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Discover the charm of seven Canary Islands

 

The Canary Islands are commonly called “the islands of eternal spring”. Despite this commonality, they are also incredibly diverse and have something everyone here. Whether is nightlife in Las Americas, Tenerife, hiking in dense forests in El Hierro or laying on a sun-soaked beach in Lanzarote – there is no shortage of unique experiences to be had.

La Gomera

La Gomera is often described as the island that time forgot and in many ways is the most mysterious of the islands. Here you will pass through soaring cliff faces, surrounded by clouds and sleepy mountain villages. It is home to one of the worlds few ‘whistling’ languages, passed down for hundreds of years to allow farmers to communicate across the rugged landscape. It also boasts incredible hiking. The Garajonay National Park contains thick woodlands and many hiking trails for those who love the outdoors.

Las Palmas

Las Palmas is unspoiled by mass tourism. It’s a green with lush forests –and has volcanic creators throughout the landscape. The pace of life here is much slower so it’s the perfect place to unwind and admire the scenery. The island a has a world-renowned observatory at the highest peak of the island, Roque de Los Muchachos, making it the ideal place for star gazing.

Fuerteventura

This is the island for sun lovers. You will find endless beaches here with golden sands. In the north, you will find the dune beaches around the main town of the island, Corralejo. it’s a very nice small town, has character and an excellent gastronomy. In the south of the island, on the Costa Calma, Jandia or Esquinzo are the main touristic areas.

While the beaches of most of the other Canary Islands have black sand, Fuerteventura attracts many tourists with seductive white sand. The longest beach in all the Canaries is Cofete, which has an extension of 14 kilometers. Fuerteventura is much hotter and sunnier than the other islands. It can be a bit unpleasant may be the strong winds, but it offers good conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing and also has impressive diving sites.

 

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a unique and exciting island. It is the eastern most island of the Canaries and volcanic in nature. It is blessed with some of the most stunning beaches. The island is dry and has sunshine for more than 300 days per year, making it the perfect winter destination.

In addition to volcanic landscapes, there are -of course- many rock pools to bathe, but there is also an interesting offer for fans of active tourism and culture lovers. Timanfaya National Park is a ‘must see’ which shows a vast black landscape of volcanic rocks. It is possible to go on a camel ride from the village of Yaiza.

 

 

Tenerife

Tenerife: This is the largest island of the Canaries and, in the opinion of many people, also the most varied. “I have everything on one island here”, says Carmen Fernández, of the Spanish Tourism Institute (ITE). In fact, the island is divided into two parts: north and south. The south attracts many tourists for typical beach holidays. In the north of the island, much greener, hardly any sandy beaches exist, so this region is more suitable for walkers and hikers.

Tenerife has a little bit of everything. It’s the biggest island of the Canaries, offers sun and beach for tourism, with good transportation routes from major airports. It’s also an ideal place for hikers so it’s suitable for people who would like a varied experience. An unforgettable event is the Santa Cruz carnival. It’s the second biggest in the world, with live music and dressing up in a huge street party that lasts 1 week.


Canarian Chicken

One of the most famous dishes in the Canary Islands after the well known Canarian potatos with mojo sauce is Adeje Chicken. More known in Tenerife there can be a slight variations in the recipe. It can be satuated with high levels of oil and sauce which is something we are all trying to avoid these days. There are as with most recipies alternatives to make the dish more healthier. Here is an example on how you can do that.

Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken or 8 chicken thighs or 8 chicken legs
  • 1/2 batch red Canarian mojo sauce
Instructions
  1. Place your chicken in a large baking tray and cover it Canarian red mojo sauce, making sure you cover the top and the undersides. If you want as much flavour as possible, stuff it under the skin, too.
  2. Cover the chicken in cling film/plastic wrap and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 2 days.
  3. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 240C/470F for 15 minutes.
  4. Put the chicken in the oven and immediately lower the temperature to 200C/400F. Roast the chicken for a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and pour off the juices in the bottom of the tray. Spoon over more red mojo sauce. Return the chicken to the oven.
  6. If you’re worried about the skin burning, cover the chicken in foil and remove it15 minutes before the full cooking time is over.
  7. When fully cooked, leave the chicken to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

 

 


All Day Wifi in Lanzarote

Wifi is a must for most people travelling these days. Years ago it used to be a kettle! Can you believe that years ago you had to hire one in most self catering complexes. Wifi now is supplied in almost all the properties although there are a few that need to catch up but they are realising quickly that the business lost by not having wifi is tremendous. In all its not really difficult to find accommodation in Lanzarote nowadays with wifi but what happens when you are on the beach or taking a trip out for the day or maybe eating out in a restauarnt. This also seems to have been covered. A cpmpany called All Day Internet in Spain. They can offer a
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Lanzarote Villages

Conil
Conil is a village situated in the municiple of Tias. One of the many sleepy villages on the island which dates back as far as 1618. Once a very fertile area and good for agriculture the village suffered from the volcanic erruptions in 1730. A layer of sand and tephra covered it completely which all the 17 inhabitants were buried under.
Moving on it has been one of the places which has taken the interest of film directors and was featured in the film Mararia based on a novel by Antonio José Betancort. One of the things you will notice are the mansions which are dotted across the countryside

 

 

 


Iron Man Lanzarote

Its here! Lanzarote Iron Man takes place tomorrow Sturday 20th May. Below is a timetable of events throughout the day starting in Puerto del Carmen.

 05:00 Transition zone opens for athletes
 06:00 to 06.55 Swim check/ChampionChip control
07:00 Race Start, Swim
07:45 First triathlete finishes 3.8km swim
 09:20 Swim course closed
10:00 to 21.00  Expo, in front of Atlántico Commercial Centre
 12:45 First athlete finishes 180.2km bike course
 15:35 First finisher – Finishline Puerto del Carmen
18:30 Bike course closed
24:00 Run course closed

 


Lanzarote Cactus Burger

From the 17th May there will be something different on the menu in many of art and culture centers in Lanzarote. At first it doesnt seem that apetising but I have yet to try one. This is a first in the whole of Spain a fusion between the American burger with an ingredient which uses a plant native to Lanzarote. The  cactus burger is a mixture of tomato bread, goat yogurt sauce with smoked cheese and arugula, made from ingredients one hundred percent of origin Lanzarote. Also included in the mixture are tuna, potatoes, onions and millo

The use of cacti in the diet goes back to pre-Columbian times. Already the Aztecs used it in their habitual diet, next to the now popular grains of quinoa and seeds of chia, all known as superfoods by the amount of benefits that report to humans. Cactus helps stabilize blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, cleans blood vessels, sweeps the colon, protects the liver, softens the stomach, The cactus contains unusually high levels of taurine, an essential amino acid that participates in different biochemical processes and is commonly found in energy drinks. In addition, it makes a remarkable contribution of antioxidants to the body. In short, “this is a healthy hamburger, sustainable, functional, different and innovative.”

The cactus burger is suitable for vegetarians, celiac in its version without bread, and intolerant to lactose, eggs and nuts.

 


Vultures in Lanzarote

The Canarian Egyptian Vulture is one of the larger birds you can find in the Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The total population was estimated in 2000 and inhabits open, arid and rugged landscapes
Egyptian Vultures are scavengers and they feed on carrion. Due to their small size they are often the last scavenger to feed off a carcass. They also eat eggs and they use stones to break open the shells

Egyptian Vultures are the smallest old world vulture. They have a body length between 58 and 70 cms (23 – 28 inches), a wingspan of approximately 1.7 m (5.6 ft) and they weigh between 1.5 and 2 kgs (3.25 – 4.5 lbs).


Secret Garden

This is a place to visit if you like walking. Playa Quemada is a village situated south of Puerto Calero Marina. Popular for fish restaurants Playa Quemada has not moved with the times and has maintained its original ambience of a sleepy village by the sea. Walking south for a couple of miles a surprise awaits. A walled garden which has been carefully looked after which is accpmpanied by a shrine to the virgin.


Sonidos

Sonidos Liquidos is an anual event arranged by Arenao Consulting and Management who specialise in the production of musical events. The concerts take place in unusual place such as the  Green Caves and the Monument of El Campasino. Many national and international bands take part.

On 10/06/17 there is a series of concerts taking place in the Bodega de La Geria more information can be found on their website Sonidos Liquidos

 


Revenue Increase Lanzarote Tourism

The volume of business produced by tourist activity in Lanzarote during the first quarter of the year has increased by 9.3% to reach 734 million euros, This increase in revenues in the first three months of the year has been even higher than the average recorded in the Canary Islands, which has risen by 7.2% over 2016.

The average spend per tourist and day visited the island was 135.29 euros which is  6.9% more than last year. According to the survey, the island is 8.8 euros below the average of the total tourist expenditure that occurred in the Canary Islands during the first quarter of 2017.

The Tourism Councilor of the Cabildo of Lanzarote, Echedey Eugenio, has commented on the  “good news” and said that indicates a fulfilling goal of attracting higher quality tourism that encourages more spending on the island.