The Canary Islands are the perfect place to celebrate New Year. The pleasant climate offers the perfect conditions to receive the new year relaxing in the sunshine on one of the beautiful beaches of the Canaries. On the 31st December there are options for every taste. Many luxury hotels organize gala dinners, there are New Year’s Eve parties in bars and clubs and many towns and cities organize fireworks and parties. As elsewhere in the world, New Year’s Eve is…

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The Nativity scenes, called “Belenes”, are an important tradition in Spain and the Canary Islands. Their origins are found in the 14th century in Italy, where some churches were decorated with them, and then this custom spread to other Catholic countries, like Spain. Almost every household had its own lovingly constructed Nativity scene. Traditionally, the set up of the scenes started on 13 December and the baby Jesus was added on 25 December. But nowadays with the increased popularity of…

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    La Palma is also called “Isla Bonita”, the “beautiful island”. Why this is so, one can best understand on a visit in the green heart of the island, the National Park “Parque Nacional de La Caldera de Taburiente”. It is one of Spain’s oldest national parks and in 2002, the park along with the entire island was designated as a World Biosphere Reserve. The depression was originated about two million years ago and, just like the rest of…

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1. MASCA The “lost village” is located in the north-west of the island, near the hills “Montes de Teno”. The beautiful village is located amongst impressive rock formations and lush vegetation. Until 1991 there was no road to Masca, but today the village can be reached by a winding road. This isolation has contributed to make Masca the best example of typical Canarian architecture. Masca is also a paradise for hikers who can walk through the canyons to the bay.…

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César Manrique is one of the most famous artists of the Canary Islands. Painter, architect, sculptor and environmentalist – Manrique, who was born in Arrecife (Lanzarote’s capital), had many talents. During the Spanish Civil War, the artist fought on the side of Franco. He would never speak about the terrible experiences he had during the war. After the war, Manrique began studying technical architecture in Tenerife. However, after two years, he interrupted his studies and entered the College of Fine…

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In the north of Lanzarote there is located a group of smaller islands, lovingly called “Archipiélago Chinijo” (“chinijo” is a Canarian word for “small”). The largest of these islands is La Graciosa with 29 square kilometers, the only one of the archipelago that is inhabited – about 600 residents enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this little paradise where not even paved roads exist. The island has two small villages, Caleta de Sebo, the capital, and Pedro Barba, a little…

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