Canary Islands (Spain) located in the Atlantic Ocean at a distance of 1500 km. from the coast to the southwest. North of 400 km. Located on the island of Madeira Island, and east, a distance of 100-150 km. north-west coast of Africa. The island of Fuerteventura, located in the southeastern part of the archipelago, located 92 km away. Cap on Juba - the southernmost point of Morocco, located south of Morocco, Western Sahara (formerly Spanish colony).
Tenerife Island (Tenerife) volcanic origin, is part of the Canary Islands, Canary Islands - an archipelago consisting of seven-and-large, and 6 and the small islands. Tenerife is the largest island of the archipelago.
The island of 1946 km2. The population of Tenerife over 500 thousand people. Composed of basalts, reaching a height of 3718 m (Teide volcano).
Weather in Tenerife
Tenerife Climate is tropical, evergreen shrubs and forests. Located on the territory of tropical agriculture (bananas, citrus, tobacco, grapes, etc.). Well developed fisheries. The main town - Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
These islands are called the islands of "eternal spring" because temperatures range from + 22 to 28 degrees.
The main feature of the Canary Islands - a warm-temperate climate: hot winds from Africa (Western Sahara) - hot air heated to 50 gadusov reaching the islands cool even in summer the temperature is no greater than 32 degrees, and the waters of the Atlantic washing the Canary Islands, under the influence of the Gulf Stream The temperature of water from 22 to 24 degrees year round.
In the Canary Islands are always sunny and warm sea to swim and sunbathe all year round, the islands are the 17th province of Spain.
The biggest attraction is the "dragon tree", the oldest tree in the world, the age of the tree according to various sources of more than 800 years old, its trunk is so wide that it is possible to get through the door, in his oral sensors and devices to maintain the necessary moisture and temperature.
National Park of Teide (Tenerife).
National Park Timanfayya (Fr. Lanzarote).
National Park Garahonay (Father of Homer).
The National Park Caldera de Taburge (island of Palma).
Güímar Pyramid (island of Tenerife).
Cactus Park (island of Gran Canaria).
The capital of Tenerife
City of Santa Cruz - "Holy Cross", is the capital of Tenerife. In the church of "Immaculate Conception" kept the spoils of war: the banners of Admiral Nelson. In 1797 he tried to capture in Tenerife, but was defeated, after the famous admiral named street.
Due to the proximity to the African continent, Fuerteventura offers a balanced climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Enjoy a fantastic beach holiday on endless Golden and sandy beaches that are the hallmark of Fuerteventura. The crystal clear water in beautiful blue and turquoise shades invites to bathing. Rain falls only occasionally, the vegetation is very sparse.
But the barren and volcanic landscape in the island Interior has its own fascinating attraction which gives something special to Fuerteventura. Find small sleepy villages, individual mills and little agriculture with sheep breeding.
Excursions: our tour guide gives you like. Implementation and organization are the responsibility of the local organizers. Discover the island for a tour of the island or to conquer untouched areas which are accessible and no hard to find local leaders only with 4WD on a Jeep Safari.
Island hopping to Lanzarote will take you into a bizarre volcanic lunar landscape. Car rental: Car rental book of our partner Avia car already in the travel agency, to discover your holiday destination on your own.
The beaches in the Canary Islands
On each island of the Canary Islands beaches have their own characteristics:
Fuerteventura - the white powder sand, Tenerife dense black sand, but no matter what the island untouched by the tourist, always waiting for his hospitality and cordiality. The total number of inhabitants on the islands of 1.5 million, and come to rest 8 million. It thrives at the expense of newcomers and keeps the economy of the islands. Excellent hotels, diverse cuisine, warm sea, the gentle sun attracts tourists.
Tenerife in the famous Loro (Spanish parrot) park is home to 230 species of colorful parrots. Loro Park - a zoo, a circus and a botanical garden. Ticket price: 32 € (for children - 21 €), it is located in Puerto de la Cruz. In the park there are also other inhabitants - the gorillas, penguins, tigers, jaguars, cranes, flamingos and pelicans.
Those who wish to get acquainted with the Loro Park in more detail now, will be able to visit the park: www.loroparque.com
The link «MAPA» on the main page of the site is an interactive plan of the park. When the mouse cursor on the desired object can be made the object view Loro Park.
From the history of the Canary Islands
Prior to the XV century. on almost every island of the archipelago lived separate independent nation. To date, little is known about the origin of these peoples. However, scientists have isolated tribes of the Guanches, the villagers-mainly the island of Tenerife. Preserved written evidence that in ancient times, travelers were often off the coast of the Canary Islands, and the Carthaginians frequented here. One day, sailed to the Canary lands in V. BC. Oe. led by explorer Hanno, they found no signs of life on the island of people - then met with foreign guests only the ruins of ancient buildings. On this basis, some modern scholars suggest that up to the Guanches and the inhabitants of the neighboring islands inhabited these lands other people, but the details of the life of the ancient Canary Islands are still covered in darkness. Preserved evidence of repeated visits to the islands travelers until the conquest of land by Spain. Thus, in the Middle Ages, the Canary Islands visited the Arab sailors, and later came to the shores of the French ships. In 1402 Mr. Spaniards began a campaign to colonize the Canary Islands. To colonize the region has taken almost a hundred years, some of the island have agreed to conclude an alliance with Spain, but with the Guanches of Tenerife had a decent resistance to the colonizers. Force indigenous Tenerife undermined the plague, and as a result most of the population was exterminated. Some Guanches managed to survive, but they expect the fate of slaves under Spanish control. English explorer Francis Drake (1540-1596) in 1595 attempted to grab Mr. Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.
At the end XVII I century. Englishmen made another attempt to get the Canaries, this time attacking Tenerife.
In 1797 the shores of the island came to the army of Admiral Nelson (1758-1805), but even he could not defeat the Spanish troops. And now, for over five centuries, Spain remains the owner of perpetuating the European dream.
In 1821 the Canary Islands are a province of the Kingdom of Spain, and in 1982 they received the status of an autonomous region of the state.