Like the rest of Spain, prices are low by European standards, but locals know where to find the best value and an authentic experience off the beaten tourist track. Spanish is the official language, but English and German are common.
Toll-free motorways connect the main towns and airport, and buses covers the island, particularly around the coastline where most towns are found.
The Spanish health system is among the best, and a wide network of private and public hospitals serve the island.
A wealth of public, semi-public and private schools serve the various needs of residents. Most free schools follow the Spanish curriculum, as do the colegios concertadas that are part funded by the government and part by private foundations. They may charge some fees but are always in high demand.
Excellent private international schools cover the English and American systems, as well as catering for German, French and Scandinavian kids. Trilingual schools teach in English, Spanish and German, while the Montessori system is also well represented.
• Hike to Roque Nublo, an 80m tall volcanic rock and UNESCO natural monument
• Take a boat ride and meet the dolphins
• Join the cowboys at Sioux City western-style theme park
• Experience traditional island life at the Pueblo Canario
• Visit the Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo
• Enjoy a camel ride on the epic dunes of Maspalomas
• Keep the kids busy at Palmitos Park
• Let your hair down at Carnival and Gay Pride
• Catch a movie at the moonlight, Europe’s only permanent outdoor cinema
• Watch the water bubble down Paseo de Canarias in the mountain village of Firgas
• Visit Casa de Colón and discover Christopher Columbus
• Get a privileged view of marine life at the giant Poeme del Mar aquarium .