Animal Activities in the Canary Islands

The Canary Island’s unique volcanic formation has made it one of the world’s most diverse destinations for plants and animals. In fact, this island chain is home to more than 600 endemic species, the largest national park in Spain, and marine reserves in Lanzarote. It is no wonder then that this archipelago’s diverse wildlife attracts visitors from all over the world, approximately 12-million tourists a year. With this many people to entertain, the Canary Islands provides a wealth of animal-themed activities for all ages and visitors.

For a more elaborate collection of animal activities, the popular Guinate Tropical Park and Penguin Paradise host shows and one of the largest collections of animals in the Canary Islands. Situated on what is now an extinct volcano, the park’s landscape of waterfalls, gardens, and ponds blends in with its surrounding environment and allows the animals to feel at home. Undoubtedly the highlight of the park is its Penguin Paradise enclosure, which allows visitors to watch the animals through the underwater viewing pool. Other sites worth seeing are the parrot show at the indoor theatre and the meerkats.

The island of La Graciosa, only a short boat ride north of Lanzarote, is entirely protected as a marine reserve. In fact, only approximately 500 people live on the island with only one village; whilst some might think that is deserted, it also means you can enjoy time with the local wildlife without fighting crowds or waiting in queues.

Gran Canaria is also a popular destination flooded with a variety of animal friendly activities. Dubbed a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the island is packed with a number of plant and wild life. There are also around 50 different types of birds in Gran Canaria.

With this in mind, its no wonder the island is so popular for bird watching. If you’re looking for a good spot to stay while you’re on the look out, there are plenty of Hotels4u all inclusive deals on offer for you to choose from depending on your budget and taste.

Catherine McCulloch is a travel writer who lives in London. Hotels4u has a variety of deals on hotels to choose from, click here to check them out.

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