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Camping is a liberating thing. In this article are 27 things that will make camping in the Canary Islands, a trip of a lifetime. I am 54 years old and have lived in the Canary Islands my entire life. I travel often and have camped in over 30 different countries around the world. If that doesn’t convince you, I have spent the last 8 years running my business Vans and Sands, a camper van rental company here in the Canary Islands. 

These 27 tips are a must read and will improve your experience traveling throughout the Canary Islands. You will learn my secrets about where to camp, what to do, how to interact respectfully with locals, what laws to abide and most of all, how to maximize your camping trip for its full potential. 

I have broken these 27 facts into two sections. The first one is general tips that apply to all islands, including the culture and food. The second section will be tips specific for Tenerife and Fuerteventura. They are by far the most popular islands with the best camping experiences to be had. As well, the two islands that I have a fleet of 12 fully customized VW Bulli for daily and weekly rental.

Section 1: General Camping in the Canary Islands (Tips 1-19)

  1. Be prepared for no gas stations or snack places for miles during your road trip
  2. Fire on the coast is generally accepted. It is a very different thing in the forest. There are designated areas that you are allowed to make a fire or have a barbecue. Not following the regulation will occur in a heavy fine.
  3. Pack warm clothes and summer clothes. Be versatile, the weather in the mountains can be very different than near the ocean and beach.
  4. If it’s windy, park across the wind with the sliding door facing the wind direction.
  5. Don’t worry about hazardous animals or bugs. There are none.
  6. Make sure to have the appropriate numbers to call in case you run out of gas or need any help. The roads are not busy with cars, especially at night. 
  7. Know the nearest big towns on the island you are traveling.
  8. Look for your own private natural pool. If you adventure through the coastline its very probable you’ll find a salt water pool you can spend the day in.
  9. Be cautious of wildlife when driving at night. 
  10. Bring a camera! There is so much amazing terrain in a relatively small area. 
  11. Blanket to lay on the ground and watch the stars at night (they are very bright).
  12. Avoid McDonalds.
  13. Don’t stay more than 2 nights at the same place. There is simply too much to see!
  14. If you park close to the beach make sure your are not getting too deep in the sand. You’ll get stuck!
  15. If you want to spend the night in the mountains take extra blankets. It gets way colder than at sea level, especially during wintertime.
  16. Always have swimwear with you. More often than not you’ll stumble across an amazing spot to dip in the ocean.
  17. Take an umbrella. Sun is strong while camping near the ocean.
  18. Never leave trash behind. 
  19. Make sure you get your fuel tank full on Saturday, many petrol stations close on Sunday.

Section 2: Camping in Tenerife & Fuerteventura Tips (Tips 20-27)

  1. Get our secret camping spots guide (available after booking)
  2. Meet locals and learn about the island lifestyle.
  3. In Fuerteventura don’t feed the wild goats. Actually yes, feed them. Its good fun!
  4. Go surfing! Yes, this is something you are going to want to do.
  5. Explore the Volcano! *Volcan El Teide
  6. Visit the beach, dessert and forest covered mountains in one day! (Okay, maybe not one day. We recommend that you chill and enjoy each place fully but if you have limited time, you can do it all).
  7. Whale and dolphin watching is a very popular tourist attraction.
  8. Unwind on the road with good music and no schedule. Read a book, surf, sleep and watch the sunset at your own pace.

You’ve just read the 27 essential things you must know before planning your camping trip to the Canary Islands. There is tons of adventure here and still lots to be explored and experienced for the first time. If you have already booked your trip and are coming soon, then I hope you discovered some new things from reading our tips. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments and I will do my best to respond to everyone. If you haven’t booked your trip yet but you just wanted to learn more about camping options in the canary islands. I encourage you to come and experience it for yourself. This place truly is magical and there is so much untouched beauty to be felt. If you would like any help on planning your trip and are interested in learning more about Vans and Sands, hop on over to our home page and send me a message there. I am happy to share my knowledge, born and raised in the Canary Islands, I have over 40 years of experience.


I hate to do this to you all but I have a list of secret camping spots I only share with people once they book a trip with Vans and Sands. I’ve been asked many times and while we are one of the most popular camper van options on the islands, I still like to give my customers that extra special something. For me, nothing beats the most memorable views and scenery in the world. For that reason, I must keep it limited to those who are trusting in me to provide them the experience of a lifetime. Thank you for reading. Enjoy your trip!

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