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From rocky coastlines and volcanic hikes to sumptuous seafood and award-winning vineyards, the Canary Islands hold a host of treats for travellers. Photographer
Mónica R Goya takes us on a visual tour of the Spanish isles Listen to the sounds of the Canary Islands 1-minute listen Your browser does not support the audio element.
Lanzarote’s Jardín de Cactus, created by artist/architect César Manrique, showcases more than 10,000 different plants. / The unspoilt, rocky coastline around the small fishing village of Punta del Hidalgo in Tenerife is definitely a favourite place! / Suertes del Marqués is leading a new wave of Canarian wines. It’s in Valle de La Orotava and uses
cordon trenzado (shown), a unique vine training system. / Teguise, or La Villa, as the locals call it, is the former capital of Lanzarote. It’s full of history, white buildings and cobbled streets.
LagOmar, near Teguise, was once owned by actor Omar Sharif, who fell in love with it when he came to Lanzarote to film
The Mysterious Island. Today it’s a restaurant, bar and art gallery. / Lapas con mojo verde (limpets with Canarian green sauce) at Salmarina restaurant, Playa Quemada, Lanzarote. The terrace is heaven – you can almost touch the sea. / The incredible landscape of Teno Rural Park, in northwest Tenerife, where laurisilva forests abound. / Papagayo beach on Lanzarote’s southern tip has a raw beauty.
Cacti are a common sight across the island – these are in Guatiza in the east of Lanzarote / Prickly pear (
Opuntia) with yellow flowers photographed in El Sauzal, northern Tenerife, on a full moon night. / Golden barrel cactus ( Echinocactus grusonii) in Jardín de Cactus, Lanzarote. / Teide National Park in the centre of Tenerife is a unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava surrounding Teide volcano, which stands at 3,718m above sea level.