About The Atlantic Islands - The Canary Islands
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Some seven hundred miles to the south west of the Straights of Gibraltar and a few hundred miles off the northwest African coast, lie the rugged volcanic islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, la Palma, La Gomera and El Hiero.
These seven islands, all belonging to Spain, range from cosmopolitan tourist destinations to quiet isolated outposts.
Located just 300 miles north of the tropics, the Canaries have a sub tropical climate with mild and stable temperatures throughout the year, making them an ideal cruising destination.
Mount Teide on Tenerife, is the highest mountain in Spain and at 3,718 metres the summit is the highest point above sea level in the Atlantic islands. As a volcano it is the third highest in the world, measured from its base on the ocean floor, the other two being in Hawaii. The often snow capped volcano and its surroundings comprise the Teide National Park, well worth a visit; the summit is accessible via a cable car. Lanzarote also has the volcanic Timanfaya National Park.
Other parks can be found on two of the smaller islands of La Palma, the Caldero de Taburiente National Park and on the island of La Gomera, Garajonay National Park.
All the islands are well connected to each other by regular ferry and inter island air services.
The capital of this Autonomous Community is shared between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the principal port of the Canary Islands and Santa Cruz de Tenerife which is the second largest.
Both these islands have been the main calling points for Superyachts on their way to the Caribbean as a stop over to refuel and re-provision as necessary.
The Islands are also a popular place for crew joining and leaving yachts, with excellent links to Mainland Spain, the U.K. and the rest of Europe.
With the advent of a new deep draft full service marina on Lanzarote, Puerto Calero is able to accommodate Superyachts and is fast becoming a popular alternative destination for many Captains.
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