This ‘Day of Canary Island’, let’s talk about everything Canarian. It’s beautiful, pretty and absolutely amazing. Here are some facts about the place.
- The Canary Islands belong to the African Plate but are a part of Spain
- The seven main islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
- There are numerous sub-islets too!
- Santa Cruz on Tenerife and Las Palmas on Gran Canaria are both jointly considered the capitals of the province.
- Unlike popular belief, the islands are not named after the chirping canaries rather the name Canary from the Latin word for dog, “canaria.”
- In the El Diablo Restaurant at the Timanfaya National Park, they have several demonstrations which show the heat just below the surface. In one – they toss straw into a hole which bursts into flame due to the heat. In another, they pour water down a whole which instantly turns into a tower of steam. At the restaurant, there is a 9m hole was which was dug to access the heat, the top of which is used as a grill. The temperature of the grill reaches 400C and uses no energy.
- On the island of La Gomera, there is a language used to communicate over the large distances across valleys by means of whistling called “Silbo Gomero”.
- There are currently 3 world heritage sites in the Canary Islands, located on the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera. They are: San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Teide National Park, Garajonay National Park
- The instigator of the civil war, Francisco Franco was the General Commandant of the Canaries, headquartered in Las Palmas, on Grand Canary island.