You will certainly arrive in Tenerife or Gran Canaria, the most visited islands, because of their size, accessibility and tourist facilities. If you take a low-cost flight, we advise you to arrive on one of these two islands and depart from the other. Here is an example of an itinerary from Tenerife to Gran Canaria, with a car rented on each island.
Visit the historic centre of La Laguna and take a refreshing break in one of the many wineries on the beautiful pedestrian streets, then take the wine route towards Tacoronte. Push to the picturesque village of Taganana at the north point, to enjoy your first sun bath at the foot of the cliffs of São Bento, on a beautiful beach of rocky volcanic black sand under the sun. Take a drink at the top to enjoy the view. For the return journey, go to the heart of the massif of Anaga, succumb to the gentle freshness of the pine forest and the spectacular views of the road of the ridges towards Santa Cruz. Once in the capital, dare offer you a good table in this little tourist city, to familiarize yourself with the best of Canary gastronomy.
Discover the Teide. Start by visiting the picturesque village of La Orotava, then take the road from the village up to the entrance of El Portillo Park. On the way, stop at one of the many scenic restaurants along the road. Cheap and very typical, they offer a view of the valley not to be missed. The ascent is marked by watchtowers and rocky features, you pass in the middle of the pine forest before reaching the summit, more peeled. The road towards the cable car passes through lunar landscapes. Then opt for the 2-hour walk to Roque de Garcia which makes a loop. Then take the road to Santiago to go down again, just before sunset to admire the islands of La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera over a sea of clouds, then you will pass through your first lava field, the one that almost swallowed the village below. Head for the coastal road to Puerto de la Cruz! You will dine in a typical and colourful alleyway of the Muelle, and have a drink on Plaza del Charco.
Explore the centre of Puerto de la Cruz, the old port and its fishing district, and hop to you in the Piscinas del Lago Sunny - this oasis of water and tropical vegetation designed by the great Canary artist César Manrique. Eat on site in a restaurant near muelle. Take the coastal road towards Icod de los Vinos to admire the magnificent millennial dragonnier visible from the village square. Follow your road Garachico, another village that deserves a small walk in the historic pedestrian centre. Then take the typical road of the Teno massif, passing through Buenaventura, and push up to the lighthouse of the Teno, at the western tip of the island. Take a short walk in the forest and sleep in a typical rural home.
Meet me in Los Gigantes early in the morning. Buy a combined ticket including transport to Masca and return by boat. This highly organized tour takes you to a picturesque village on a cliff. Then hike the Barranco de Masca (3 hours) to the creek where the boat will pick you up. The hike is spectacular, from the bottom of the Barranco Gorge to the sea and you will have a picnic in the creek. On the way back, the boat will sail along the dizzying and massive cliffs along the coast and take you offshore to observe the whales and dolphins that live between Tenerife and La Gomera. To relax, go sunbathing on one of the beaches on the south coast and dine there
This time take the southern road passing through Vilaflor to climb up the Teide. The road is again spectacular. Plan to arrive early at the foot of the cable car (before 10am) to climb to the top of the island, i.e. 3,000 metres! Book your place online to access the last 200 meters of the volcanic cone. Enjoy the panoramic and enchanting view! If you are an experienced hiker, go down again by the Pico Viejo (6h), this hike is probably the most beautiful and spectacular in the park. The less adventurous can go through the other side through Montaña Blanca. At the end of the day, head for the road to La Esperanza! Then head to the port of Santa Cruz to take a boat to the small fishing port of Agaete, just opposite Gran Canaria. Sleep on site.
After the great hike of the day, rest on the beautiful white sandy beach of Maspalomas, with the sea of dunes in the background. In the afternoon do not miss the visit of the beautiful city of Las Palmas, without missing the Casa de Colón and the other museums of exception of the historic centre of Vegueta and Triana, especially the Canario Museum for its exhibition on the Guanches, this primitive pre-Hispanic people. Take advantage of your memories. Enjoy a good table for the last evening and enjoy a drink in a vibrant San Telmo bar.
For your last day, go back to the top, head in the clouds, or above! From Las Palmas, pass through the typical village of Terror, then climb up through Vega de San Mateo to reach the circular road traced at the top of the island. Don't miss the island's summit, the Pozo de las Nieves, and the short hike (45 minutes) that leads to the foot of Roque Nublo, a gigantic monolith. From there, let yourself be carried away by the majestic view over a large part of the island and the peak of Teide, on Tenerife just opposite. Go eat at Tejeda. Take a detour to the troglodyte village of Artenara before descending to the beautiful village of San Bartolomé. The road then splits to lead to Santa Lucia or Fataga. Whatever your choice (we recommend Fataga), the road will be incredibly steep. For your last moment on the island, enjoy the last rays of sunshine on Maspalomas beach very close to the road you have just gone down. Take one last dive into the ocean before dinner on the terrace.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette