Botanical garden, Gran Canaria

Did you know that the closest “relative” of the Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis), Pinus roxbourghii, is at home in the Himalaya? And that the Canarian pine is able to survive forest fires? Or that the Canaries house more than 500 endemic plant species (from A as Aeonim appendiculatum, E as Euphorbia canariensis to V as Viola cheiranthifolia)? The unique climate and geography of the Canary Islands have resulted in an extraordinary flora that can be explored in the Botanical Garden “Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo” on Gran Canaria. This garden was the dream of the Norwegian botanist Eric Sventenius who worked for the discovery and preservation of the endemic flora of the Canary Islands. In 1952 the construction of the “Jardín Botánico”, named after the important Canarian naturalist José de Viera y Clavijo, began. After the founding of the Botanical Garden, Sventenius was appointed as its director. He designed the structure of the garden and busily traveled all the islands to collect plants.
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7 islands – 7 beaches

1. FUERTEVENTURA – LAS DUNAS DE CORRALEJO

Die Strände von Fuerteventura gehören zu den schönsten der Welt und sind der perfekte Ort um sich in der Sonne zu entspannen. Der Naturpark “Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo” verfügt über einen 9 Kilometer langen Küstenabschnitt mit wunderschönem feinen weißen Sand und türkisblauem Wasser. Für jeden gibt es den perfekten Ort: kleine Badebuchten, große Strände in der Nähe der Hotels und Hotspots für Windsurfer und Kiteboarder. Im Norden befinden sich die größeren und touristischeren Strände, während es im Süden eher kleine und wildere Strände gibt.

Las playas de Fuerteventura se encuentran entre las mejores del mundo y son el lugar perfecto para relajarse bajo el sol. El Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo cuenta con un tramo de 9 kilómetros de costa con hermosa arena blanca y fina y agua de color turquesa. Para cualquier persona hay un rincón perfecto: pequeñas calas, amplias playas cerca de los hoteles y excelentes sitios para el windsurf y el kitesurf. En la zona norte se encuentran las playas más grandes y turísticas, mientras que en el sur se localizan playas más pequeñas y salvajes.

The beaches of Fuerteventura are among the finest in the world and are the perfect place to relax in the sun. The natural park “Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo” features a 9-kilometer long coastline with beautiful fine white sand and turquoise water. For each one there is a perfect spot: small bays, large beaches near the hotels and hotspots for windsurfing and kiteboarding. In the north you will find larger and more touristy beaches, while the beaches in the south are smaller and wilder.
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5 Places to discover in the North of Gran Canaria

1. ARUCAS

Reason to visit: The beautiful city offers the perfect setting for a nice walk in the midst of interesting historical buildings.
Attractions: You should visit the impressive neo-gothic cathedral “Parroquia de San Juan Bautista”. The cathedral was built from volcanic stone and with its 60 meter high tower it is the tallest church on the Canary Islands. Other attractions include the historic buildings of the old town hall and the “Heredad de Aguas de Arucas y Firgas”. The beautiful city park “Jardín de las Hesperides” is also worth a visit.
Anything else?: Arucas is also known as the “city of rum”. The traditional brewery “Destilerías Arehucas” (since 1884) annually produces 3.5 million liters of rum.Warum besuchen: Die schöne Stadt bietet die perfekte Kulisse für einen schönen Spaziergang inmitten der interessanten historischen Gebäude.
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Carnival on the Canary Islands – ¡viva la fiesta!

Why go to Rio de Janeiro when you can celebrate Carnival on the Canary Islands? The colorful festivities take place on the islands during several weeks from late January to late February and offer everything you could wish: parades, competitions and musical events.

Wozu nach Río de Janeiro fahren, wenn man Karneval auch auf den Kanarischen Inseln feiern kann? Das farbenfrohe Fest zieht sich auf den Inseln von Ende Januar bis Ende Februar über mehrere Wochen hinweg und bietet alles was man sich nur wünschen kann: Umzüge, Wettbewerbe und Musikveranstaltungen.

¿Para qué irse a Río de Janeiro si se puede celebrar el carnaval en las Islas Canarias? Estas coloridas fiestas se extienden a lo largo de varias semanas desde finales de enero hasta finales de febrero y ofrecen todo lo que se puede desear: divertidas cabalgatas, concursos magníficos y numerosos eventos musicales.
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4 reasons to choose the Salobre Golf Resort

1. WONDERFUL LOCATION IN THE SOUTH

The Salobre Golf Resort is a little paradise in the south of Gran Canaria. The two golf courses (Salobre North and Salobre South) are surrounded by modern villas and the Sheraton Hotel. But the resort is not far away from the main attractions of the south – in just 10 car minutes you can reach the beautiful sandy beaches of Maspalomas and the nearest shopping center.

Das Salobre Golf Resort ist ein kleines Paradies im Süden von Gran Canaria. Die zwei Golfplätze (Salobre Nord und Salobre Süd) sind umgeben von modernen Villen und dem Sheraton Hotel. Dennoch ist das Resort nicht weit von den wichtigsten Attraktionen des Südens entfernt – nur 10 Autominuten sind es bis zu den wunderschönen Sandstränden von Maspalomas und bis zu dem nächsten Einkaufszentrum.

El Salobre Golf Resort es un pequeño paraíso en el Sur de Gran Canaria. Los dos campos de golf (Salobre Norte y Salobre Sur) están rodeados de villas y del Hotel Sheraton. A pesar de ello, el Resort se encuentra cerca de las principales atracciones del Sur – son sólo 10 minutos en coche hasta las hermosas playas de Maspalomas y hasta el próximo centro comercial.

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New Year’s Eve on the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the perfect place to celebrate New Year. The pleasant climate offers the perfect conditions to receive the new year relaxing in the sunshine on one of the beautiful beaches of the Canaries. On the 31st December there are options for every taste. Many luxury hotels organize gala dinners, there are New Year’s Eve parties in bars and clubs and many towns and cities organize fireworks and parties. As elsewhere in the world, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with champagne and fireworks, yet there is a Spanish tradition that is also very popular on the Canary Islands. The tradition of the “doce uvas de la suerte” (“the twelve grapes of luck”) began in the 19th century within the Spanish middle and upper classes, who celebrated “Nochevieja” with champagne and wine grapes. In 1909 the tradition was adopted by a majority of the population. This year there was a large grape surplus and Spanish farmers from Alicante promoted the “grapes of luck” in order to sell their crops. Over the time, the grapes became a New Year’s tradition and today they are almost mandatory. The grapes symbolize prosperity and according to superstition they give good luck. Each person gets twelve grapes that are eaten in the last minutes of the finishing year with the last twelve chimes of the clock. And who did not choke in the attempt, can now wish a Happy New Year to all!
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