The Canary Islands are one of the best places to go whale watching in the world. There are 29 species of cetacean that live or visit the islands: bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, pilot whales, common dolphins, sperm whales and many more. The calm ocean of La Gomera is a particularly good spot to go whale watching because a colony of short-finned pilot whales lives there all year round. Whale-watching is one of the island’s most popular activities, especially for kids. The best way to see whales and dolphins is to book a trip on one of the island’s whale watching boats. Their crews know the cetacean’s habits and are careful not to disturb them while making sure that you are close enough to get a wonderful experience. The South West of Tenerife, Los Gigantes, is also a good region to spot whales and dolphins. It is a permanent home for a big selection of whales and dolphins. On Tenerife there are many companies that offer excursions to see whales and dolphins: Bondea II Catamarán, Tenerife Dolphins, Lady Shelley and Maxicat. The most important companies on Gran Canaria are Taurito Water Sport and Líneas Salmón. On Fuerteventura you can check out Oceanarium Explorer and on La Gomera there is Océano Gomera. Enjoy an excursion to the sea on your holidays on the Canary Islands!
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A visit to the Teide is almost mandatory if you are on holiday on Tenerife. The volcano is 3,718 meters high, making it the highest peak in Spain. The Teide is located in the National Park of the Teide, which is one of the most visited parks in Spain. Annually more than 3 million people come to enjoy the volcanic landscape and the beautiful nature. The National Park of Teide has two visitor centers, viewing points, walking trails and restaurants. You can also take a cable car ride to the top of the Teide to enjoy a spectacular view. In spring, the National Park is full of colors and the warm temperatures make it perfect for hiking. But in winter, when the snow covers the lava fields, the Teide is still very beautiful. At night the star splendor is one of the biggest attractions of the National Park. Because of that an observatory is also located in the National Park.
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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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