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I can take a joke and I don't mind being teased about my love for the Canary Islands. One man's diamond is still just another man's lump of coal, after all. And I can also see why people would think that Large Canary Island is just about the most humdrum, unexciting place to go on a holiday. And it is, by and large, if you just stick to the ten-story, 3-star tourist ghetto hotels. But I've fallen in love with the abundance of exciting places there that exist outside the world of bargain bin package holidays where people spend their eight days on the island getting off their tits on all inclusive beer at the hotel pool. Large Canaria is known for offering that kind of holiday experience in bulk just like Majorca, if that's what you want, but the reputation it has gained from that is very undeserved, because there are a million different other ways you can spend your time there.
And it's no understatement to say that I am awestruck at the island's natural beauty off the beaten path everytime I visit. You've got volcanic mountain ranges with 2000-foot near-vertical cliff faces often within a 30-minute drive from the coast. There are gorgeous pine forests around the island's summit, landscapes in the southern polar dotted with cacti and other succulent plant species that look more like the American Southwest, and the desolate, wind battered west coast with its inaccessible rugged shorelines is also worth a visit, where the water is always so wild in places that you'd drown in minutes if you swam there. Not to mention the weathered road that curves around the mountains there and is one of the scariest driving experiences on the entire island, where you're often just inches away from dropping off into several hundred feet of nothingness below you. And finally, you've got Las Palmas, a spectacular city with Latin American flair and meticulously kept subtropical parks, a picturesque Spanish Colonial old town, and one of Europe's largest sea ports.
Also, the Canaries tend to be a little bit more expensive, meaning you can expect to spend around £100 to £130 more per person and week than you would in Magaluf, and your flight there takes nearly twice as long as going to Majorca. Which means that by and large, all things considered, the tourist clientele in the Canaries isn't as grotty and lads-holiday chavvy as in Magaluf. If you're skint and can just barely afford getting off your tits in the sun for a week, you're more likely to go to Magaluf than to Maspalomas, is what I am saying.