Canary Islands: a journey through beaches, forests and volcanoes

The archipelago of the Canary Islands consists of 8 islands of volcanic origin rising from the Atlantic Ocean. They offer landscapes that seem to come from another planet, where we enjoy stable temperatures throughout the year and where, despite their relative proximity, each island has its own unique features.

On the island TenerifeTHE Teide National Parkan imposing silhouette dominates volcano of the same name, the highest in Spain and one of the highest in the world with a height of 3,718 meters. The Teide landscape stands out lunar aspecthis vast expanses of lava and its impressive rock formations. at his feet San Cristobal de La Lagunafounded at the end of the 15th century, it was the birthplace of the first university in the Canary Islands and today has the status of a seat UNESCO World Heritage. In the northwest of the island, Anaga Country Park is a remarkable example of a Tertiary forest, harboring a unique biodiversity. On its opposite side, the historic town of Garachico, also founded in the 15th century, was once an important port until it was buried in 1706 by the eruption of Chinyero, another volcano on the island.

PUSH Gran Canariaanother large island of the archipelago, is known for its the dunes of Maspalomasdesert landscape unique in Europeon which stands a monumental lighthouse. In the south, its beaches are notable, as is the town of Mogán and its port, nicknamed “Little Venice” for its bridges and canals. This island is also home to valuable remains Aboriginal archaeological heritage, such as the collective granaries (Cenobio de Valerón) and several decorated caves, including the Gáldar Cave. Finally his capital, Las Palmasseduced by the charm of his own lively neighborhoodsTriana and Vegueta, its beautiful Santa Catalina park and famous beach Las Canteras.

Known as island of volcanoes, Lanzarote welcomes the work of a master and a visionary César Manrique. The island offers a surreal environment and unique landscapes of the world such as Jameos del Agua, Cueva de Los Verdes, Mirador del Río or even Timanfaya National Park. The magic of Lanzarote lies in its volcanic landscape and vast beaches. But the island is also home to exceptional places that seem out of this world, such as majestic Famar cliff Or Geriawith its incomparable vineyards.

La Palma, lives up to its “Belle Ile” moniker. Declared reserve UNESCO biosphere in 2002, Taburiente Caldera National Park includes a a huge volcanic calderaof spectacular cliffs, deep gorges and mountain landscape. It is in the heart of the caldera Rock of the Muchachos, the highest point of the island, where the Astrophysical Observatory is located, which offers one of the best places in the world. stargazing. its capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, has a historic center known for its Avenida Marítima balconies, Plaza de España and El Salvador Church. We can find it in the south of the island salt pans and Fuencaliente Lighthouseas well as beautiful places such as the recently erupting Tajogaite volcano, Los Tilos forest and numerous trails.

If there is an island that has no rival when it comes to beaches, this is it Fuerteventura. His stretches of golden sand and his crystal clear waters earned the name “Canary Caribbean”. PUSH Cofete beachon Jandia Peninsulato the south of the island, extends for approximately 12 kilometers, and Dunes of Corralejo, in the north, are unmissable, each golden dune blending with the turquoise of the Atlantic Ocean. There are towns in the interior of the island Betancuria (the first capital of the Canary Islands) and the Barranco de los Enamorados, carved by erosion over the centuries.

Island La Gomeraalso called Columbine Island, it is famous for its national park, Garajonaya natural treasure spread over approximately 4,000 hectares and classified as UNESCO World Heritage in 1986. This park is home laurel forestsespecially the famous forest El Cedroknown for its range of trails panoramic view of Tenerife and the Atlantic. capital of the island, San Sebastiánit is full of historical monuments such as the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church, the Place de la Constitution and the Tour du Comte, a 15th-century fortress that played a strategic role during the great explorations.

El Hierro, Meridien Island, is the newest of the archipelago. Its main attraction, El Sabinaroffers a unique landscape sa twisted juniper forest. At the beginning of the journeys to the New World it was his Orchilla Lighthouseat the west end of which replaced the prime meridian. It is also on this island Garoa tree sacred to the pre-Hispanic Bimbachas, renowned for its ability collect water from the fog.

Finally, La Graciosaa short ferry ride from the island of Lanzarote, is a a true paradisewith his pristine beaches and its two small towns, Pedro Barba and Caleta de Cebo.

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