Canaries or the Canary Islands are an archipelago of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean, off the northwestern coast of Africa. The islands belong to Spain, and form an autonomous community of that country. The name comes from the Latin Insularia Canaria meaning Island of the Dogs, a name applied originally only to the island of Gran Canaria. The islands form the Macaronesia ecoregion with the Azores, Cape Verde, Madeira, and the Savage Isles. Four of Spain's 13 national parks are located in the Canary Islands, more than any other autonomous community.
This paradisiacal group of islands, with a preferred climate and constant temperature through all the year, and splendid beaches of fine sand, consists of 7 larger islands and a few smaller ones. Surprisingly, the landscape of each island is radically different to the others. Tourists who have visited this place for canaries weekend say that "Fascinating" are the word for this land. It offers lush forests, exotic fauna and flora, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, sometimes snow, incredibly beautiful coastlines and spectacular beaches.
So you can come and find out for yourself why this wonderful island has something for everyone during canaries weekend. For weekend trip the best advice to you is 'bring only the bare necessities'. You can buy almost anything you might need and probably a lot cheaper than in your country.
There is an opinion that throughout the canaries weekend vacations, facilities are lacking or do not exist at all. There are hardly any adapted toilets and you won't find disabled friendly hire cars (maybe an automatic) or public transport. So if you seek for comfort during week-end vacation you should prepare it by choosing carefully the resort where to stay.
Happily, there are good facilities for the disabled at all the terminals of the international airports in the Canaries. Playa de las Américas and Puerto de la Cruz have several wheelchair friendly hotels and more are being built. There actually exists a purpose built centre in Los Cristianos called 'Mar y Sol Resort'.
The clear Atlantic waters around Los Gigantes on the island of Tenerife, which forms a part of the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, are home to a dazzling array of many species of whale and dolphin. Marine biologists and marine researchers from around the world come to this area to observe and learn about these mysterious and amazing creatures during canaries weekend.
The unique experience of the Canaries is getting acquainted with canaries in their native origin. Contrary to popular opinion, the Canary Islands were not named after canaries; it was just the opposite. When Spanish sailors discovered these wonderful birds, they loved the songs so much that they took some back to their country. From Spain, the canaries found their way into homes throughout Europe.
While some female canaries will sing softly, male canaries are outstanding singers and provide many hours of beautiful songs, which you can enjoy during your stay. Canaries also have been known to "pick up" repeated sounds from the homes where they live. One canary living close to a fire station began to imitate the siren.
If you are heading to the Night Clubs, Discos and finer restaurants, and you probably will do it as you are there for your weekend, you should be bothered with only one problem - taking a set of smarter clothes to wear.