We love Canary Islands (Spain)!
1) Canary Island Top Environmental facts
All of the Canary Islands were formed from volcanic eruptions. Mount Teide, also known as El Teide, is a dormant volcano standing 3,718 metres high and highest point in Spain. It’s also the highest point above sea level on any of the Atlantic islands, and the third-largest volcano in the world.
In 2007 the Canarian island of La Palma was declared a “Starlight Reserve” to protect its astronomical observatories from light pollution and guarantee a dark sky for everyone.
They also count with 146 protected Natural Areas, which represents 36% of their territory.
2) About Canarian people
Canarian people are usually defined by foreigners as “flattened“, ie with a relaxed and somewhat passive attitude to the day to day.
The pace of life is much slower than in big cities, good manners dominate (everyone knows each other, greets each other …) drinking something on the terraces with a relaxed conversation, walking along the coasts any day…
They are spontaneous. It is common to make plans on the fly, to go to “guachinches” (a typical type of bar here), to stay awake until so many o’clock, to improvise parties or plans for the North or South of the Island.
The most famous celebration is the world famous Carnival. A celebration of music, troupes and crazy costumes that takes place between February and March.
3) Canarian natural Wonders
- Garajonay Nacional Park, La Gomera
- Anaga Park, Tenerife
- Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
- Corralejo Natural Park, Fuerteventura
- Los Tilos Walk, La Palma
- Playa del Verodal, El Hierro
4) Canarian love to eat
Canarian bananas – It is one of the most important crops on the islands. Did you know common banana and Canarian banana are not the same? The main differences lie in the properties and the sweetness.
Mojo – Spicy sauce made with crushed vinegar macerated chillies, oil, paprika, garlic and other spices. There are different spicy levels.
Papas Arrugadas – This is a specific way of cooking potatoes typical of the Canary Islands. It’s, almost always, accompanied by mojo.
Gofio – is a toasted cereal flour, which is often used to cook elaborate dishes or as a supplement in drinks (soya, milk)
Potaje de berros – These are broths in which vegetables are mixed with legumes. Watercress stew is one of the most consumed specialties.
5) A bit of language!
“In Spanish health, it says “#salud”, vegan it says “#veganismo” and sustainability it says “#sostenibilidad”.
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