Because of volcanic eruptions, there are black sand beaches, but there are also beautiful ones with white or golden sands. one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Famara, is located here on the northwest coast. Not suited for winter sunbathing, its strong winds then make it a favorite place for surfers and kite surfers. Another beach with huge breakers is Playa de la Canteria.
A beach with better weather, Papagayo, is at the southern tip of the island, where there are also small coves to explore.
Timanfya's lava Volcano Park is a popular attraction with its colorful dormant volcanoes. one of the longest volcano tunnels in the world is the Green Caves. The Green Lagoon is in the center of a volcano and has beautiful emerald green water, with algae forming the green color. Another natural lagoon is near the town of Orzola where you can bathe in warm water.
A fascinating place to visit is the home of local artist and architect Cesar Manrique. The home was built around five volcanic vacuums in the flow of the lava.
Archeological pieces from the island's original aboriginal inhabitants are located in the Castillo San Gabriel. Included are skeletons, fossils, ancient coins, jewelry, and pottery.
A renovated 18th century castle is Castillo San Jose where, with free admission, you can also view modern paintings and sculptures and eat in a restaurant located at the top of a spiral staircase.
The Wine Museum, Masdache, dates back to the 1770's and has ancient bottling equipment and presses.