The Canary Islands are a fascinating archipelago that belongs to Spain but is located just off of the coast of northern Africa. While most visitors who go to Canary destinations like Lanzarote and Gran Canaria head there for its beaches and warm weather, there’s so much more to discover here.
Take a look at these unexpected things that you’ll find in the Canary Islands!
A Massive Volcano
Teide is the tallest mountain in the country of Spain, towering 12,198 feet over the island of Tenerife. This massive mountain is also the fourth-highest volcano in the world. Considered an active volcano, it hasn’t erupted in over 100 years, so you can probably feel safe when doing hikes and exploring the region.
Volcanic structures’ presence in the Canary Islands can also be seen on the island of Lanzarote, where the “Cueva de los Verdes” can be visited as a rare example of a lava tube. An underground complex that is more than 3 miles long, this strange natural formation was made as a result of lava flows coming from the now-extinct Monte Corona.
Did you know that the Canary Islands are one of the only places in Europe where bananas can be cultivated? You’ll find banana plantations on 5 of the archipelago’s 7 main islands, with Tenerife being the top growing spot. Plenty of the plantations offer tours so that you can get a look at this unique crop.