CANARY ISLANDS

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This paradisiac group of islands, enjoying a wonderful climate, with a constant mild temperature through all the year, and splendid beaches of fine sand, consists of 7 larger islands, Granc canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro and a few smaller ones Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Lobos. Surprisingly, the landscape of each island is radically different to the others.

Canary Islands only 100 km from Afrikan coast
Canary Islands only 100 km from Afrikan coast

Already Greeks and Romans reported on this archipelago of volcanic origins, and called it the Happy Islands, Garden of the Hesperides, Atlantida.  Some historians suppose that the legendary continent Atlantis was located here. The islands' original population, commonly called Guanches, is tall and of white skin.

Canary Islands and Africa
Canary Islands and Africa

In 1496 the islands became part of the Spanish kingdom, and the ships of Christopher Columbus stopped here on their travel to discover the New World.