It was spring time of 2015. I have been on the road for seven months and Europe was feeling a bit strange to me after being in Asia for the first 5-6 months. However, I needed a bit of a new kind of adventure and I knew I have not explored Europe as much as I have wanted to in the past. However, being a mountain girl, I was far from being interested in visiting the typical European cities. I wanted to trek but spring was a weird time for trekking in Europe because the trails in the Alps or any of the higher altitude mountains were still filled with snow. Fortunately, a friend I met in Altai, Mongolia spoke about the nature and trekking opportunities in the Canary Islands. Spring apparently was the best time to visit because once summer sets in, the heat could simply be unbearable for hiking.
Canary Islands don’t stand out as a trekking destination. After all, it is comprised of a number of islands including Fuerteventura, which is frequented by the Italians for its surfing. Then there are the beaches of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. However, as it turns out, this set of islands is full of hiking opportunities, even ones that require multi-day trekking – especially in La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife. In fact, I managed to hike almost daily in these islands. The best memory of these islands that comes to mind is the uniqueness of the landscapes in each of the islands. One would think they all look alike. But that is far from the truth. La Palma is rich in green landscapes while at the same time it boasts of volcanic features. Tenerife has the highest volcano in Europe with a scenery that differs greatly from that of La Palma. Fuerteventura is the merging of the ocean with the sand dunes. Then Lanzorte – just an out of this world experience, really!
The Canarias may lack the high altitude appeal of the Himalayas and the Andes but they certainly appeal to those who crave uniqueness and diversity.