Canary Islands – Destination of Stars
Canary Islands is another amazing destination filled with prehistoric sites, sandy bays, looming volcanoes, together with plush pine forests where the tourist will get the opportunity of witnessing nature in its full form.
The islands are the Atlantic territory of Spain towards the west coast of Africa in the proximity of Morocco, Cape Verde together with the archipelagos of Azores Islands as well as Madeira Islands of the Portuguese regions.
Tourist can enjoy pleasant climate throughout the year amidst the beautiful varied landscape that lies in store for the tourist visiting this destination. Owing to the diversity of landscape along with the pleasant climate, exploring adds to the flavour of visiting the interesting places of this amazing region.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife together with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria situated on the two largest island share the status as Capital of the archipelago. Moreover Santa Cruz de Tenerife is home-based to several of the well-known spectacular Carnivals taking place in February, drawing millions from all over the world.
The following are the seven leading islands of interest of Canary Islands
Tenerife – this island is said to have received the maximum number of tourist approximately 5.77 million in 2016 and tends to have several museums as well as monuments conveying its rich history. Being one of the biggest islands out of the seven islands, its mountain ranges are quite young in comparison to its adjacent islands.
One will find the most amazing water attractions in Europe – Siam Park towards southern Tenerife. This mind-blowing 52 million euro water park comprises of Thai theming on all its rides, restaurants and park buildings.
Christoph Kiessling who had designed the park comprising of 25 buildings which is the biggest collection of Thai-themed buildings outside Thailand had obtained the permission from the Thai royal family for using the park’s name and theme. The same had been opened by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Thailand – Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
La Palma – Its topographical layoutis the outcome of the volcanic formation of the island where the southern area of La Palma is dominated by the Cumbre Vieja.
This is a volcanic ridge created due to the various volcanic cones erupting from lava and scoria. The Cumbre Vieja though dormant is quite active. The last eruption had taken place in 1971 at the Teneguis vent situated at the southern area of the Cumbre Vieja.
Gran Canaria – the second most well-known island, had 4.22 million tourists in the year 2016 and is said to be the largest island by way of population. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which is its capital city, shared title of capital of the Canaries. Towards the north, it is lush and steep while at the south it is flat.
Lanzarote – being the third most well-known is said to have received 2.92 million tourists in 2016 and is of volcanic origin. It is a volcanic landscape which is low lying and arid towards the west of the island – National Park of Timanfaya.
Its capital is Arrecife which has its very own airport. The islands appeared after the breakup of the American and African continental plates where the biggest recorded eruptions took place between 1730 and 1736. This area has been preserved and well maintained as the Timanfaya National Park.
Fuerteventura – is considered as the second largest islands after Tenerife and had been declared as a biosphere reserve in May 2009 by UNESCO. It has its capital at Puerto del Rosario. Fuerteventura has plenty of sunshine all through the year and also some of the most beautiful beaches.
La Gomera– The Magic Isle is considered as walker’s paradise which has the shape of an orange cut into half and disconnected into sections.
Its terrain are rough with has deep ravines or barrancos between them which in turn are sheltered by laurel rain forest.The locals have an amazing manner of communication across the deep ravines by whistling speech known as Silbo Gomero wherein this whistled language is native to the island where its existence has been recognized since the Roman era.
El Hierro– the volcanic island is the smallest and at the farthest south and west of Canary Islands. It developed from ancient civilization to a prime destination for elite divers and those interested in sprawling on the beach in the serenity of the sea breeze and basking in the sun.
Tourists can have an awesome stay at this location in the midst of the sea life which has an unusual sea life with beautiful landscape sprinkled with ancient trees. The beautiful villages with hilly stone laid paths can be explored on foot and thereafter tourist could partake and relish the appetising meals of fresh fish, wild herbs and local cheese.
The climate of Canary Islands is warm with a bit of seasonal difference, a subtropical climate. For instance Las Palmas the average temperature towards noon is 70sF which in January it tends to fall to around 70°F.
The yearly precipitation determined in November and December is said to be low and seldom exceeds 250 mm everywhere with the exception towards the windward north-eastern area of the island which tends to reach 30 inches.