Everything you ever wanted to know about the Canary Islands
The islands of eternal spring
Endless tongues of white sand and turquoise waters to get lost, beautiful virgin bays for sunbathing surrounded by wild nature. With more than 500 beaches of all types and colours, an excellent climate installed in the eternal spring with long sunny days and temperatures between 19 and 25 degrees throughout the year, the Canary Islands are the envy of all Europe.
Why will you love the Canary Islands?
Apart from the weather, the Canary Islands are also known for hosting the second most popular carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro. It is celebrated in February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, although the most famous version is the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Canary Islands also have the highest mountain in Spain, the Teide volcano. Its surroundings are within the boundaries of the National Park of the same name, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best places to contemplate the stars and enjoy the night sky.
Sand lovers, photographers and nature lovers will feel perfect on the islands because the diversity of its landscapes is one of those breathtaking spectacles. Deserted golden sands, beaches of volcanic sand and dramatic cliffs with incredible caves in La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Also, the ideal climate and the immense nature make the land suitable to go out and enjoy them doing sports. Golf, football, surfing, fishing or diving are some of the options to choose from. The Canary Islands also have many water parks for both the little ones and adults.
Playa de las Cucharas, Lanzarote
The Treasures of the Canary Islands
The most populated islands are Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The two have almost 900,000 inhabitants each. Then follow, Lanzarote, with almost 150,000 inhabitants, Fuerteventura, with a little more than 100,000 people living in it, La Palma, with 80,000 inhabitants, La Gomera, with 20,000, and El Hierro, with just over 10,000 inhabitants.
Gran Canaria is only accessible by ferry and plane. There is an airport with connections to the main cities of Spain and Europe. It is also easy to get to the other islands of the archipelago by plane and ferry. There is a highway that connects the north and the south, and many other routes that lead to any corner of Gran Canaria.
Tenerife, like Gran Canaria, is only accessible by ferry and plane, the best option. Tenerife has two airports, one in the north and one in the south with connections to the main cities of Spain and Europe.
There is also a highway connecting the North to the South, and other major routes that make anywhere on the island is accessible in less than three hours drive.
The rest of the islands, except La Gomera, have airports that connect with the other islands and some (such as Fuerteventura and Lanzarote) also offer flights to Barcelona and Madrid. These islands also have ferry connections with the rest of the islands, so you can connect between them by plane or boat.
Parties and events
The main festivals that are celebrated in the Canary Islands are the following:
- The Dwarf Dance in Santa Cruz de La Palma, where a chorus of men (doctors, gentlemen, navigators, etc.) walk to the rhythm of the melody.
- The Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the quintessential fiesta of the islands.
- The Naval Car of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
- The Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador. It is a religious festival, but with a playful and traditional character.
- The Feasts of the Virgin of Candelaria.
- The Carnival of Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife), one of the most popular in the area.
- The Indianos on the island of La Palma, where the arrival of the “Indianos” is recalled, a name that was known in the Canary Islands to the islanders who emigrated to America and who returned to the islands.
The real estate market on the Canary Islands
During the years of the crisis, the prices of the apartments fell to 2001 levels, as in the whole country. In the last two years, the real estate market is experiencing a slow recovery. For example, the price per square meter in Las Palmas is about 1. 400 €, while in 2008 was its peak, when the price was more than € 2,000 per square meter. Gran Canaria is still one of the cheapest places in Spain where you can buy a house.
As for Tenerife, in 2016, the price per square meter on the island was around € 1200 (in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the price per square meter was almost € 1,400). Expectations for 2018 are that the market will continue to grow, but a little slower when compared to Barcelona or Madrid
So does the origin of buyers, Karin Muegge of Immorent Canarias, states that the Canary Islands attract people from all over Europe.
“Among them, British, Germans, French and Italians are the main buyers. If we look in more detail who are the main buyers, Ian Meyer of Tate Properties Tenerife notes that ” the British, Belgians and Italians are among the main buyers”. “There was also a boom in the Russian community when the economic situation in their country was good .”
Although the Russians are not now the biggest buyers, according to Konstantin Hinner ” there are a lot of specialized real estate agencies in the Russian market, as well as many shops and restaurants that promote their products and food in Russian.”
Likewise, all these trends may change in the future, as for example, although the British are the main buyers, as it happens in other parts of Spain
“we still have to see what the impact of Brexit will be “,
adds Konstantin Hinner.
In regard to what areas are preferred by foreigners, if we look at the case of Tenerife, Konstantin Hinner Insular Projects SA explains that “after the crisis, we see that the southern part of the island is receiving as much of the foreign investment as before, however, there is a tendency to invest less in this area, the most tourist part of Tenerife, and to invest in the rural area where the locals live, not far from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the university city of San Cristobal de la Laguna “.
Check the real estate price evolution for the Canary Islands since 1995
Read our article of last year on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Gran Canaria, the tropical gem of Spain.
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Canary Islands Infographic information
- Airports: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, Tenerife
- Ave stations: –
- Cities: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (379,000 inhabitants), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (203,600 inhabitants), San Cristóbal de la Laguna (153,100 inhabitants), Telde (102,200 inhabitants), Arrecife (58,500 inhabitants), Puerto del Rosario (38,100 inhabitants), Maspalomas (36,100 inhabitants),
- Unesco sites: San Cristóbal de La Laguna (1999), Garajonay National Park (1986), Teide National Park (2007). Find all the UNESCO Sites in Spain on our page: “10 reasons why you should buy in Spain”
- Top beaches: Pozo de la Salud (El Hierro), Playa de Cofete (Morro del Jable), Playa de las Conchas (Isla de Graciosa), El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons (El Cotillo), Playa de Benijo (Almaciga), Playa Sotavento (Costa Calma), Playa de Sotavento, Playa de Jandia, Playa del Matorral (Pajara), Playa de Las Canteras (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Monumento Natural de Ajuy (Fuerteventura), Playa Del Duque (Costa Adeje), Playa Dorada Beach (Playa Blanca), Piscinas Naturales El Caleton (Garachico), Playa El Bollullo (Puerto de la Cruz), Playa de las Vistas (Los Cristianos), Playa de Maspalomas (Maspalomas)
- Kids Parks: Siam Park (Adeje), Oasis Park Fuerteventura (Fuerteventura), Loro Park (Puerto de la Cruz), Holiday World Maspalomas (Maspalomas), Katmandu park
- Shopping Malls & Outlets: Siam Mall (Adeje), Centro Comercial Las Arenas (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Centro Comercial Meridiano (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Marina Lanzarote (Arrecife)”
- Traditional & Flea markets: Mercado del puerto market (Palmas de Gran Canaria), Las Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)
- Top golf courses: Abama, Golf del Sur, Anfi Tauro, Tecina, Maspalomas, El Cortijo
- Natural Parks: Caldera de Taburiente (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Garajonay (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Teide (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Timanfaya (Las Palmas)
- University: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria), Universidad de la Laguna (Tenerife)
- Hospitals: Hospital Universitario de Canarias (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Hospitales San Roque (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
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