Unique nature in the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura



The Canary Islands have such a unique landscape that about 50% of the territory is nature reserves. Have a look at some of these places in the province of Las Palmas.

We suggest exploring nature on the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote, which form part of the province of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The archipelago is known for its extraordinary beauty of volcanic origin. These are some of the most amazing sites.Gran CanariaOver 40% of its territory and part of its waters are a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. The main reason is that this island is almost a miniature continent.In the southern part of the island, you can visit the ravine of Barranco de Guayadeque, with steep cliffs and the characteristic palm trees of Gran Canaria. Also in the south, but on the coast, are the dunes of Maspalomas, a huge area of golden sand that looks like a desert, but is a magnificent beach. Meanwhile, in the centre of the island stand Pozo de las Nieves and Roque Nublo, two peaks offering excellent views. From there you can even see the neighbouring island of Tenerife. And to the northwest you can visit a volcanic crater, the Bandama Caldera, which is just over 20 kilometres from the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.LanzaroteLanzarote has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The best example of volcanic territory is Timanfaya National Park. On your visit you will discover a barren area of red earth, like the surface of Mars. Also, César Manrique was born on the island, and you can visit the natural monuments which inspired his art, such as the Mirador del Rio, the Jardín del Cactus, and Jameos del Agua (a grotto where architecture and nature blend).

One of its major crops, grape vine, is also present in the volcanic landscape. In fact, the grapes are planted uniquely in Lanzarote to take advantage of the thermoregulatory function of its volcanic soil. You can see for yourself in La Geria. Meanwhile, on the coast you will have the opportunity to visit charming places like El Golfo (a sandy cove with a small green water lagoon) and Papagayo beach, a protected area with a small cove and transparent water.FuerteventuraThe island and its waters are a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. Here you can forget the world. You will find vast sandy beaches where you can relax or swim, both in the north at Corralejo Natural Park and in the south at Playas de Jandia. And you can take a boat trip to Lobos Island Natural Park, a small island paradise located about two kilometres north of Fuerteventura.As well as the landscape, in Fuerteventura you can also experience a truly unique moment by attending one of the sea turtle releases that take place on Cofete Beach.

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