The Canary Islands - 10 Great Reasons to Visit by aihaozhe2

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									Situated off the north-west coast of Africa yet part of Spain, the Canary Islands offer
remarkably constant year-round temperatures which average about 25 degrees
Centigrade. Here are 10 great reasons to visit the Canaries, to help start your holiday
planning and further research together.

Beaches: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura have the best beaches of golden
sand, while on other islands you can discover beaches of dark volcanic sand or
shingle. The biggest resorts are Playa de las Americas in Tenerife and Playa del Ingles
in Gran Canaria.

Nightlife: It's sophisticated and international, blending mainland Spanish influences
such as flamenco with the hottest disco sounds. Santa Cruz (Tenerife) and Las Palmas
(Gran Canaria) are large cities with strong cultural programmes.

Food: The emphasis in resorts is on international cuisine, with a widening choice of
fine dining. Also check out local specialities such as fish or pork dishes with green or
red mojo sauce, served with salted "wrinkled potatoes".

Wine: Tenerife and Gran Canaria excel at white and sweet wines, but they are little
known off the islands because of limited production. "Canary" wine is mentioned in
Shakespeare.

Wildlife: The waters around the Canaries are teeming with fish, and the channel
separating Tenerife from La Gomera is great for spotting pilot whales and dolphins.

Activities: Volcanic landscapes make the islands a great choice for walking, with
many signed routes. Also try camel trekking in Lanzarote, golf (most islands) and
diving.

Nature: The interior of most islands is a protected national park. Mount Teide in
Tenerife is Spain's highest peak.

Island hopping: Don't forget the smaller islands, which have very little development
and can be reached by sea. La Gomera is notable for its banana plantations, La Palma
for its vast volcanic crater, and El Hierro for its cliffs and wild landscape.

Shopping: The islands are a recognised tax-free zone so you can pick up bargains,
especially electronics.

A holiday in the Canary Islands are warm, welcoming and far more interesting than
you can ever imagine if you think only of beach holidays. These volcanic islands have
the most amazing landscapes, and local food and wine which are highly distinctive.
Discover somewhere different!
The Canary Islands are served from airports throughout Europe, and from the UK all
the major regional airports offer a regular year-round service of no-frills , holiday
flights to the Islands. You are never far away from a great holiday in the sun.

								
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