Canary Islands - the Europe’s Caribbean
This paradisiac group of
islands, with a preferred climate and constant temperature through all the
year, and splendid beaches of fine sand, consists of 7 larger islands (Gran
Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera, Hierro) and a
few smaller ones (Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque
del Oeste und Lobos). Surprisingly, the landscape of each island is
radically different to the others.
Already Greeks and Romans reported on this archipelago of volcanic origins, and called it the Happy Islands, Garden of the Hesperides, Atlantida, ... Some historians suppose that the legendary continent Atlantis was located here. The islands' original population, called Guanches, is tall and of white skin.
In 1496 the islands became part of the Spanish kingdom, a short period of time later the ships of Christopher Columbus stopped here on their travel to discover the New World.
Hotels are located on the canary Islands three principal destinations: Grand Canary, Tenerife and Lanzarote. Hotels are available to suit a range of budgets and include packages for golfers and honeymooners. Car rental packages are available.
What to do on Canary Islands?
Visit Mount Teide, a 12,000-plus foot dormant volcano, and Las Canadas, a huge natural crater, both situated in the Teide National Park in Tenerife. Another highlight is an excursion to the Montanas del Fuego on Lanzarote. Optional tour to less touristy islands like Le Gomera, are available.
Probably the most popular activities in the Canaries, however, are sunbathing, playing golf and tennis or enjoying water sports, deep-sea fishing and whale watching. The islands also feature nighttime entertainment and a variety of restaurants. Travelers can take in the historical villages and towns that dot the islands, including Orotava, Garachico and Cadelaria. Even golfers can get a dose of culture by playing at Santa Brigida on Grand Canary, the oldest course in Spain.
Las Palmas, capital of Grand Canary, not only boasts beaches, yachting and shopping, but also can claim Christopher Columbus as one of its earlier visitors on his journey to America.
The flight time to the Canary islands, located to the southwest of Spain, is six hours from New York.
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