Canary Islands

Hiking in Gran Canaria

Far more than just sun and sand, Gran Canaria boasts mountains, colonial villages and archaeological remains, Rupert Parker dons his boots to hiking in Gran Canaria.

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Hotel Botanico Tenerife

I was fully expecting to encounter Agatha Christie or the aristocratic ladies of Downton Abbey, transported by time capsule here to the 5* Hotel Botanico’ elegant terraces sipping afternoon tea, nibbling on finger sandwiches or snooping among the sumptuous gardens of the Grand Dame Hotel.of Tenerife

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Hotel Riu Palace Tenerife

What gin would I like for my G & T? The list is long and after a time I finally opt for Miller’s with lemon zest, orange slices and fennel seeds. It’s refreshing, but by far the best part is drinking it on the terrace of the Hotel Riu Palace overlooking the sea on, a warm November evening.

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Fuertenventura. Small but deliciously formed.

Fuerteventura is the second largest island after Tenerife, and with only 60 miles separating the Punta de la Entallada on its east coast from Cape Juby in Morocco it enjoys something like three thousand hours of sunshine a year.

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Gran Canaria. The mInature continent

All the Canary islands have a unique volcanic landscape. They were born from volcanic eruptions some 20 million years ago (although there have been a few more since) and the lava, now cooled to a blackish rock-like substance called lapilli, has left its footprint everywhere, and even more extraordinarily, has been used to fuel agriculture, […]

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