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About The Canary Islands

 

The Canary Islands consists of the five main holiday islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma as well as the smaller islands of El Hierro and La Gomera and together they form a dramatic archipelago situated just off the west coast of Africa and governed as an autonomous region of Spain. It is now believed that this dramatic archipelago is formed from a vast underwater volcanic mountain range lying deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

These beautiful and dramatic islands benefit from a glorious sub-tropical climate throughout the year are an amazing paradise for sun worshippers and nature lovers with a record of almost guaranteed sunshine and extremely low rainfall, the islands remain an extremely popular holiday destination throughout the year, particularly for those in search of winter sun. Air travel to the main islands is easily available with a number of low cost airlines competing for your business so that within 4 hours you can be enjoying your place in the sun with miles of golden sandy beaches and crystal clear seas to choose from!

The well known local artist and architect, Cesar Manrique had a major influence on the local planning regulations in Lanzarote and successfully lobbied to stop the construction of any high rise hotels on the island and ensure that all buildings retained a traditional exterior appearance. Manrique’s home, built on the Lanzarote eruptions in 18th century, is a popular tourist attraction.

The island of Lanzarote was named after a Genoese navigator called Lancelotto Malocello who arrived on the island during the second half of the 14th century opening the way to successive expeditions of French, British and Spanish sailors and merchants. Previously the isles were known as the Fortunate Islands. Fishing and agriculture once formed the basis of the island’s economy but have since been overtaken by the excellent quality of its tourism industry.

A visit to the volcanoes of ‘Fire Mountain’ are an absolute must to anyone visiting Lanzarote. Camels (or a bus!) are at the ready to take you up the 512’ high trek where you can view the amazing volcanic landscape. The El Diablo restaurant is situated at the very top and most of the grilled specialities of meat and fish are cooked in the 140°C heat that comes from the volcano itself.

The Canary Islands offers something for everyone from child friendly beaches, surfing beaches and remote spots favoured by naturists, nature lovers and bird watchers. The wonderful climate, volcanic sea beds and rich marine life of the Atlantic waters surrounding the islands attract scuba divers, big game fishermen and sailors from all over the world. Every year hundreds of surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers and divers descend on Fuerteventura and during July the island is host to the P.W.A world windsurfing speed and slalom event at Sotavento in the south.

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Lanzarote Beaches

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Playa Blanca

 

dromedaries waiting for tourists lanzarote Dromedaries, Lanzarote

mountains of la palma canary islands Mountains of La Palma

harbour of los gigantes in tenerife Los Gigantes harbour