Dating canaries

Rhiannon Batten delves in to the secrets of Europe's Hawaii I'M NOT REALLY INTO BIRD-WATCHING I'M NOT REALLY INTO BIRD-WATCHING You don't have to be.The islands were named after the large native dogs found there by the first explorers (from the Latin for dog, canis).

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Over the last 30 years or so dating in Spain has grown, especially with the many foreigners and ex-pats that have found new homes in Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands.

Many arrived with a partner, a husband or wife but a surprisingly high number end up divorced, separated or single in Spain!

Small wonder the islands are so popular when they boast the amazing sand dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria and the stunning Mount Teide National Park on Tenerife.

As with mainland Spain, football is a national obsession, while Fuerteventura is the place to go for windsurfing enthusiasts — it even hosts the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup.

What people don't realise is that the pressures on anybody moving to a new country are probably greater than those in our own countries.

Add to that the daily pressure of being with your partner if the only time you spent with each other was on the annual fortnight's holiday for the last 20 years.

There are seven main, inhabited, islands; running west to east they are El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

The most invaded by visitors from Continental Europe are Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

The pre-colonial population of the Canaries is generically referred to as Guanches, although, strictly speaking, Guanches were originally the inhabitants of Tenerife.

According to the chronicles, the inhabitants of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote were referred to as Maxos, Gran Canaria was inhabited by the Canarii, El Hierro by the Bimbaches, La Palma by the Auaritas and La Gomera by the Gomeros.

Evidence does seem to suggest that inter-insular interaction was relatively low and each island was populated by its own distinct socio-cultural groups who lived in relative isolation separated from each other.

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