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By: Merissa Mackinnon
Walking on Fuerteventura's Costa Canary Isl, Calma and s

The seven inhabited volcanic islands that form the Canaries in the Atlantic, simply off the coast of North Africa, give a semi-­tropical escape for those searching for winter sun.

Off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands consist of seven islands. Tenerife , the largest, is home to the Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide and high-rise resorts. Fuerteventura has some lovely beaches at Jandía and is a magnet for windsurfing enthusiasts. Gran Canaria boasts some interesting museums, including the Museu Elder. Lanzarote is noted for its volcanic landscape and the work of artist César Manrique. La Palma is the greenest island and has a beautiful capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma. La Gomera and El Hierro are the smallest islands and the perfect places to get away from it all.

If it's action packed water parks you want, Siam Park is a Thai themed water park which has already established itself as one of the best in the world. You can decide to lay back and relax on the lazy river or get a fast-paced adrenaline hit on any one of the other 28 rides the park has to offer.

mist-shrouded forests that have survived from the Tertiary Era. Some of the islands in this archipelago are razor-sharp, steep and volcanic, their tops hidden by cloud; a couple of them are mere slivers of sand, like slices cut from close by mainland Africa and rolled flat by blistering sunshine.

Another must visit in Lanzarote is the underground entertainment mega-complex of Jameos Del Agua. Built with an array of cafes, restaurants and shops underneath a tropical island beach, this product of artist Caesar Manrique captures elegantly all the beauty of the Lanzarote. With warm weather all year round, Lanzarote is a great choice for those wanting winter sun, or a hot summer holiday.

A Gran Canaria holiday is known for experiencing its breath-taking beaches that stretch along the coast. Mogan Beach faces onto picturesque villages, that are ideal for finding those little holiday trinkets to take home. Beaches like Anfi del Mar are covered in beautiful white sands, and offer lots of opportunities for those water-sports enthusiasts to have some fun.

If you love wine you will not be disappointed as La Gomera has some of the best reds and whites in the world. Take a food tour of the island and sample local tapas. Pack a picnic lunch and hike to Garajonay or go horseback riding. Take a boat ride to the Organ Pipes or rent a bike a pedal through the La Gomera forests.

La Gomera remains an unspoiled island of steep, green terraced hills and tranquil valleys. Boats and hydrofoils make the short trip from Tenerife 's Los Cristianos, arriving at San Sebastián, La Gomera's main town. San Sebastían is notable for its connections with Christopher Columbus, including a local church where he prayed and the house where he supposedly stayed in 1492. La Gomera is a delight for walkers - its Garajonay National Park is a World Heritage Site and home to the Alto de Garajonay, the island's highest peak - 1,487m (4,878ft). La Gomera's only beach resort is in the south, at the low-key Playa de Santiago.

Did you know that Fuerteventura sits on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico? This basically means that the weather is breath-takingly similar, and can be reached in only a third of time. Regarded as the oldest of the Canary Islands, it's geographical location just 60 miles off the coast of Morocco, implies that for thousands of years the sand from the Sahara desert has been deposited on its beaches - all 150 of them!

Alegranza, Montana Clara, Roque del Este, Roque Del Oeste and Isla del Lobos have as much to offer as the highlighted islands above and whatever time of year you visit there is bound to be a festival happening, but if you really want to explore the Canaries check out one of the travel guides available and start planning the trip of a lifetime.

Water sports are extremely popular on this island, and each year you'll find lots of surfers and divers descend to Fuerteventura. The conditions are so good in July, that the P.W.A World windsurfing speed and slalom event is held in the south of the island (Sotavento).

Watersports and sunbathing are the big attractions on this island. Read more about Fuerteventura...

We love the Canary Islands here at Travel Club Elite , and it's not difficult to understand why people feel it offers some of the best holiday destinations in the world. Warm weather, great beaches, and lots of things to see and do - The Canary Islands have never looked so good!
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