WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE CANARY ISLANDS
Added on: 15th Oct 2016
Dominated by the Mount Teide, the Teide National Park on
Tenerife is the largest and most visited national park in
Spain. The park is home to 168 plant species, 33 of which
are endemic to Tenerife, including the famous
Echium wildpretii, a species giant, flowering
plant which grows up to 3m (10ft) high.
One of the most iconic features of Tenerife, Los Gigantes
are giant rock formations that rise from the sea to a
height of 500-800 metres (1,640–2,625ft). According to
an old legend, these magnificent cliffs were thought
to mark the end of the world.
Canary Islands provide great conditions for dolphin and
whale spotting. Numerous species including dolphins,
finback whales, pilot whales, sperm whales etc. can be
comfortably watched not too far from the coast. On the
island of Gran Canaria, for example, there are several
companies that provide unforgettable whale watching trips.
La Gomera, the second smallest island of the Canary Islands,
is mostly rural with vineyards, orchards and banana
groves covering a significant part of it. Yet, this little island
features one of the most fascinating natural landmarks
of the archipelago, a unique rock formation known
as Los Organos.
If you are looking for more fun than just a lazy week in the
sun or exploring local nature, you can dance and party
until dawn in one of many Canarian renowned bars and
nightclubs. The best clubs can be found on the
biggest islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria).
Home to almost 400,000 people, Las Palmas is the largest
city of Gran Canaria as well as the entire Canary Islands.
Boasting the title of “the city with the best climate in
the world” (according to a study by the Syracuse
University), Las Palmas is a cultural centre of the island,
offering a variety of theatres, cinemas, operas,
concerts, visual arts, dance performances etc.
Fuerteventura (translated as “strong winds”), is the windiest
island of the archipelago, which makes it a great location
for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Sometimes, the winds
blowing from the Sahara Desert are so strong they
can even bring African locusts to the island.
The Canary Islands are one of the safest holiday destinations
at any time. Protected by the ocean and almost
completely free of firearms, troubled neighbours and
domestic instability, the islands are very peaceful and a
safe place inhabited by friendly and hospitable people.
With that said, the worst thing you have to worry about
in the Canary Islands is sunburn.