Can’t wait to visit Canarie Islands?

An autonomous community of Spain which includes seven main islands located in front of the African West coast: the Canarie Islands are an incredible destination, mostly under the UNESCO heritage.

Point of contention between Portugal and Castile, in the XV century the Canary Islands were put under the Castilians, who introduced a new economic model based on the sugarcane cultivation.

The islands began to flourish.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife became the stopping point for Spanish conqueror, traders and travellers.

Nowadays the capital is shared by these two cities.

Let’s see the main features of the three largest islands of this beautiful archipelago!

Tenerife – It is known as the “Island of eternal spring” for its warm tropical climate.

Once you are there, you can’t miss is the Teide National Park, where you can climb the Teide volcano, the highest Spanish peak.

You must definitely visit Santa Cruz, famous for its position and spectacular architecture but also the ancient capital, San Cristobal de la Laguna.

And, if you want to relax, you have a great choice of amazing beaches with the typical volcanic black sand.

From the South-West coast, you can also do whale watching!

Fuerteventura – More than 150 km of beaches, perfect for those who like windsurfing, kitesurfing and other water sports.

The Corralejo National Park and the little island of Lobos, inhabited only by animals, are the perfect places to discover the island’s wildlife.

Betancuria, the old capital city of Fuerteventura, with its impressive city centre, is another must see on the island.

Gran Canaria – A mix of different ecosystems makes this island incredibly attractive.

You can dive in the Marine Reserve El Cabròn or ride a camel in the desert, but also reach the Roque Nubio, a high rock surrounded by a suggestive lunar landscape!

Moreover, due to the position of Gran Canaria which is exactly on the equator, this island is the best place to watch the stars.

And, before you leave, visit the Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave), an important archeological site which contains remains of parietal paintings and will throw you back to the Paleolitic.

LanzaroteLa PalmaLa Gomera and El Hierro offer the same enchanting beauty, with natural monuments engraved by the atmospheric agents and surprising sea beds to dive into a colorful world full of life, in contrast with the volcanic features and desert areas.

So which one would you visit first?

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