Keeping Up With The Canary Islands…
The seven sprinkles of land that make up the Canary Islands are famous for acting as a stop-over for Christopher Columbus on his quest to search for the New World and have certainly remained as a much needed oasis for those of us in need of a break from the cold of the UK and a break from the hum-drum of daily life. The diversity of each of the Canary Islands is probably what makes them such a popular place to escape the cold and search for a little bit of tropical paradise and Vitamin D. While some people have inaccurate preconceived ideas about the Canary Islands being filled with sunburned Brits, tacky souvenirs and bad fried food, we are here to set the record straight and show you the splendour of the archipelago of islands that can be found on the coast of Africa.
Tenerife is the largest of the islands and is home to high rise reports and the magnificent Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide. Fuerteventura offers stunning beaches and makes for an ideal place to practice your windsurfing skills. Lanzarote has a spectacular volcanic landscape and is home to works of art by artist Cesar Manrique. Gran Canaria has fabulous museums and La Palma offers the most greenery, as well as boasting a beautiful capital. And, last but not least, El Hierro and La Gomera are the smallest islands and are the best place to experience true paradise.
The largest of all the Canary Islands is Tenerife and while it offers some fabulously sun filled beaches and other attractions, its volcano certainly acts as a big draw.
Peace And Quiet
If you’re looking for the ultimate escape, La Gomera is the place to head to due to its unspoiled green hills and tranquil valleys. This little island is easy to get to from Tenerife and arrive in the island’s main town of San Sebastian.
In the most north-western area of the Canaries you will find the lush and green island of La Palma. The main attraction of the island is the Caldera De Taburiente, a giant crater that drops into a spectacular valley, making it the perfect place to walk and soak up its mesmerising views.
The black beaches in Tenerife certainly make for a refreshing change to the white sands found elsewhere on the Canary Islands. They are as beautiful as they are dramatic and are the colour that they are because of the island’s volcanic eruptions.
Gran Canaria is the best place to go to if you’re in the mood to let your hair down. The capital of the island is Las Palmas is an important commercial centre with many resorts and a port. The Playa de las Canteras is the 2 mile long restaurant lined beach that offers fabulous food to sample and the Parque Santa Catalina acts as one big outdoor space that bursts into life at night.
If you’re planning a trip to one of the Canary Islands or anywhere else in Europe, be sure to apply for or renew your European Health Insurance Card. It will entitle you to free or highly discounted health care should you require any over the duration of your stay.