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A Quick Guide To The Canary Islands

September 26, 2012 by  
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The Canary Islands

Canary Islands are located off the northwest coast of the main land of Africa. It comprises of six islets and seven islands. The Canary Islands shot to fame in the 1960s and now have over 12 million tourists pouring in every year to soak in some sunshine and appreciate the 257 kilometers of pristine beaches, cliffs, woods, deserts and cultural resources.

Getting to The Canary Islands:

Since it is a very popular tourist destination among Europeans, there are plenty of discounted or chartered flights from mainland Europe to the Islands, which is also the most preferred travel option. There are around 8 airports on the Canary Islands and flying to different islands is also an option, though an expensive one! A ferry ride to the Islands takes approximately 46 hours from Portugal, going via Madeira. La Gomera in the Canary Islands

Places to visit:

Once you are there, there is a lot to discover, thanks to the diverse landscape of the region. Island hopping and exploring all the 7 islands is the best way to experience all the sights, sounds and smells, with Tenerife being the largest and the most popular island. The islands have national parks that house sharks, tigers, alligators and jaguars, biosphere reserves, parrot parks and areas where one can indulge in bird watching and whale sighting. Several concerts are often held in the Tenerife Auditorium and Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are famous for their active nightlife and fancy resorts and clubs.

What to eat:

The cuisine is a rich mix of the African, Spanish and Latin. The meals are light and easy to digest, fit for the warm climate. Preparations involve the use of fresh vegetables, fruits and fish. When in Canary Islands, do try ‘Tapas’, a Spanish delicacy. Papas Arrugadas is yet another popular delicacy made out of potatoes that are fried in salty water and served with red chili and garlic sauce. The Arepas are tortas prepared by filling corn flour with cheese, mango or minced meat. These are only a few of the many famous delicacies that enrich the Canarian cuisine.

Places to stay/Accommodation:

On account of being a mainstream tourist destination, accommodation options and hotels in Canary Islands are aplenty! Several hotels and bungalows can be found by the beach that hosts tourists in La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, El Hierro and Fuerteventura. Barceló Hotels & Resorts have several accommodation options to offer in the islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. For those looking for a bargain, Barceló has a Canary Island special with up to a 20% discount offer aimed at providing top-notch lodging facilities at affordable rates. With the main resorts of Lanzarote and Tenerife in particular extremely popular during peak season an additional early booking discount could be exactly what you need for that big family getaway. If you consider the average price of a holiday for a family of 4 for example, a 20% discount will be a substantial amount and leaves that extra spending money to be enjoyed on other fun activities.

Canary Islands, owing to their eternal spring-like weather conditions, make for a relaxing and pleasurable vacation, especially between the months of February and March, if one wants to attend the carnivals that is. It is a perfect destination, well connected and reasonably priced, for vacations for couples and families alike. You know where to head to when you want to simply let your hair down and rejuvenate!

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