The Canary Islands

With year round mild climate, the Canary Islands have been the ideal winter escape destination for many tourists from especially the northern Europe. Worth noting are the summer months when the islands celebrate local fiestas with "gusto". The latinos are famed for their part spirit sand when it all gets too warm, the refreshing Atlantic waters is super ideal to swim in.

Over 12 million visitors arrive on the Canary Islands each year drawn to the promises of everything from hiking and diving to dining and dancing. Besides the year-round mild temperatures and stretches of golden, white and black beaches, there are a host of other reasons to visit any one of the islands. Pine and Laurel forests, subtropical growth and startling lava formations mark the domain of hikers and nature lovers, whilst water sports enthusiasts will find exhilaration in the giant waves and underwater caves or by boat or jet ski. Meanwhile on the land, the ancient villages and towns lay studded with the relics of aboriginal life. History and culture lovers can get their teeth into the beautiful architecture, ethnology museums and craft galleries, as well as constant signs of communities which still live side by side with the land and sea. And whilst the individual or the couple can revel in it all, the Canary Islands offer fun for all the family with a range of top quality theme and water parks.

Tenerife showcases urban party life and world class theme parks next to history, culture and outdoor activities, the latter including hiking for which the gargantuan Mount Teide – the third highest volcano in the world – provides the ideal stage; Gran Canaria has a pulsating metropolitan area and capital, complete with a thriving gay scene, as well as coastal resorts and huge sand dunes; La Gomera is a smaller sanctuary providing a more grassroots feel perfect for hiking and lazing on beaches; Fuerteventura is famed for its endless bright white beaches flanking clear turquoise water, both on which beach and water sports enthusiasts practice their hobbies; Lanzarote’s landscape shows harmony between the former activity of countless volcanic peaks and the current trend of modernisation; La Palma, or ‘La Isla Bonita’ is the Canaries’ Lost World, with lush green forests and banana plantations and wild volcanic formations studding the steepest island in the world; finally, El Hierro is the smallest island of the group. Once thought to be the end of the world, this peaceful and unpretentious nature spot is packed with stunning scenery and nature, hiking trails and diving spots.

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