Mirador del Río on Lanzarote

16 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture Reading Time:  5 minutes

Cafe at Mirador del Río © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cafe at Mirador del Río © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mirador del Río is a viewpoint on an approximately 475-metre-high (1,560 ft) escarpment called Batería del Río in the north of the Canarian island of Lanzarote.   read more…

Macaronesia in the Atlantic Ocean

31 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Cámara de Lobos, Madeira © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cámara de Lobos, Madeira © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez/cc-by-sa-4.0

Macaronesia is a collection of four volcanic archipelagos in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coasts of the continents of Africa and Europe. Each archipelago is made up of a number of Atlantic oceanic islands, which are formed by seamounts on the ocean floor and have peaks above the ocean’s surface. Some of the Macaronesian islands belong to Portugal, some belong to Spain, and the rest belong to Cape Verde. Politically, the islands belonging to Portugal and Spain are part of the European Union. Geologically, Macaronesia is part of the African tectonic plate. Some of its islands – the Azores – are situated along the edge of that plate at the point where it abuts the Eurasian and North American plates. Macaronesia consists of four main archipelagos. From north to south, these are: the Azores, an Autonomous Region of Portugal, Madeira (also including the Savage Islands), an Autonomous Region of Portugal, the Canary Islands, an Autonomous Community of Spain and Cape Verde, an independent West African country.   read more…

Theme Week Canary Islands – La Gomera

15 October 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

San Sebastian de La Gomera - Marina © Jojo

San Sebastian de La Gomera – Marina © Jojo

La Gomera is the second-smallest of the seven main islands of this group. The upper reaches of this densely wooded region are almost permanently shrouded in clouds and mist, and as a result are covered in lush and diverse vegetation: they form the protected environment of Spain’s Garajonay National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The slopes are criss-crossed by paths that present varying levels of difficulty to visitors, and stunning views to seasoned hikers.   read more…

The Canary island of El Hierro

21 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Valverde © Mataparda/cc-by-3.0

Valverde © Mataparda/cc-by-3.0

El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano (the “Meridian Island”), is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands (an Autonomous Community of Spain), in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, with a population of 11,000.   read more…

The Mein Schiff 1

18 February 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Cruise Ships Reading Time:  7 minutes

Mein Schiff 1 at St. Georges, Grenada © Caribbeanyachtbroker

Mein Schiff 1 at St. Georges, Grenada © Caribbeanyachtbroker

Mein Schiff 1 is a Century class cruise ship owned and operated by TUI Cruises. She was built in 1996 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg as Galaxy for Celebrity Cruises, and renamed Celebrity Galaxy in 2008. In May 2009 she transferred to the fleet of TUI Cruises, a joint venture between Celebrity Cruises’ owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG. The ship was renamed Mein Schiff (English: my ship) on 15 May 2009. In November 2010, she was renamed to Mein Schiff 1. In May 2011, the Celebrity Mercury has been restarted as Mein Schiff 2 for TUI Cruises. Her home port is Valletta on Malta.   read more…

Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife

28 November 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Playa Jardín © Daniel Gainza

Playa Jardín © Daniel Gainza

Puerto de la Cruz (which in English translates as and was formerly known as “Crossport”, although nowadays it is usually known in all languages by its Spanish name) is a city and municipality located in Spain, on the north coast of Tenerife island, in the Orotava Valley. It is located 4 km (2 mi) west of La Orotava, and 37 km (23 mi) W of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and 25 km (16 mi) from Tenerife North Airport both on the TF5 Motorway. In Spanish the inhabitants are known as portuenses. The municipality is the smallest in area in Tenerife.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  19 minutes

Theme Weeks (Latest addition: February 2024) In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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Theme Week Canary Islands – Tenerife

14 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

El Médano © Berthold Werner

El Médano © Berthold Werner

Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands with a land area of 2,034.38 km² (785.47 mi2) and 906,854 inhabitants, 43% of the total population of the Canary Islands. About five million tourists visit Tenerife each year, the most of any Canary Island. Tenerife hosts one of the world’s largest carnivals and the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is attempting to become a World Heritage Site. Tenerife is serviced by two airports, Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport, and is the tourism and economic center of the archipelago.   read more…

Theme Week Canary Islands – Gran Canaria

13 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

Hotel Santa Catalina © Pepelopex

Hotel Santa Catalina © Pepelopex

Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, with population of 846,000 which constitutes approximately 40% of the population of the archipelago. Also, it is third most populous island in Spain after Tenerife and Majorca. Located on the Atlantic Ocean about 150 kilometers (~93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 1350 km (~838 miles) from Europe.   read more…

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