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By: Eula Stearns
The Canary Islands have long been associated with all inclusive holidays has recently voted the Canaries as having six out of ten of the best beaches in the whole of Spain. However, there is far more to the archipelago than just glorious powder soft s, temperatures and superior waters.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are located on the two largest Islands and together, share the status as Capital of the archipelago. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is also home to the second most popular and stunningly spectacular Carnival in the world, attracting over a million people every February.

The Canary Islands are located off the north-western coast of Africa and are much closer to the equator than mainland Spain. The archipelago includes seven large and several smaller islands, all of which are volcanic in origin including; Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and the islets La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Isla de Lobos.

Located on the island of Tenerife which usually is both Canary Islands' and Spain's the majority of populous island, it is a major tourist destination, with more than 12 million visitors each year. The volcanic nature of the hawaiian islands have created several _natural beaches' manufactured from fine dark shingle or sand which give a few of the Canary beaches a distinctive look.

In addition to the Islands' natural splendour, the Canary Islands are well served for holidays of all types. There are seven islands, each with its own unique character. Golf is a popular pursuit across all of the islands and there are over 20 world class courses to challenge even the most dedicated player. With the islands being so well served by the ocean, it is small wonder that the PWA World Windsurfing Championships are held here, and the Lanzarote Volcano Triathlon sees competitors swimming five kilometres as part of their trial.

Visitors looking to soak up some culture will enjoy other aspects of Canarian life like the Tenerife Gastronomy Fair or the Gran Canaria Opera Festival. While the Canaries are synonymous with a hedonistic party scene, this tends to be only on certain areas of certain islands. While revellers flock to areas of Tenerife and Lanzarote, families and those looking for peace and quiet can remain undisturbed on the same s, albeit in different areas and isl.

Take the diving trip of a lifetime in the Canary Islands and you might be fortunate enough to get a glance of one of the largest hard-shelled turtles in the world - the endangered Loggerhead Turtle. Adult males reach approximately three feet long and have a lifespan of 47-67 years.

The sunny weather in this island makes it a nice place to lounge in the beach. It has historic villages and clean beaches that you will certainly enjoy visiting.
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