Photogallery: Canary Islands – Volcanic Paradise
Canary Islands – Volcanic Paradise
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About 100 kilometers northwest of the coast of Africa, the Canary Islands lie in Atlantic waters. This autonomous community of the Kingdom of Spain consists of 13 islands. The most famous and sought after are Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Thanks to their volcanic origin, the islands offer unique panoramas and nature.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: Veronika Kocmanová, Šárka Hylmarová
Lanzarote, along with Fuerteventura, are the easternmost islands of the Canary Islands. Because they are so close together, I thought of spending a week on each of them and taking a ferry between them. Lanzarote combines a unique volcanic landscape with characteristic architecture.
Although Fuerteventura is known for its breathtaking beaches, it is also possible to go hiking here. We bring you interesting tips for a trip. Throw your backpack on your back, sturdy shoes on your feet, and set out to explore the island with us.
Fuerteventura took our breath away! It is completely different from the other Canary Islands we have visited so far. It's a lunar landscape and beaches like the Caribbean. Fuerteventura is not rich in monuments, but rather in extraordinary natural beauty.
Lanzarote is sometimes called Fire Island. This is because there are more than 300 volcanoes. Its extraordinary beauty and magical landscape is unmistakable with another place on our planet. In addition, the island offers so many experiences that in recent years it has become more and more in the subconscious of tourists. And some of them keep fascinating, so they come back here every year.
If you are thinking about this year's holiday, be sure not to forget the Canary Islands in your choice. Although geographically a part of the African continent, it belongs to Spain. Tenerife is their largest island and attracts not only the tranquil atmosphere, but also the more demanding tourists for its unique beauty of volcanic nature.
The Masca canyon is one of the places in Tenerife where you believe you have returned to the Mesozoic and that a lost dinosaur must peek at you from behind the rock.
In the northern part of Tenerife, there is a peaceful town of Puerto de la Cruz. It originated from a former fishing settlement and later became a major port city. Today, its main economic activity is tourism, so there is a large number of hotels. After all, you can find nice apartments for a very reasonable price. In combination with reliable public transport, you do not have to pay to travel agency for services at your vacation.
The most impressive place we have seen in Tenerife is the dormant volcano Pico del Teide. It rises from the center of the island to the clouds up to 3 718 m above sea level, making it the highest point of both Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. If we measure it from the ocean floor, it is even the third highest volcano in the world. The volcano is also a national park with the surrounding countryside and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you go to Tenerife and want to know its history, don't miss out on its second largest city, La Lagune, with the official name of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. You can get there very quickly from the capital Santa Cruz, as the two cities are connected by tram. You can get there by direct bus service from Puerta de la Cruz.
It is not easy to get to the top of the Pico del Teide volcano. You have to get permission, which is free, but I recommend to apply for it at least a few weeks in advance. The reason is the limited capacity of 200 people per day. But we got to the top of the crater differently.
It is an archipelago and also an island which is located in the Macaronesia region. Only two islands are inhabited as the whole archipelago is a natural reserve. These islands are Madeira and Porto Santo.
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