Category: Canaries

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Mount Teide National Park: rivers of lava

Mount Teide dominates the island of Tenerife, whether it be climate, skyline and geography.  At 3,718 metres and with an impressive profile, it’s easy to see why the island’s ancient inhabitants considered this a magical place and the gateway to Hell. For…

Underwater sculpture Jason deCaires

Lanzarote’s underwater sculpture park

Sometimes, people have great ideas that are almost too crazy to be true.  For example, creating an underwater sculpture garden.  It seemed too strange to be true until Jason de Caires Taylor, an ‘underwater sculptor’, managed to pull it off.  This…

Tenerife wine

A wine lover’s guide to Tenerife

The largest wine producer in the Canaries, Tenerife is little known for its vineyards on the Spanish Peninsula, let alone in the rest of the world.  Over recent years, however, things have started to change. From international prizes to local…

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Rustic lunch at Los Pinos, Garachico (Tenerife)

 Garachico is a seaside village in the North West of Tenerife that is well worth a visit for any discerning traveler.  In contrast to much of the south coast, you can enjoy views along a shoreline that has remained largely undeveloped…

La Laguna, Tenerife

5 Authentic Towns and Colonial Villages in Tenerife

Tenerife has, over recent years, developed an unfair reputation as little more than a package-holiday destination, over-run with lairy Northern Europeans intent on living as much of the good life as possible before their return flight home. But for those…

Casa Egon La Orotava

Casa Egon: Tea and cakes in the Canary islands

Yeah, yeah.  We know that we already told you about the little town of La Orotava, with its 17th century architecture and beautiful gardens and stunning views across the sea from the foothills of the Teide national park.  But there…

Pata asada, tapa canaria

Canarian tapas in Tasca Tapias, La Orotava (Tenerife)

  La Orotava is a sleepy little town on the island of Tenerife, a place full of history and stunningly located in the foothills of the Teide national park.  The historical centre is full of colonial-style buildings that will seem…

Garchico (Tenerife), Vista de El Caletón

Table with a view at El Caletón, Garachico (Tenerife)

Garachico was one of the most important settlements in the Canary island after their ‘conquest’ by 15th century Spanish empire-builders Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. The island’s most important harbour was at Garachico for over two centuries until the 1706…