Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Diversity of The Canary Islands

I am always amazed by the Canary Islands. I was watching a TV documentary recently which was looking into the historical reality behind Atlantis. The conclusion that the presenter reached was the obvious one – that Santorini was the actual home of the fabled culture destroyed in antiquity. But along the way he visited the Canary Islands as they were the only volcanic islands beyond the Pillars of Hercules (now called the straights of Gibraltar). He rode around the countryside on a BMW motorcycle and the place looked spectacular beyond description.


For many people, the Canary Islands are mainly famous for bars, timeshare sales people, drunken Brits abroad, and the beaches. There is, obviously, a busy social life all year round due to the location of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, which ensures year round sunshine. The bars and restaurants are always busy. The resort hotels and time share complexes do good business all year round. The nightclubs – while nothing compared to places like Ibiza – do well for themselves with a solid twelve month business. And the brothels and Canary Islandescorts are also available on a full year basis for the guests who keep the place ticking over no matter what the time of year.


But as visitors who have braved past the beaches, bars and brothels have discovered, the natural beauty of all of the Canary Islands is difficult to describe. And it is hardly matched anywhere in the world. With a mix of desert like conditions caused by the year round winds and volcanic soil to sub tropical plants and foliage, there is a great variety of flora and fauna to admire. And the landscape is spectacular, with sharp cliffs, deep valleys and views that take the breath away. There are a few places that make the claim that you can be in the sea in the morning and in the mountains in the afternoon. And in some cases, such as Marbella and Granada it is true.


But few are as extreme in the contrast as the volcanic Canary islands, where you can climb almost vertically from a crowded beach with all the modern facilities to the very edge of an active volcano in just a few hours. Though unless you are a professional athlete on altitude training, I would recommend using a car or motorcycle!



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