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29 October 2014

Little paradise - La Graciosa




In the north of Lanzarote there is located a group of smaller islands, lovingly called "ArchipiƩlago Chinijo" ("chinijo" is a Canarian word for "small"). The largest of these islands is La Graciosa with 29 square kilometers, the only one of the archipelago that is inhabited - about 600 residents enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this little paradise where not even paved roads exist. The island has two small villages, Caleta de Sebo, the capital, and Pedro Barba, a little town where some families have their holiday homes. Most islanders live off tourism and fishing, because La Graciosa is located near rich fishing grounds. To protect the almost untouched nature, La Graciosa is a marine reserve since 1995 and was later appointed as a biosphere reserve and a nature park.

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23 October 2014

7 islands - 7 activities




1. LA PALMA - HIKING IN LA CALDERA DE TABURIENTE

In the heart of La Palma there is located the spectacular National Park "Parque Nacional de La Caldera de Taburiente". The park is located in a crater-like depression of volcanic origin, which has a diameter of 8 kilometers. The steep and abrupt landscape has differences in altitude of nearly 2,000 meters. The highest point is the "Roque de Los Muchachos" with 2,426 meters, which also houses the observatory of La Palma. The beautiful landscape is dominated by the Canary Island pine ("pino canario") and offers small streams and waterfalls. A hike in the "Caldera de Taburiente" is almost obligatory for any visitor of the island! There are different routes depending on how much time you have - a few hours, a day or even several days, because there is a possibility to camp in the National Park.

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15 October 2014

Valle de La Orotava - the garden of El Teide




In the north of Tenerife there is located a beautiful green landscape with lava formations and palm groves. It is the "Valle de La Orotava," which begins at the foot of the Teide, Spain's highest mountain, and extends to the sea. The valley is not only one of the most beautiful places on the island, it also has a past full of stories. In the "Valle de La Orotava", which was called by the Guanches "Valle de Taoro", the conquest of the island by the Spaniards ended in 1496 and it was there where the first church of Tenerife was built, the "Parroquia Matriz del ApĆ³stol Santiago" in the municipality of Los Realejos. Even Alexander von Humboldt fell in love with the "Valle de La Orotava" in 1799 during his six-day visit to Tenerife and praised the beauty of the valley in his later writings. Nowadays, from the "Mirador Humboldt" you can admire the landscape and a bronze statue of the explorer.

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1 October 2014

The American Star - "the ghost ship"




Close to the beach "Playa de Garcey" on the west coast of Fuerteventura there is located the wreck of the "American Star". It was once a luxury cruise ship, but today it is almost completely submerged in the sea. The turbulent history of the luxury liner begins in 1939 when the ship was baptized by the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the name of SS America. During World War II the ship was used by the army and it got a new name: USS West Point. Despite many attacks and countless trips across the seas, the ship survived the war unscathed. After World War II, the glamorous interiors were restored and the ship experienced its heyday as a cruise ship. Over the years, the ship was renamed several times and among other things it was used as a way of transport between Australia and New Zealand.

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