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The Canary Islands symbols are emblems that represent the identity of the Canary Islands. These 19 symbols have been approved by the Canary Islands Government and most of them represent each of the islands. In fact, they are reflected in the Official Bulletin of the Canary Islands, specifically in the Law of 30 April 1991.
Official Canary Islands insignia
The first official symbols of the Canaries were the flag and the heraldic coat of arms, established in article 6 of the 1983 Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands. These were the only official symbols of the archipelago until 1989.
Flag of the Canary Islands
The official flag of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands is made up of three vertical stripes, the colours of which are white, blue and yellow, starting at the flagpole.
Although the regional government has never officially established the meaning of the colours, it is traditionally believed to be the union of the flags of the maritime provinces of the Canary Islands: that of Tenerife (white and blue) and that of Gran Canaria (blue and yellow), the order of the colours being a geographical reference.
Coat of arms of the Canary Islands
The official coat of arms of the islands has seven elements that represent them, the motto “OCÉANO” (ocean) on an external ribbon above the closed royal crown and, on both sides of the coat of arms, two dogs with collars, as an iconographic reference to the etymology of the name of the islands.
It is one of the most controversial Canary Islands symbols, since in recent times there has been a desire to eliminate the collar from both animals, as it is argued that it alludes to the idea that the collars have a meaning of submission.
Official Canary Islands species
The two official Canary Island species throughout the archipelago are as follows.
The canary (Serinus canarius) is native to Macaronesia (Azores, Cape Verde, Canary Islands and Madeira) and is therefore found on all the islands of the archipelago. In fact, the name of the Canary is also used to refer to the Canary Islands.
The canary’s natural habitat is in semi-open areas, such as orchards and groves. It nests in bushes or trees. It is also included in the list of protected animals as it is included in Annex III of the Bern Convention.
Canarian palm tree
The Canarian palm tree (Phoenix canariensis) is one of the most representative elements of the biodiversity and landscape of the Canary Islands, as well as for what it means for the economy of some productive sectors (for example in the production of palm honey).
It is endemic to the Canary Islands and is protected under paragraph 1 of Law 7/1991, of 30 April 1991, on symbols of nature for the Canary Islands.
Official cultural Canary Islands symbols
At present, there is only one official cultural symbol in the archipelago.
Arrorró or Anthem of the Canary Islands
The Anthem of the Canary Islands is the last symbol to be added to the list, as it became official with Law 20/2003 of 28 April 2003.
It is a version with a musical melody of the Arrorró (lullaby) written by Teobaldo Power and whose lyrics were composed by the artist Benito Cabrera. Its lyrics are as follows:
Soy la sombra de un almendro,
Soy la historia y el futuro,
Luchadoras en nobleza
Como un solo ser
I am the shade of an almond tree,
I am history and future,
Fighters in nobility
As a single one
Official Canary Islands symbols on each island
A project to establish representative symbols for each island was presented on 11 May 1989.
Giant Lizard (El Hierro)
The giant lizard of El Hierro (Gallotia simonyi machadoi) is a species endemic to the island of El Hierro that can reach a size of up to 60 cm.
In the past, this reptile lived on the entire surface of El Hierro, although human activity has reduced its habitat to small populations in danger of extinction.
Phoenicean Juniper (El Hierro)
The Phoenician juniper (Juniperus turbinata), another of the Canarian symbols par excellence, is located in the Dehesa de la Sabinosa, in the west of the island.
This is the most famous juniper grove in the archipelago, as it is home to unique specimens with twisted shapes caused by the force of the wind to which they are subjected over time.
Canarian Houbara (Fuerteventura)
The Canarian houbara (Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae) is a subspecies of houbara bustard endemic to the eastern islands (Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Graciosa and the Islote de Lobos), although in the past it also lived on Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
The Canarian houbara bustard differs from the other two subspecies in that it is smaller, less sandy in colour and has a darker back with more spots. It measures between 55 and 65 cm in length, making it the largest bird native to the Canary Islands.
Cardón de Jandía (Fuerteventura)
One of the less Canary Islands symbols is the cardón de Jandía (Euphorbia handiensis), a small, columnar, spiny succulent plant endemic to Fuerteventura. It is a phanerogamous species belonging to the euphorbiaceae family.
Its stems have between 8 and 14 faces with pairs of long, straight spines, 2-3 cm long, grouped at the tip. Its flowers are small, reddish-green and come out of capsules of about 4 mm of red-brown colour at the upper ends of the cardon.
Presa canario (Gran Canaria)
One of the most important Canarian symbols, if not the most important, is the Presa Canario (Canis lupus familiaris). It is a medium-sized, broad-headed, short-haired, brown to black brindle-coloured dog that was formerly used for guarding and working with livestock.
It has a rustic and well-proportioned appearance: males are 61 to 66 cm in height, females 57 to 62 cm, and weigh 45 to 57 kg for males and 40 to 50 kg for females.
They have a strong head, with square lines and a broad skull. The upper lips hide the lower lips, the nose is dark and the teeth are powerful and well set.
Canary Islands Spurge (Gran Canaria)
The Canary Islands spurge (Euphorbia canariensis) has a candelabriform shape, robust, curved spines, quadrangular or pentagonal stems with flowering at the top; it can grow vertically (4 m) and horizontally (150 m²), creating a microhabitat in its interior which is associated with various animal and plant species.
For this reason, it creates a microhabitat in its interior which is associated with various animal and plant species. The cardón is found on all the islands of the Canary archipelago, except Lanzarote, at altitudes between 100 and 900 m above sea level.
Blind Albino Cave Crab (Lanzarote)
The blind albino cave crab (Munidopsis polymorpha) is one of the Canary Islands symbols of Lanzarote. This crustacean, endemic to Lanzarote, lives only in a few caves and is endangered.
It is small in size with a whitish colouring and has a shell that is less than 1 cm long and can measure between 2 and 3 cm in total. It is a unique species that has another peculiarity: its sense of sight is very weakened, while its hearing is highly developed.
Balsam Spurge (Lanzarote)
The balsam spurge (Euphorbia balsamifera) is a perennial shrub, with a succulent trunk, often creeping when exposed to the wind. It grows in arid and semi-arid regions, on different types of soils and slopes.
It grows up to an altitude of 300 m and can reach up to 2 m in height, with greyish gnarled stems and inflorescence with a single terminal flower. The leaves that form circles at the tips of the branches are light green in colour.
Laurel Pigeon (La Gomera)
The laurel pigeon (Columba junoniae), together with the turquoise pigeon, is one of the two endemic species of pigeons in the Canary Islands, both inhabiting the Canary laurel forest.
They are distributed throughout the western islands (La Gomera, Tenerife, La Palma and, to a lesser extent, El Hierro). It is estimated that between La Palma and La Gomera there is a population of between 1,200-1,500 specimens.
It emits a characteristic coo, consisting of three syllables: hu-hu-huuu. Its lifestyle as a sedentary bird means that it is now in danger of extinction. Let’s discover the next Canary Islands symbols!
Viñátigo (La Gomera)
Another of the most characteristic Canary Island plant symbols is the viñátigo (Persea indica), the largest and most representative tree of the laurisilva ecosystem that characterises this island, which can reach up to 30 metres in height.
It is included in the catalogue of protected species of the Canary Islands and is sometimes used as a rootstock for the avocado, as it belongs to the same family and its wood is prized in the island’s woodwork.
Red-Billed Chough (La Palma)
The red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax barbarus) lives in the volcanic and high environments of this island and prefers the cultivated areas of the midlands. It is distinguished from the common jackdaw by its red beak and legs, except when young, whose beak is still yellow, and by the shape of its elongated and curved beak.
It is a noisy species with a very characteristic and repetitive song: chwee-ow. The jackdaw is also known to have lived on the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera in the past, where it later became extinct.
Canary Island Pine (La Palma)
The Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis) has a very special characteristic and, thanks to its bark, is resistant to fire. Also, due to the thickness of its trunk and its ability to resprout from it, areas affected by fire can be resprouted. The Canary Island pine is present on all the islands except Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Tenerife Blue Chaffinch
One of the Canary Islands symbols from the air is the Tenerife blue chaffinch (Fringilla teydea), a bird endemic to the island. It is small, similar in size to a sparrow, and has an intense blue colour.
The presence of the species varies depending on the type of undergrowth, with a preference for tagasaste (Chamaecytisus proliferus), and pine woods with broom and shrub strata of fayas and heather, as well as the existence of pines of a certain maturity.
It is a species that prefers habitats with an altitude of between 1100-2000 metres, although it descends to lower altitudes in bad weather.
Canary Islands Dragon Tree (Tenerife)
The Canary Islands dragon tree (Dracaena draco) is a legendary tree that also occurs in the other archipelagos of Macaronesia, as well as in western Morocco.
Its trunk is thick and very robust, and changes from smooth when young to rough with age. A very special feature is that its sap is red, unique in the plant world.
Probably the most famous specimen is the Icod de los Vinos’ Drago Milenario (Millenary Dragon Tree) in Tenerife.
Canarian symbolism, a hallmark of island identity
As you have seen, the Canary Islands symbols are quite varied and each of the islands has its own, a real source of pride for all the islanders. And you, have you seen any of these symbols in person?
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Lanzarote is the island of the wind. Part two
Lanzarote is the island of the wind. Part 1
Today we are finally going to another, southern part of the island. We are going to see what the trip to this island of the wind was all about – Timanfaya National Park.
I’m trying to capture the landscapes of Lanzarote again – amazing and memorable. A black strip of road that cuts endless desert lava fields, many craters on both sides of the road, rare green palm trees bend to the ground from the continuous wind, colors: all shades of ocher, mixed with black and red, and white cities against the blue ocean. This is the palette of the alien island of Lanzarote. nine0003
We are approaching the Timanfaya area
I tried to count what we were, but I couldn’t.
In this (first stage) we stood for 45 minutes. Again, we already have tickets, but this does not reduce the waiting time.
The symbol of Timanfaya Park, the Little Devil, was designed by César Manrique. nine0005
From 1730 to 1736, the land of Lanzarote in the central and western parts of the island was covered with numerous cracks. During these six years there were constant eruptions, tremors and ejections of lava flows. Presumably more than 20 settlements were buried under lava flows. Maciso del Fuego in Timanfaya became the center of volcanic activity, more than 25 new craters appeared here, turning the fertile lands of the island into endless lava fields covered with ash, hardened lava and volcanic bombs of various sizes. After these six years of eruptions, there was a period of calm in Lanzarote, which was broken in 1824 by a series of new eruptions. Thank God, this time they were much less long and destructive. nine0003
So we’re back in line. As soon as the cars leave the organized parking lot, our stream is passed on in parts and so we spent the next 20 minutes. But, here it is happiness – we park and look around. Everything seen here is simply amazing. You understand how small and weak a person is in front of the all-powerful and unpredictable nature and its elements. It is on this narrow thread of the road that we go around the expanses of Timanfaya by bus.
The road through the national park stretches for 14 km, this is the so-called Volcano Route. But it is categorically impossible to walk or drive your car this way. To preserve the fragile natural system, the Lanzarote Regional Council has organized bus routes here. Tours on these buses are in different languages and last 40 minutes. In some places, buses make stops, but you can’t get out of them. Therefore, all the following photos were taken through the glass of the bus. During the trip, music sounds, harsh and majestic, fully consistent with the atmosphere of this place. nine0003
It seemed to us: here it is Diablo, which is all this, sits in the center of the crater and monitors all of it, Looks like he’s hatching new plans.
The bus brought us back to the area in front of the El Diablo restaurant. Here you can observe three entertainments that are based on the fact that geothermal activity is recorded in this area. For example, thorns in a small hole ignite themselves. nine0005
Or, next door, park workers pour a bucket of water into a hole, and a geyser bursts out noisily.
In the courtyard of the restaurant there is a well about 5 meters deep. The heat rising from the bowels of the earth reaches a temperature of 80 to 200 degrees. It is used in the restaurant to prepare delicious chicken.
You can also take a camel ride in the valley of volcanoes. Not far from the village of Yaiza is their camp. nine0005
Well, we left the Timanfaya park. The next point on our route, I wanted to see El Golfo and the Green Lagoon (El Golfo, Charco de los Clicos o Laguna Verde).
We left the park, but we were still surrounded by craters and volcanoes, black, brown, red and red lava fields.
El Golfo is a crater that appeared in the 18th century on the seashore. Due to erosion from the sea, the crater has taken the form of a Roman amphitheater. There are bright colors and bizarre shapes of volcanic rocks. nine0005
But I aspired here for the Green Lake. The depth of this lagoon with sea water is about 10 meters. It used to be possible to collect olivines on the shore of this lake. But on our arrival, the descent and approach to the lake was closed.
Swimwear was taken with us and we planned to visit the famous beaches of Papagaya in the area of Playa Blanca. That’s why we took the direction to that area.
On the way we saw the natural lagoon of Hanubio. Windmills have been preserved here, which pushed sea water to clay baths. Currently, most of the salt for the fishing industry in Lanzarote is produced here. nine0005
Water, in the process of evaporation, changes color from bright blue to white.
We spent the evening on Papagayo beach. There are several branches to the beaches along the road, but we decided to drive to the most distant ones. The parking lot here was simply huge and, despite the already evening time, it was filled to the maximum. There was a small restaurant on the edge of the cliff, to the left and right of it there were two beaches.
I don’t know why we all feel this way. But it was kind of fantastic. Warm ocean, magical golden sand, water in the reflections of the evening sun. What was so unusual there, it is impossible to say. Wild, unequipped beach. But the feeling of complete happiness did not leave me. It was simply impossible to pull the jackdaw out of the water, and we did not even try. Egor built sand castles and basked in the sun. And most importantly, there was no wind here!
We were almost the last to leave, it was already 6 pm. nine0005
The road home was extraordinarily beautiful!
The last rays of sunset paint the mysterious Lanzarote in beautiful colors.
We returned to the hotel, it was already dark. But the mood to sit in the room was not. Let’s go for a walk along the evening promenade. We came across a patch with shops and restaurants, but we didn’t need it anymore. Live music sounded in the restaurant closest to the embankment, we sat on a bench next door: to listen, look at the ocean, and at the same time count the planes … But Lanzarote did not change himself, he still remained an island of the wind. The winds are so strong that it sometimes becomes very difficult to be outside. So we could not stand it, we were literally blown off the embankment straight home, to sleep. nine0003
Fourth day, also the last one.
Our plane leaves Tenerife at 18.45. So it was conceived specifically to spend another half a day in Lanzarote. And during these half-days we managed to do quite a bit. If you are interested in details about how we spent these half days, you can read in the Lanzarote topic – the last day on the island
Well, in short, like this:
– lying on our chic hotel beach
Everyone is in a great mood – we love Lanzarote! nine0005
– returned to the fortress of Santa Barbara (which was closed on the first day) and visited its pirate museum You can also go up to the roof and take in the surroundings.
Our beloved Teguise. And we still can’t leave without saying goodbye.
There are also mysterious exhibits upstairs.
– we once again walked around the beloved Teguise, not having the strength to get out of its labyrinth of streets.
– we went to the town of Taiche, where the Cesar Manrique House Museum is located. It is designed right on the lava field, in five real volcanic bubbles. The design of the house is made in two tiers, here, as elsewhere in his works, there is flowing water, cacti and palm trees, a pool. nine0003
9000 to dine for her.
Airport. We quickly handed over the car, passed the control. By the way, the airport is also designed in places in an interesting Lanzarote style. The plane was waiting for quite a few people, there was a feeling that we were waiting for the tram. nine0003
The journey from Tenerife airport to home took longer than the Lanzarote-Tenerife flight itself.
Russian wheelchair racers successfully performed at the International Lanzarote marathon, News / Country News / All-Russian Disabled Society World Cups. However, this time can rightly be considered unprecedented: for the first time in more than 20 years, the Russian Paralympic team in full force does not take part in it.
While this arbitrariness in the Paralympic “family” continues, there is still a drop of prudence, humanity and sportsmanship left in the sports world.
We are talking about the international marathon Lanzarote marathon (Lancerot Canary Islands), in which
paraathletes-racers in sports wheelchairs of the team of Irina Gromova were lucky to take part.
Lanzarote marathon is a well-known, large and, most importantly, independent event in this situation, that is, it does not take place under the auspices of the IPC, which made it possible to perform side by side with such famous paraathletes from France, Spain, the USA, Japan, Ireland and many others . And not just to speak, but also to take high places. nine0003
Lancerot is an island of volcanoes, and although this place looks like a piece of paradise, one of its devil symbols dancing on lava, so the race can be called devilishly difficult. Uneven asphalt, a huge number of turns, a 180-degree turn and, in addition to everything, a headwind paired with very difficult climbs, tested not only athletes, but also sports equipment for endurance. Not all of the 42 declared participants overcame this distance.
Our sportsmen accepted the challenge with dignity: Vitaliy Gritsenko competed in the strongest group, losing to the Irish leader Patrick Monahan and the legendary Japanese Koto Hokina, and took the third place. nine0003
The women also fought hard: Katrina Gerard became the winner of the marathon, Natalya Kocherova took second place, and Akzhana Abdikarimova finished 7 seconds behind her, leaving Canadian Diane Roy behind the multiple Paralympic Games medalist.
Semyon Radaev and Rustam Aminov took 5th and 6th places. Kurbanov Arsen also showed a good result and took 8th place.
Despite the hardest track, all Russian athletes were satisfied with both the race itself and the level of the event in general, and were also touched by the strong support of foreign athletes, the warm welcome of the org. committee and everyone’s attention. nine0003
At this positive moment, paraathletes close the athletics season and retrain as skiers.