Theme Week Canary Islands – La Gomera

15 October 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

San Sebastian de La Gomera - Marina © Jojo

San Sebastian de La Gomera – Marina © Jojo

La Gomera is the second-smallest of the seven main islands of this group. The upper reaches of this densely wooded region are almost permanently shrouded in clouds and mist, and as a result are covered in lush and diverse vegetation: they form the protected environment of Spain’s Garajonay National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The slopes are criss-crossed by paths that present varying levels of difficulty to visitors, and stunning views to seasoned hikers.   read more…

Theme Week Canary Islands – Tenerife

14 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

El Médano © Berthold Werner

El Médano © Berthold Werner

Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands with a land area of 2,034.38 km² (785.47 mi2) and 906,854 inhabitants, 43% of the total population of the Canary Islands. About five million tourists visit Tenerife each year, the most of any Canary Island. Tenerife hosts one of the world’s largest carnivals and the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is attempting to become a World Heritage Site. Tenerife is serviced by two airports, Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport, and is the tourism and economic center of the archipelago.   read more…

Theme Week Canary Islands – Gran Canaria

13 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

Hotel Santa Catalina © Pepelopex

Hotel Santa Catalina © Pepelopex

Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, with population of 846,000 which constitutes approximately 40% of the population of the archipelago. Also, it is third most populous island in Spain after Tenerife and Majorca. Located on the Atlantic Ocean about 150 kilometers (~93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 1350 km (~838 miles) from Europe.   read more…

Theme Week Canary Islands – Lanzarote

12 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Cactus © Méndez

Cactus © Méndez

Lanzarote is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands, approximately 125 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. Covering 845.9 km2, it stands as the fourth largest of the islands. The first recorded name for the island, given by Angelino Dulcert, was Insula de Lanzarotus Marocelus, after the Genoese navigator Lancelotto Malocello, from which the modern name is derived. The island’s name in the native language was Titerro(y)gatra, which may mean “the red mountains”. As of 2010, a total of 139,000 people lived on Lanzarote which is an increase of 9.4% from 2006 (127,000). The seat of the island government (Cabildo Insular) is in the capital, Arrecife, which has a population of 59,000.   read more…

Theme Week Canary Islands – Fuerteventura

10 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Morro Jable © Yoshi

Morro Jable © Yoshi

With 1,660 km² Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife. It was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.   read more…

Theme Week Canary Islands

9 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  6 minutes

Canary Islands map © Hansen

Canary Islands map © Hansen

The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canaries are a Spanish Autonomous Community and an Outermost Region of the European Union. The islands include (from largest to smallest): Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Isla de Lobos.   read more…

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