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Overview The Canary Islands are located near the northern coast of Africa and these islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. There are seven large islands Tenerife, El Hierro, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera and La Palma and these form an autonomous region. In addition there are some smaller islands like Alegranza, Graciosa and Lobos. The population of this autonomous region as on 1st January 2008 was about 2.1 million. History Prehistoric animals such as giant lizard, giant rats, etc. inhabited Canary Islands prior to the arrival of the aborigines. Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians visited these islands. First century Roman author cum philosopher Pliny the Elder has stated that there were no inhabitants when Carthaginians visited this place; however they saw ruins of great buildings. Climate The Canary Islands are famous for their tropical climate. The maximum and minimum average temperatures in these islands are 28C in August and 15 C in January. Art and Culture The following museums are popular in these islands: 1.House-Museum Monument to farm workers San Bartolom created by Csar Manrique, Canary Islands sculptor and architect. 2.La Alcogida Eco-museum Puerto del Rosario designed mainly for educating children. 3.Municipal Museum of Fine Arts Santa Cruz de Tenerife exhibits works of Ribera (Saint Joseph), Joaqun Sorolla (Portrait of Fernando Visca), 16th century Flemish school,(Nava Triptych) and works by Canary painters. 4.Museum of Natural Sciences Santa Cruz de Tenerife dedicated mainly for research on Canary Islands geology, flora and fauna. 5.Gldar archaeological site Gldar contains remains of the pre-Hispanic culture. 6.Carta Palace Santa Cruz de Tenerife is an 18th century building .bining the Baroque and Neoclassic styles. Cuisine The cuisines of Canary Islands consist of traditional Spanish recipes .bined with African and Latin-American cuisines. The following items are popular. 1.Papas Arrugadas – potatoes with their skin are boiled in salt-water and served with Mojo picon, which is hot sauce of oil, chili-peppers, garlic and paprika. 2.Gofio is the main staple diet. Wheat, Barley and maize are roasted and ground into flour and used in many recipes soups, desserts, stews, sauces, ice cream, etc. 3.Caldereta and Sancocho Canario are salted fish in a Mojo sauce. 4.Potaje de Berros is a hot-pot of chick-peas that is well known. Sports and Entertainment The following sports are unique to Canary Islands. 1.Game of the sticks in this the opponents fence using long sticks. 2.Shepard’s jump involves using a long stick in order to vault over an open area. Shopping Duty free shopping is quite popular in Canary Islands. You could take advantage of this. Business The economy is mainly dependent on tourism that contributes 32% of the GDP. In addition many agricultural items such as tomato, potato, onion, sugarcane, grapes, vines, peaches, almonds, etc. also contribute to the strength of the economy. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: