The Canary Islands, Spain

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Auditorio de Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean off of the north west of Africa close to Morocco. They consist of 13 islands, although only eight are inhabited. The weather is warm and sunny all year, which welcomes millions of tourists to this hotspot of the map of Spain.

Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest and the most visited of all the Canary Islands. Visitors can relax on its sandy beaches, embark on adventurous journeys into the Teide National Park, and party until dawn with the island's superb nightlife.

The island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is the second largest city of the Canary Islands and the port is one of the most important commercial and cruise ship harbors in Spain.

Every February, the city hosts one of the world's largest carnivals. Other attractions in Santa Cruz are the Auditorium of Tenerife, Plaza de España, the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Museum of Nature and Man), and the Playa de Las Teresitas, one of the best beaches in Tenerife.

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Basilica of Candelaria, Tenerife

Teide National Park – Tenerife

The Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide is home to the highest peak in the whole map of Spain. With an elevation of 12,198 feet, Mount Teide rises from a monumental volcanic crater which is still active. The last eruption dates back to 1909.

The Teide National Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007, and a visit, whether by driving or hiking, can be an unforgettable experience. The highest point of the volcano can be reached by cable car or for the more adventurous, the park offers climbing expeditions. From the top, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.

Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and is a true paradise with its own extraordinary fauna, unique vegetation, and impressive volcanic craters.

The southern part of the island holds most of the tourist attractions. Filled with resorts, restaurants, and bars, the area offers astonishing beaches and plenty of things to do.

The city of Las Palmas has the largest population in the Canary Islands, and shares the title of capital of the Autonomous Community with Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

La Palma

La Palma is the least developed of the islands and has the most volcanic active of the Canary Islands, with the most recent eruption occurring in 1971. The island offers tours around the area to enjoy the landscape of the volcano as well as the local rainforest.

Lanzarote

This island of Lanzarote has a very desolate and dark landscape, which makes it very distinct from all the other Canary Islands. The Timanfaya National Park is the main attraction on the island where visitors can ride camels over the local sand dunes.

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