Seven islands, seven worlds and endless possibilities for enjoyment on this Atlantic archipelago. You can sail among whales and dolphins, take a camel ride through a mysterious volcanic landscape, windsurf from beaches with perfect wind and wave conditions, admire the colonial heritage of the villages, savour the delights of the local cuisine or play golf overlooking the ocean. And these are just some of the surprises on offer here in the eternal spring of these Fortunate Isles.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,050 kilometres from the European mainland, off the west coast of Africa. There are seven main islands in the archipelago: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma and La Gomera as well as six islets. The highest point is the Teide peak (3,718 m) on the island of Tenerife. The islands' coastline totals 1,114 kilometres including 257 kilometres of beach.
The subtropical ocean climate results in only a six degree temperature variation between the different seasons. The annual average temperature is between 18 an 24º V.
The cuisine of the Canary Islands is a fusion of Spanish-inspired dishes with twists that could easily be mistaken for Latin American or African, as well as entirely original local creations. The privileged climatic conditions, the abundance of fruit and the wealth of fish and seafood available result in a mouth-watering local cuisine with plenty of options for the visitor, including papas arrugadas con mojo (potatoes boiled in their skins and served with a spicy dressing) gofio, (toasted ground cereals) fish stews and soups and vegetable stews such as potaje de berros, a watercress and bean dish. Cheeses, bananas and local wines such as Lanzarote's malvasia, and rum-based liqueurs also find an important place on the menus.
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