Canary Islands is one of the wonderful islands in Spain.
If you love the sea and nature, you will be captivated by the charm of nature and you will enjoy the sea where you can dive at the amazing islands, or take sunbathing and stroll through the beautiful resorts.
Location of the Islands
It is located in the north west coast of the continent of Africa, so it is closer to the equator than the mainland of Spain.
It consists of 17 islands, which are self-government, 7 main islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, Elhero, and other small islands such as: Allegranza, Montana Clara, Rock Del Este, Rock del Oeste, and De Lobos.
The Reason of the Name:
The first thing that comes to mind is the small yellow Canary birds.
In fact, the name is derived from the Latin language, meaning the island of dogs.
According to legend, the indigenous inhabitants of the islands used to worship the sea dogs without God and cultivate them as sacred animals when the Romans first visited them, named Canary.
The Only Canary Islands with Two Capitals
The two cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria share the two largest islands together as two Canary capitals.
The second one is largest city in the islands, the area of the islands 7493 square kilometers, where the population in 2011 at one million and 117 thousand people.
The majority of the islanders are immigrants from Spain, Portugal, Italy. Its currency is euro, while their official language is Spanish.
Climate of the Canary Islands
The islands enjoy a semi-tropical climate where hot weather throughout the summer. Warm winter has helped to grow fruits such as grapes, avocados, tropical fruits all year round as well as flowers.
The Canary Islands are an ideal place to observe the astronomy due to its warm atmosphere throughout the year.
It has a 2.432 meter astronomical observatory on the island of Lapalma that contains the most important observatories in the world.
Famous Cuisine in the Canary Islands
Food is an important part of any culture of the Canary.
You will find some exotic foods such as mojou, a sauce filled with garlic, vinegar, salt, red pepper, thyme, coriander, and many other spices.
Their color is orange or red depending on their ingredients.
Another type of rupa vega is a mixture of chicken and beef with potatoes and beans.
The Canary Islands are famous for this ancient sport dating back to 1420, where it was the favorite sport of the island’s indigenous people, while it is now a local folklore and a kind of celebration.
Canaries and Huge Turtles
The Canary Islands are known for their huge sea turtles, which are about three feet tall and between 47 and 67 years old.
If you are a diving fan you will enjoy the rare endangered turtles.
Siam Park The most beautiful water parks Balknari
Siam Park is the most interesting and exciting in Europe, south of Tenerife, where it was designed with the permission of the Thai royal family at a cost of 52 million euros.
It has 25 Thai-style buildings opened by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Canary Natural Swimming Pools
Puerto de la Cruz, the oldest town there, has 7 natural swimming pools designed by famous architect César Manrique.
There are also many trees and tropical plants, a huge fountain, a spa, and an underground casino.
The Largest Volcano in the World in Canary
Spain’s largest mountain, Tide, on the island of Tenerife, which has a population of 907,000.
It is considered to be a first tourist destination for tourists, where the number of visitors has 3 million tourists annually as the volcanic nature of the island created a number of natural beaches and sand gave a distinctive view of some Canary beaches.
The Canary Islands also have 14 national parks, most notably the Ted National Park on the island of Tenerife, which was established in 1954 and is located on an area of 18,990 hectares of the oldest gardens in Spain, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Christopher Columbus and the Canary
The islands played a major role with Christopher Columbus during his journey to discover Latin America.
The journey started from the port of Cadiz in southern Spain and then stopped for supply by the Canary Islands, then began to complete the expedition, which made the Canary then a compulsory way for the people of the new world.
Therefore, most of the Canary population is found attached to the Spanish living in Latin American countries, especially Cuba, in addition to the remains left by the ships during the Columbus expedition in 1492 AD, which is collected by an archaeological museum that was located in the place where Columbus stayed.
It was a quick look at the charming Canary Islands, the pearl of Spain. Are you thinking of a trip to it someday?