Today’s story tells about volcanoes, pine forests and lava fields. You must have thought of another severe Northern place? You will be surprised but this time we will focus on a completely different part of the world. We want to tell the story of the Canary Islands and the reason why this place is a mast-have in your travel schedule.
The Canaries are untouched.
Before the trip I imagined an endless line of beaches and resort towns. Of course, there are places of that matter, but it’s only typical of some bigger islands’ areas (which are usually located closely to the airport). The atmosphere changes even to the north of Tenerife – the number of tourists and prices decrease proportionally to the growth of waves and cliffs. Needless to say about the other islands! Some towns on our way were so non-touristic that we were the only non-local visitors in every cafe and bar.
Canaries are enormous.
Thinking about islands, one immediately imagines two-hour drive that is just enough to reach any place of interest or a few days that will do to get all of that archipelago. This is definitely not the Canary Islands scenario. The Archipelago is huge. We traveled between the islands on a yacht and it usually took us from 7 hours to a full day to reach the other land. It’s the same with the inland transport – any intended location took us a few hours of travel. But the scale is an advantage here. Further you will know why.
Canaries are diverse.
Nature here is very diverse even within the same island. For example, when you get tired of relaxing on the beaches of Tenerife, you can always clime upstairs to the Teide volcano to find out a completely different atmosphere – pine trees, fog, sometimes even snow. And each island is unique. La Gomera is famous for its relict forests, Lanzarote – for the lava fields, and Il Hierro – for the rich and colorful underwater world. Combined with the Canaries’ scale this diversity leaves the place undiscovered even after a few weeks.
Canaries are beautiful all year round.
We were on the Canary Islands in late autumn and, unlike in most of the seasonal places, there wasn’t much difference from summer: shiny weather, the air is warm as well as the ocean. That is why European sailors come here in winter – yachting season lasts here all year round.
Canaries are engaging.
That is the reason why so many people return here or stay forever. For example, one of my friends, the one I traveled with, had stayed here for three months before we met. He lived on the beach and in mountain caves travelling around by hiking or hitchhiking. He met people who gave up their mainland lives, having lived here for 10 years or more.
At first, you don’t even realize what is so unique about the place. But then you remember as you raced on a mountain serpentine shredding through the flowing fog, remember the warm nights on the beach and the transition nights on the yacht, when the plankton glowed in the water as if the starry sky was beneath you as well as above. Reflecting on how you were awakened on the stern of the boat by the salty waves splashing in your face and how the sunrise in the middle of the ocean mesmerised your gaze, you understand that these are the moments that make the Canaries so unique. And that is the reason why another trip is coming soon.