Not everyone wants to start their new life in mainland Spain. If you’re looking for somewhere a little further from the beaten track to settle, buy a holiday home or start a business … The Canary Islands could be the perfect answer…….

The Canary Islands are as popular as ever with British tourists, with thousands of people booking Gran Canaria holidays every year. Its excellent climate makes it a wonderful holiday destination all year round, and it is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. There is also a lot of activities that will keep entertained throughout your stay on one of these Islands, ranging from water sports to sightseeing.
The Islands ‘¦. Essential Facts

The Canary Islands are situated 150 km off the coast of the Western Sahara in the Atlantic ocean and consist of seven major islands, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, El Hierrro, Gomera and La Palma. There are also a group of lesser known smaller islands, Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Lobos.

The Canary Islands are estimated to be around 30 million years old and their existence was known, or at least discussed, in ancient times.

The Greeks and Romans were amongst the first to document the archipelago and commented on the remarkable volcanic features of the islands. They also named them the Happy Islands, Garden of the Hesperides and Atlantida! … Some historians even believed that this was where the location of the legendary continent Atlantis was hidden.

In 1496 the islands became part of the Spanish kingdom and were visited by Christopher Columbus on his journey to discover the New World. Their ownership was challenged over the years by the French, the Dutch and of course the Brits who all believed they had a claim to the islands, but the Spanish held on tight and in 1821 The Canaries were declared a province of Spain. The official language in all the islands is Spanish

While Tenerife and Fuerteventura are amongst the largest of the islands, Gran Canaria has the largest population. The Canary Islands, along with their neighbours Maderia, the Azores, Cape Verde and some parts of Morocco are often known as the ‘Macaronesia’. The African coast is approx 210 km from The Canaries and Cadiz, the closest European port, is around 1250 km north of Gran Canaria.

The Canaries enjoy an extremely mild climate, in fact the weather there is often considered amongst the best of the world and some call it ‘eternally Spring’. Temperatures are constant year round with average temperatures in the summer ranging between 26 ºC and 28 ºC (79 – 82 °F), and often exceeding 30 °C (86 °F), and in the winter months between 22 ºC and 24 ºC. Thanks to these temperatures, visitors and residents in The Canariescan enjoy almost year round sunbathing and water sports!

As well as the Volcanic landscape ( the setting for many famous movies ), the wonderful beaches and excellent climate, The Canaries are also well known as one of the great gastro centers. The cuisine of The Canary Islands combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin-American influences. A very simple and well-known recipe is Papas Arrugadas, potatoes boiled in salt-water without peeling and served with Mojo, a hot sauce of oil, garlic, chili-peppers and paprika.

If you are a fan of fish then you will feel most at home in the Islands where a wide variety of fish are available . Among the most typical regional recipes are Caldereta and Sancocho Canario, salted fish in a Mojo sauce. Several of the islands have a typical cheese-speciality of their own, best known are the smoked cheese of La Palma and Flor de Guía of Gran Canaria. The Canaries are also well known for their exotic fruits, which are the base of several excellent desserts and sweets. Platanos Fritos, fried bananas, are in great demand.

Among the islands’ wines the Malvasía from Lanzarote should not be missed and the red-wines of Hierro, La Palma and Taraconte in Tenerife should be sampled! Another of the islands’ alcoholic specialities is Honey-Rum.

The question is not so much, “Why The Canary Islands?’ as, “Why not?

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