Corralejo: holiday amid sea and dunes

In the north of the island of Fuerteventura, in the Canary archipelago, we will find Corralejo, a lovely seaside town known for its beaches, its spectacular natural landscapes and its commercial and tourist port that connect Fuerteventura with the other nearby islands- Lobos and Lanzarote.

Corralejo, dunes

Corralejo, the sand dunes

The latter can be reached easily via a regular service of boats that leave right from Corralejo. Near the mole of the old port, it is easy to find fishermen who have intentions of launching their fishing rods or finding vessels returned laden with fresh fish. Although it has been keeping its original marine vocation, Corralejo is now also famous for being one of the most visited towns of the island, also thanks to the presence of shops and bars that turned it into a worldly and amusing travel destination. The presence of disco-bars, clubs and pubs add up to that of the useful services during a holiday, including a good selection of hotels in Corralejo and several proposals for sports and leisure that most of all refer to excursions in the inlands and the activities to be done at sea like surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.. At the port of Corralejo, it is then possible to rent a boat or choose one of the boats that tour around via sea and connections with neighboring isands. Those who prefer to spend a holiday in Corralejo in total tranquility, with only the opportunity to do relaxing and easy activities, can spend pleasant days of sun and sea, in many sandy beaches that fill the area, usually well-equipped and organized for accommodation and then experience sensational excursions on foot (those who are lazy may also enjoy travelling on board a quad) in the natural park of Corralejo, particularly fascinating for the presence of its ample stretches of sand dunes that strongly remind those of the desert.

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Puerto del Carmen: sea and fun in Lanzarote

In the middle of a tour that will bring us to the discovery of the islands of the archipelago of Canary, we disembark in Lanzarote, precisely in Puerto del Carmen, one of the most touristically organized centers along the southeastern coast of the island. The short distance from the airport of Lanzarote (barely 5 km away) and the presence of a convenient tourist port, makes Puerto del Carmen an easly reachable resort and convenient in terms of services and transport thanks to links with public transport means and the opportunity to rent a car or bike to move around comfortably as you need.

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

the beach, photo by Mukumbura (Flickr)

Known 50 years ago by the name Puerto de Tiñosa, when it was still a village of fishermen, Puerto del Carmen is now a nice coastal town in the territory of Tías which is divided into a newer and more commercial area (where you will find hotels in Puerto del Carmen, restaurants, shops, clubs and pubs) and an old area (plenty of characteristic buildings, formerly inhabited by fishermen and pubs which feature nice panoramic terraces). Puerto del Carmen has all what it takes for a beach holiday that can alternate worldliness and fun with relaxation and desire to enjoy the sun and the constantly warm and pleasant climate simply lying on the beach. 6 kilometers of shore embrace Puerto del Carmen, along which enormous and sandy beaches stretch out (among which Playa Blanca or Playa Grande, Matagorda and Los Pocillos stand out) along with rocky areas, perfect for scuba diving. If you don’t want to miss the fun, shopping and nightlife, you should choose among theme parks (like the Rancho Texas Park), the casino, several malls and a lot of pubs for all ages, with the desire to dance and have fun.

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Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: sun and sea all year round

We are in the archipelago of Canary and precisely on the south-west coast of the island of Gran Canaria, a fascinating land of volcanic origins marked by steep rock formations that slope down the coast, flanked by a thick, subtropical vegetation. In such natural scenery, we will find ample sand beaches bathed by the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, small villages formerly inhabited by fishermen and larger centers equipped to accommodate tourists fo all kinds. Among these resort, which already have become much loved famous travel destinations, is Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, a marine resort perfect for your holidays of sea, sun and relaxation at any time of the year. In fact, the weather is always nice and consistent (the average temperature, even in winter, comes around 20°C to 25°C), precipitations are rather scarse, the beaches are wide and organized and the wide selection of hotels in Puerto Rico de Gran Canariaoffers everything that you need for a pleasant and comfortable stay, alone or with company. In fact, if you decide to come accompanied, whether by friends or your family, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria will not disappoint you.

Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria

Gran Canarias playas de Puerto Rico. Photo by targarina (Flickr)

Here you will find a sunny sandy beach served by bathing establishments that, apart from sun beds and parasols for your relaxation and sunbathing, arrange activities for your free time and equipment for water sports (including boat trips, windsurfing and scuba diving). Then in the evening, before returning to your chosen cozy lodge, it would be nice to walk along the promenade, browsing shops and stopping by one of the many outdoor bars to sip a tropical drink and plan the next day, perhaphs organizing an out of town trip, have fun at the nearest aquapark or simply stroll through countless boutiques in the commercial area.

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Playa del Inglés, an oasis of fun holidays in the Canary Islands.

On the southernmost end of the Gran Canaria Island, in the Canary Archipelago, we will find an interesting town, much loved by tourists and everyone who love to spend their holidays by the sea, surrounded by a beautiful beach, without giving up comfort and fun. This famous seaside town is named Playa del Inglés and it is located next to two towns- Maspalomas and San Agustin, on the south of the island bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas both have a beautiful shore of soft and golden sand, which stretches for 8km and is divided into areas, offering different opportunities to practise a variety of water sports. The towns of Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas create together a functional and organized tourist complex, which can offer a great number of handy attractions and services for a vacation. Among these, is a major selection of resorts and hotels in Playa del Inglés, along with several programs for your free time, like sports facilities, golf courses, nature trips (you shouldn’t miss the natural park of Palmitos and the beautiful natural reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas), restaurants, clubs and trendy pubs, enormous organized beaches, malls and boutiques.

Playa del Ingles

Playa del Ingles

Playa del Inglés is also well-organized in terms of infrastructures and transportation, in fact, there are several suburban bus lines that connect Playa del Inglés and other towns of the island, including Puerto Mogán (located about 30km away, along the west coast) and the international airport of Gran Canaria (the latter also about 30km away, but on the east coast). And also, there are plenty of taxis, car rental services and private transportation provided by hotels and local agencies.

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A trip to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the best climate in the world.

Chief town of the Gran Canaria island and together with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, capital of the independent community of the Canarian archipelago, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (the opposite of what you would think of in terms of the average dimensions of the islands and of most villages) is a lively cosmopolitan city, which now boasts a metropolitan area lying in the north-east coast of the island with over 600,000 inhabitants. This fact helps make Las Palmas a dynamic and interesting destination, practical and filled with services, cultural and commercial activities, amusement and attractions (among these we have the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Museo Nestor, Casa Museo de Cristoforo Colombo, Palacio de Congresos and Auditorio Alfredo Kraus). In addition to all this, is an outstanding number of services and hotels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a perfectly consitent climate, declared as the best one in the world by the Syracuse University (with an average temperature of about 22°C), beautiful local beaches (including the much visited Las Canteras, Las Alcaravaneras and San Cristobal), a convenient airport located barely 20 km away (5th Spanish airport for the number of passengers) and an important commercial and tourist port, Puerto de La Luz, which serves as a terminal for cruise ships and a starting point (and arrival) for links via sea, that connect the island of Gran Canaria with the rest of the archipelago and Spain.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Puerto de la Luz

the port Puerto de la Luz:

In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, you will also find what you are looking for in a holiday without giving up peace of mind and relaxation, retiring in the wonderful nature, which looks more fascinating than ever in various areas of the island (like the area that embraces the wild Dunes of Maspalomas, the villages of fishermen and the small and less popular bays on the south-west coast, the rural towns of the inlands and the protected green areas, recognized as World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO).

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Puerto de la Cruz: holidays in the garden of Teide

Loro Parque

dolphinarium, Loro Parque, Puerto de la Cruz

With its beaches, old houses with characteristic wooden balconies, gardens and hotels in Puerto de la Cruz, this city lying along the northen coast of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is one of the most interesting and most visited places of the island- like the other islands of the archipelago, it is bathed by the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Puerto de la Cruz is an intersting city to explore, full of architectural, natural and cultural cues, but most of all, a travel destination where you can relax and enjoy the constantly nice weather and the sceneries. The outstanding location of this city, infact, places it on the coast, in front of the sea and mount Teida in the Orotava valley, allowing Puerto de la Cruz, born as a village of fishermen and turned into an important commercial port, to grow rapidly and develop a strong travel vocation. A stroll through its historic center will enable you to discover the history of this city and the charm it has preserved up to this day in certain architectural elements of the oldest buildings, in churches and colorful gardens. Among the most interesting religious buildings, it is worth visiting the ancient church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia renovated at the end of the XIX century, the neo-gothic structure of the Anglican church and the charming Monastery of Saint Telmo along the eponymous street where you can enjoy an enchanting sea view. Then it would be interesting to explore the Castle of Saint Felipe from the XVII century and the Botanical Garden, which keeps a wide variety of plant species and founded one century later than the castle. A holiday in Puerto de la Cruz obviously gives space to relaxation and entertainment as well, so if you are with small children (a perfect excuse to satisfy even the curiosity of adults) don’t forget to visit the Loro Parque- a wonderful theme park that houses plenty of animals (like dolphins, penguins, parrots, tigers, gorillas and many others) and very colorful plants of every kind.

To end in beauty, there is nothing else to do, but head for the sea and stop by one of the most popular beach of Puerto de la Cruz, that of Playa Jardin: an artificial beach created by the sculptor-architect Cesar Manrique, surrounded by a fabulous exotic garden and the nice promenade of the seafront along which you will find nice clubs, pubs and shops.

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Playa de Las Americas: an answer to every desire.

Playa de Las Americas

Playa de Las Americas

Among the most famous and trendiest beaches of the island of Tenerife and of the entire archipelago of Canary, Playa de Las Americas stands out without a doubt- a long stretch of coast divided into areas and connected with Santa Cruz and the main resorts of the island via a network of suburban buses. Playa de Las Americas is located along the southern coasts of the island of Tenerife and it is the heart of the social and night life of the island, also thanks to countless hotels in Playa de Las Americas, but also to plenty of pubs, restaurants and bars (mostly gathered in the area called “Veronicas”) that flank several other services offered directly at the beach or in the entire surrounding area. Among these services, you will find various sports programs (including paragliding, diving, sailing, kyte, windsurfing, excursions and trekking) and commercial projects that helped Playa de Las Americas achieve the European Blue Flag Beach award. The area (which is the capital of the municipality of Arona) is complete with proposals for your free and leisure time, like amusement parks, the zoo and the Parque Las Aguilas that together create the interesting and exciting attractions both for children and adults. Those who travel with their own car around the island may also reach nearby golf courses, other beaches along the coast and the small villages in the inlands, but they should never miss a visit to the Natural Park of Teide located in the heart of Tenerife and recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. While if you simply wish to spend a peaceful holiday in Playa de Las America made up exclusively of sea and relax, you may count on modern resorts located within a short walk from the sea and on a wide range of services offered by seaside resorts, the latter equipped properly to ensure maximum comfort to its guests.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the pride of the Canary Islands.

The capital and most important center of Tenerife, the largest (but also the most populated) island of the archipelago of the Canary Islands- Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a town that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, on the north-west coast of the island. A holiday in Tenerife can have, as ideal reference point, several hotels in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, often surrounded with shops, restaurants and a useful selection of needed services during a holiday.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

the famous Plaza de España and its fountain:

Furthermore, Santa Cruz de Tenerife has a major tourist port, not just in the whole archipelago, but in Spain. The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the terminal of the ferries that connect the island with other resorts of the archipelago and with the cities of Barcelona and Cadice. Then, around the port, you will find the liveliest and most commercialized area where the long Ramblas begin, framed in some parts by trees and nice green areas adorned with benches. The town of Santa Cruz also has two beautiful green parks: the García Sanabra Park and that of Granja- both perfect for a pleasant break while on a discovery of the city and its shops, but also the ideal place to stroll among beautiful plants, colorful gardens and interesting sculptures. The town center is focused on the spectacular Plaza de España, the largest piazza in all of the Canary Islands, in the center of which you will find the famous fountain designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. A stroll through the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife can’t end without visiting the Iglesia Matriz de la Concepción which houses precious sacred objects, colonial style furniture and important works of art. To conclude the local attractions are the lovely beaches aroung the city, the museums (including the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre) and the modern auditorium of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a theater for frequent international events. During a longer holiday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you can explore the inlands and the lovely Teide National Park with its very tall volcano, now a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

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Valverde: on vacation amid lunar and marine sceneries.

Those who are in search of relaxation and a peaceful vacation, far from the chaos of the city and from the crowds, have chosen the right place. Capital of the island El Hierro, the smallest and southmost of the entire archipelago of the Canary Islands, Valverde is a quiet town of small dimension (despite of that, it is still the most populated center of the island) which has useful services and a nice and neat appearance. Its location puts it in the norht-east of the island of El Hierro, a few miles from the coasts and the sea. In the village, you will find various hotels in Valverdethat are presented as a convenient hub for any kind of holiday in the island, as well as a beautiful church worth visiting for its particularity (it is the fortified church of Nuestra Señora de la Conception, from the XVIII century) and several services like clubs, restaurants and shops. In the proximities of Valverde, you will also find the only airport of the island, various beaches and the tourist port of La Estaca which links El Hierro with the other ports of the archipelago. Furthermore, it is worth visiting the El Mirador de La Peña, an architectural masterpiece located not far from the town center of Valverde, on a viewpoint whose altitude is equal to 700 meters above sea level. From the height of its position, in fact, you may enjoy one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean and of Valle del Golfo.

Valverde, El Hierro

The picturesque town center of Valverde, photo by Javier Carpio (Flickr)

During a vacation on the island, you shouldn’t miss exploring its inlands, filled with volcanic landscapes, open craters, deep caves and a thick, typically subtropical vegetation. The island doesn’t exclusively offers interesting and one of a kind natural sceneries, but also spectacular underwater environments perfect for snorkeling, an ideal place to explore the depths accompanied by an expert scuba diving guide.

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The Canary Islands: a sunny and soothing paradise.

Canary Islands

The archipelago of the Canary Islands is an independent Spanish community and it is made up of seven major islands (Tenerife, Gomera, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, Gran Canaria, La Palma and Lanzarote) and six minor islands, a little more above the Tropic of Cancer, near the African coasts, boardered by the Atlantic ocean. Therefore, the geographic location they enjoy is brilliant and tranquil and helps them acquire a constantly warm and pleasant climate, typically tropical and never muggy (the yearly average varies between 18° and 25°). The sceneries of these volcanic islands feature a great variety of flora and fauna which is mainly in the inlands (generally marked by hills and mountains, subtropical vegetation, protectd areas and plantations of exotic fruits and bananas), but also along the coasts where beaches in different sizes and compositions alternate (in Fuerteventura we have larger sand beaches compared to other islands, which are wild and more intimate). The Canary Islands are also close to each other and are connected via sea by an efficient transportation system that links the main ports of the archipelago where you may often rent a boat or find the necessary equipment to practise various water sports. Therefore, a holiday one of the islands of the archipelago, served by several hotels in the Canary Islands, doesn’t exlude visiting other islands. And if you choose one of the comfortable apartments in the Canary Islands and you are with a group or your family, the best way is to rent a car and explore the inner parts of the island which often hides small and peculiar villages, as well as fascinating natural parks that are worth a visit. Obviously, this doesn’t exclude the possibility of retiring in one of these small natural paradises and decide to spend a holiday here in total intimacy and tranquility, delighting in a variated cuisine (rich in exotic fruits, fresh fish and goat cheeses) and leaving only the ocean and nature behind.

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