Oh boy, another pictorial of some islands !!! Why? Because the islands are where most of dream of going. The Canary Islands are different than what most of us think, because these islands are in the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes when we think of the most exotic islands, we think of Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, or some of the other pacific Islands. In the Atlantic there are some other great islands as well. Have you ever thought of the Canary Islands? These islands are very close to Spain. In fact, they say that of the 10 best beaches in Spain, 6 of them are located on the Canary Islands. How close is the Canary Islands to Spain? Here is the map:
Well now, isn’t that interesting? The Canary Islands aren’t even that close to Spain. They are right off the coast of Morocco. So, are they part of Spain, or Morocco? Here is what the big Encyclopedia says about the Canary Islands:
The Canary Islands (/kəˈnɛəri/; Spanish: Islas Canarias, pronounced [ˈizlas kaˈnaɾjas]) is a Spanish archipelago and autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Morocco at the closest point. The Canaries are among the outermost regions (OMR) of the European Union proper. It is also one of the eight regions with special consideration of historical nationality recognized as such by the Spanish Government.
So, now that we are a bit familiar with the location of the Canary Islands, let’s see if they compare with the other beautiful islands of the sea:
Everytime we visit La Palma I am amazed about the different climate zones for such a small Island. It’s like a mini continent. The steepest Island in the world in my opinion also the best climate, never to cold and never to hot. An Island in the goldy lock zone on earth
The archipelago’s beaches, climate and important natural attractions, especially Maspalomas in Gran Canaria and Teide National Park and Mount Teide (a World Heritage Site) in Tenerife (the third tallest volcano in the world measured from its base on the ocean floor), make it a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year, especially Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. The islands have a subtropical climate, with long hot summers and moderately warm winters. The precipitation levels and the level of maritime moderation vary depending on location and elevation. Green areas as well as desert exist on the archipelago. Due to their location above the temperature inversion layer, the high mountains of these islands are ideal for astronomical observation. For this reason, two professional observatories, Teide Observatory on the island of Tenerife and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, have been built on the islands.
What? There is more than one capital City?
Here is the details:
From Wikipedia: The capital of the Autonomous Community is shared by the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which in turn are the capitals of the provinces of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Province of Las Palmas. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has been the largest city in the Canaries since 1768, except for a brief period in the 1910s. Between the 1833 territorial division of Spain and 1927 Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the sole capital of the Canary Islands. In 1927 a decree ordered that the capital of the Canary Islands be shared, as it remains at present. The third largest city of the Canary Islands is San Cristóbal de La Laguna (a World Heritage Site) on Tenerife. This city is also home to the Consejo Consultivo de Canarias, which is the supreme consultative body of the Canary Islands.
Wow, hardly looks like an island community. That’s because there is so many people that live on these islands.
Check out these stats as of 2010 (and I’m sure it has grown since then):
The population of the islands according to the 2010 data are:
So, there you have a good view of the Canary Islands. If you compare it with the other islands you have seen in pictorials, what is your impressions? Your comments are welcome. The Canary Islands are certainly beautiful, and diverse. Lots of variety in the terrain. So, much to see and do. So, is it a getaway you would like to do?
We will be doing other picture galleries of other islands in the sea, so you can get some comparisons. We have done the following islands so far for you to compare: Fiji, and the Falkland Islands. Coming up: Tahiti, Bermuda, the Azores, and many others, including the famous Hawaiian islands. Keep coming back to the Photos of the Week, on Thursday.
For more information and travel information about the Canary Islands, visit their main Facebook Website at: https://www.facebook.com/hellocanaryislands/