A Spanish archipelago that is just off the northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands is a most diverse and pleasant destination: lush forests and rugged cliffs, volcanoes and the most perfect weather in the world, you have it all here. Tenerife is the largest island, Gran Canaria and La Palma have UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, festivals and cultural events, art and museums, Lanzarote has some quaint fishing villages among others and on Fuerteventura there are undiscovered sandy beaches. All in all, you can have:
Cristobal de la Laguna used to be the capital of Tenerife, and it hosts some most impressive culture and architecture, Neoclassical churches, a History and Anthropology Museum and so on. Also on this island there is the La Orotava, which has been designated a National Historic Artistic Site. On the other hand, on Gran Canaria you have a most stunning natural scenery and the city of Las Palmas, with a very interesting history to it. See the cathedral here and the Diocesan Museum, the Museum of the Canary Islands and many other attractions. Religious Heritage and history can be found in the impressive Betancuria on Fuerteventura Island. Every island has its specific character, don't miss out on it!
The culture of the Canary Islands is very much unique in itself. There are all sorts of events and fiestas held on the seven islands of this archipelago. The Carnival for a chance is one that you will not want to miss, and the mild climate on these islands make it even more special, as the weather is never cold, so the costumes you wear can be as varied as you wish. Colors and spectacles of lights, galas and shows, concerts and music and dancing in the streets, people from everywhere in the world, the ending of the Carnival with the burning of a huge sardine and many fireworks... a show that must go on, and it does; every year. On the island of Lanzarote you can also see the great works of the famous sculptor, César Manrique, his vision of how man and the environment interact. There are museums and art galleries, exhibitions and all sorts of events and places to enjoy on a holiday on the Canary Islands.
The nature of the Canary Islands is much varied and quite stunning actually. From a holiday home in the Canary Islands visit the Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, with its Lunar landscape and the Fire Mountains (volcanic) where you can even go hiking. Mount Teide on Tenerife is one of the largest volcanoes in the world, and definitely worth exploring. Then of course you have stunning beaches too, fine sand and beautiful bays, coves. Pine forests and giant craters complete the landscape, the clearest skies in the world and Starlight Reserves even, a holiday among the nature of the Canary Islands will be unforgettable.
The Canary Islands are a place where you can surely renew yourself in any and every way. The sand, the sea, the sun and the air, combined with the wide range of wellness centers here make you feel heavenly. The wide array of natural elements that can be found on these islands allow for all sorts of therapies and treatments to be available, from Thalassotherapy to wine therapy, from aloe therapy to geotherapy and so on. You know you deserve it, so there's nothing to even think about when it comes to a holiday on the Canary Islands.
Being by the sea, you have plenty to do from a holiday villa on the Canary Islands. You can go catamaran sailing on the beaches at Papagayo on Lanzarote, or maybe walk around on the 400 ha of sand dunes on the Gran Canaria, visit the island of Lobos off the shores of Fuerteventura and spot various species of animals and plants. Hit the beach and enjoy the sea and the water sports at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, or at Corralejo on Fuerteventura, Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote island and so on. Take a hike in the Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, climb the Teide volcano on Tenerife, walk the La Plata shepherd trail on Gran Canaria, enjoy every moment you spend in the Canary Islands.
See the dolphins, take your kids to ride a camel, enjoy the huge slides in water parks... this is not even the beginning of fun on a family holiday on the Canary Islands. Take a walk in the Garajonay forest, visit the desert next to the sea at Maspalomas Gran Canaria, or the Cocodrilo Park on the same island, the Palmitos Park, take the little ones to a farm at Las Americas beach on Tenerife, or to the Loro Parque Zoo here. Enjoy water parks such as the Aqualand on Gran Canaria, the Oasis Park on Fuerteventura, the Aquapark on Lanzarote and so on. Don't miss the astronomical observatories at Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma, or at El Teide in Tenerife, the Museum of Science and the Cosmos here. Go karting, water sports, mountaintop viewpoints... a family holiday on the Canary Islands is what you need.
The basis of the Canarian cuisine will stand in fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, generally light meals, to go with the rest of the setting here. Meat is usually part of stews or served as a steak. The Papas Arrugadas is one of the specific dishes here, consisting of potatoes boiled in salted water and served with two different sauces: the mojo picon and the mojo verde. As for fish, try the Caldereta and the Sancocho Canario. The Tapas in the Canary Islands are a must try too.
Spend a holiday with your pet on the Canary Islands and enjoy the sun, the sea, the sand and the varied landscape overall here. Go on exploring wild beaches and coves, go sailing with your faithful friend, take a drive on a scenic coastal road or go hiking in the mountains. It's a pet friendly holiday home you need to lay your head down in the evening and then go on exploring and experiencing new places the next day.Points of interest, a “must see” list on the Canary Islands:
Each of the seven islands of the Canary archipelago has its own character that is more than worth discovering. Enjoy a flawless vacation on the Canary Islands and embrace a most perfect landscape, climate, mood.
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