Sun-soaked and of volcanic origin, the Canary Islands archipelago offers strikingly diverse landscapes including remarkable sub-tropical flora, abundant pine woods, giant sand dunes and mountain peaks. The Canary Islands' most popular holiday playgrounds are Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Lanzarote has managed to combine modern resorts with much-praised eco-friendly development and low-rise aesthetically pleasing design, while Fuerteventura is famous for its wind-driven water sports and some of Europe's finest beaches. La Gomera is a charming little undeveloped island, often visited as a Tenerife day trip (just 30 minutes by ferry), while La Palma, very green, uncommercialised and arguably the most beautiful island, is primarily a destination for walkers. Most westerly of all is El Hierro, windblown and well off the beaten track, attracting a mere handful of walkers each year.