8 curiosities about the Canary Islands that you may not know

Image of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park and the Hotel Punta Grande in El Hierro (id) / c7

Do you know the islands as much as you think? Apart from its good climate and its beaches, the archipelago contains attractive and unknown secrets. We show you some interesting facts

FAYNA ORTEGA The Gran Canarian palms

There are many information, corners and
curiosities we still don't know about the Fortunate Isles. Each of them has something special, a secret, a gift, something that hooks us, we could mention countless references.

All their culture, customs or landscapes are full of data, which in many cases are unknown,
let's discover some of them.

  1. 1

    The origin of
    Name.

  2. two

    owns the
    ptallest icon in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.

  3. 3

    It houses the largest number of
    National Parks.

  4. 4

    A unique language
    rubber whistle.

  5. 5

    A true paradise for
    cetaceans.

  6. 6

    Many
    films from all over the world have been shot and created in the Canary Islands.

  7. 7

    The
    smallest hotel in the world and Guinness World Record

  8. 8

    The
    island legend that disappears

Where does the name Canary come from?

Many associate the name of the Canary Islands with birds, well, no, although it is not known with certainty,
there are several theories.

When the settlers arrived on the islands they were surprised by the
huge wild dogs that lived in them for which they were called
'islands of dogs'there is the possibility of a translation error and that those sent by Juba II met with
seals or 'sea lions'.

The smallest hotel in the world

Hotel Punta Grande, La Frontera.

East
curious hotel It is located in El Hierro in the municipality of Frontera. The
Hotel Punta Grande It is a magical place to disconnect from the world, with just 600m2 built and a height of 9 meters, it only has
four rooms overlooking the sea, and on the ground floor has a restaurant specializing in Canarian food.
Listed in the Guinness Book of Records and for many years it was the smallest hotel in the world, a few years ago it was dethroned by the Central Hotel & Café, in Copenhagen.

The highest peak in Spain is a volcano

The Teide.

The
shadow of Teide, in Tenerife, is the largest in the world projected onto the sea. Measure
3,715 meters above sea level which makes it the tenth highest chasm in the world and the
third largest volcano in the worldmeasuring from its base, behind Mauna Kea and Mauna (Hawaii).

The largest number of National Parks

Caldera de Taburiente National Park in La Palma.

It houses the largest number of
National Parks from all over Spain. The four National Parks are recognized by the
UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and
are: Timanfaya Park in Lanzarote, Garajonay in La Gomera, Caldera de Taburiente in La Palma and finally the largest and most visited National Park in Spain, El Teide in Tenerife.

The rubber whistle

I whistle rubber

The island of La Gomera has a curious form of communication that few people in the world practice, it is purely
whistled. This "language" was used in ancient times to communicate with each other over long distances. The sound of words is imitated by whistles of different pitches, about 4,000 words can be expressed. This language was
declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009.

cetacean paradise

Archive image of a dolphin sighting in the south of Gran Canaria.

Their peculiar oceanographic characteristics and a privileged geographical position make them some
ideal conditions for the life of cetaceans in the Canary archipelago. There are identified
30 species on all islands, making it one of the places in the world, and the largest in Europe, with the greatest diversity of these animals. A luxury of our ocean.

Great movies have been shot on the islands

Image of the filming of the Exodus movie in Fuerteventura.

Thanks to the great variety of landscapes and its spectacular natural settings, the Canary Islands are one of the
preferred destinations of film production companies, both nationally and internationally. These are some of the popular movies that
It has been realized: Clash of the Titans, Exodus, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rambo: Last Blood, Palm Trees in the Snow or Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces, among others.

an island that disappears

Images of a capture of a video recorded in 2003 where the authors claim to have documented the island. /

Youtube

The
legend of the Island of San Borondón. It is a supposed ghost island, it has been sighted and represented on many maps, but no one has been able to prove its existence. Its history is linked to the Canary Islands. First documented in the 9th century, it is supposedly the island where an Irish monk,
Saint Brandan the Navigator, was lost while searching for the Fortunate Isles. They say that from any of the eight islands you can see the profile of this mythical island in the foggy dawns.

All these little curiosities make you fall in love even more with the Canary Islands and its
island spirit.

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