Their position makes Las Islas Canarias a unique natural enclave, unlike anywhere else in the world. Bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, they are almost on the Tropic of Cancer, a short distance from Africa; Fuerteventura is a mere 115 km from the African coast. Seven islands and seven islets make up the archipelago. Over 1.6 million people live on the islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro; although more than 80% of them live on the two main islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

History and culture. The Islands were a well-known part of the ancient world, and consolidated their fame when they became a necessary port of call for Christopher Columbus in his voyages of discovery to the Americas. This way, the Canary Islands became a bridge between Europe and America. The strategic situation made an important contribution to the history and culture of the Islands, exposing them to many different influences, especially European influences and later American and African ones. This confluence of different cultures has made the Canary Islands into a genuine place, with an identity of its own. The mixture of different cultures has forged a unique and peculiar history for the Canary Islands.

The natural environment, beaches, the sea and the coast. There are four National Parks in the Canary Islands: Timanfaya (Lanzarote), Garajonay (La Gomera), La Caldera de Taburiente (La Palma), Las Cañadas del Teide (Tenerife) and a large number of nature reserves. Diversity is the term that best describes the Islands' landscapes; which are basically characterised by their volcanic origins. This diversity can also be clearly seen in the beaches, with a combination of the typical extensive, white sand beaches of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote and the black-sand beaches of Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma. A beautiful, clean sea that year after year wins the European Union's blue flag award.
The island of El Hierro is a World Biosphere Reserve. Its sea beds are unique; the wealth of the marine life and the incomparable beauty of the submarine scenery make it the perfect setting for diving competitions, making documentaries, etc.

The climate is the major factor that puts the Canary Islands at the top of the rankings. Sunshine all year round means that you can practise any kind of sporting activities in constant summer temperatures. This tropical climate has also given the islands a native flora made up of a long list of endemic species.

The people and their fiestas. The Canary Islanders are known throughout Spain for their friendliness, sense of humour and generosity. The Carnival is the most international fiesta; considered the largest Carnival in Europe and the second largest in the world, after the Grand Carnival of Rio de Janeiro. But, maybe you should consider the diversity of the local fiestas, which are held throughout the year, if you really want to discover the culture and the way of life of the Canary Islanders, with the inseparable bond they have always had with the sea. Fiestas like Corpus Christi in La Orotava (with the famous flower carpets), the pilgrimages of San Benito Abad, San Marcos, Icod de los Vinos, etc.

Summing it up, Las Islas Canarias make the perfect location for an educational vacation that will not only change your view of life, but will also positivily influence the rest of it.
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