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The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago some 100 km off the coast of north-western Africa, are rugged volcanic isles known for their black- and white-sand beaches.
Tenerife, the largest island, is dominated by the sometimes-snowy active volcano Mt. Teide, which has its own astronomical observatory and is part of Teide National Park. The seven main islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. There are many theories as to how the islands got their name but it is fairly certain it had nothing to do with small yellow birds!
July marks the beginning of the summer season in the Canary Islands, when the weather starts to get very warm and rain is practically unheard of. During this month, the average temperature is 21°C, created by highs of 25°C during the day lows of 18°C after dark.
Breath taking panoramas take you from harsh lunar landscapes – now an in-demand area for film makers – to lush vegetation and Sahara style dunes. Tours can be arranged of the lava-sculpted Timanfaya National Park to witness geothermic displays created by heat from the volcanic Fire Mountains and enjoy an optional camel ride on the volcanic slopes.
From the black volcanic sands of Lanzarote to the tropical buzz of Tenerife, a holiday to the Canary Islands is ideal for those who want to choose the perfect backdrop against which to unwind and enjoy a family holiday or romantic getaway.