The capital Arrecife is sprinkled with interesting sights. There's San Gabriel castle housing a small museum, a pretty church and the Charco area denoted by palm trees, cottages and souvenir shops.
There are also a number of pretty villages scattered throughout the island. It’s usually best to hire a car to get to these villages. Femes, Tinajo and Tahiche are some of the more remarkable ones.
Timanfaya National Park, in the south-west of the island, is a must-see sight. Many operators offer excursions to see its dramatic landscape sculpted by volcanic eruptions over two centuries ago.
Other points of interest include: La Geria wine region, the island's salt pans, and a cave called Los Hervideros renowned for its blow holes.
Take your pick from fishing, glass-bottom boat trips, catamaran excursions to deserted beaches, jet-skiing, swimming and snorkelling. Many tourists pop over to neighbouring Fuerteventura to see its rolling sand dunes and to go shopping at Correlejo.
Holidaymakers who like hiking should explore the Valley of 1,000 Palms.