Thursday, February 14, 2008

Canary Islands, always summer!

The Canary Islands, as you might have guessed from the name, is an island group in the Atlantic, closer to Africa than mainland Europe. Belonging to Spain since the days of Ferdinand and Isabella, these islands offer an average temperature of about 72ºF year round. Visiting the Canaries is visiting a group of 7 main islands, each one distinct from the others, with its own charms and, often times, radically different landscapes. El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are the 7 main islands, and all are well connected with mainland Spain. Aside from splendid weather and miles of beaches, the islands offer 4 National Parks, more than 14 protected natural spaces and 4 Biosphere Reserves, including everything from completely volcanic (Lanzarote) to the immense beaches of Fuerteventura (known as the Isla Tranquila). A winter-time visit to the islands is the perfect escape for those of us who have to deal with a colder climate.

And while you are there, do take the opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine and the unique wines (even the volcanic region of Lanzarote is making wines, and some of them are pretty tasty at that!).

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