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Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

35 CANARY ISLANDS Take a look at a map of the world. You’ll notice the Canary Islands are on the same latitude as Florida, but much nearer to Europe. That’s why the Canaries are so famous for their all-year warmth and why so many holiday-makers sail south in search of a holiday in the sun. Whether you want to catch up on your reading and sunbathe on one of the long, sandy beaches or to explore the dramatic scenery of these volcanic, sub-tropical isles – there is sure to be a Canary Island for you! www.fredolsencruises.com Volcanic Adventure on Tenerife One of the most dominant features of the Canaries – it’s visible from several of the islands – is the snow-peaked volcano, Mount Teide, towering over Tenerife. Technically the tallest mountain in Spain (when measured from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean), Teide is the third largest volcano in the world: smaller only than the two immense Hawaiian volcanoes. Mount Teide was of great religious importance to the original inhabitants of the islands, the Guanches. They believed their devil, Guayota, lived within the volcano. It’s hard not to think of their mythology when you see the bizarrely-shaped volcanic outcrops standing guard beside ancient lava flows. Here, in the sub-tropics, alpine flora can be found at higher latitudes up the mountain, alongside pines and rare plant species such as the Mount Teide Bugloss. With impressive spikes of red flowers it can grow up to three metres in height. In their shadows, lizards scuttle looking for sunbathing spots on warm rocks under the watchful gaze of Teide. This is one of the most photogenic places in the Canaries. Teide is the third largest volcano in the world: smaller only than the two immense Hawaiian volcanoes


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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