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The Canary Islands Area Guide

The Canary Islands are a group of Spanish islands that are placed only 62 miles away from the south coast of Morocco. The most popular islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Other islands include La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, as well as the islets of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Montaña Clara. There are roughly over 2.1 million people living on the islands, with the capital being split between Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Thanks to its proximity to Africa, the islands benefit from warm and sunny weather all year long, making it the perfect sunny getaway.

Things to Do

The Canary Islands attract millions of tourists each year, with German and English people being the most common visitors. Sandy beaches are the epitome of beauty on the islands, with Playa Barca in Fuerteventura being one of the safest, with shallow waters and lagoons, while Tenerife is known for its striking black sanded beaches, such as Playa el Bullullo. In Gran Canaria, Maspalomas is a scenic beach resort with a range of bars, clubs and eateries, and is also where the breath-taking 404-hectare Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas is situated. Over in Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park is a hugely popular place of interest, with the mountains here being known as 'fire mountains', as they were formed from the eruption of over 100 volcanoes during the 1730s.

For those who wish to marvel at the sight of a volcano, Mount Teide in Tenerife is the not only the highest point in Spain, but also the highest point above sea level in the Atlantic islands, and is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The area was designated national park status in 1954, and is the most visited national park in Europe. In 2015 it became the 8th most visited national park in the world. Aquatic activities are hugely popular on the islands, as the soaring temperatures make it a necessity to cool off from time to time, and the Siam Park in Tenerife is the pick of the bunch, with many fun water themed rides, suitable for all ages.

Places to Eat

The people of the Canary Islands pride themselves on their local cuisine, with their most famous dish being papas arrugadas, which is boiled potatoes in salted water, usually accompanied by the delicious traditional red and green sauces, mojo picón and mojo verde. This dish can be found in almost all Canary Island restaurants including Casa Marcos in Fuerteventura, which has a lovely array of fresh seafood on offer. El Navarro in Lanzarote offer huge portions, and some of their best dishes include the lamb curry croquettes and the baby squid salad, while El taller Seve Diaz in Tenerife cook up an amazing suckling pig with a barbecue glaze, and carrot and aubergine mousse.

H20 Chillout Bar Café in Fuerteventura is a lovely relaxing place as its name suggests, and has a wide range of healthy foods and fresh coffee. Cacao not only serves up fresh ground coffee in Gran Canaria, but also has refreshing ice cream and sorbet, while Café Terraza is highly recommended over in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

Shopping

In Gran Canaria, there are numerous marketplaces, including the Mercado del Puerto which also happens to be a night market. Mercado del Agricultor is a farmers' market that offers bargain deals for local produce, while Playa San Juan Market and Alcala Market offer visitors a chance to get some authentic food and goods. Teguise and Arrecife Markets in Lanzarote have a whole host of craft items, souvenirs and food available.

The Safari Centre and Plaza del Duque in Tenerife are the best places to go for fashion shopping, and Las Rotondas Centro Comercial in Fuerteventura boasts shops such as H&M, Bershka and Zara.

Getting There and Around

Flights to Canary Islands usually take around 4 hours when flying from the UK, due to the islands being closer to Africa than they are to mainland Spain. Fantastic discount deals and packages are widely available to all the islands, making it a very desirous place to visit. Buses and taxis are the principle mode of transport on the islands, while bicycle and car rentals are widely used in order to appreciate the picturesque scenery.

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