I returned home for Christmas, I returned to my islands, to the Canary Islands, I was there for three weeks and I realized that it is never cold. no matter if it is rainy or cloudy, the temperature does not drop below 15 degrees and the maximum reached during this time was 28 degrees.
The Canary Islands belong to Spain, politically they are Europe, considered an outermost region due to their distance from the continent, geographically they are in Africa, having a volcanic origin. The Canary Islands form an archipelago that is located off the coast of northwestern Africa, near the territories of Western Sahara and Morocco.
Millions of years to be as they are, eight islands that have been emerging from the bottom of the Atlantic until they break the surface of the ocean (Lada, B, 2021). Recently there was a volcanic eruption on the Island of La Palma for approximately three months, one of the longest recorded.
They are volcanic islands where life has sprouted covering almost all of its territory, it has managed to find its space to turn this archipelago into one of the places with the greatest biodiversity in the world. There are a large number of volcanoes and lava fields that coexist with lush forests; austere landscapes that alternate with deep ravines full of vegetation; fertile valleys that flow into steep cliffs. Land of many colors and blue sea, corners where unique species live on the planet. And if you look up, there it is: a clean and transparent sky that invites you to count the stars.
There are more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year in the Canary Islands. This ensures long, light-filled days throughout the year (Flora canaria, 2021).
The nature of the Canary Islands is exceptional: 146 protected areas, including its four National Parks and three Marine Reserves, as well as seven Biosphere Reserves. (Islas Canarias, 2021).
With regard to the climate of the islands, considered one of the best in the world, the contrasts between seasons and between day and night are very mild, especially on the coast, so that a spring-like climate is maintained for almost all year. This situation is due to its subtropical situation, where the influence of the trade winds and its maritime enclave.
The island where I live is called Gran Canaria. It is one of the capital islands and is considered a mini continent since you can find deserts on it, such as the Maspalomas desert and in turn forests and mountains. It is a very beautiful island which you should visit sometime in your life.
Clearly in the Canary Islands not everything is perfect, it is an impoverished territory, with an economy based on the tertiary sector, tourism and agriculture as the main sources of income. It is also a migration hotspot, where thousands of people from the African continent cross the Atlantic in boats called “pateras” to reach Europe. In 2021, approximately 785 people died, being one of the deadliest years. Many of these people stay on the islands, but many others want to reach the European continent, especially countries like England, Germany or France.
Beautiful landscapes, spring weather and people from all over the world live together on these islands, come visit them, I'm sure you will be filled with energy.
2020, el año más letal de la ruta canaria | España | EL PAÍS (elpais.com)
OIM: 785 migrantes murieron en ruta canaria de enero a agosto | Europa al día | DW | 25.09.2021