8 interesting facts about the Canary Islands

If we talk about the Canary Islands, we could mention countless curiosities and interesting facts. All its history, landscapes or customs are full of attractive and, in many cases, unknown information. But, to be practical and not overwhelm with an excess of information, we are going to give you only 8 interesting facts about the archipelago.

But you should know that each of these data refers to a different Canary Island. Yes, you read correctly, now there are 8 recognized islands of the archipelago!

1. Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands

Statues of the Guanche kings

Being the largest territory of the Canary Islands, in Tenerife there are many, many things to tell. But we are going to refer to 9 sculptures that you will find next to the most important pilgrimage center of the archipelago. We talked about the basilica of La Candelaria.

Well there, facing the sea, is the sculptural ensemble of the Menceyes, with the figures of Abona, Adeje, Anaga, Daute, Icod, Güímar, Taoro, Tegueste and Tacoronte. These are the nine Guanche kingdoms that the island had.

2. La Gomera, much more than the whistle

Columbus statue in San Sebastian de La Gomera

On the oceanic crossing between Spain and South America, the Canary Islands are the closest point to the American continent. Therefore, it is not surprising that Christopher Columbus on his first expedition would stop here. Specifically, he did it on the island of La Gomera.

It was like that because in 1492 other Canarian ports were not so safe, for example, that of Las Palmas. Meanwhile, that of Tenerife or that of La Palma were not even completely under Spanish rule.

3. El Hierro and the meridian, another interesting fact of the Canary Islands

Verodal beach in El Hierro

It is one of the interesting facts of the Canary Islands, and also of the most curious. In ancient times, the island of El Hierro was the land territory that represented the end of the world. Therefore, in the second century, the geographer Ptolemy decided that the meridian 0 passed through here.

And for a long time, The island was known as the Meridian Island. Although, in the nineteenth century there was going to be a new reference for world maps: the Greenwich meridian, with the name of this town on the outskirts of London.

4. The cathedral of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Cathedral of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The great cathedral temple of Gran Canaria is well worth a visit for its peculiar Renaissance architecture, with notes of the most ancestral construction traditions of the architecture of the Canary Islands.

If you are here on June 21, that visit is a must to see a surprising light effect that produce the sun's rays. After all, that day is the summer solstice, a very important astronomical date that takes into account many monuments as beautiful as this Canary or as old as the prehistoric site of Stonehenge.

5. The volcanic territory of Lanzarote

Green Puddle

Visiting the volcanic lands of Lanzarote is always wonderful. In this sense there is much to see, starting with the Timanfaya National Park or the famous Jameos del Agua. But there is much more to discover.

One of those magical places is the Green Puddle. It is a lagoon located on the shores of the sea and of an intense green color. A tone that is due to the microorganisms that inhabit these waters and that are extremely delicate to human presence. Therefore, the bathroom here is strictly prohibited.

6. The wind in Fuerteventura

Sportsmen in Fuerteventura

The name of the easternmost of the Canary Islands already says it all: Fuerteventura, that is to say 'strong winds'. Something that has become a huge advantage for tourism on the island.

The most passionate sports practitioners such as the one arrive from any corner of the world to its incredible beaches windsurfing or the kitesurf. In fact here, year after year you can see the world championships of these nautical specialties.

7. La Palma and the Universe

Roque de los Muchachos Observatory

The island of La Palma is unique for many reasons: for its spectacular Caldera de Taburiente, for its volcanic system or for its dense laurel forests.

But it's also special because from its summits one of the cleanest skies in the world can be seen. Not for nothing in the Roque de los Muchachos a famous astrophysical observatory was built. If you are one of those who enjoy contemplating the sky, this island is perfect for you.

8. La Graciosa, the eighth of the Canary Islands

La Graciosa Beach

The last of the interesting facts of the Canary Islands that we want to tell you has a recent origin. Recently, La Graciosa has officially consolidated with the category of the eighth of the Canary Islands.

This island located north of Lanzarote is a place to discover, to see that there are still wonderful places that the asphalt has not reached. Just to check that, this island is worth a visit, which also offers us some fantastic beach without crowds.

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