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News, curiosities and interesting things that others will not tell you about the Canary Islands


The operators of tourist accommodation establishments in Spain (hotels, apartment-hotels, holiday apartments, etc) have for many years strongly opposed the existence of what they regarded as a clandestine activity of seasonal rental of private homes to national or international tourists by their owners (first or second residence).

Spain's El Hierro Island Wins 'Geopark' Designation From Unesco

El Hierro, the smallest of Spain's Canary Islands off west Africa, was chosen by Unesco to become one of the world's 111 global geopark sites for making progress in promoting sustainable development.

Spanish island will soon reach 100 percent renewable energy

EL HIERRO, Canary Islands, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- This week's "Weekend Edition" by NPR focuses on the island of El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. The island is gearing up for becoming the only place to run on 100 percent renewable energy that hasn't previously been hooked up to a power grid.

Tenerife, off the Beaten Track in the Canary Islands of Spain [Video]

Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain is one of those marvelous places which encompass a world within one island, and where it's easy to get off the beaten track and have fun. With volcanoes, beaches, deserts, forests and cities all within a short distance of each other, this beautiful island makes for a perfect [...]

Tenerife Walking Festival set for March 2015

Ramblers from all over Europe are set to head for the Canary Islands next Spring for the first Tenerife Walking Festival. The Canary Island is a hugely popular area for timeshare resorts, and the walking festival will potentially bring a new type of visitor to its shores, offering new marketing opportunities as well as the chance to boost occupancy.

Tenerife locals told to be 'nicer people'

If you are offered a sycophantic welcome next time you touch down in Tenerife, it could be explained by an official attempt to be nicer to visitors. The Tenerife Tourism Corporation has launched a campaign including tips for locals, business owners and the tourism industry on how to be a "nicer person".

Spanish Island Becomes First To Be Powered Solely On Wind, Water

Posted: Print Article This post originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. The most remote and westernmost of Spain's Canary Islands, El Hierro was considered to be the "edge of the world" by Europeans until Columbus made his famous 1492 voyage. El Hierro's coastal cliffs and stark volcanic landscapes create a unique atmosphere.

Upcoming episode of Doctor Who set in Spain's Canary Islands

A team of 55 people from the BBC hit show, "Doctor Who" have recently been visiting Lanzarote in the Spanish Canary Islands. They spent four days on the island shooting scenes for a new episode against a volcanic background. This is apparently the second time Lanzarote has been chosen as a location, due to its stunning volcanic scenery.

Canary Islands vs. Big Oil

Three of the seven volcanic isles are world heritage sites, maintaining unique ecosystems, conservation land and a home for abundant sea life. They may also provide Europe with a renewable energy role model, stepping stones metaphorically to a sustainable future, as the archipelago aims for total self-sufficiency in 2025.

A High-Renewables Tomorrow, Today: El Hierro, Canary Islands

Islands confront some of the most difficult energy challenges. Their size and remoteness means they pay extremely high energy costs for often unreliable and dirty energy. Yet many islands are blessed with large amounts of sun, wind, and water, making renewable energy a promising solution.

Canary Islands are Europe's Florida

Canary Islands offer sun, sand but also mountains SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands - These islands are Europe's Florida: a subtropical climate, sandy beaches edged with palms, even theme parks as large as those in the United States. Yet, many Americans don't have a clue where these seven volcanic islands are, and few U.S.

25 reasons to visit the Canary Islands [pics]

THE CANARIES ARE A SPANISH ARCHIPELAGO off the northwestern coast of Africa. Under 100 miles from the Western Sahara and close to the equator, the climate here is more arid than tropical and stays in a spring-like time warp all year long.


That was the year my mother took me to Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands for the March school break. We were living in Germany then and travelled extensively. I was twelve, "going on 20″. These islands were formed from volcanic rock and have some fascinating vistas.

Walking Holidays on La Gomera - Canary Islands

L a Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands. It's almost perfectly round and ruggedly beautiful, tumbling from cloud, shrouded rain forest, down steep volcanic slopes into deep ravines and verdant valleys. Where there is water, plants grow abundantly and everywhere you look there are breath-taking views.

Hire a Cheap Car and Enjoy Tenerife - Four Fantastic Places to See

When you go to Tenerife you find so many things to do it may be hard to choose among the options easily. This choice is even more difficult if you don't know the area well. So here is offered for your perusing a list of suggestions of entertainment for your trip to Tenerife.

Walking in sunshine on La Gomera

In 1990, a giant lizard was discovered on La Gomera, the second-smallest and one of the most unspoilt of the Canary Islands, a 45-minute ferry ride west of Tenerife. The lizard, called Gallotia bravoana, lives on the cliff tops - you are unlikely to encounter him in the flesh.

La Gomera: the quiet Canary

There are no extremes here - temperatures average a springlike 70F (22C) in the winter and 80F (27C) in the summer. Climate aside, life on the island was traditionally hard for the inhabitants.

Rising from beneath the waves: A new Canary Island emerges as underwater volcano hits the surface

Volcano off El Hierro is just 70metres away from the surface and is spewing magma 20metres into the sky Nearby town is evacuated and ships banned from travelling to the area as strong smell of sulphur fills the air Explosive plumes and jets have been spotted coming from the volcano for the last month By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 07:28 EST, 10 November 2011 A brand new Canary island is emerging from the sea as an underwater volcano bubbles to the surface.

El Hierro Volcano activity report

This is the most recent El Hierro Volcano eruption report You may follow also Facebook Volcano Page - Google+ Volcanoes @VolcanoReport With the collaboration of Joke Volta, an El Hierro resident and Julio del Castillo Vivero, photographer.

Seven Natural Wonders of Gran Canaria

Don't forget your camera nor hiking boots when packing for your Gran Canaria holiday. For there are kilometres and kilometres of unspoiled greenery to explore beyond the resorts. There are also non-green protected spaces closer to the beaches than you'd imagine. Here, in alphabetical order, are seven full of wonder you'll want to wander.

Getting Away To the Isle of Lanzarote Infographic

The infographic provides a nice overview on traveling the the Isle of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

The Island at the End of the World, El Hierro

If Christopher Columbus had docked to pick up water and supplies at El Hierro instead of La Gomera the chances are the course of history would have been completely altered. He wouldn't have wanted to leave and America would probably have been discovered (again) by someone else.

The Mysterious Mystery, of Stones and Men

The structure on the ancient lava field holds my gaze. I stare at its lumpy surface. I can hear the basaltic bombs whispering, possibly revealing the answer to a mystery. The unsophisticated circular construction changes everything. It changes everything because it exists.

The Island Holiday: TENERIFE

It look us a few hours to get motivated between the weariness from traveling, the steady drizzle and the prospect of reenacting the path from the previous night. We found pen and paper to take notes as we were afraid the birds would devour a breadcrumb trail.