Posted January 25, 2011 by BookingBuddy
Tenerife is such a hit with visitors that you may find it near impossible to enjoy any elbow room at one of its more popular beaches. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife offers eager holidaymakers white sandy beaches, as well as lush humid forests, craggy mountains and surreal volcanic vistas. Hike up Mount Teide for panoramic views around the island – the volcano is Tenerife’s highest peak, and is surrounded by national park.
Masca – Masca is a tiny village perched on the northwestern tip of Tenerife. Located in the shadow of the Teno mountains, the little village is slowly becoming a popular sightseeing spot. Visitors traipse here for the splendid views – you can see all the way to the island of La Gomera from here. Explore the quaint little plaza, go for a walk and see the abandoned houses clinging on to the hillsides, or hike through the lush green forests here.
Hotel Tigaiga – Located within the lush confines of Taoro Park, the Hotel Tigaiga is a comfortable, family-run hotel that will have you feeling right at home. All rooms come with balconies that enjoy views to Mount Teide or over Taoro Park. Soak up some sun by the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy or stroll through the cactus garden, or test your brain power in a game of giant chess.
Los Abrigos – Los Abrigos have their very own fishing boats in order to ensure the restaurant serves up fresh, top quality seafood every day. The mixed grill is great for sharing – it’s filled with lightly cooked prawns, shellfish and squid, and served with lemon to help bring out the flavour. Fish is available grilled, lightly battered and fried, or steamed. You can also enjoy large plates of steamed and grilled shellfish, as well as a chunky seafood stew.
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Posted January 19, 2011 by BookingBuddy
Hop over to the island of Lanzarote for a stimulating break. Your flight will get you to Arrecife Airport. From there, it’s only a short journey to the historic town of Arrecife. The island is often associated with sunburnt tourists and drunken partygoers, but wander away from the egg-and-chip establishments and you’ll find a serene island filled with wild, volcanic landscapes.
Almacen de Sal – Housed in a former salt warehouse, the Almacen de Sal serves up tasty, seafood-focused dishes in beautiful surroundings. Start with some stuffed peppers, or tender baby squid cooked in their ink. Those of you wanting a break from seafood may want to go for the duck cooked with orange, Segovian style roast lamb, or a Galician beef chop.
Timanfaya National Park – An otherworldly landscape greets your sight as you step into Timanfaya National Park. The dramatic, seemingly lifeless landscape here was formed as a result of volcanic eruptions in the mid-18th century. Stroll along the footpaths and discover rare plant life, or hop on a camel for a bumpy but unique journey. The El Diablo restaurant serves food cooked by natural geothermal activity.
Nautilus Bungalows – The bright, cheerful rooms at the Nautilus Bungalows help get you into the holiday mood as soon as you check in. The bungalows are great for family holidays as they come with a full kitchen and spacious living room. Facilities include a supermarket in the grounds of the resort, as well as two swimming pools and a mini-golf course.
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Posted January 18, 2011 by BookingBuddy
Escape to Gran Canaria for a funfilled holiday in the sun! The third largest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is home to beaches, sand dunes, historic towns, and nature reserves. Visit Las Palmas for a vibrant city break, or head to one of the smaller villages to enjoy a slower pace of life.
Taboga – See the spectacular dunes of Maspalomas from your balcony here at Taboga. Located in lively Playa del Ingles, the hotel offers 24 airy self-catering apartments – each fitted out with a full kitchen and comfortable living room. Room rates start from £50.
Roque Nublo – The monolithic Roque Nublo stands on a mountain peak overlooking Gran Canaria, and has been an emblematic landmark of the island for thousands of years. Hike out of Tejeda to reach the rock – it sits nearly 2000 metres above the town, and at that height, the views are spectacular.
El Herreno – Join the locals here for some tasty Canarian food. This popular restaurant also has plenty of tapas dishes on offer. Try the ubiquitous papas arrugadas – wrinkly potatoes served with lashings of fiery mojo sauce. Roast pig trotters are another specialty, as well as snails, cheese and seafood.
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Posted January 11, 2011 by BookingBuddy
Top up that fast fading tan with a trip to the sundrenched beaches of the Canary Islands. Lanzarote and Tenerife are the best known islands, but you’re likely to have just as much fun on the lesser known islands too. La Gomera’ unspoilt natural scenery stands in beautiful contrast to the holiday resorts of Tenerife. Visit El Hierro to able to boast to those back home that you’ve been to the ‘edge of the world’.
Reina Isabel Hotel – You’ll be able enjoy the best of both worlds at the Reina Isabel Hotel – Las Palmas’ vibrant centre is a short walk away, while the beautiful Playa de Las Canteras sits right in front of the hotel. There’s also a rooftop pool, and four different restaurants to choose from. Room rates start from £74.
La Gomera – This little island is a nature lover’s dream. La Gomera is covered in lush vegetation and distinctive natural features. Circle the island in a boat to see Los Organos, a dramatic series of pillars shaped like the pipes of a church organ. Hike through the Garajonay National Park for a look at the laurisilva forest, and make your way to the top of Alto de Garajonay for views around the island.
La Tasquita de Nino – Blink and you may just pass by this tiny restaurant hidden in a converted post office. Enjoy an intimate dining experience filled with traditional Canarian dishes – morcilla (black pudding), conejo en salmorejo (rabbit stew), and a selection of tapas, with a side of mojo sauce.