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Art in the Canary Islands

By Linda Tancs

Gran Canaria might be best known for its black lava and white sand beaches, but locals are just as impressed with the evolution of artistic styles in the archipelago. Spanish architecture is a given, considering that the Spanish colonized the islands in the 1400s. But you’ll also find aboriginal monuments along with traces of Gothic, Baroque, Moorish and modernist influences. In the port city of Las Palmas, a colossal sculpture known as “Lady Harimaguada” dominates the water’s edge, an abstract work by the late Spanish sculptor Martín Chirino. Several bus routes are just minutes away from it.


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Beaches and Cheese

By Linda Tancs

Geographically closer to Africa (Morocco) than mainland Spain, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. Given its pristine coastline of endless white sand beaches (around 93 miles), you’d expect it to be a sea and sand destination. In fact, its landscape earned the whole isle UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status in 2009. But that’s not the only reason it’s the big cheese, so to speak. The island also boasts Designation of Origin cheeses—namely, Majorero cheese, made with milk from Majorero goats, which number in the tens of thousands across the terrain.

Catch the Wave

By Linda Tancs

Where can you learn to surf on the world’s largest man-made waves? Answer: Siam Park, Europe’s greatest (by someone’s estimation) water fun park located on the south coast of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Siam is, of course, the ancient name for Thailand, and the Thai ambience is evident throughout the park. Even the building materials originated from Thailand. With rides like the Tower of Power promising an adrenaline boost the likes of which you’ve never known, this park is sure to please thrill seekers. For those seeking something a little more tame, there’s a relaxing river ride; the Sawasdee River cuts through the park. Whatever you do, enjoy the ride.

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