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Welcome to the Canaries - seven Spanish islands rising from the Atlantic Ocean off Morocco boasting two million inhabitants and glorious sunshine. Close together yet diverse, the islands have turned the archipelago into an appealing destination for a variety of tastes.
The Canary Islands' image is closely intertwined with its beaches - long stretches of white sand, clear waters and a highly developed tourist infrastructure. So don't hold back - enjoy the enchanting coastline of Fuerteventura and the superb sea bed at El Hierro.
With planety of time on your hands you can easily prolong your journey. There's a lot to explore on this volcanic archipelago where magnificent cliffs slice into the ocean, where the pristine natural environment has been turned into a Biosphere reserve on La Palma, where hikers are drawn to the slopes of Pico del Teide on the island of Tenerife and the unique landscapes of the Caldera de Taburiente, and where people also have a place. Check out la Geria de Lanzarote, a region where vineyards grow out of the ashes. Amazing!
A crossroads between Europe, Africa and America, the Canaries have preserved traces of the many influences it has undergone since the days of the Guanches. Follow the trail of Christopher Columbus to Las Palmas and admire the fine homes in La Orotava and Santa Cruz de La Palma, then lift your eyes up to the sky - so pure that an international observatory was built here at an altitude of 2,423m.

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Canary Islands : Must-see towns and regions

  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    The capital of the island of Tenerife was initially a small port involved in trade with La Laguna. A refinery, various industries and shipping have contributed to the town’s business activities for ov...

  • Arrecife

    Situated on a coastline of reefs (recife in Spanish, hence its name), the town was defended from attack from the sea by the 16C Castillo de San Gabriel. Arrecife has a pleasant beach and a picturesque...

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the largest town in the Canary Islands and one of Spain's major ports, was founded in a palm grove (hence its name) in 1478. It has two main centres: Vegueta, the old city,...

  • San Sebastián de la Gomera

    San Sebastián de la Gomera is situated at the centre of the island of La Gomera, where Christopher Columbus stopped off in 1492. The Iglesia del Asunción (Church of the Assumption) and the tower of th...

  • Santa Cruz de la Palma

    The main town on the island was founded by Lugo in 1493, at the foot of a high cliff. With the export of cane sugar, and the booming shipbuilding business, Santa Cruz was one of the largest ports in S...

  • Betancuria

    This tranquil town in the heart of the mountains on the island of Fuerteventura was founded in 1404 by the Norman sailor Jean de Béthencourt. It has retained a certain charm and several noteworthy bui...

  • La Orotava

    This attractive town on the north coast of Tenerife, arranged in terraces at the foot of the mountain, dominates a fertile valley. The old quarter has retained some fine mansions, whose wooden balconi...

  • San Cristóbal de la Laguna

    A university town and former capital of the island of Tenerife, La Laguna was founded by Lugo in 1496 and developed according to a grid pattern next to a “lagoon” that has since disappeared. During th...

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