Just off the north-western coast of Africa, the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands awaits visitors from around the globe and it certainly gets its fair share. The arid climates on the seven rugged islands make them unique and an excellent place to visit during the winter months. However, there’s almost a perpetual feeling of spring that pervades the Canaries, making them ideal for basically any season. The best part is that although they are more rugged and offer tougher adventures than most other Spanish vacation spots, the Canaries are also perfect for those that are looking for a luxury travel location in the region. Diversity and uniqueness are the two main reasons as to why the Canary Islands are so popular. If you want to know more, read on.
Mar de nubes, or the sea of clouds, is a special natural phenomenon observed particularly on top of the Gran Canaria Island and it looks gorgeous. Imagine looking at a stunning amalgamation of clouds below you that looks surprisingly similar to a sea of waves. The warm winds and the overall temperature here make the phenomenon possible.
The biggest of the islands, Tenerife, hosts the Los Gigantes Cliffs on its west coast and yes, they were indeed considered to be the edge of the world in the early days. Once you take a look at them, you will know why these 500-800 meter tall cliffs might have looked like that to the natives back in the day. The Los Gigantes town hosts a number of small shops, restaurants and even a hotel.
If you are even remotely interested in windsurfing, you need to pay Pozo Izquierdo a visit. The wind here is so good for the sport that these waters play host to the pro World Windsurfing Championships on a regular basis. As expected, it’s also a great place for surfing and is often referred to as “The North Shore of Europe,” in comparison to Oahu, Hawaii.
Have you ever gone hiking on a live volcano? It isn’t as dangerous as it sounds, given that the Pico del Teide last erupted over a 100 years ago in 1909, but it remains active and that adds to the thrill. Also, this 3,718 meter high volcano is the tallest peak in the region and the third tallest volcanic peak in the entire world. If you are looking for snow in the Canaries, this is where you will find it.
Tenerife leads the pack in wine production, but the subtle variations in the climatic conditions of each island have traditionally made it possible to produce a variety of exotic and rich wine selections. Add that to the fact that the wineries on these islands have over one hundred years of experience and the islands instantly become a must visit place for any wine aficionado out there.
The five points mentioned here are only some of the highlights in the region and they are only meant to be an introduction. In order to experience them all, and know more, you will actually have to pay these arid islands a visit or two.