Hop on a cable car and swoosh up to the summit of Pico del Teide (Spain’s highest point, set in Tenerife’s rural heart), or hike up the lush green slopes of Tamadaba on Gran Canaria.
Take a coach tour through the incredible lunar landscape of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, or saddle up to see volcanic craters and lava lakes from atop a camel.
Sand and surf
Play Lawrence of Arabia on the 400-hectare swathe of dunes at Maspalomas in Gran Canaria, sprawl out on the unspoilt Playa de Papagayo in Lanzarote, or take to the surf at La Caleta de Farmara (also on Lanzarote).
Boogie on down in Santa Cruz, Tenerife - it’s home to the best carnival north of the equator. Or hit the beachside bars in buzzing Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria.
Wining and dining
Topple up for a tipple - the wineries of Lanzarote and Gran Canaria might not be world-class, but they make up for it in charm and cheerful eats to accompany your bottle.
Canarian food is pretty tasty, too - a mix of Spanish, Portuguese and African influences. Tuck into papas arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes), spice up your life by sampling the fiery sauce known as mojo, and stock up on fresh fruit and veg at the many farmers’ markets.
César Manrique’s legacy
Explore the exhilarating work of famed Lanzarote architect César Manrique, which is dotted all over the north of the island. Don’t miss the Mirador del Río, a cliffside viewing platform with sublime views across the ocean.
Swing a club at the Real Club de Golf in Las Palmas, the oldest course in the whole of Spain, or one of the other world-class courses on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Over on Tenerife is Buenavista, an oceanside course designed by Seve Ballasteros.