Exploring the Canary Islands

 

By far one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world is the gorgeous archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, collectively known as The Canary Islands. There are thirteen peninsulas in all, the largest being the favourite holiday hot spot Tenerife, and the smallest being the tiny Roque del Oeste, only 0.02 km².

Thanks to a permanent springtime climate that casts over the collective geological family, the Canaries constantly bustle with tourist activity, always offering something new to see or do. The three most prominent islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote – are vibrant social hubs, bursting with attractions that have tourists coming back year after year.




Tenerife

Being the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife spans 2,034 km², and plays host to the world’s third largest volcano, El Teide. It comes as no surprise, then, that the majority of the island is comprised of volcanic deposits that leaves black sand lining the coast. If you’ve never relaxed on an ivory beach, Tenerife is the place to go.

The island’s capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, but for an unbeatable mediterranean nightlife, Playa de las Americas is essentially a miniature Vegas, located in the south west part of the municipality of Arona. It is a purpose-built holiday resort for tourists with a wild side, featuring exotic bars, nightclubs, restaurants and man-made imported beaches.

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Papagayo Beach

Lanzarote

Being the easternmost of the autonomous Canaries, Lanzarote was probably the first Canary Island to be settled; it was likely that the Phoenicians landed there circa 1100 BC.

Lanzarote is filled with coastal towns and beaches for holiday goers to enjoy, as well as an abundance of luxury villas overlooking the azure gleam of the sunned Atlantic waters. Some of the nicest beaches include the Playa de las Cucharas – the largest beach on the island, running alongside Costa Teguise – and the Playas de Papagayo, a beach so gorgeous you have to pay admission fee to get in.

Lanzarote plays host to the famed works of native artist César Manrique, which include a custom designed roofless volcanic bubble called Jameos del Agua. It has a pool, ladies and gentlemen.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has earned the adjectival title of the “miniature continent”, in reaction to the varying climates and landscapes that stretch across its mass. It is the third largest island of the archipelago.

A journey across Gran Canaria is a miniature voyage across the world. Starting in the gorgeous Canarian Gardens, the botany gradually disappears into the fine cream-coloured sand of the Maspalomas Dunes. The local tourist office offers some exhilarating Jeep Safari Tours too. Finish things with an ultra suave yellow submarine ride to unveil the secrets of the reef surrounding the island.

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