Game and Nature Reserves

Timanfaya National Park  is a Spanish national park in the southwestern part of the island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands. It covers parts of the municipalities Tinajo and Yaiza. The area is 51.07 square kilometres (19.72 sq mi). The parkland is entirely made up of volcanic soil. The statue “El Diablo” by César Manrique is its symbol.

Visiting La Cueva de los Verdes is truly a journey into the bowels of the ground, an spectacular and unique experience. The tunnel formed by the Corona Volcano is one of the most extensive and interesting planet. . More than six miles preface acquaintances from the crater of the volcano until it enters the sea in an underwater section of a mile called “Tunnel of Atlantis.”

The Botanical Garden is a natural treasure indeed, which comprises a botanical repertoire that is kept in a huge garden. This is set in an enclosure right on the edge of the Guiniguada Ravine, where tourists can marvel at the wealth of vast plant life from the Macaronesian region. Such is the special treasure chest. A botanical garden set up by an extraordinary Swede, Eric Sventenius, who in 1952 decided to put together a comprehensive display of the entire flora of the Canary Islands. Enter the Viera y Clavijo Garden, in Tafira, the capital of Gran Canaria.

The Cocodrilo’s Park: t all started when the Balser family was asked to take care of a few crocodiles… and now they have the largest collection in Europe. After the success of these first adoptions, the environmental protection police SEPRONA has placed many animals in the Balser family’s capable hands. These animals – including chimpanzees, various monkeys, birds, among many others – usually arrive in very bad health due to being cruelly mistreated and confiscated from cargo ships, but they always recover under the professional care.

Palmitos Park is a great zoo in Maspalomas, considered the number 1 recreational activity in Gran Canaria according to both its ratings on Tripadvisor and the number of annual visitors. Relax in a pleasant and peaceful environment, amidst a ravine surrounded by mountains and paradisiacal vegetation. Enjoy Palmitos Park’s prestigious shows, particularly those of the dolphins, exotic birds and birds of prey. And observe a variety of animals from all over the world, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish.

La Palma is famous for its almond trees, almond products and, of course, in between Christmas and Easter the almond trees flower abundantly creating a fairy-tale effect. The almond trees grow mainly on the hills and valleys above about 300 metres above sea level. The main areas are Las Tricias, Puntagorda, Tijarafe, La Punta and El Paso. The flowering period varies form year to year, place to place and dependent on the variety but in general the first almonds come into flower just after Christmas in Las Tricias and Puntagorda.

The Anaga Rural Park is a natural protected space located in the northeast of the island of Tenerife, with a surface of about 14500 hectares along the municipalities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna and Tegueste. The landscape is really impressive, formed by an abrupt range of trimmed peaks. Between them there are deep valleys and cliffs that descend to sea level. Due to the different altitudes, the landscape is full of contrasts, from thick forests of laurisilva  in the higher areas, to Dragon Trees, palms, tabaibas and cardons in the lower ones.

Jungle Park is a zoological and botanical park located near the Los Cristianos beach on the Canary Island of Tenerife. Consisting of 7.5 hectares (19 acres) of jungle with over 500 animals, the park contains a number walking paths with tunnels, suspension bridges, waterfalls, lagoons, and caves. The park also boasts daily flight shows featuring exotic birds and birds of prey. Las Águilas-Jungle Park is operated by Spanish tourism group Aspro Ocio S.A. It is the largest such group operating in Europe.

Malpaís de Güímar or Badlands of Guimar consist of a volcanic cone, subsidiary cones, and several basaltic lava flows in the Güímar municipality on the island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, (Spain). They total in area about 290 hectares. The lava flows are quite recent, less than 10,000 years old of the typical a ā type. The large cone is called Montaña Grande (Big Mountain) and reaches a height of 276 m (906 ft). The Malpaís de Güímar were formed by a series of volcanic eruptions, the most recent and most evident occurring from fissures in the side of the Montaña Grande cone less than 10,000 years ago.

Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a national park on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. It contains the enormous expanse of the Caldera de Taburiente, once believed to be a huge crater, but nowadays known to be a mountain arch with a curious crater shape, which dominates the northern part of the island. It was designated as a national park in 1954. The caldera is about 10 km across, and in places the walls tower 2000 m over the caldera floor. The highest point is the Roque de los Muchachos on the northern wall, at 2426 m altitude, which can be reached by road. 

Lanzarote’s famous Cactus Garden (Jardí­n de Cactus), based toward the north of the island in Guatiza, is one of the island’s hottest attractions all year round. Developed under the guidance of César Manrique it showcases over 10,000 different plants. This truly is a celebration of the plant world’s spiniest species, comprising one of the best collections of cacti in the world. Better still, these have all been displayed to their optimum effect against the beautiful backdrop of an amphitheatre like, giant bowl, hewn from an old quarry, that’s laid out in steep terraces, echoing the stone wall patterns of the local fields.

Bird’s Paradise: La Palma’s principal attraction for fauna is a spectacular park located in the town of El Paso, in the interior southwest of Santa Cruz. The Paraíso de las Aves is home to birds both common to the Canary Islands (such as the native canary, known as “pico rombo,” , Berthelot’s pipit, and the plain swift) and various world species, included the endangered likes of the “calau de Malabar” pied hornbill, of which there are only about a hundred in all of Europe.

 

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