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Want a hot summer?  Head to the cool Canaries   by Andrew Regan

In Christopher Columbus's time, the Canary Islands were believed to mark the end of the world. After being conquered by the Spanish in the 15th Century, the Canaries become a popular stopping point for explorers, traders and missionaries on their way to the Americas.

Moored Fishing Boats, Puerto De Mogan, Canary Islands, SpainThe islands have also appeared earlier in Greek and Roman times and were written about in texts and affectionately named the "happy islands" and "fortunate islands". It is no surprise that the fantasy city of Atlantis has also been theorized to lie amongst the sub-tropical islands making up the archipelago. Suffering some tumultuous times in the past few centuries, the Canaries now enjoy the protection of Spain while remaining an autonomous community with a thriving tourist industry.

Shipwreck on the Beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, Atlantic
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Nowadays the Canaries are best known for being a popular tourist destination especially for Europeans. In fact, tourism makes up 32% of the economy which is hardly a revelation considering the islands' mild sunny climate that it enjoys all year round, with temperatures rarely falling below 18C in winter or above 24C in summer. The climate is regulated by the warm Gulf Stream and Trade Winds making any time of year good for a visit.

Moored Fishing Boats, Puerto De Mogan, Canary Islands, SpainThe seven islands that make up the archipelago offer visitors a range of activities, scenery and lifestyles that can live up to any vacationer's desire. The lively islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria at the centre of the island chain host some wild resorts teeming with beach activities and night life. Many people choose to stay here for the social scene but the islands also offer plenty of options for taking a break from the partying to enjoy some of the island's natural beauty.

Shipwreck on the Beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, AtlanticIf nature rather than nightlife is what appeals to you, there are plenty of other islands to explore. La Palma is considered the most beautiful and untouched of the islands and has its own microclimate. Visitors to the island seek its lush, green rainforest-like atmosphere but often don't realize that this foliage is a result of the higher levels of rainfall it receives! Designated a national reserve in 1974 and subsequently recognised as a globally protected site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Lansarote's Timanfay Park should not be missed by those seeking fantastic volcanic island landscapes including black sand beaches and fields of petrified lava.

The island Fuerteventura boasts the longest beaches of the Canaries and is most popular for family holidays or couples seeking a tranquil holiday away from it all. Cheap flights to Fuerteventura and the other islands are easy to find in advance or on the fly.

Whether you are looking for all night raves and foam parties or a quiet holiday in gorgeous surroundings, the Canary Islands can deliver. Choices amongst the seven islands abound and the close proximity to the UK and plentiful flights available make the islands an ideal destination for a short getaway or a longer visit. 

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About the Author - Andrew Regan is an online, freelance author from Scotland. He is a keen rugby player and enjoys travelling.


La Palma Island  - Eternal spring on "Isla Bonnita" (Spanish for beautiful island) or "Isla Verde", the Green Island.  The most attractive island in the Canaries with temperate weather, beautiful scenery and magnificent beaches.  La Caldera del Taburiente on La Palma is the world's largest volcanic crater, with a diameter of 9 kilometers and a depth of 770 meters.
Los Cancajos Beach - The best and most protected beaches in La Palma, close to the airport and old typically Spanish capital of Santa Cruz de la Palma.  The beach is a mixture of black sand and rocks, and features some lovely fish restaurants. Buses are available from Santa Cruz to the beach.
Los Llanos de Aridane - the largest and busiest town on the west side of the island with a population of just over 20,000. There are many modern buildings but the traffic-free centre and surrounding side streets still retain their old character.  Los Llanos is approximately 35 kms from the airport and capital of Santa Cruz de la Palma.
5 Things You Can Do on Your Holiday to La Palma   by Jessica Nielson
There are at least five things you can do on your holiday to La Palma that are exciting and fun. One of the things to do is to visit the theme park. There are four theme parks that you can visit, Los Tiles, C. Visitante El Paso, Jardin de los Aves and Maroparque. There is something that every park that will please everyone in the family. It may be landscapes, plants, birds or nature in itself. You could take a day, spend at each one of the parks, and still have time for other things. All the theme parks have so much to offer as well as restaurants, cafés and little shops.... read more
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Aparthotel El Cerrito, Playa los Cancajos, Brena Baja, La Palma
Aparthotel El Cerrito, in the style of the Canaries, yet contemporary, is surrounded by lush nature and offers guests 37 rooms as well as a foyer, an air-conditioned restaurant and a hotel safe.  The complex is situated in a quiet area of the tourist centre of Los Cancajos a mere 300 m from the beach. Guests will find restaurants and links to the public transport network in the surroundings and it is only 4.5 km to Santa Cruz de la Palma, and some 4 km to the airport.  The pleasant rooms are decorated in modern style and are fitted with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, a small kitchen with a fridge, a microwave, a coffee machine and a washing machine. 
Aparthotel Las Olas, Playa los Cancajos, Brena Baja, La Palma
The Aparthotel Caledonia Las Olas is located in Breña Baja, La Palma, one kilometre from the sandy beaches of Los Cancajos and five kilometres from Santa Cruz De La Palma city centre. La Palma Airport is five kilometres away.  The hotel has two outside swimming pools surrounded by sunloungers; one designated specifically for children.  A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning, and the half-board rate includes breakfast and dinner. The onsite restaurant is open in the evenings for dinner, and drinks and light snacks can be purchased at the poolside bar. Cocktails are served in the Hall Bar.  Tennis, squash, table tennis and billiards can be pursued within the hotel grounds, where there is also an onsite playground. The hotel organises a beginner's diving session each week; the local coastline is perfect for snorkelling.
Hotasa Costa Salinas, Holiday Apartment Complex, Playa los Cancajos, La Palma
The Hotasa Costa Salinas is located in Playa de los Cancajos, on the island of La Palma, part of Tenerife, Spain.  The beach is 300 metres away, and Santa Cruz de la Palma is at a five-kilometre distance.  The residence extends to an outdoor pool with separate children's area, and offers table tennis, mini-golf, and billiards at its nearby sister property.   The Hotasa Costa Salinas houses an informal buffet restaurant with bright, checked tablecloths. Guests of the residence can also enjoy use of the snack bar at the neighbouring Hotasa Taburiente Playa. The half-board rate includes breakfast and dinner.  The 140 apartments have simple, modern decor in neutral tones and extend to kitchenettes, living areas, and balconies.
Hotasa Taburiente Playa, Playa los Cancajos, Brena Baja, La Palma
This seafront hotel is located on the island La Palma, with Los Cancajos beach at 200 meters from the hotel.  Its varied offerings, its complete sports facilities which include swimming pools, tennis courts and miniature golf, its 3 convention halls, and its location make it the ideal hotel for a visit to La Palma, whether for business or pleasure. In the hotel you can contract excursions to the famous ´Caldera de Taburiente´, the observatory ´Roque de los Muchachos´ and the woodland of `El Canal y los Tiles.  The hotel is famous for its delicious international buffet. Both breakfast and dinner consist of a great variety in both warm and cold dishes, show cooking, vegetarian and diet options.  The Hotasa Taburiente Playa has 283 guestrooms and 9 suites that feature air conditioning, heating, satellite television, safes, minibars and balconies. 
Exterior Views Parador de La Palma, Brena Baja, La Palma, Tenerife
The Parador de la Isla de La Palma is located in an area of great scenic beauty, close to the capital of the island and to the airport known as ‘El Zumacal’, within the municipal area of Breña Baja. The Hotel building is newly-constructed with traditional Canary Island architecture. It has an extensive garden of 44,000 m2, home to native plants and fruit trees allowing us to enjoy pleasant walks along several paths where the plants are identified by their scientific names.  Stupendous views over the Atlantic Ocean invite us to relax in this incomparable hotel. In the restaurant we can taste magnificent traditional Canary Island produce, including a great variety of fresh fish such as Pompano and Cherne, amongst others.
Sol La Palma Hotel, Puerto Naos, Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma
Major resort complex including both the Sol La Palma Apartments and Sol La Palma Hotel along the shoreline, overlooking the tranquil beach of Puerto Naos and located in the middle of an exotic banana plantation.  Sol La Palma is located 8 km from Los Llanos de Aridane and 35 km from the airport and Santa Cruz de la Palma.  Restaurant Los Tilos, offers an assortment of tapas and a daily menu. Beach Bar and Pool Bar, perfect for a quick lunch, an exotic cocktail or drink.  Bar Taburiente with its musical duet, informal and relaxed atmosphere.  2 Swimming pools with sea-views, bar service, sunshades, sunbeds and towels.  307 Rooms: 11 Junior Suites, 20 Superior Suites and 276 Double rooms with balcony/Terrace and with sea or mountain views.
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