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Canary Island Holidays

Canary Island Holidays can take you to La Palma - where colours dominate - the deep blue of the ubiquitous sea, the green of the most varied plant life in the Canaries and the black of the still exposed volcanic rocks and the beaches made of….black sand.

 

 

 

Canary Island Holidays

by Peter Sylvester

CANARY ISLANDS HOLIDAYS

Where do you want to go? Gran Canaria - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote - Tenerife - Gomera - Hierro - La Palma?

You need to decide because the landscapes of each island differs dramatically.

So taking Canary Islands Holidays does not depend solely on constant warm temperatures and fine sandy beaches but on what other things one desires.

CANARY ISLAND HOLIDAYS IN MORE DETAIL

The ancient Greeks and Romans described the Canaries as the Happy Islands - or the Garden of the Hesperides. And in terms of scenery, culture and cuisine they are exactly that.

Canary Island Holidays can transport you to Lanzarote whose relatively recent vocanic eruptions mean it shares the lunar landscape (parts of ‘Planet of the Apes’ was shot there) with beautiful white beaches like Playa Blanca.

Or Canary Island Holidays can take you to La Palma - where colours dominate - the deep blue of the ubiquitous sea, the green of the most varied plant life in the Canaries and the black of the still exposed volcanic rocks and the beaches made of….black sand.

Or again La Gomera may be the destination of Canary Island holidays- where the hills catch the Atlantic trade winds and create a natural jungle with changing vegetation as the island descends to sea-level and the warm sun-baked cliffs and beaches.

CULTURE OF THE ISLANDS

One of the great treats of Canary island Holidays is - for instance - the language - not that commonly spoken - but the strange tongue - Silbo.

Gomerans communicate via a type of whistled speech - Silbo - a unique product of the original Guanches - adopted by Spanish settlers - and now required study by all schoolchildren.

THE CANARIAN GASTRONOMY

You will find the Canary Island Holidays are a gourmet’s paradise.

The Canarian gastronomy is part traditional Spanish - part African - and part Latin-American.

A very simple and well-known recipe is Papas Arrugadas, potatoes boiled in salt-water without peeling them and served with Mojo, a hot sauce of oil, garlic and chili peppers and paprika. (And each chef de cuisine treasures his individual mojo recipe.)

Sancocho canario is another favourite - a salted fish dish with mojo.

And the vegetarian dishes include Potaje de Berros - a chick pea hot-pot - and the original Guanche Gofio - a type of bread traditionally served with a sweet blood sausage - Morcillas dulces.

THE COST OF CANARY ISLAND HOLIDAYS

Fares range typically from £200 - £300 from New York - but there are always deals and discounts - so shop around.

And of course from Britain it’s even cheaper.

All in all it’s worth trying Canary Island Holidays.

Reference: http://www.abcanarias.com

Peter Sylvester is a seasoned UK journalist (NUJ 020267) who has worked with BBC Radios 4 and 5 Live, World Service, The Natural History Programme, Today, The Afternoon Shift, Farming Today, On This Day, and more. He produced "Class Five" for Sybil Ruscoe for three years.

Mr. Sylvester has written for such magazines as The Field, My Weekly, The Woodworker, and Radio Times. In previous successful careers, he has been an actor, teacher, and trader of gold, silver, and precious stones. He
lives near Evesham in Cleeve Prior.

 

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