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Area Guide: Canary Islands
Canary Islands: Las Islas Canarias

Tenerife Canary Islands Los GigantesThe Canary Islands are a volcanic region of Spain located off the northwestern coast of Africa, some 1,500 kilometres south east of the Spanish mainland.

The landscapes on the Canary Islands are quite diverse with volcanic landscapes, dense forest, high volcanoes, and barren desert . They enjoy an excellent climate, which is warm and dry year-round with plenty of sunshine. This and the beauty of its beaches, means that the Canary islands are an all-year round destination for tourists.

There are seven islands in the Canaries and are divided into two provinces: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which includes the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera and Hierro: and Las Palmas, which includes the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Eastern Islands:
Gran Canaria has great resorts with lots of entertainment and great beaches. The spectacular sand dunes of Maspolomas are a must see - no need to walk over them though, as you can take a camel ride to enjoy the scenery.

Fuerteventura is a quieter island with sandy beaches and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere.

Lanzarote has innumerable natural wonders with the volcanic activity having sculptured fantastic, lunar beauty. The most amazing of these sites is the Timanfaya National Park.

Western Islands:
La Palma - the beautiful national park Caldera de Taburiente is at the center of the island with other attractions being the Spanish Colonial architecture of the chief town, Santa Cruz de la Palma.

La Gomeras' Garajony National Park is the main attraction with a dense laurel forest.

El Hierro is a sparsely populated island with a rugged landscape.

Tenerife contains the highest peak in Spain, the volcano Teide, which is 3718 metres high. Surrounding the volcanic crater is the Teide National Park containing varied plant life and landscape. In addition to the natural beauty Tenerife has a number of lively resorts and popular nightlife spots.



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