Canaries Spain - Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Lanzarote
Canaries: The Canaries together with Costa del Sol are European winter paradises. The Canaries are an all year around destination. No other tourist destination in Europe can offer so pleasant temperatures and sunshine 365 days a year.
The Canaries form an Archipelago situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 2,880 km from London, 1,050 km south west of the Spanish peninsula, and 115 km from the west coast of Africa.
The Canaries are the obvious holiday paradise in winter. Not only the weather but also the hotels, many excursions, golf courses, beaches, sports opportunities and night life makes the Canaries to the perfect holiday destination.
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Also, the Canaries tropical volcanic nature that is absolutely unique in Europe attracts nature lovers from all over the world. There are four national nature reserves on Canaries and hundreds of natural parks, covering 36 percent of the island's total area.
The Canaries are located about 1000 kilometers south of Spain, and only 115 kilometers from the African coast. The average temperature on the Canaries is 22 degrees Celsiuson the coasts, and there are no significant differences in the temperatures between night and day. In winter, it is rarely colder than 19 degrees Celsius. During the summer months is almost never more than 25 degrees on the Canaries: Compare with the Spanish mainland where the temperatures in summer approaches 40 degrees Celsius. That makes the Canaries a perfect holiday destination in summer even if most of us only has the Canaries in mind as a winter destination.
The Canaries are already a classic holiday destination for Britons, Germans, Scandinavians and other Europeans, but the truth is that even the Spaniards travels a lot to the warm and sunny Canaries. For years the Canaries have been the classic honeymoon destination for just married Spanish couples. That until Asia and the Caribbean became popular and affordable destinations from Spain just a few years ago. Those who travel once to the Canaries and then believe that they know everything about Spain are quite wrong: For most Spaniards the Canaries are just as exotic as to other foreigners.
ISLANDS: El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
PARKS: Timanfaya, Jandía, Tejeda, Teide, Garajonay, Taburiente and Frontera.
NATIVE TREES: Almácigo, Sabina, Marmolán, Sanguino, Drago, Aderno and Mocán.
CANARIAN PLANTS: Cardón, Bejeque, Tabaiba, Verode, Tajinaste, Codeso and Retama.
NATIVE BIRDS: Guincho, Graja, Capirote, Canario, Alpispa, Guirre and Pardela.
TYPICAL DANCES: Folía, Isa, Seguidilla, Tanganillo, Sorondongo, Saltona and Vivo.
The Canaries is the only Ultra-Peripheral Region of Spain. It offers its visitors a land of contrasts and an area of cultural encounters. A wide and dynamic range of leisure, culture, sport and conference facilities is also available. The official currency is the Euro. The Canarian archipelago lies about 100 kilometers off the western African coast. It consists of seven islands: Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.
The Canary Islands are volcanic in origin. The Canaries is part of the natural region of Macaronesia, along with the archipelagoes of Cape Verde, the Azores, Madeira and Salvajes. The status of capital city is shared by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. There is a modern and efficient network of travel infrastructures on the islands: Eight airports (six of them international airports), many commercial and recreational ports and an extensive network of roads. The Canaries receives more than 10 million tourists annually. The climate is typical of subtropical ocean regions, with warm temperatures all year round. The average yearly temperature is over 20 degrees centigrade. This enviable climate means the archipelago enjoys great biological diversity and remarkable richness in terms of landscape.
Local food is very varied and tasty. One of its most distinctive ingredients is gofio, that is, roasted maize meal, which is used in a variety of recipes and prepared in different ways. Also worthy of interest are the local small salted “wrinkly” potatoes, cooked in their skins (papas arrugadas), the spicy sauce (mojo picón), the Canarian stew, made with salted fish and yam (sancocho), the watercress-based thick soup (potaje de berros), the vegetable, chickpea and meat stew (puchero), another traditional stew made with meat and pasta (rancho), and finally ropa vieja, a mixture of chickpeas, potatoes, meat and vegetables in a delicious sauce.
Main Festivals on the Canary Islands: • Tenerife: Festival of the Virgin of Candelaria.• La Palma: Festival of the Virgin of the Snows (Las Nieves), every five years.• Gran Canaria: Festival of the Virgin of the Pine (El Pino).• Lanzarote: Festival of Our Lady of the Volcanoes.• Fuerteventura: Festival of the Virgin of the Rock (La Peña).• El Hierro; Festival of the Virgin of the Kings (Los Reyes), every four years.• La Gomera: Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe (every five years).
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