The volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands are of surprising and spectacular beauty: especially with the changing colours of the Lanzarote lava fields and the volcanoes omnipresent in the landscape as in Fuerteventura or Gran Canaria... Lunar landscapes due to the presence of numerous dusty and eroded craters, steep peaks, erect dykes and petrified lava flows. Each island has its own particular beauty! Indeed, the seismic activity of each one has not sculpted the same types of landscapes, but all have in common this very marked relief of volcanoes! On one side, Tenerife and La Palma are very high, and their respective central canada is due to a massive landslide forming a huge crater. El Hierro, Lanzarote and the south of La Palma are the most interesting to admire fields of lava, black basalt stone also petrified in countless small stones. You will also discover cuevas, those lava tunnels that have been dug in the heart of a volcano. A visit to one of these volcanic tubes is a must! Volcanic rock is also part of many constructions of houses, apartments, low walls, and vineyard protection as in La Gerria de Lanzarote (the wine route). Lanzarote is very popular all year round for visiting its volcanoes (more than 300!) and especially in the Timanfaya Natural Park: endless queues of cars and buses often await you there...
A caressing climate all year round :
What a joy this eternal spring that envelops the archipelago! What could be better than to enjoy a pleasant life all year round! Thanks to the trade winds, the climate remains temperate, varying between 17°C in January and 30°C in August: the sun is therefore always present, but never suffocating. Each island has a microclimate orchestrated by the winds: the coasts are constantly sunny from 600 m: the landscape settles in the clouds, above this velvety layer, the sun dries up the heights and, beyond 2,000 m, the tops of the mountains are often cold. If you encounter clouds, know that soon after the sky can turn deep blue and bright sunshine, and vice versa! This climatic muse surprised the poet Saint-Amant: "And during all the months one can see in this place the spring and the summer confused in autumn".
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