The Canary Islands Travel Guide

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The Canary Islands


The Canary Islands are an autonomous part of Spain.  The archipelago has seven main islands:  El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote, and Tenerife, as well as many smaller islets, The islands lie approximately 1,000 km (620miles) south of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain), and 116 km (72 miles) from the nearest point of the northwest coast of Africa.


The islands are volcanic and their unique location in the Atlantic Ocean has produced some interesting geology and flora, producing a very unusual landscape unlike any other found in Europe or Africa. The volcano on Tenerife (Mt. Teide) is the highest mountain in Spain and also the third largest volcano on earth.
The Canary Islands enjoy a wonderful year-round climate, which makes them a popular destination for winter sun-seekers and beach lovers from Europe.   Many of the beaches have black sand – which is due to the islands’ volcanic origins.  In some places the beaches have imported golden sand (if you are fussy about this, check before you book!)

Beach life and relaxation is a major draw for most visitors.  If you plan to swim in the sea always observe warning flags. 


The scenery is spectacular and hiking is very popular in the mountains and national parks of the Canary Islands. If you plan to do some hiking make sure you are properly prepared in case of bad weather, and obtain advice or use a trekking company. Check that your travel insurance provides cover for mountain rescue and all your planned activities.

The Canary Islands offer plenty for those seeking outdoor activities, including golf, mountaineering, surfing and scuba diving.  If you plan to drive while in the Canary Islands take the time to read up on the rules of the road before setting off.


European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.




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