approximately 70 miles from the African coast washed by the
Gulf Stream and protected by The Trade Winds, and knowing no
real winter these truly can be called the Fortunate Islands.
Made up of thirteen islands, seven principal ones and six smaller
islands each with its own characteristics .The very uniqueness
of the Flora and Fauna on two of the islands has prompted UNESCO
to name them as world Biosphere namely Lanzarote and El Hierro,
this is a great honour and much prized by the Canarian people.
two theories about how the islands where formed some geologists
think that they are the result of volcanic activities over hundreds
of years, whilst others the
more romantic amongst us like to think they are the peaks of
the lost land of Atlantis.
The earliest inhabitants
where the Guanche who made their homes in the volcanic caves
dotted all over the islands and in huts, They lived by fishing,
goat herding and farming and are thought to have been of tall
blond appearance and with great strength. Their lives were anything
but peaceful first conquered by Arabs who took