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A walk on the wild side of the Canary Islands in La Palma and Tenerife

Beauty and biodiversity exist in spades on the neighbouring islands of La Palma and Tenerife

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La Palma

La Palma

La Palma volcanic

La Palma volcanic

Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy

Charco Azul

Charco Azul

Cliffs in Tenerife

Cliffs in Tenerife

La Laguna

La Laguna

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La Palma

“You will return to Ireland with the salt of our ocean on your skin,” tour guide Ancor Robaina tells me as we begin a whale watching trip. 

Ancor is right one of the last things I do before leaving Tenerife is swim beneath the towering Acantilados de Los Gigantes rock formations. It’s a reviving moment after days of island-hopping between the Canaries’ La Palma and Tenerife, and spectacular contrasts from rain forests and 15th century history to surreal volcanic landscapes and star gazing. The further you move away from beach resorts designed for mass tourism, the more you understand how diverse and beautiful these islands are. I feel as though I’ve been transported to South America or the Caribbean, only with a shorter flight time.


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