We took a 3 hour trip on a so called Pirate Ship, the Flipper Uno. We went from Los Gigantes harbor onto the ocean and after about 20 minutes were surrounded by dolphins, many of them and we also saw pilot whales further out. After viewing the dolphins for 20 minutes we headed out to the whales and went fairly close. See photos.
On this particular voyage they served food, all the drinks you want and then stopped in a small cove so that people could jump in a swim. There is a swing that the swimmers used to swing out and jump in which was fun. I also had taken some bread and by drop small pieces of this in the water encouraged lots of fish to come and eat.
This trip was worth the 30 euros per person, and it was nice on a warm sunny day to be on the water for awhile.
El Hierro is one of the most unspoilt natural treasures the world has to offer! Rising out of the ocean millions of years ago, the volcanic coastlines and mountains really do send shivers down your spine. El Hierro is the perfect place to go to escape, particularly if you enjoy walking, scuba diving or swimming. We saw an incredible variety of fish, you don't even need a snorkeling kit to get a good look at the sea creatures just below the water surface. You can easily see the island thoroughly in a few days, bikes are not recommended (at least not for the faint hearted!) as the terrain is incredibly undulating!
As Europe’s number one haven of tranquillity, the Canary Islands are your perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Many premium hotels offer on site spa facilities and beauty treatments, guaranteeing to send you home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The beaches, some of the most beautiful in the world, showcase the finest views of the Atlantic and the surrounding islands. If you’re looking to book a holiday or romantic getaway, you are sure to find your dream break. Many companies offer weekend spa packages to some of the most peaceful areas of the archipelago, letting you really get away from it all.
With their idyllic location, the Canary Islands benefit from year-round sun. Where else in Europe can you swim in the open sea on Christmas Day? Everything has been thought of, ensuring a worry free stay and allowing you to simply relax. Multi-lingual, friendly staff will go out of their way to put your mind at ease. For those who prefer to take a little exercise, you can be sure to find group classes and walking tours to stretch your legs. The tropical climate is perfect for the cultivation of exotic fruit – what could be better than watching the sunset over another beautiful canarian day with a fresh fruit cocktail?
In 1991 the controversial researcher Thor Heyerdahl studied the pyramids and proclaimed that they could not be random stone heaps. First of all, the stones on the pyramids’ corners show clear marks of working, and the ground had been levelled before the pyramids were built. According to him, the material is not stone from the nearby fields, but lava rock.
At 3,718 metres (12,198 ft) above sea level, Teide is the highest mountain in Spain.
Teide (pronounced "Tay-deh") or Pico del Teide, is an active though dormant volcano which last erupted in 1909. Another notable eruption occurred in 1798. The volcano and its surrounds comprise the Parque Nacional del Teide. The park has an area of 18900 ha and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A cable car (Teleférico Teide) goes from the roadside at 2,356 m most of the way to the summit, reaching 3,555 m.
Take warm cloth with you!!
Loro Parque ("parrot park") is a zoo located on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife.
300 species and sub-species, making 3,000 in total, (700 of which are located in the park) and a vast 135,000m2. This collection is claimed to be the largest in the world. Europe's largest Dolphin show pool, the world's largest indoor Penguin exhibition, the longest Shark Tunnel in Europe, the largest Thai village outside Thailand, and is the only place in Europe to feature an Orca Ocean.
Adult 30 €
open daily, 08:30 till 18:45 h
The Ecomuseo de Guinea is located to the North of the island of El Hierro a short drive from La Frontera. The museum is a collection of original houses dating from the 17th century up to the mid 20th century. What is surprising is just how similar the houses were as regards construction, and all very basic inside. Surprising too that these houses were still being lived in up until the 1950's, the house shown in the photograph dates from the 20th century (yes 20th!). Located nearby is the Lagartorio which houses several examples of the rare endemic El Hierro Giant Lizards. The Lagartorio has a breeding programme and the species which so very nearly became extinct* is now being reintroduced to several locations on the island.
*(indeed it was thought that they had become extinct until several were found living on a virtually inaccessible rock outcrop back in the 1970's)
El Golfo is a naturally occuring pool of water at the top of the beach, exceptional because it is bright green due to the minerals found there. This is especially vivid as the beach itself is black volcanic sand. There are two vantage points to see El Golfo from - if you follow the tourist signs you will come to a carpark with a trail leading up into the hills. Following this will bring you out high above the beach looking down on El Golfo, but I would recommend heading a little south along the coast road and following the signs directing you to a lookout point from where you can actually walk down onto the beach itself.
On the South West coast of the island of Lanzarote is an area calle Los Hervideros (The Boiling Pits). This was created when the last eruption reached he sea and cooled rapidly, forming large bubbles in the magma which are now open to the elements. There are marked paths along the top of the coast from where you can look down through cracks in the rock into these voids which are being constantly battered by the tide with white spray and water everywhere. This is very dramatic scenery, and if you aren't good with heights i wouldn't recommend it as some observation points have little more than a 18" high wall between you and a 50'+ drop onto the rocks below. Also, some parts of the pah are uneven but there is a main path that is sufaced with tarmac and so quite level. It's also free!
The volcanic eruptions that took place in the 18th century have left a lunar landscape. When you walk on the surface it feels as if you are walking on coals.
The highest crater within the park is Timanfaya (510m). To see the park you must leave your car near to the restaurant and then take one of the park buses around. This is done to prevent the national beauty of the park being destroyed.
The is a horned devil holding a fork and this is the symbol of the national park.
Fuerteventura is much more quiet than any of it's neighbour islands. It is also protected from over-development, and the island has refused to be spoilt by tourism.
The resorts are surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches. Follow the near deserted roads around the island and they will take you through some of the most staggering scenery - from barren volcanic mountains to vast, deserted sand dunes.
Legend has it that Jean de Bethencourt said "Que fuerte ventura" (What a strong experience) when he first arrived at the island in 1402. Others say it was the strong wind, el viento fuerte, that gave name to the island.
Lanzarote is the fourth largest and most north-easterly of the Canary Islands. It measures only about 60km north to south and 21km at its widest point east to west. It is known as the Isla de los Volcanes (island of the vulcanoes).
The islands name is assumed to be a corruption of Lancelotto Malocella, the Genoese seafarer who landed on the island in the late 13th or early 14th Century.
The scenery here is quite amazing, and often referred to as mystical and magical. The landscape is dominated by remains of the volcanic eruptions.
La Gomera is one of the smaller seven Canary Islands along with El Hierro and La Palma.
The island is an ideal escape for any tourist or resident wishing to get away for a few days in the tranquil surroundings of a beautiful natural island with its own national park.
The island has dense permenantly green forests and a continuous mist in its central region; this is a genuine subtropical island not to be missed.
This small island is the most western of the canarian islands. Until Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, it was also the most western part of the world. Zero degrees longitude was set at Punta Orchilla, the western tip of El Hierro, untill 1888 when it was moved to Greenwich.
The steep cliffs which fall into the sea and the rolling mists give an air of romanticism and mystery to this secluded island. There are no big beaches and touristresorts here.
Unlike the four largest Canary Islands La Palma has plenty of water and therefore a great flora and fauna. The island oozes culture from the local crafts to the fine cuisine.
La Palma boasts unbelievable clear blue skies and is home to the Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysics Observatory. The island is not only a major banana producer, but it is also renowned for excellent farming skills.
The coast is rugged with steep hills almost falling into the sea. There are just a few small beaches with fine, black sand, and there are no big touristresorts here.
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