Rising on the Atlantic Ocean, the group of seven islands comprising the archipelago of Canary Islands is a popular year round destination. Although Canary Islands is part of the Spanish territory, the archipelago is closer to the continent of Africa. Blessed with abundant sunshine throughout the year and the scenic greenery, Canary Islands is also known as ‘the land of eternal spring’.
Tenerife is the largest and most popular island of the archipelago. This is one of the popular winter destinations of Europeans. A mountain range divides the island into two parts. The northern part of the island is greener and livelier, while the southern part of the island is almost desert-like. Exploring the volcanic crater of Mount Teide in a cable car is one of the popular attractions of the island. Tenerife is the perfect place to party. The lovely black beaches, parts of which have been covered by golden sand brought from the Sahara, are crowded with tourists throughout the year. You can explore the coast on banana boats and visit the aqua parks to watch the dolphins and whales.
Gran Canaria is a conglomeration of various landscapes. Within the 40km stretch of land, you will find tropical forests, beaches, volcanic mountains, snow covered mountain peaks and desert landscape. Playa del Ingles is the main resort area of the island. This is also known as the gay capital of Canary Islands. Las Palmas, the capital of Canary Islands is situated at the north of this island. Las Palmas is a bustling commercial center, lined with shops, museums, historic buildings and eateries.
Fuerteventura is a great place for scuba diving and fishing. The lagoons and rugged volcanic hills of the region are worth exploring. The ancient buildings, museums and monuments of the island stand as testimony of its glorious past.
Visitors flock to this island primarily to enjoy the beauty of Jameos del Agua. This is an extraordinary area adorned with man made and natural sculptures.
La Palma is a one of the quieter islands of this Spanish archipelago. This island is more popular among German and Dutch travelers. If you are looking for a peaceful vacation, La Palma should be your destination in the Canaries. Compared to its larger and busier neighbors, La Palma has lesser number of modern structures. You can laze on the beaches, explore the rugged green mountains and sample the delicious local cuisine.