The Canary Islands are like a small piece of paradise on Earth, and that’s where I’m from.
Today, I am going to tell you about the archipelago where I was born and raised, and I’ll show you some of the pictures I took on my last visit. But before starting, I wanted to spill out a couple facts that might impress you:
- We belong to the European Union and use euros, as we are part of Spain. However, geographically we are basically Africa, as we are located west to Morocco.
- We have 257 km of beaches, many of them are included among the best in Europe including fine sand beaches, breathtaking cliffs, and even deserts.
- We also have the tallest mountain of Spain: Mount Teide (Tenerife) of 3,718 m. This mountain is actually a volcano and a World Heritage Site
- Our average temperature is *drumrolls* 21ºC (71,6F)! Basically a long spring and a summer all year round. And we have 3,000h of sunlight every year.
- We are 100% volcanic islands, and we are one of the most important volcanic regions in the world. Our islands emerged from the ocean due to magma activity, starting from about 23million years ago.
- You can cook food on a volcano 😀 that’s right. There’s a restaurant on Timanfaya (Lanzarote island) where you can see the cooks grilling your meat (or fish) just with natural heat from the dormant volcano. Enjoy the show and the great views, although food won’t be top quality.
- Tourism conforms 32% of our GDP, with almost 13 million tourists
- In La Gomera, there is a very special local language that will catch your attention. It’s called “Silbido gomero” and it is based on whistles. Inhabitants can communicate with each other by whistling, and although it is not as popular as before (blame improvements in communications such as phones), there are many revitalization policies that are preventing this “language” from dying.
Impressed? I am too, I didn’t know some of these facts actually, so thanks for incentivating me to learn more about my homeland ^^ Now these are some pictures from “Las Canteras”, an urban beach popular for being so easily accessed in the city. I live literally 7 minutes away from it, and my family owns a restaurant that’s only a staircase away from the beach.
But the Canary Islands are not just a bunch of beaches full of “guiris” (which is what we call our white blond foreigners in a humoristic tone). There’s also history and culture. Canary Islands people are very proud of their folk music and keep practicing it to pass on future generations. Here you are some pictures of my friends and I when we went to see a folk group perform. It is a regular and free performance!
We also have dunes, it almost looks like a mini desert, right next to the sea!
…The biggest observatory of Europe is in another island from my archipelago
We even have our own drinks and snacks! Not easy to find anywhere outside of the islands 😀
And of course, our local food is delicious!