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Sunny Canary Islands

Geographically part of Africa, but politically part of Spain, the Canary Islands are notably more Spanish than African. In fact, during the high season of the European holidays, these islands are more European than just Spanish.

The larger and more popular islands such as Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote are best avoided during the peak holidays such as December and January, and probably August too. The islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the liveliest tourist resort areas while the remaining islands are a lot more quiet.

Temperatures are very moderate and rarely falls below 18C in the winter and rising above 25C in the summer. So, not too hot and not too cold.

With a sub-tropical climate regulated by the Gulf Stream and the Trade Winds, the weather is all-year good and no wonder that the Canaries are referred to as "The Land of Eternal Spring".

A most visible landmark of the island of Tenerife is Mount Teide
(3,718-metre / 12,198 ft) which is the third highest volcano in the world (after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii). Lanzarote island offers some of the most extraordinary volcanic landscapes on the planet with fields of petrified lava and beaches of black volcanic sand. Fuerteventura island has the longest beaches in the archipelago and a great place to explore the rugged nature. La Palma island offers the impressive Taburiente crater and fewer tourists.

The islands are all very different in their own way and may have different appeals to different people. I visited Gran Canaria during late December and it was flooded with European tourists.
However, Gran Canaria is fairly large (1,560 km2 / 602.3 sq mi) so there are many places to get away from the tourists.

The main city is Palmas de Gran Canaria (or Las Palmas) and is located in the north east of the island. Many tourists won't visit the city as most head straight from the airport to the southern beaches. Las Palmas has a very local flavour and if your speak Spanish, you will easily make friends with the locals as you sit on the boardwalk watching the sut set over the Atlantic.

The city is blessed with many colonial building and colourful neighborhoods abound. Many restaurants serve up Spanish and other dishes. Indulge in the tapas such as Salpicon de mariscos, Carne con papas, and Ropa Vieja while sipping on the local wines, or some of the popular Spanish beers such as Dorado, Tropical and San Miguel. However, the most popular drink in Gran Canaria is the rum from the town of Arucas.
After a few days of soaking up the culture in Las Palmas, take a bus to Maspalomas in the far south of the island. There are many tourist hotels and homestay in the town known for its vibrant night life and long stretches of beach and massive sanddunes.

For all-inclusive package tours, the accommodation stretches up along the south western part of the islands towards the little town of Playa de Mogán. Even if you don't stay along this stretch of tourist havens, take a daytrip by local bus from Maspalomas and hop off at whichever location attracts your fancy.

Playa de Mogán, at the furthest end of this coastal road, is a pretty little village which has some local culture to be savored. Many restaurants are located along the beach. From here you can also travel by localferry along the coast to other towns towards Maspalomas.

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