Senior Citizen Travel to The Canary Islands

Jul 22nd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries (Spanish: Canarias) are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa.  The island group and autonomous community have an estimated population of nearly two million. The archipelago’s beaches, climate and important natural attractions, especially Teide National Park and Mount Teide (the third largest volcano in the world), make it a major tourist destination, with over 12 million visitors per year.   Tenerife, is the largest of the Canary Islands and Gran Canaria has the largest population of the islands.

The islands have a sub-tropical climate, with long hot days in summer and cooler days in winter. The Canaries have been part of Spain since 1479 and are a major tourist center for seniors. And seniors, if you like to fish, there are lots of sport fishing on the open seas all around the Canaries.  La Palma is nicknamed “La Isla Bonita” (the beautiful island). Here it is suggested that you hire a car for discovering the remote wilderness regions. Roads are well-maintained and marked for traffic control. Only sharp turns and verticals on side roads may challenge some drivers.

If you enjoy interactive maps like I do, this one is very interesting.  Jump on board with me in a Boeing 707 and we’ll just fly over The Canaries to get a nice view from up high or another a little closer.  Not to scare you but you may remember way back in 1977 when the Tenerife airport disaster occurred on March 27 and two huge Boeing 747 passenger aircraft collided on the runway with a total of 583 fatalities. The crash is the deadliest accident in aviation history.

Tenerife is the largest and best known island with a lush tropical environment and a lunar-like volcanic interior. Mount Teide in its center, surprisingly, has a snow-capped peak. Gran Canaria has pristine beaches and an active nightlife whereas Fuerteventura, the closest island to the African coastline has perhaps the best beaches of all the Canaries.  Lanzarote is the most volcanic with excellent beaches on the Costa Teguise, at Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. La Gomera is mountainous and only accessible by ferry.   La Palma is the northernmost island with intense natural beauty and El Hierro is the smallest and most remote of the Canaries.

Frommers definitely says that there are “plenty of reasons to sing their praise” in the Canaries. With an abundance of hotels, more than a dozen golf courses, exceptional water sports, nature reserves, archaeological sites and hundreds of volcanoes, you may be torn between getting out and about discovering the islands or just lying on the beach doing nothing.  Don’t forget those golf clubs, your snorkel masks and your interest in geology seniors.  jeb



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  1. [...] city and shares the status of capital of the Canaries with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The attractive archipelago offers unique landscape with the green hills, wild cliffs, sandy beaches, desert, and lots of palm [...]

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