Category Nature

Cave of the Wind

The municipality of Icod de Los Vinos in the north-western face of Tenerife is home to one of the world’s largest volcanic tubes. The complex covering over 17 km is formed of a gigantic labyrinthine network of underground passageways of remarkable geomorphological value. The remains found in its interior attest to the fact that the native Guanche people were well acquainted with it. What is a volcanic tube? A

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Sharks in the Canary Islands

To the date, there have been records of some 50 shark species in the Canary Islands, however it is true that the vast majority live either in deep areas -the nurse shark, the gulper shark, the bluntnose sixgill shark, the spiny dogfish, and the sharpnose sevengill shark amongst others-, or in shallow waters away from the coastline -the shortfin mako shark and the blue shark-, so they never interact

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A stroll down the laurel forest

Visitors walking along any of the many walking trails that criss-cross the laurel forest will immerse into an intricate landscape bustling with wild life forming a very harmonious ensemble. The first thing to catch our eye when venturing into this forest is the freshness and often also the fog and the smell of wet soil. On the ground, the fallen leaves conceal a highly wet and fertile soil: mountain

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Sea turtles in the Canary Islands

Sea turtles are reptilians that have adjusted to life in the oceans and are currently an endangered species as a result of their vulnerability to fishing activities and sea pollution with hydrocarbons and plastic packaging. In addition, their biological cycle requires them to step out of the sea and perform their egg laying on sandy beaches where human activities interfere directly, to the point that they suffer from nest

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Canarian giant lizards

There are seven different lizard species inhabiting the Canarias; all seven are endemic to the islands and fall within the Gallotia genus, which is in turn also indigenous to the archipelago. Four of the above species are regarded as giant lizards, even though none of them measure over 80 cm in length: Gallotia stehlini from Gran Canaria, Gallotia simonyi, found on El Hierro, Gallotia bravoana of La Gomera and

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Indigenous flora of the Canary Islands

One of the main appeals of visiting the Canary Islands is being able to closely observe the unique vegetation they are home to, overflowing with indigenous species – i.e. species naturally occurring in these islands only. To understand the reasons why this flora is unique, we have to go back in time to the first emergence of the archipelago from the bottom of the ocean, some 20 million years

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The Millenary Dragon Tree

The municipality of Icod de los Vinos, northeast Tenerife, is home to the majestic Millenary Dragon Tree or Drago Milenario, one of the islands’ flagships, as well as one of the most impressive secret treasures amongst the archipelago’s flora. This specimen of Dracaena draco was declared a National Monument back in 1917. With its 16 meters of height and 20 meters of perimeter, it continues to be the largest

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