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Canary Islands

Wildlife holidays in the Canary Islands

Tell me about The Canary Islands …

Early buccaneers and conquistadors called the Canary Islands ‘the Fortunate Islands’ on account of their wealth of plant and animal-life.

The Canary Island archipelago consists of seven volcanic islands isolated for long enough from the mainland to have evolved many unique species.

Situated 100km off the west coast of Africa, the islands enjoy a subtropical climate. Tenerife is the largest island and Fuerteventura the oldest.

Our Canaries specialist recommends..

"Why not join our ‘Canary Islands’ holiday where we go in search of the endemic plants (of which there are 600+), birds, butterflies and cetaceans of the Canary islands."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Teide (Paul Harmes)Roque Agando, La Gomera (Paul Harmes)Pico de la Zazara on the Peninsula de Jandia (Paul Harmes)Atlantic Lizard,Gallotia atlantica (Paul Harmes)Costa Calma Plain, Fuerteventura (Paul Harmes)Barbary Ground Squirrel (Paul Harmes)Admiring Euphorbia canariensis (Paul Harmes)Greenish Black-tip, Fuerteventura (Ken-Bailey)Rough-toothed Dolphins (Tom Brereton)Blainville's Beaked Whale (Tom Brereton)Cory's Shearwater (Tom Brereton)La Palm (Tom Brereton)La Palma (Tom Brereton)Bryde's Whale (Tom Brereton)Bottlnose Dolphin (Tom Brereton)Loggerhead Turtle (Tom Brereton)

What’s special about the wildlife?

Plant-life: botanically, the Canary Islands constitute one of the most interesting areas of the world. They are home to a large variety of flowers and more than 600 endemic species!

Bird-life: of particular interest are five endemic bird species, as well as Macaronesian specialities.

Marine-life: the largest congregations of Short-finned Pilot Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins in the Canary Islands are seen in the channel between Tenerife and La Gomera.

Naturetrek Tour to The Canary Islands

We offer an 8-day wildlife holiday in search of the endemic plants, birds, butterflies and cetaceans of the Canary Islands.

What wildlife might I see?

  • We look for botanical specialities such as the Canary Pine, endemic plants of the high mountain zone & visit Teide National Park
  • We’ll search for endemic passerines including Blue Chaffinch & Tenerife Ringlet, as well as the Macaronesian endemics Berthelot’s Pipit, Plain Swift &, of course, the Canary!
  • Cetaceans such as Short-finned Pilot Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Fuerteventura offers a chance of seeing a more African flora & fauna, including Barbary Partridge, Houbara Bustard & Trumpeter Finch

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Canary Islands HOLIDAYS

M.L.
Hampshire
The Canary Islands

We chose this trip as it covered a variety of interest, was somewhere that we knew little about and was warm at this time of year. It was a most interesting and enjoyable experience, well run and in our opinion very successful. The days were well organised 'full on' experiences with little time wasted or used un-profitably.

J.T.
Nottinghamshire
The Canary Islands

The full itinerary and the dedication of our two tour leaders meant we saw an amazing amount in just a week. Their knowledge and enthusiasm made for a very memorable and enjoyable trip.
I think the areas visited were the most beautiful and relevant that could have been arranged. Our leader, Tony, knows the language and the islands intimately. He is an excellent birder, and adapted to those who wanted general sightseeing, birds, plants and some relaxation. Our other leader, James, is quick and helpful and enthusiastic. He drove very well, is of calm temperament and has good leadership qualities.