Between its omnipresent nature, its volcanic landscapes and its beaches as far as the eye can see, the Canary Islands is the ideal place to escape to the sun for a long weekend. Less than four hours from France, the archipelago is a little corner of paradise where you can relax and practice various activities in a total change of scenery.
In addition, April is one of the best months for a getaway to the Canary Islands, where you can enjoy an average temperature of 24 degrees and little rain. To get a taste of spring, there’s nothing like enjoying long sunny days and refreshing swims in the Canary Islands.
Meditation as a means of escape
Thanks to its geography and the initiative of its inhabitants, the Canary Islands have become one of the main world destinations for meditation. The calm atmosphere of the archipelago has led to the creation of groups and associations with facilities specially designed for these practices.
Teachers are present to allow visitors to enjoy the present moment, in the midst of the extraordinary beauty of nature. Yoga, meditation and silent reflection classes are offered. Meditation is not only synonymous with slow, gentle movements and a peaceful state of mind, it can also be synonymous with intense activity. This is why the Mindfulness Meditation Network of the Canary Islands offers the possibility of practicing sports such as surfing, diving and trekking.
Relax in crystal clear waters
April is an ideal month to enjoy the quiet beaches of the Canary Islands. The crystal clear waters of Caletón Blanco, in Lanzarote, the spectacular Puertito de Lobos, 20 minutes by boat from Fuerteventura, or Las Conchas beach, in La Graciosa, are ideal for spending the day as a couple, with friends, with family or alone. There are beaches for all tastes and all times of the day.
The natural pools are a perfect alternative to dive into the sea water and savor the calm and relaxation in the archipelago. Charco Azul on La Palma, Charco del Conde on La Gomera or La Maceta on El Hierro are authentic natural hot tubs not to be missed.
Observation of cetaceans
The Canary Islands are one of the best places in the world to observe cetaceans in the wild, as the archipelago is a stopover for 23 different species. Sperm whales, whales, pilot whales and six different types of dolphins pass by. April is the best time to see fin whales, which are dark gray in color with three prominent fins, a yellowish-white belly and a raised dorsal fin.
To see these species in the wild, just take boats bearing the “blue boat” label, that is to say those that guarantee their safety and respect. To see them in their natural habitat, so close to the coast, is an extraordinary experience.
The feeling of being a grain of sand in the heart of an immense universe is common in the Canary Islands. The archipelago, a unique destination for stargazing, is also known to have one of the clearest skies on the planet. Thus, in La Palma, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, El Hierro, La Gomera, Lanzarote and La Graciosa, it is possible to make as many wishes as you want under these stars spinning everywhere. While stars and constellations can be observed from all the islands, La Palma and Tenerife have two of the most important international observatories in the world: the Astrophysical Observatory of El Roque de Los Muchachos and the Observatory of El Teide.
What you can see from the Canary Islands is totally different from what you see from other places in the world, especially cities. Unlike other places subject to light pollution, such as metropolises, where you can only see about 500 stars, in the archipelago you can contemplate about 15,000 stars that are visible every night of the year.