FACT FILE — Canary Islands — Islas Canarias:

Are made up of seven islands. Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Gomera and Hierro. They have an average year round temperature of 23 degrees centigrade making them a very popular location to take a holiday in.

They are very much part of Spain, but at the same time in a world of their own benefiting from year round sunshine and cooling sea breezes. Each island has its own distinctive ambience. In Lanzarote for example the landscape is volcanic wheras in La Gomera it has jungle type of vegetation.

The fastest growing holiday destination is Fuerteventura It has white sandy beaches and is a watersports enthusiast's dream destination. It is ideal for windsurfing all year round with the strong offshore breezes and often 350 days of sunshine each year.

Lanzarote with its volcanic landscapes is the eastern most of the Canary Islands. It is only 70 miles from Africa and is popular with northern Europeans looking for somewhere warm in the middle of winter. Originally discovered some 700 years ago by Genoese naval Captain Lanzarotti Malocello who then named the island after himself. The volcanic landscape is often compared to the moon, however there are green areas with championship golf courses. You can also ride camels across sand dunes. Truly a place full of contrasts.

Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. The capital of the island and seat of the cabildo insular (island government) is Santa Cruz. Most of thetourism is concentrated more in the south of the island, which is hotter and drier and especially around Playa de las Americas, and Los Cristianos. The coastal development has grown northwards recently from Playa de las Americas and now encompasses the former small enclave of La Caletta. In the north of the island the main development for tourism has been in the town of Puerto de la Cruz .

Gran Canaria is the third largest island in the group. It is located southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital. Most tourists stay in the south of the island, which is sunnier and has less rain than the north. The north tends to be cooler while the south is warmer and sunny. The east coast of the island is flat dotted with beaches while the western coast is rockier and mountainous.

La Gomera is the second smallest island. San Sebastián is the Island's capital. The island is roughly circular, about 22 kilometres in width.

La Palma has an area of 706 square kilometres. Santa Cruz de la Palma is the capital that is located in the east..

Currency: Euro — (€)

Electricity Voltage: 230v European 2 prong round plug.

Telephone Country Code: + 34 including Balearics and Spain

Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card.

Vehicles drive on the RIGHT

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