The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries, is a Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of mainland Africa. It consists of seven major islands Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Each of these islands have amazing beaches and other interesting attractions, which are all reasons for you to consider going on holidays in Spain Canary Islands.
Tenerife is the largest of all the Canary Islands, and one of the most frequented by tourists. After all, apart from the magnificent churches and museums in its capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (which is also one of the capital cities of the Canaries), it is also where you can find the majestic El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain. Tenerife is also home to a World Heritage Site – the historic city of La Laguna – as well as various marinas, golf courses and wellness resorts.
Gran Canaria is the island with the largest population, though, and is also a great destination for your holidays in Spain Canary Islands. This is because Gran Canaria has various tourist spots, such as fun theme parks, interesting museums, grand concert halls and charming villages. Gran Canaria arguably has the best beaches in the archipelago, too, like Amadores and Playa de Puerto Rico.
If you are fond of windsurfing or want to learn, dropping by the island of Fuerteventura is a must. Indeed, Fuerteventura has been tagged as a windsurfer’s paradise, playing host to the Windsurfing World Championships every year. Kitesurfing and scuba diving are popular activities on the golden island beaches, too.
Lanzarote is also a popular destination for those spending holidays in Spain Canary Islands, particularly because of its awe-inspiring volcanic landscape. The most famous places on the island are Teguise, with its castle built on a volcanic cone, Timanfaya National Park and Jameos del Agua, one of the creations of great landscape designer Cesar Manrique.
The Garajonay National Park is equally beautiful and is the pride of the island of La Gomera. In fact, the park occupies most of La Gomera and is home to one of the few remaining laurisilva rainforests in the world. Aside from taking a walk through the Garajonay National Park, you can also learn the traditional whistling language of the Gomerans while at La Gomera or sample the island’s unique delicacies.
The island of La Palma is a good place to go walking, too, although you can also enjoy its spellbinding views on horseback. Indeed, La Palma provides stunning views of the Caldera de Taburiente, one of the largest volcanic craters in the world, and the El Canal y Los Tiles. You can also catch breathtaking views from the Roque los Muchachos by day or gaze at the stars from its world-renowned astrophysical observatory by night.
Last but not the least, there is the island of El Hierro. This island has many natural wonders, including juniper woodlands, colossal cliffs and pine forests. It is particularly known for its spectacular underwater wildlife, so make sure you don’t neglect this island during your holidays in Spain Canary Islands. In fact, make sure you visit all the islands for a truly unforgettable adventure.
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September 29 2009 05:44 am | Destinations