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Canary Islands, Spain
Score: 52

"The state of smaller islands such as Hierro, Palma, etc., are extremely different from and in much better shape than the main tourism machines of Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife."

"Intensively developed, mass tourism, lower end of the market."

"Wide internal variation, even within individual islands; from high quality on all counts (e.g., El Teide volcano on Tenerife, some built heritage in Las Palmas/Gran Canaria or Santa Cruz de Tenerife, beach development in Playa Blanca/Lanzarote) to excessive and negative tourism development (as north shore of Tenerife) and conversely underdeveloped heritage resources (as Arrecife, Lanzarote). Tourism development thus of varying degrees of appropriateness and environmental/social sustainability."

"My scores would range from 80 for El Hierro to 40 for Gran Canaria."

"With the Mediterranean islands saturated, the Canaries might be the next target."

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