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Every island of the Carany Islands Archipelago has its own identity, it is surprising that being so close to each other, the orography, vegetation and fauna, are very different from one island to another. While El Hierro, La Palma and Tenerife have a mountainous terrain; Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are flatter but full of volcanoes, craters and volcanic plugs. Whereas La Gomera has extensive laurel forests, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote have arid landscapes that result on a beautiful scenery with the variety of colours of their coasts.
In this trip you will get to know Fuerteventura and Lanzarote walking through volcanoes, unspoilt beaches and small islets. You will live an unforgettable experience creating memories of beautiful landscapes, scents and the contact with the friendly inhabitants.
Fuerteventura along with Lanzarote are the easternmost islands of the archipelago. Puerto del Rosario is Fuerteventura´s capital, with a population of 117.000 inhabitants and it is the largest island of the province (las Palmas) and the second of the Canary Islands and the longest of the archipelago.
Fuerteventura not only attracts hill walkers, but also many tourists seeking to enjoy the sun at its splendid beaches. The presence of strong winds, makes the island a famous destination for the windsurf and kite surf lovers.
It is the oldest island of the archipelago and the landscape is quite flat due to the wear off of its volcanic mountains by erosion. We still find some hills in the Betancuria Massif, in the Pared isthmus and the Jandía peninsula, being its highest peak Pico de la Zarza (807 m).
The climate of Fuerteventura is arid, so the vegetation has to adapt to this harsh environment and the strong winds.
With regards to the fauna, there are abundant species of birds, many of which are migratory.
Like the other islands of the archipelago, the traveller can enjoy the gastronomy where the fish is the main element and where dishes from other islands are also available like papas arrugadas con mojo and potaje canario. We can´t forget about the cheese, that won´t leave anyone indifferent. They are elaborated from the majonera goat´s milk. You will not regret a visit to one of the cheese factories!
Lanzarote is the westernmost island of the archipelago. All its territory is a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It has a population of 149.000 inhabitants and it is in Arrecife, the capital, where most of the people live.
Lanzarote has many attractions for visitors, but Timanfaya National Park deserves a special mention for being a volcanic landscape very unique. Furthermore, its beaches are a lure to visitors, and it is because of this that the island´s economy rely on tourism. One of the most impressive geology formations are the Corona Volcano and lava fields and the Ajaches Massif.
Like Fuerteventura, Lanzarote has a subdesertic climate with very little rainfall and an average temperature of 17º for January and 25º for August.
César Manrique is the best-known artist of the island. His legacy can be found all over the island.
Similar to its neighbouring islands, the fish, the papas arrugadas and mojo are traditional dishes. Lanzarote stands out for its wines and cheeses.