- Published on Sunday, 21 October 2012 16:30
- Written by Carlo Caraluzzo
21 October, 2012, Tenerife: Plato was the first person to talk about the beauties of the Canary Islands when he speculated millennium ago that one of the eight islands was a remnant of his hypothesized Atlantis. While the Canary Islands today are not home to a legendary civilization undisturbed miracles wait to be discovered around every corner and can be found in every nick and cranny. The Islands have been populated since before the Greek discoveries and are teeming with historical sites. Christopher Columbus stopped at the Islands just months before he landed on Hispaniola. The locals are warm and friendly and the weather is spring like for all 12 months.
Now governed by Spain with nominal local governance permitted the Canary Islands is a sailor’s paradise. The unspoiled beauty of the Islands is different than most however because of their unique location. The favorable Trade Winds make it an easy trip, which makes sailing and cruising pleasurable which makes for good memories.
The seven islands, El Hierro, La Palma, a Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, are volcanic in origin and covered with small villages, each practicing different traditions, reflecting the varied historical cultural influences. The Island of Tenerife is an excellent example of the entire group. The island boasts numerous cafes, like the Gallagher's Cafe & Bar and Alejandra Cafe Bar and Grill, Tenerife if relaxing to great food and atmosphere is what you seek. If you are in an adventurous mood however you can plan family outings to places like Loro Park or Volcan El Teide, do some shopping at Malecon or step out to some night life at El Gaucho for dinner and El Patio de Interian for a late night party. If you are cruising in the Med or planning a trans Atlantic trip, a stop at Tenerife or any of these wonderful islands will be well worth your time.