Canary Islands

La Palma, Canary Islands

As I taxi down the runway at La Palma airport, I have the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. This is going to be challenging hiking.

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Anfi Tauro Golf Club

Men moved mountains for me to play the Anfi Tauro golf course. Dynamited out of Gran Canaria’s black volcanic rock, this hedonistic and sometimes simply sadistic Par 72 course is a golfing Beauty and the Beast.

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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, with only 60 miles separating Punta de la Entallada on its east coast from Cape Juby in Morocco

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