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  • The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean,

  • just off Morocco in North Africa.

  • Formed by volcanic eruptions and shaped by hot desert winds,

  • they are comprised of 7 main islands.

  • When powerful seismic forces lifted these islands

  • out of the ocean millions of years ago,

  • they sculpted landscapes of unimaginable beauty.

  • So spectacular are the Canary Islands that for centuries,

  • it was believed that this archipelago formed

  • the peaks of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

  • Today, the Canary Islands are a magnet for sun seekers,

  • beachcombers and adventurers from all over the world.

  • With, 160 miles of coastline,

  • 150 beaches

  • and a climate that feels like it is always spring,

  • the island of Fuerteventura is a perfect place to start your exploration.

  • Head to Corralejo, once a small fishing village,

  • now one of the island's largest resort towns.

  • Just a short walk away is Corralejo Dunes National Park,

  • with dunes that seem to stretch out forever.

  • On the southern end of the island,

  • Sotavento de Jandia Beach is famous for its

  • turquoise waters and golden sands

  • while Ajuy Beach has long drawn visitors west to its black sands.

  • These islands have long been renowned for their hospitality,

  • so relax on a sun lounge or enjoy a seafood specialty at a local restaurante.

  • Beautiful beaches and picturesque villages

  • are just some of the offerings in this land of wonders.

  • Brave twisting roads to admire

  • the panoramic view over the island from Mirador Morro Velosa,

  • once thought to be the home of the Gods.

  • A short ferry ride to the west of Fuerteventura is Gran Canaria

  • a place of ever changing climates and vistas.

  • This island abounds with otherworldly landscapes

  • that have been inspiring visitors for centuries.

  • Take a hike to Pilancones Natural Park.

  • The spectacular plateaus and cool ravines in this area

  • are around 12 million years old.

  • Visit the town of Agaete

  • where volcanic cliffs plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Take a drive to see the Roque Nublo,

  • and the surrounding valleys,

  • once described by a visiting Spanish philosopher as “a petrified storm”.

  • No matter where you go on the island,

  • great beaches are never far away.

  • Soak up the sun at Amadores Beach

  • or hit the surf at Caleta de Arriba but be aware,

  • at some beaches, clothing is optional.

  • A port town since the Age of Discovery,

  • Gran Canaria's relaxed beachside capital city,

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has long been a cultural melting pot.

  • Stroll the boulevard at Las Canters Beach or visit the Cathedral of Santa Ana

  • a labour of devotion that took 350 years to complete.

  • Tenerife, is the largest and busiest of the Canary Islands,

  • receiving around 5 million visitors a year.

  • Tenerife's beaches come in many shades,

  • from the golden sands of Las Americas Beach

  • and Los Cristianos to the black sands of Jardín Beach.

  • For water adventures of a different kind,

  • head to the Siam Water Park.

  • Hit the water slides or just relax in the lush environment

  • of this enormous Thai-themed park.

  • Or, make a splash at Loro Parque

  • which has attracted more than 40 million visitors since opening in 1972.

  • The island's capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  • is home to the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martin.

  • The auditorium's sail-like silhouette,

  • harks back to days when the islands were an important stopover

  • for early adventurers such as Magellan and Christopher Columbus.

  • Experience the archipelago's mythic past at Icod de los Vines.

  • Stand before theDrago Milenario” a Dragon Tree,

  • reputed to be more than 1000 years old.

  • At Teide National Park, watch the sun set over El Teide,

  • Spain's highest mountain. It is easy to believe,

  • as the island's indigenous people did,

  • that this magnificent mountain actually touches the sky.

  • Lanzarote is the Canaries' easternmost island

  • and is sometimes called theIsland of 100 Volcanoes.”

  • Be humbled by Mother Nature's destructive power

  • on a tour of Timanfaya National Park.

  • This region suffered a series of devastating eruptions in the 1700s

  • and has remained largely unchanged ever since.

  • Standing guard at the park's entryway is El Diablo,

  • the Devil,

  • an image designed by Lanzarote's most famous son, César Manrique.

  • Manrique's artistic vision was to seamlessly integrate art,

  • local traditions and the natural elements

  • and almost everywhere you go on this island you'll see his influence.

  • Descend a spiral stone staircase into Jameos del Agua,

  • a natural cave transformed by Manrique

  • into a magical amphitheatre and performance space.

  • Just a short journey away you can hire a guide

  • and venture even deeper into the earth at the Cueva de los Verdes,

  • the green caves.

  • Just like the other Canaries,

  • Lanzarote is blessed with many different beaches.

  • Relax under the sun at Playa Blanca at the south of the island

  • or stroll to Papagayo Beach.

  • The tidal rock pools at Punta Mujeres are the perfect place

  • to cool off or rent some snorkelling gear

  • and discover the island's underwater wonders.

  • Lanzarote's busiest town is Puerto del Carmen

  • and is a great place to enjoy

  • the Canary Islands' incredible sunsets.

  • No matter which of these magnificent islands you choose,

  • as the sun's molten rays merge the ocean with the earth,

  • you'll realise this is a place where Mother Nature and history collide.

  • The mythical city of Atlantis may be a story,

  • lost in the mists of time,

  • but the Canary Islands are only a plane ride away.

  • Whether you are searching for dramatic adventures or a sun-soaked vacation,

  • this archipelago is alive with a powerful magic all its own.

The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean,

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    Eric Wang posted on 2020/09/09
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