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Posts in ‘Things to do in Canary Islands’

Scenic Bike Safari of Fuerteventura

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Biking in FuerteventuraDoes the thrill of biking get your adrenaline pumping? Are you looking for a new trail to explore? Do you love surrounding yourself with unique scenery? If you said “yes” to either of those questions, then a scenic bike safari through Fuerteventura is the perfect fit!

“Fuerte-what?” you might ask. Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, owned by Spain. A major feature of this island is the attractiveness of its landscape, with lots of stone and impressive beaches.

For this particular tour, there are three different levels of difficulty available: easy, south tour, also known as the medium level, and the Fuerte-Pur tour, known as the advanced level. It’s good to have choices, right?

The easy tour will cover a distance of 28 kilometres. Beginning your journey, you will be picked up in a minibus from Fuerteventura Playa and will be driven to Betancuria. After getting your bikes, you will ride through the valley of 1000 palm trees, eventually coming to the lake ‘Vega de Rio Palma’. As you continue, you will stop for a picnic on the beach in Ajuy, a little fishing village. Continue to the caves of Ajuy before you head back by bike to the west-coast. 

Covering 35 kilometres, the South tour will take you biking down uneven paths. Jandia is the starting point of this mountain biking journey, while Punta de Jandia marks the end. In between those two points, you will enjoy wondrous views of beaches and the historical Villa Winter. 

Now, for all of you hard-core bikers out there, the advanced level will take you on a 50 to 80 kilometre ride filled with mountain-biking and uneven paths uphill, downhill and along beaches. Like the South tour, the advanced tour begins in Jandia. As you leave Jandia, you will bike past La Pared and stop for a picnic on the beach.  How wonderful is that?!  After the break, continue on to the west coast, biking through small villages on your way! 

So, if you’re an adventure seeker looking for an out of the ordinary tour, then look no further than our scenic bike safari of Fuerteventura!

 

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Soaking up winter sun in the Canary Islands

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Chilly foggy weather, shorter days, looming dark evenings – just plain cold and depressing! Could we all do with a bit of sunshine this winter to get us through until spring; and what better place for a family holiday than the Canary Islands to do just that! It is close to the UK, meaning low-cost travel; and for guaranteed heat where rain is rare during winter and where temperatures range between 20 and 30 degrees, it is a no-brainer. The Canaries can also provide you with that sought-after summer tan in January.

Costa Teguise, Canary Islands

Costa Teguise

With a whole lot of beaches to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect location from the choice of beaches the Canary Islands have to offer. Miles of golden sands are the greatest attraction of Fuerteventura, while the beaches at Costa Teguise in Lanzarote are man-made and are a firm favourite for the windsurfing community. If naturist/nudist type of beaches is your thing, Tenerife’s Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Granadilla beaches are for you. However, if you are like me looking for less-visited and quiet islands, the islands of La Palma or La Gomera are ones to check out for!

Of course, some of the islands have more than just beaches. You can’t miss the Teide National Park in Tenerife, the highest peak in Spain. Or, you can take the family to the Camel Safari and Oasis Animal Park near Costa Calma in Fuerteventura. There are just simply loads of other things you can do on the Canary Islands; beaches, nature, wildlife, nightlife, restaurants, culture, activities and many more – you have it all here. My only regret is I didn’t have enough time!

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Devilish behaviour in the Canary Islands

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One of the strangest but most interesting festivals in the world is the Teguise Carnival on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

This event, taking place on March 14th and 15th this year, sees locals dress up in devil costumes to chase people with truncheons made from goat skin.

The tradition dates back to the 15th century, when the island’s inhabitants’ culture got mixed up with traces of Castillian beliefs along with the views of the arriving Moors and their African slaves.

People dressed up as "diablete" are attempting to appear as a male goat, a sign of fertility.

Dressing up as a diablete began in the 17th century when it formed part of the Corpus Christi celebrations on the island, but the local church authorities ruled that the behaviour was questionable, meaning it could only be done during carnivals.

However, the Teguise Festival is not just about devils running about – although they are the biggest attraction – there is also plenty of music and other displays on show too.

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Classical music comes to the Canaries

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Holidaymakers who want to escape somewhere warm but with a heavy splash of high-brow culture should consider the Canary Islands this winter.

The Canary Islands Music Festival, running until February 16th, brings together some of the finest classical music in the world.

Each concert takes place in both the Tenerife Auditorium in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Los Palmas’ Auditorio Alfredo Kraus on Gran Canaria.

Some of the highlights include Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Schubert symphonies on January 29th and 31st, while Michael Gielen along with the Baden Baden and Freiburg SWR Orchestra will tackle Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4 on January 28th and 31st.

Other big names which will be performing include Santa Cecilia Orchestra from Rome and Martha Argerich playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number 1.

The Canary Islands Music Festival began in 1985, the 300th anniversary of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti’s birth.

Over the past 25 years it has grown in popularity and is now looked forward to by both performers and spectators.

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Canary Island windsurfing at the wind factory

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Many of the world”s biggest events in the windsurfing calendar take place during the summer at Playa de Pozo Izquierdo – known within the water sports fraternity as ”The Wind Factory”.

The Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam 2008 took place here in July taking advantage of the perfect conditions the location provides for professionals and holidaymakers alike all year round.

Locals are born into windsurfing and the area is home to the renowned International Centre for Windsurfing; considered to be second only to Hawaii for facilities.

Its reputation precedes it as ”a brutal proving ground where scores are settled” and the sport”s biggest names do just that regularly here.
This year”s events include competitions such as men”s slalom, women”s freestyle, and the wave event where spectators are treated to spectacular, gravity defying aerial jumps.

Visiting competitors will be looking to gain entry to the windsurfing hall of fame by trying to out-do the local hotshots who have the luxury of being able to train here all year round.

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Underwater wonders from the Canary Islands

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Many uphold that spontaneity is the key to a good time but sometimes a ringside seat for a natural spectacle needs to be booked in advance to avoid any disappointment.

A two-hour marine life watching voyage aboard the Spirit of the Seas off the shores of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands is one such experience.

The ship”s itinerary is barely the same twice as she leaves three times a day from the south-western port of Puerto Rico at 10:00, 12:30 and 15:00.

Spirit of the Sea has been specifically equipped as a purpose-built aquatic life search vessel and can get much closer to underwater wildlife than most vessels because of her modified ”silent” engines.

Up to 30 people can be accommodated in the two glass-bottomed keels to give guests a rare glimpse of a little-explored domain.

Because of the limited fishing allowance, the area is known for its wide variety of sea life and constant contact with other vessels practically guarantees sightings of several species such as bottle-nose dolphins and pilot and finback whales.

Spirit of the Sea dolphin cruises must not be missed but 48 hour booking notice is advised to ensure a seat.

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