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Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are worldwide known as one of the best holiday destination. The Canary Islands climate attracts here tourists all year around. The islands have a subtropical climate, with long warm summers and moderately warm winters. Here never is cold. Temperatures in the Canary Islands are rarely dispensed below 15°C in winter. There is rarely too hot in summer. The water temperature is nearly constant throughout the year and does not fall below 20°C. Islands are especially popular with tourists from the north Europe countries. It is enjoyable to come here in winter, when it is snow and frost at home.

Distance from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to London is about 2890 kilometers (1790 miles). Distance to New York is 5360 km.

Temperature and climate

According to the meteorological observations air temperature in the Canary Islands is very little different throughout the year. The average daytime temperature in winter is only about 8 degrees lower than the temperature in the summer. Quite a bit of precipitation drops there. This makes the climate of the Canary Islands one of the most favorable in the world (especially for people with health problems). The Canary Islands are often called the "island of eternal spring". Note spring, not summer. Many tourists consider that winter here can be cool. The following table shows the averaged temperature in the Canary Islands by month.

Month Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun Jul. Aug. St. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
Maximum temperature °C 20,6 21,0 21,8 22,1 23,1 24,7 26,5 27,1 27,1 25,8 23,8 21,8 23,7
The average daily °C 17,6 17,9 18,6 18,9 20,0 21,7 23,4 24,1 24,1 22,7 20,8 18,7 20,7
Minimum temperature °C 14,7 14,9 15,4 15,7 17,0 18,7 20,4 21,2 21,2 19,7 17,9 15,7 17,7

Information for tourists

The Canary Islands are an archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa. Distance from islands to southern border of Morocco is about 100 kilometers (62 miles). The archipelago consists of seven large and several smaller islands. Tenerife is the most populous island, and the largest island of the archipelago. Gran Canaria is second most populous island of the Canary Islands'. The Fuerteventura Island is the second largest in the archipelago. The population of Canary Islands is 2,117 million inhabitants.

Flag
Flag of the Canary Islands

The islands

  • Tenerife. Administrative center: Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Population: 906,000 people.
  • Gran Canaria. Administrative center: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Population: 845,000 people.
  • Lanzarote. Administrative center: Arrecife. Population: 141,000 people.
  • Fuerteventura. Administrative center: Puerto del Rosario. Population: 103,000 people.
  • La Palma. Administrative center: Santa Cruz de La Palma. Population: 86,000 people.
  • La Gomera. Administrative center: San Sebastián de La Gomera. Population: 22 thousand people.
  • La Hierro. Administrative center: Valverde. Population: 10 thousand people.

Climate and beaches make the islands a major tourist destination. Over 12 million tourists visit islands every year. Most popular islands with tourists are Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.

Interesting information

  • Canary Islands Autonomous Region has two capitals: Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas. Cities perform the functions the administrative center in turn, changing in four years.
  • The area of the Canary Islands: 7447 km2.
  • Geographic coordinates: 27 ° 38 '- 29 ° 35' N; 13 ° 20 '- 18 ° 14'E
  • Population: 2.1 million.
  • Climate: tropical, warm and dry. The temperature in summer and autumn 22 - 27C, winter and spring 17 - 21C.
  • The water temperature of + 20C or higher.

Among the islands, Tenerife has the largest number of tourists received annually, followed by Gran Canaria. The greatest number of tourists comes from the United Kingdom. In second place by number of coming tourists are Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, France, Austria, Ireland and Switzerland. Tourism is more prevalent in the southern parts of the islands, which is hotter and drier and has many well developed resorts.

Coat of arms of Canary Islands
Coat of arms of Canary Islands.

Most famous attraction on Canary Islands is Teide National Park and Mount Teide (Tenerife). The Teide on Tenerife volcano is the highest mountain in Spain. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Carnival of Las Palmas are one of the most famous Carnivals in Spain. It is celebrated on the streets between the months of February and March.

The Canary Islands have eight airports. The largest airport is the Gran Canaria airport. Tenerife has two airports: Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport.

There are ferry boats that link islands as well as fast ferries linking most of the islands. A typical ferry ride between La Palma and Tenerife may take up to eight hours or more while a fast ferry takes about 2 and a half hours. Trip between Tenerife and Gran Canaria by fast ferries can be about one hour. The port of Los Cristianos (Tenerife) has the greatest number of passengers recorded in the Canary Islands. It is followed by the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Canary Islands location

The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 110 kilometers east of the west coast of Africa (Morocco). Administratively the island are part of Spain. Approximately in the center of the archipelago is the Gran Canaria island. Tenerife Island is located to west of and Fuerteventura to east of the Gran Canaria. You can specify the location of the islands on the map below.

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