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28 November 2014

5 places to visit - Tenerife




1. MASCA

The "lost village" is located in the north-west of the island, near the hills "Montes de Teno". The beautiful village is located amongst impressive rock formations and lush vegetation. Until 1991 there was no road to Masca, but today the village can be reached by a winding road. This isolation has contributed to make Masca the best example of typical Canarian architecture. Masca is also a paradise for hikers who can walk through the canyons to the bay. The bay was once a hideaway for pirates. From there you can take a boat to Los Gigantes if you don't want to return to Masca by foot (it takes several hours). You can also enjoy this unique landscape from the "Mirador de la Cruz de Hilda" in Teno.

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20 November 2014

The Picasso of the Canary Islands - César Manrique




César Manrique is one of the most famous artists of the Canary Islands. Painter, architect, sculptor and environmentalist - Manrique, who was born in Arrecife (Lanzarote's capital), had many talents. During the Spanish Civil War, the artist fought on the side of Franco. He would never speak about the terrible experiences he had during the war. After the war, Manrique began studying technical architecture in Tenerife. However, after two years, he interrupted his studies and entered the College of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid with the help of a scholarship. Manrique achieved great fame in the world of international art and exhibited his art in New York, where he was inspired by new artistic movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. In 1968 he returned to Lanzarote to make the island one of the most beautiful places on earth. In Lanzarote tourism was beginning to develop and Manrique committed himself to preserve the beauty of the island. In cooperation with the Government of Lanzarote, he developed a unique architectural look for the island: traditional white houses with green doors and the prohibition to place advertisements by the roads.

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