Sahara-style dunes, prehistoric sites, lunar landscapes and looming volcanoes – the Canary Islands are all about them. The boasting near-perfect temperature throughout the year, the Canary Islands let you enjoy the dramatic landscape without any climatic challenges. Santa Cruz de Tenerife serves as the capital of the Canaries. However, this region of Spain got established as an autonomous community on August 10th, 1982. It is because of the rich volcanic soils and moderate to mild temperature, a wide range of vegetation is possible here. Since the climate is more of Mediterranean, cereals, grapes and potatoes are grown widely. Agriculture has been and is still continuing to be the economic mainstay of the Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands are referred to be the sunshine centre for Europe. The cool winds blow by the outstanding natural attractions and leave every tourist amazed. Five islands, out of seven, have been declared as biosphere reserves, and there are four national parks in the archipelago. The beaches are the most attracted places and are perfect for basking under the sun. They are full of water sports too, and you’d get equipment for windsurfing and scuba diving in almost all of them. As you go to the interiors, you’d see breathtaking landscapes which are perfect for hiking, climbing, cycling and even caving. Some of best volcanic sceneries are explored at Lanzarote, while the sand dunes of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are fun to hike up. Getting to La Palma and La Gomera, you’d get some lovely green forests and you can have an entire day of excursion planned around them.
There are several cultural places to explore in the Canary Islands, which make it a complete destination to tour through. The monumental site of San Cristóbal de La Laguna is awarded World Heritage designation by UNESCO and César Manrique is another destination which will leave you in awe. The most exciting festival to be a part is the Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.