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Travel guide to the Canary islands of Spain

The Canary Islands are an archipelago located in the Atlantic Oceanm although forming part of Spain, they are actually more closely situated to Africa. The Canary Islands are a popular tourist destination for their all-year-round sub-tropical climate, stunning beaches and hospitality of the Canarian people. These islands are Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palmas Hierro and Gomera. The Canary Islands are as diverse as they are similar; known for their spectacular beaches and hospitable people, but their diversity means there is a destination for all tastes and budgets.

The Canary Islands are formed by undersea mountain ranges which project from the sea. It's easy to see why so many tourists are captivated by the Islands and return time and time again. If you look beyond the tourist resorts, holidays in the Islands offer you astounding scenery, boasting four national nature reserves and primeval forests, small fishing villages and hilltop hamlets. The Islands with a range of habitats exhibit a diverse plant species; the bird life includes African and European species. The all year sub-tropical climate, which is regulated by the Gulf Stream and Trade Winds, attracts thousands of visitors every year to Canary islands who come to enjoy the sun, sea, and nightlife . You can find a mix of accommodation in Canary islands from self catering apartments to luxury hotels.The cuisine is an exciting blend of African and Spanish flavours. Fish is a common delicacy served with locally sauces.

Canary islands

Despite its position close to the tropics, the Canary islands are not too hot in summer, 21-29°C, pleasantly warm in winter, 15-20°C, and can be regarded as an all-year cruising ground. El Hierro is an eco tourist’s heaven and a paradise location for scuba divers in Canary Islands. A biosphere reserve, the island hosts very little tourism, but if you want to escape from the humdrum of every day life and people, then El Hierro offers a wonderful option; a land of volcanoes, lava fields, lush valleys and dramatic cliffs which reach up to 1000m high. Home to the National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Garanjonay, La Gomera is a natural jewel. Where you find species that are otherwise extinct in most destinations, forests, deep ravines and landscape sculpted over millions of years.

Lanzarote is situated just 70 miles off the coast of Africa, the most easterly of the Canary Islands and one of the smallest. As with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a volcanic landscape, which gives the impression that you are in a lunar environment; so much so that parts of the movie Planet of the Apes were shot here. The island has a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve protected status. Arrecife is the capital of the island and the main destination resorts are Puerto del Carmen, Arrecife, Puerto Calero, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. La Palma is recognised as one of the most naturally beautiful and unspoilt of all the seven Canary Islands. The development of tourism here has been strictly controlled and if you are after a typical package holiday scenario, with upbeat bars, McDonalds and English breakfast, then La Palma is not the destination for you.

Fuerteventura is a tranquil island surrounded by endless white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Unlike the other Canary Islands Fuerteventura does not have any high mountains meaning the landscape remains desert like all year round. Fuerteventura has four main tourist resorts Corralejo, Jandia, Costa Caleta and Costa Calma. If you're looking for a fun day out why not visit the Baku Euro Park located in Corralejo, this is the only theme park on Fuerteventura and features the Baku Water Park with its many water slides, wave machines and has a dedicated children's splash area and slides. A visit to Tenerife provides families and couples alike with the opportunity to have a holiday in the Canary islands. Head down to the south of the island and there's plenty of fun and adventure waiting for you, whereas north of the island is a more relaxing experience. The weather in Tenerife is fantastic with it's year round sunny climate making it an ideal holiday destination. It attracts a mix of both families and groups to the young and old

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