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Are The Canary Islands An Exotic Desination?

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Hi  I have just looked in the Cruise Desinations and found that the Canary Islands have been included in the Exotic section.  I would not remotely consider these islands to be exotic but should be included in the European section.  Does anybody consider this area to be exotic?

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I can't say that this is top of my list of worries.

My OED suggests that it should applied to items originating in foreign places especially the tropics. Clearly they are not in the tropics but could be foreign depending upon your own perspective.

In reality such terms are subjective rather than objective, and subjective opinions will necessarily not be shared by everyone.

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No definitely not exotic! Canaries for many years have been very affordable and only a 4 hour flight away. Its like the yanks and canadians going to the caribbean - they just hop on a plane.

Exotic to me is more Asia/Australasia

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It depends on what a person terms as 'Exotic'. I did a cruise last year which visited several of the Canary Islands. Each day our group were out on organised tours and once away from the beaches and tourist areas we visited a variety of locations from mountains to forests, desert to small secluded villages. In some peoples eyes the landscapes and varied scenery were exotic. I think in many cases because they are on our door step we take them for granted.

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I have never thought of the Canary Islands as being " exotic " but after watching Bear Grills ( with Jonathan Ross ) exploring one of the Islands I have changed my mind, I admit that there is nothing exotic about the beaches or the resorts but travel a few miles inland and it's a different story with volcanic land scapes, dense forests and wild life, it certailnly opened my eyes.

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I have never thought of the Canary Islands as being " exotic " but after watching Bear Grills ( with Jonathan Ross ) exploring one of the Islands I have changed my mind, I admit that there is nothing exotic about the beaches or the resorts but travel a few miles inland and it's a different story with volcanic land scapes, dense forests and wild life, it certailnly opened my eyes.

There are many places in the world where you can experience that. The Canaries are certainly not exotic, you have to travel much further afield for that. 

 

Happy travels!

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I would have thought that an appropriate modern definition of "exotic" would be interesting and different. On that basis I would have thought that the Canary Islands would qualify, certainly from a UK perspective. The problem is that for most people it means long-haul travel and something that impresses the neighbours.

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