Too much sun? How to relax indoors in the Canary Islands


  • Canarian Weekly
  • 22-09-2023
  • Travel
  • Photo Credit: Pexels
Too much sun? How to relax indoors in the Canary Islands

Heading to the Canaries is the trip of a lifetime for many. These unique volcanic islands aren’t like any other destination. From culture to geography, they’re highly unique—and known for their extremely sunny climate. For most, this is one of the primary reasons to go.

This is especially true for those who are flying from cooler northern climates or places where rain might be expected year-round. Still, that doesn’t mean that these types of travellers will be able to soak up every ray of sunlight whilst visiting.

There are two possible outcomes for your extra-sunny trip to the Canary Islands:
First, you may spend a bit too much time outdoors and find yourself with a sunburn. In this case, the best cure is to rest and stay indoors. Second, you may find your trip unexpectedly thrown off the trails by a bout of rain. Regardless of what has driven you indoors, we have a few recommendations to salvage your trip.

Engage Your Mind & Unwind with Poker:
It’s not always possible to plan a day out if you’ve been struck with a bout of fiery sunburn. In fact, the rest of the suggestions on our list may not be feasible. For this reason, we’re starting off with a fully remote way to unwind that you can enjoy straight from your hotel room: a game of poker.

Virtual poker platforms like PokerStars make it easy to register and get started playing either for free or for real money. If you’re new to Texas Hold’em and Omaha, you can also consult with handy guides and strategy books.

If you already know your Royal Flushes from your offsuit hands, then get started with a daily tournament. Not only will a brainy game like poker help keep your mind off your sunburn, but it’ll also keep you busy for a few hours—which should let you pass the time until the sun goes down.

Explore a Spa Treatment:
Whether trying to give your skin a break from the sun or avoid rain showers, you’ll be able to find a local spa that suits your needs. Because the Canary Islands are such a popular holiday destination, relaxation opportunities are easy to find from Lanzarote to Tenerife to Gran Canaria.

Those like the Thalasso Spa are world-renowned, offering just about any type of treatment. Others, like Gloria Palace Amadores, are better suited for fans of luxury—and sweeping sea views.

Too much sun? How to relax indoors in the Canary Islands

Take A Closer Look at Marine Life:
You won’t find yourself short on time to explore the beach, no matter where you go in the Canary Islands. However, there are two incredible ways for you to experience the sea while you’re here—and neither involves stepping foot in the sunlight.

First, you can head to an aquarium. The Poema del Mar Aquarium is considered one of the best in the world, though others like Acuario aren’t far behind. However, if aquariums aren’t quite enough excitement for you, you can also schedule an underwater safari. These mini-submarines offer a totally unique and memorable adventure into the marine world.

Delve into Local Specialties:
Not many people link the Canary Islands to museums. After all, the goal of most trips is to unwind and relax—not stuff their brains full of new information. However, there are multiple museums that are absolutely worth a look. For example, did you know the Canary Islands are one of Spain’s top astronomical locations?

You can learn more and explore this unique specialty, too. The Museum of Cosmos and Science allows visitors to explore exhibitions, learn more about meteorology on the islands, and even take a look at the stars and learn more about the local observatories.

For Group Activities: Escape Rooms:
Finally, let’s shift our focus to group trips. After all, handling some sunburn or a rainy day isn’t too challenging for those traveling solo or in a small group. However, for those with a friend group, trying to plan a fun activity while staying indoors can be challenging.

For this reason, we recommend looking at Escape Room experiences. These new challenges bring friends together and force them to find a way to escape a single room, often with funky themes and imaginative puzzles. Because these are growing in popularity, you can find a selection of Escape Rooms on larger islands like Tenerife and Lanzarote.

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