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Postcard from the edges: Stick to the coasts of the Canaries and you’ll find spectacular scenery, deserted beaches and a touch of the Caribbean

Charles Darwin was impressed: shortly after the great naturalist began his five-year voyage on which his theories evolved, he sailed past Tenerife in January 1832. “The first of many days never to be forgotten,” he declared, even though he was banned from landing because of fears that HMS Beagle might bring cholera. The view that […]

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Seven islands, seven landscapes: The Canary Island’s busy network of ferries offers the chance to see plenty of great sea life and shore-scapes

There are two essentials to island hopping, namely islands with enough contrast to warrant a hop, and an easy means of making such a hop. These days, it’s easy to take in the multiple personalities of the Canary Islands in only a few short hops by hydrofoil and high-speed ferry. Although the islands have an […]

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Time to make a splash? There are few places with as much to offer water lovers as the Canaries

Water, water everywhere? Watersports are one of the great strengths of the Canary Islands. The north-easterly trade winds that once filled the sails of galleons from Portugal, France and Spain now propel windsurfers, tug at kites, and ruffle the hair of yachtsmen, sea kayakers and surf dudes. Scuba divers and snorkellers, too, have much to […]

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Fuerteventura Oasis Park: ‘Despite their dubious oral hygiene, the sea lions are the park’s megastars’

Animals as fashion accessories? Totally uncool. Paris Hilton and Britney Spears may still insist on working that look, but right-minded grown ups, of course, know better. So why is that when a gung-ho young reptile keeper drapes a fully-grown python round my neck, I find myself feeling (the shame of it) dangerously glamorous? Is it […]