Nature, Canary Islands, SpainEver since the 18th century, the Canary Islands and their fantastically diverse landscapes have attracted the attention of geographers and scholars from all over the world. Today, the islands continue to attract hundreds of thousands of nature lovers each year.Its impossible to talk about a typical "Canary Island landscape". All the islands are vastly different from each other and within each individual island there is a wide variety of landscape; from the beautiful volcanic desolation of Timanfaya in Lanzarote to the snows ofTeide in Tenerife, the green jungle of La Gomeras Garajonay, or the traditional charm of the Caldera de Taburiente in La Palma.
The Canaries are also home to some unique species of flora and fauna; the likes of which you wont find anywhere else on the planet. The Canaries are widely recognised, the world over, as having an incredible wealth of ecologically valuable areas; and all these treasures have been carefully preserved
Youll find them in both the populated areas like Gran Canaria and Tenerife as well as the more remote islands of El Hierro and La Palma. The natural beauty of these islands is protected by the "The Canary Islands Natural Spaces Act" which came into effect in 1994. Large percentages of the islands territory are protected by the act. It has strict guidelines on which natural assets and features are to be conserved.
Canary Islands, SpainThere are seven islands in total: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, Gomer and Hierro along with a few very small ones: Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Lobos.Although located within a very short distance of each other, all the islands are radically different in terms of landscape and culture.
Theres Volcanoes, lush green rain forests, sand dunes, white sandy beaches, black volcanic beaches, tourist resorts, natural parks, nightlife, tradition and art thats all very very different depending on which Island you are on. The Canary Islands also known as the "island of Dogs" are named after the large dogs (Canes) that were initially found living on the islands.
The Greeks and Romans called them the "Happy Islands" and the "Garden of Hesperides, Atlantida". Some historians believe that the islands" original population (Guanches) are from the legendary continent of Atlantis. Curiously, they are tall with white skin... The Canary Islands became part of the Spanish kingdom in 1496. Christopher Columbus stopped here on his way to discover the "new world".