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Car Hire Canary Islands - Canary Islands in Brief

The Canary Islands were once known as the Fortunate Islands by the ancient Romans. The Canary Islands were later named after the large dogs (Cane) found on the islands.

The Canaries are located off the northwestern coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, they are one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, especially with europeans.

The Canary Islands consist of 7 major islands are all remnants of very steep volcanoes and are home to what is considered perfect weather and the beaches are amongst some of the best in the world. The islands belong to Spain and form an autonomous community of that country.

The seven islands are: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and Fuerteventura. Languages spoken on the Canary Islands are: Spainish (official), English and German. The Canaries' highest mountain, also the highest in Spain, is the Pico de Teide Mountain located on Tenerife. It's 12,195ft (3,717m) tall. Four of Spain's 13 national parks are also located on the Canary Isles; Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma, Parque Nacional Garajonay on La Gomera, Parque Nacional del Teide on Tenerife and Parque Nacional Timanfaya on Lanzarote.

Because of it's popularity with tourists there are some "mega-resorts" where whole towns are dedicated to tourism, so expect plenty of holiday apartment blocks and concreted shorelines. Luckily it's not all mass tourism, go off the beaten track and you'll find little fishing villages, whitewashed hamlets perched on hilltops and wild places within earshot of the dull rumbling of a vocano.

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