The canary wine has had a great recognition throughout history. It was consumed by kings like Francis I of France, Charles III of Spain and Alexander I of Russia and the English playwright William Shakespeare also praised it in his works: “But I faith, you have drunk too much Canaries and that’s a marvellous searching wine, and it perfumes the blood ere one can say: What’s this?”. The vine was introduced into the Canary Islands in the fifteenth century and had great importance in the sixteenth century. At this time it was popular in the courts of Europe and it was exported to America. Currently the production is small but it has a great quality. On the islands there are 33 protected varieties, 19 of which are white and 14 red. However, Canary wines have managed to get prizes worldwide and we highly recommend to test them on a visit to the Canary Islands. Especially accompanied by meals of the Canarian cuisine: delicious cheeses, “papas arrugadas” or local fish.
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Can you imagine losing your house playing bridge? In 1973, Omar Sharif, an Egyptian actor who is known for films such as Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, was making a film on Lanzarote. During his visit to the island, he discovered a beautiful house designed by César Manrique. Omar Sharif decided to buy it immediately. However, the actor enjoyed playing bridge and the lengend tells that he lost his house against his real estate agent. He didn’t know that his rival was the European bridge champion! Today you can visit the house Lag-O-mar. There is a museum, an excellent restaurant and a cocktail bar. It is also known for the events that take place there: concerts, jazz sessions, fashion shows, exhibitions and talk shows. The Casa Concha is near to Lag-O-mar and it is the perfect house for wonderful holidays on Lanzarote!
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