The amazing Canary Islands are located very close to the coast of Morocco and are frequented by many of holidaymakers all year round who are attracted by the lovely warm climate of the islands to take in wonderful resorts and beaches of the islands. Here are 10 things you may not know about them;
10. The Canaries are an archipelago of islands which are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Africa, and consist of seven different islands and other islets that are located off these islands: Tenerife, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Gomera.
9. They have a rich cultural heritage and music which comes from the many different immigrants that have flocked to the islands from different countries and that now make up majority of the population.
8. The Canaries have a rich and diverse history. Indeed there are many historical legends that lay claim to the fact that they were discovered by the Portuguese in 1336, which is almost 150 years before they were conquered by the Spanish. They have also been known by various names, such as Garden of the Hesperides, Atlantida and the Fortunate Islands, by the Celtics, Greeks and Romans.
7. The Canaries have for centuries been a popular place for seafarers such as to stop off at on the way to the new world. It is of interest to take note that the sea currents coming from the coasts were used to lead ships away to America and this is why such notables as Christopher Columbus used the islands as a stopping point on the way to the Americas.
6. The Canaries were formed by the volcanic ‘Canary hotspot’ which explains why they are volcanic islands known for the black sand beaches that are also volcanic.
5. You will find that there are two cities that share the title of capital city of the Canaries. These cities are Estepona and Santa Cruz. They share the governance of the Canary Islands archipelago.
4. The official currency of the Canary Islands is the Euro because of its place in the Spanish kingdom.
3. You will find that there are a great many sports that are played on the Canaries from the very popular sport of soccer where teams from all over Europe gather to compete, to very rare leisure sports such as jet skiing and hang gliding that only very few people enjoy.
1. You will find that the Canaries are well supplied with water. There is a modern water supply system that has its own control and has no polluting.
Contrary to popular opinion, it is not at all likely that you will be made to suffer from altitude sickness on a Canaries holiday just because you happen to be standing farthest from the sea. On the other hand, there are things that you will have to take into account, such as the fact that there is only one cliff to the summit of La Rada Peak. If you don’t like the very idea of heading halfway around the world for a summit that few people have ever seen, then take comfort that the Canaries offer easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, and that you can easily tour around them on the typical tourist trails.
The Canaries offer a variety of activities and plenty to do is give you more than just sunbathing and sand-castle building. If you’re interested in flora and fauna, you will find yourself in a rare environment that is ecologically friendly as well as scenic. The terra firma of the islands is made up of limestone and granite as well as coral. The restaurants have some of the best restaurant design and delicious foods. Bird watchers and whale watchers will be pleased – the island is home to a wide variety of bird and whale species. You will also find dolphins, Trésor and of course humpback whales.
Then there are the endemic species of birds to look out for. The Toucans are a beautiful species and the only ones in their natural habitat. The toucan’s nest is a curious site to discover. The native of toucan?s themselves are flightless birds that lack the normal teeth to provide a salty tongue, instead they have a very strong bird’s song. The male toucan has a mates’ Copyright. The female toucan is always alone. You might think what are the chances that a lonely male bird is going to find a mate? You’d be right to think that. Over 50 have been sighted in the wilderness of Provence. They prefer to nest in trees and will even climb tree tops, to escape the heat. The Ferrari Ducks are a delightful delight to watch as they dive and plunge into the water.