal Public Library.

In short, El Valle de La Orotava is possibly one of the most beautiful views that can be found in Tenerife. The Victoria Gardens are located within the historic center, next to the Plaza de la Constitución and the Liceo Taoro. Once we got to Victoria Gardens, we learned a little about its history, enjoyed a beautiful panoramic view, and without a doubt, we fell in love with this site for its beautiful intermittent fountains and the multitude of colorful flowers.

Victoria Garden

Then the Plaza de la Constitución together with the Church of San Agustín, are public spaces of great importance. From the square you can also see the Liceo Taoro where we conclude this walk through the historic center of La Orotava.

At nightfall, we experience the astronomical observation of this island from the Teide National Park, far from the pollution of urban centers and under one of the best skies in the world.

Thanks to high-end telescopes we were able to feel closer to the wonders of the Cosmos; stars, nebulae, galaxies … and of course, enjoy the vision of our neighbors in the solar system, especially Jupiter and Saturn.


In the morning our activity would be Snorkeling with turtles.
We left from the Puerto de La Galletas, in a boat that took us along the southern coast of Tenerife. The boat trip included an interpretation related to the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the coast of this area of ​​the island and we were accompanied at all times by an expert instructor who gave us all the instructions related to the activity.
We did snorkeling for an hour, surrounded by sandy beaches, reefs and an attractive aquatic lunar landscape. Sweet tabaibas, pineapples and sea lettuces, kestrels, thyme warblers, catalufas and moray eels are some of the many species that you will have the chance to see.

Later in the afternoon a kayaking experience awaited us in Los Gigantes Cliffs.

The activity began at the Los Gigantes Marina. This is undoubtedly one of the most fun activities on the south coast of Tenerife. Bordering the imposing natural vertical walls of the south of the island, we were discovering the secrets that this incredible place offers, always accompanied by expert monitors, who not only guided us, but also showed us their favorite corners during the tour.

The activity lasted about an hour and a half, where we paddled in a calm sea and enjoyed the seabed while snorkeling.

Kayak Acantilados Los Gigantes Tenerife



To leave for Gran Canaria this time we took a flight, whose airport is located near Telde, in the Bay of Gando, 19 km from the center of the city of Las Palmas. Once we landed, we picked up the rental car and headed to the city of Las Palmas, since our accommodation was in the center of the city.

Once the luggage was left at the hotel, as in the previous destinations, we set out to get to know the city. In it we saw the Hermitage of San Antonio Abad, the Plaza Santa Ana, where the Town Hall, the Bishopric, the Regental House and the Cathedral of Santa Ana are located, which are just some of the traces of history that have remained for centuries. .

We also visited the Casa de Colón, where we learned about the most interesting aspects of Christopher Columbus’s trip to America, and his stay in the city. As for the Canarian Museum, we can say that it is the ideal place to go if you want to know all the peculiarities of the island, since collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials and artistic creations are preserved, studied and exhibited, along with a specialized Library and Archive on Canarian aboriginal issues.

Later we enter the Pérez Galdós Theater, one of the emblematic buildings of the city. We also walk through the Plaza de Hurtado de Mendoza and the Plaza de Cairasco, one of the meeting places in the Triana neighborhood, where two outstanding buildings are located: the Hotel Madrid and the Literary Cabinet, neoclassical in style and modernist decoration. .


The activity took place in Las Dunas de Maspalomas, a natural space located in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, in the south of the island of Gran Canaria.

We parked the car near the Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas, and decided to start our journey. From there we take a path whose branch number 3 crosses the different types of dunes of the reserve and reaches the extensive and sunny beach of Maspalomas, where you can observe the abundant wildlife of La Charca and enjoy the refreshing shade of the Palmeral.

And from here we went for a pleasant walk until we reached Playa del Inglés, one of the most famous tourist beaches on the island, where we spent the whole afternoon.


For this route we have taken the Cruz de Tejeda as a reference point, where the only National Parador of Gran Canaria is located, being able to access the Mirador del Pico de Las Nieves.

You can park your vehicle in the limited parking spaces that exist.
As soon as you get out of the car, the viewpoint offers us a spectacular panoramic view of the center and west of the island. The imposing presence of Mount Teide stands out in the background. From there you can see the two most representative rocks of the summit of Gran Canaria, the Nublo and the Bentayga.

Our second place was Roque Bentayga, where we enjoyed spectacular views of the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At the foot of Roque Bentayga, next to the car park, we visit the Interpretation Center.


This day we wanted to relax, and what better way than to do it on the Dedos de Dios beach.

The Finger of God of Gran Canaria is located in front of the Agaete pier in the oldest geological area of the island. His original name is Roque Partido, but the writer Domingo Doreste ‘Fray Lesco‘, renamed him as the Finger of God because of its appearance of an index finger pointing to the sky.

After a relaxing afternoon on the beach, we wanted to visit the Mirador del Balcón, to appreciate the sunset. This offers spectacular views of the cliffs of Gran Canaria.



We arrived in Fuerteventura and we wanted to start adventuring. We start with its capital, Puerto del Rosario. There we took a tour of the municipality’s Paseo Marítimo, where in addition to enjoying its excellent and pleasant views, we toured one of its most popular areas.

Then we go to La Casa Museo de Unamuno, which is one of the emblems of the city. This museum is located in the old Fuerteventura hotel, which was the place where the writer decided to stay for more than three months, after being exiled from the peninsula for not thinking and questioning Spanish politics during the mandate of Primo de Rivera.

And then we took a walk along Primero de Mayo street, the city’s pedestrianized hub. In this street we find a great variety of shops, restaurants and terraces. From here you can start touring the different places of interest in the town.

Near Puerto del Rosario is Playa Blanca, and given its proximity we decided to go to see it and spend the afternoon there.


We left the hotel early to go to the Calderón Hondo Volcano, one of the best places on the island to see such a spectacular landscape, located near the town of Lajares.nly from there you can admire the alignment of volcanoes that expanded the island of Fuerteventura to the north, forming the island of Lobos.

To get there there are two main routes to access the Calderón Hondo. One of them, the most affordable, is just 3.7 kilometers long, and starts from Lajares. The other route leaves from Corralejo, and it is just over 9 kilometers long. In this case we went along the Lajares route. In it, there are several viewpoints and informative posters where, in addition to offering curiosities of the area, it guided us all the way.

The round trip, with 2 rest stops, took about 2 and a half hours. To find the start of the route, take the road that connects Lajares with Majanicho, which begins at the Lajares Municipal Soccer Field.

The path borders the foothills of Montaña Colorada where you can see the holes in its slopes that correspond to a picón quarry. After 3 kilometers of starting the walk, the trail splits; On the one hand, the path turns to the right towards Corralejo, while the local path FV 2 turns to the left along a cobbled path. A few meters away the path divides again; To the left the path leads to the top of Calderón Hondo, while if we turn to the right the path will lead us, through the badlands, to the foot of Caldera Rebanada.

At the edge of the Calderón Hondo crater we find a railing and a small observation area, where the council has installed one of the 8 landscape binoculars that exist in Fuerteventura, this specifically looks from the Calderón Hondo towards the Malpaís de Bayuyo, Corralejo, Isla de Lobos and Lanzarote. With this prismatic landscape, we will be able to appreciate in great detail, the shrimp that were built, or the caldera area, trails and roads once traveled by goats, etc …


Today we wanted to visit one of the most spectacular places in the Canary Islands, it is the Jandía Natural Park, which is located in the south of the island of Fuerteventura. It is a natural area of extraordinary beauty, it has the best beaches on the island and possibly the Canary archipelago.

Nearby we have the Cofete beach, one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura. The weather was great and we took advantage of the sea in the morning. Then we go to Los Ojos and Soledad beaches, two beaches with golden sand and isolated from the populated places. Unfortunately, Playa de Ojos is not safe for swimming, as it has strong waves and many rocks, access is complicated by cliffs, although it is a paradisiacal place to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach.


This day we wanted to get into the volcanic landscapes that characterize the Betancuria Park so much, a route that allowed us to learn a little more about the geology of the interior of Fuerteventura.

The Betancuria rural park forms 91.2% of the municipality’s territory, being a protected area due to its geomorphological and ethnographic values. The Betancuria Massif constitutes one of the most spectacular outcrops of the Insular Basal Complex, with a high scientific and landscape value.

During this hiking route through the Betancuria Rural Park, we covered 10 kilometers of low difficulty in a round trip, with an approximate duration of three hours. We follow the route that runs through the mountain that separates Antigua and Betancuria, whose terrain is characterized by its captivating natural landscapes of volcanic origin.

On this route we visit the Mirador de Guise and Ayose, which was located between the Valle de Santa Inés and Betancuria. From there, there are views of the northern landscape of the island towards El Cotillo and in the southern area to the city of Betancuria, as well as a monument with the statues of the two kings or menceyes, Guise and Ayose, which is located in the viewpoint. The sculptures are made of bronze, almost 4 m high, the work of Emiliano Hernández.

Another point was the Mirador de Las Peñitas, located between Betancuria and Pájara. From this point you can see the ravine and the Las Peñitas Dam. To the left is the Valle de los Granadillos, and if we turn to the opposite side of the dam, we will be able to see the Pico de la Muda, which is 538 m high.

Then we arrive at the Natural Monument of Ajuy, which is located at the mouth of the Barranco de Ajuy.

Ajuy is an unbeatable observatory for what is described, as it is the oldest place in the Canary archipelago. In this fishing village there are also the Caves of the same name, being able to appreciate calcareous deposits, dikes, landslides and a long etc.



Arrival at César Manrique airport. Delivery of the rental car and Check-in at the hotel.

Our first activity on the island of Lanzarote will consist of a fun route through the Timanfaya National Park, originated after the violent volcanic eruptions that took place in the south of Lanzarote between 1720 and 1824, where we learned a little about the past, we enjoyed the geothermal demonstrations and we appreciated one of the most picturesque visual spectacles in the Canary Islands. In this trek we find fascinating volcanic landscapes, which made us feel as if it were a walk on the Moon but without leaving the Earth.

Then we went on a hike to the Cuervo Volcano, a route with a geological approach, composed of characteristic elements of the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, where we could even access the crater of the volcano itself. This hike was of little difficulty, a simple walk of 6 km back and forth.

And finally, we could not miss El Lago Verde, an ancient volcanic crater into which sea water has seeped. It is located in the Natural Park of the Volcanoes that surrounds the Timanfaya National Park in the town of El Golfo, in the south of the island of Lanzarote.


A fun day awaited us, where we got on board the kayaks, which we will paddle to Papagayo Beach. This activity allowed us to know the wonderful coast of the Natural Monument of Los Ajache.


Of course, the island of La Graciosa could not be missed, your visit is essential. This day we set off to the island of La Graciosa, which is 30 minutes from Lanzarote by boat.

This island is to the north of Lanzarote and is part of the Chinijo archipelago, and a fact that you should know is that La Graciosa does not have roads, so in our case, we did a tour in a taxi-jeep in which we saw the fabulous beaches : Los Hervideros Beach, Lambra Beach and Las Conchas Beach.

Right at the foot of the Playa de las Conchas is the Montaña Bermeja, another of the volcanic groups of La Graciosa, where of course we admire its spectacular views of the entire island.


On this last day in the Canary Islands we visit La Geria, known as the Lanzarote Wine Route, one of the most visited and photographed places for its attractive unique landscape.

La Geria is located within the municipality of Yaiza, bordering the Timanfaya National Park. This natural setting is characterized by the cultivation of vines in holes dug in the volcanic ash itself, for being an internationally recognized wine production, and for its fascinating contrast between the blackish earth and the green vines. During the route they taught us the process of growing the vine, from the plantation to the harvest, and we had the opportunity to taste the famous Malvasia grape broths and cheeses from the island in La Geria and the El Grifo Museum.

One of the oldest wineries is the El Grifo winery, and there we observe curious utensils and machinery that have extracted the best possible broth from the Lanzarote grape. This tour was undoubtedly like a journey through the history of wine on the island in the last three centuries.


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