Last month my cousin, Tanya, came out to visit me while we were in Madrid, and we decided to take a girls’ trip to the Canary Islands. . .specifically Tenerife + La Gomera.
While the Canary Islands are a part of Spain, they are geographically part of the African continent (check them out on a map and you’ll see why!) There are seven main islands that make up the Canary Islands, and all are from volcanic origins.
We had a fairly short visit, but we managed to see quite a bit in our 3 days (with 1 extra day for travel). Below is an outline of our day to day itinerary, including some must-see sights.
A 40 minute ferry ride will get you from Tenerife to La Gomera, and from there, we hopped on a small bus and our tour began. La Gomera is also know as “Christopher Columbus Island” because it’s where he set sail to cross the Atlantic when he discovered the new world. La Gomera even has its very own whistling language. . .yes, whistling. It was a way to communicate between the canyons before modern technology, but it’s still required to learn the language in school today!
We made several stops around the island, including lunch with an incredible view at the Mirador de Abrante (E). There’s a lookout made entirely of glass, and we were lucky enough to have clear weather + a great view of Mount Teide on Tenerife.
We spent the evening back at the hotel relaxing by the pool/beach one last time, and headed back to Madrid the next morning. A short visit, but packed full of some great memories.
I had the best time visiting the Canary Islands, and would love to visit again! For a small group of islands, there’s so much to do and see. What I also found interesting was that they don’t get many American visitors, so people were always surprised to find out we were from the United States.
Anyway, I cant get over how beautiful both Tenerife and La Gomera were. If you’ve ever visited, let me know what you thought in the comments.
XO – Courtney
PS – Be sure to keep up with my day to day adventures on instagram! Zack + I are officially back in Budapest for the remainder of our time abroad (3 months to go), but I have a few other trips planned. . .I’m actually in Athens, Greece this week!