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The Canary Islands (Spanish Islas Canarias) are an archipelago of Spain consisting of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean. They are located off the north-western coast of Africa.
The islands are: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura. The nearest island is 108 km from the northwest African coast.
Gran Canaria (Capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), is the third largest island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa. It is located southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura. Gran Canaria's surface is 1,560 km² and its maximum altitude is 1,949 meters (Pico de Las Nieves). It has a round shape, having a diameter of just about 50 km. The island is of volcanic origin.
This island is called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found. The north tends to be cooler while the south is warmer and sunny. The east coast of the island is flat dotted with beaches while the western coast is rockier and mountainous.
The Maspalomas dunes, most tourists stay in the south of the island, which is sunnier and has less rain than the north. There is a large bird park, Palmitos Park, in the south of the island, as well as many beach resort communities. The resort communities start in the central eastern part of the southern coast in the Maspalomas area which includes the towns of San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, Sonnenland, and Maspalomas where most tourists visit. The Dunes of Maspalomas are located between Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. Another tourist attraction is the Lighthouse at Maspalomas situated at the western end of Maspalomas.
Playa del Inglés is a popular destination for European gays with bars, restaurants and businesses centered primarily in the Yumbo Centrum shopping center. A gay beach is found near the Maspalomas Dunes.
Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands.
The largest city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is the capital of the island. The highest point of Spain, Teide (3 718 m), is on this island. Tourism is concentrated more in the south of the island, which is hotter and drier and especially around Playa de las Americas, and Los Cristianos. More recently coastal development has grown northwards from Playa de las Americas and now encompasses the former small enclave of La Caleta. In the north of the island the main development for tourism has been in the town of Puerto de la Cruz.
Lanzarote (Capital: Arrecife) is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean ca. 125 kilometers off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. Lanzarote is a beautiful island that is of volcanic origin. Lanzarote's climate ranges from mild to hot during the year. Temperatures in the summer are between 30°C and 35°C during the day and about 20°C at night. Its winter daytime temperature is between 20°C and 25°C and the nighttime temperature is between 13°C and 16°C. Precipitation is between 135 and 250 mm. The heaviest is between December and January. Lanzarote is the driest island in the Canary Islands. The beaches. There are also water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, parasailing and canoeing. There is also a water park (with bus service from Puerto del Carmen), a Zoo Park (Guinate Park), an aquarium-type park and a wild-west themed animal park (Rancho Texas). Also submarine trips from Ports in Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero.
La Palma has an area of 706 km². The total population is about 85,000, of which 18,000 (2003 data) live in the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma.
La Palma's geography is a result of the volcanic formation of the island. The highest peaks reach about 2.4 km above sea level, and the foundation of the island reaches more than 3 km below sea level. The northern part of La Palma is dominated by the Caldera de Taburiente, the largest erosion crater in the world, with a width of 9 km and a depth of 1.5 km. It is surrounded by a ring of mountains ranging from 1.6 km to 2.4 km in height. Only the deep Barranco de las Angustias canyon leads into the inner area of the caldera which is a national park. La Palma is dominated by the colors blue, green and black. Blue is the surrounding ubiquitous sea. Green comes from the abundant plant life which is the most diverse in the Canary Islands.
La Gomera (Capital: San Sebastián de La Gomera) is the second smallest island of the Canary Islands. The island is of volcanic origin and roughly circular, about 15 miles in diameter and rising to nearly 5000 feet at the central peak of Garajonay. It is shaped rather like half of a peeled orange from which the segments have been parted, leaving deep ravines or barrancos which are coated, like icing, with laurisilva - or laurel rain forest. Christopher Columbus made La Gomera his last port of call before crossing the Atlantic in 1492. The house in San Sebastián in which he stayed is now a tourist attraction.
El Hierro (Capital: Valverde), nicknamed Isla del Meridiano (the "Meridian Island"), is a Spanish island. It is the smallest and furthest south and west of the Canary Islands. Like the rest of the chain, the island is sharply mountainous. It has an area of 278 km2. The highest point is situated in the middle of the island, in Malpaso, 1501 meters high. Like all the Canary Islands, El Hierro is a tourist destination. El Hierro's western end was for long time considered the end of the known world by the Europeans.
Fuerteventura (Capital: Puerto del Rosario), a Spanish island, is one of the Canary Islands. The elongated island has an area of 1660 km². The island is 100 km long from and 31 km wide. Located just 100 kilometres off the coast of North Africa, it is the second biggest of the islands, after Tenerife, and has the longest beaches in the archipelago. The island is a paradise for sun, beach and watersports enthusiasts. The island is on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico and temperatures here rarely fall below 18°C or rise above 24°C. There are no fewer than 152 beaches along its coastline - 50 kilometres of fine, white sand and 25 kilometres of black volcanic shingle. Fuerteventura, with its 3,000 sunshine hours a year, was placed firmly on the world stage as a major European holiday destination.
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This tropical islands ranks among beauties like Jamaica and boasts European relaxed living and food. The islands have a population of 2 million. Since the Canary Islands are a major European tourist destination, all the major islands have well-developed communication systems, airports, and ports.
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