The Canary Islands is a Spanish archipelago located 1,200 km southwest of the mainland. Its geographical location gives it one of the best climates in the world, and that’s not an exaggeration, literally the climate of the Canary Islands is considered the best in the world along with Southern California and around Santiago de Chile.
Imagine a group of seven islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Fill them with pine forests, coppice and Laurisilva (rain forest). Add volcanic landscape, including a volcano over 3,000 meters high. Also add endless white sand beaches, dotted with others rocky or black sand ones, and check which of them you can sunbathe and swim, surf or kite, or dive. Put a lot of Spanish cuisine and friendly and happy people. And mix it all with the best climate in the world. The result can not be other than a paradise on earth. It is true that volcanoes are not the ones in Atacama, the sea waters are not those in Bora Bora, and that there is not so much rain forest as and Tasmania, but Canarias has an advantage over all of them, no time is bad to go. And food, food is incomparably better.
Of course, such a place could not go unnoticed; its 12 million tourists per year can testify about it; they are 33% of its economy. Correspond to 18.5% of total tourists in Spain (3rd most visited country in the world with 65 million tourists in 2014), which is a brutal number considering that Canaries Islands only represent 1.5% of the country surface. So besides all of things above, unfortunately we must add sold-to-tourism cities, but still, the three westernmost islands receive only 300,000 visitors a year, making them paradise within paradise. Travelers seeking tranquility and nature are also welcome.
So yeah, I think you should go.
BEST OF CANARY ISLANDS
- LAURISILVA FORESTS
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