Like many other Europeans I have had my share of visits to the Canary Islands (three and counting). The climate is decent from February until November. Some even like it in December and January. Most of us go to the Canary Islands for sunbathing, for long walks, to swim, spend time with friends or just get away from it all.
Few, if any, go to the Canary Islands for the wilderness. In this article I will be looking at your options if you were interested in getting away from people in the Canary Islands. It is not easy, but it is possible. If you are looking for wilderness in the Canary Islands I would suggest going to Lanzarote. Parque National de Timanfaya is the easiest accessible wilderness area.
The above map is based on publicly available vector data from the OpenStreetMap-project covering the Canary Islands. A wilderness analysis based on insufficient data will only represent a map of more or less mapped areas. In this case the basis for the analysis is decent. There will still be many errors.
The analysis has not in any way been sanctioned by Spanish authorities. It will not be used by the authorities and the audience (GIS geeks) of this posting is anyway quite limited.
The criterias used to map the wilderness areas based on OpenStreetMap in the Canary Islands are as follows:
- Roads: primary, secondary, tertiary, unclassified, motorway, trunk
- Land use: industrial, reservoir, military, farmland, residential, orchard, commercial, quarry, farmland and salt_pond
- Waterways: canal
Like it or not – the presented map is what you get.