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Canaries: The sunny seven

Take the blue sea, fine beaches and fertile lava landscapes, add a pinch of sun and mix it up with nostalgic city flair - the Canary Islands' recipe for success is already there. Get an appetite? Then get on the ship and set off for a cruise around the seven sunny islands Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro!
It is particularly romantic in the evening when the Atlantic sends a mild breeze over the sea and caresses the burnt dress made of stone and sand - a welcome cooling for Señora Lanzarote, because no other island in the Canary Islands has such a hot temper.

Alien!

Rough shell, soft core: while the inside is seething, the scarred skin tells of an eventful past: 300 volcanic hills, red-brown deserts and pitch-black beaches give the barren beauty an almost mystical aura - and no one can escape it: artists César Manrique fell for her completely, Nobel Prize winner José Saramago lost his heart to the island, too Hollywood directors fell in love with the extraterrestrial landscape.

Wild and romantic landscape

Lanzarote is an ideal place to stay for those with a low spirits. In the wild and romantic lunar landscape, space and time are put into perspective: melting away in the soft sand of the Papagayo beachesSinking in the art of Manrique, forgetting time with a bottle Lava wine - here, somewhere in nowhere, moments become eternity.

Life in the lava bubble

But it's not just the morbid end-time setting that drives visitors crazy. Thanks to the gentle tourist development, Lanzarote is simply much more relaxed than other Canary Islands. Thanks to César Manrique, (almost) everything is aesthetics. The painter, architect and landscape planner left his mark all over the island. It was also he who made sure that Lanzarote did not make too big sacrifices to mass tourism. Even after his death in 1992, the people of Lanzarote cherish Manrique and his ideals. At the
Outskirts of Tahiche, you can find his extravagant domicile that he built on a cooled lava flow. Today is in the artist's house and the associated farm buildings Fundacion César Manrique housed. During the tour, visitors get a good insight into the life and work of Manrique and can also take a look into the underground lava bubbles that served the man as living space. Manrique set himself another monument with the cactus garden, which he had terraced in an old quarry between Guatiza and Mala on Lanzarote. Here you can find 1,420 species of cacti from America, Africa and the Canary Islands.

Fire mountains and desert islands

There are also discoveries to be made elsewhere in the hinterland. As part of a shore leave
for example the Timanfayo National Park explore with the famous mountains of fire. Of course, beach lovers also get their money's worth: these are the top spots Papagayo Beaches, El Golfo and the beach of Janubiowhere white foaming waves thunder on pitch-black sand. Or how about a little fling to the offshore desert island La Graciosa, because there you are still alone on the beach with yourself and the sea.



In the island capital Arrecife the sea is also always in play. If you like, you can take the “camino maritimo” from here to Puerto del Carmen stroll or have a siesta on the city beach El Reducto insert. The ideal place to say goodbye to the fiery island is then the natural harbor "El Charco de San Ginés" framed by blue and white houses - another picture that you will carry on board.
Fuerteventura is the most sparsely populated Canary Island and therefore offers the best conditions for a relaxing holiday. The sun shines on the ascetically beautiful island, which was thrown out of the sea 38 million years ago - on over 300 days a year, the climate is considered to be the most pleasant in the Canary Islands.

Walking on the beach

Fuerte's great treasure is the fine sandy beaches, including the golden yellow ones Playas de Sotavento with the Playa Barca lagoon as the icing on the cake. With a few exceptions, the surf is quite harmless down here, in contrast to the wild west with its treacherous currents - but there are the most beautiful sunsets there.
In the north there is no path to the dune area El Jable passing that just behind the beach at Corralejo starts and is the island's top attraction. On the beaches you often walk for hours without meeting a soul. But there are also beautiful hiking trails inland. One of the most popular routes (and which can also be tackled as part of a shore leave) leads from the palm oasis Vega de Río de las Palmas to the wild and romantic Barranco de las Penitas gorge.



Goat cheese for connoisseurs

On the steppe-like island, shaped like a seahorse, culture lovers will not be disappointed either: the one built around 1700, for example, is mysterious and enigmatic Iglesia de Virgin de la Regla in Pajara. The church impresses with its "Aztec" animal and mask ornaments, which you will not find anywhere else in the Canary Islands. The town is the center of tradition Antigua, located almost exactly in the middle of the island. On a drive through the interior of the country, you might pass the adventure farm Finca Pepe (near Betancuria), where one of the best goat cheeses in Spain is produced.

A tinto in Puerto del Rosario

With Puerto del Rosario Fuerteventura also has a metropolis with restored town houses, modern art and the wonderful maritime flair of a typical Spanish port city. And of course there are also rustic bodegas where you can rinse the sand out of your mouth with a strong tinto.
At the beginning everyone was amazed: When Juan Rejón landed in Gran Canaria on June 24th 1478, the hair on the neck of the conquistador stood on end with horror: Caramba! No gold, just barren volcanic rock. “Who is on vacation here between rock and gravel?” Grumbled Walter Scheel on his first visit 500 years later - but in the end the then Federal President was drawn to the circular island again and again, which inspires with unimagined diversity at second glance.

The other Gran Canaria

The other Gran Canaria spreads just a few kilometers beyond the coast, a contrasting landscape with 14 climate zones: Dusty arid areas, almost 2,000 meter high mountains, green valleys, deep volcanic craters, mysterious cave systems, eucalyptus forests, poppy flower fields and plantations that grow bananas, papayas, mangoes, and even coffee. Here, inland, the clocks strike more slowly. Farmers still plow their terrace fields with the donkey plow, at lunchtime the shutters close for an hour-long break and in the evening the football results are discussed in local dialect in the village pub. If you like the leisurely rhythm of the country, it is best to take a detour to the idyllic village Agaete or migrates to the caminos reales, the old paths of the shepherds, and then return to the ship in a deeply relaxed manner.

In Las Palmas on the trail of Columbus

Friends of well-kept city culture come in Las Palmas on your costs. First a Cortado, because that strengthens you for a stroll down Calle Mayor, a long pedestrian zone with nostalgic Belle Epoque shops and pretty cafes. Then to the historic old town Vegueta, where Las Palmas with its cobblestones, patios and quiet squares has saved the charm of the past years over time. There is a touch of old Spanish grandeur over the entire quarter. In the Calle de los Balcones, where the most beautiful colonial buildings line up, this is just as noticeable as at the Santa Ana Cathedral, and of course in the Casa de Colón, where Columbus is said to have lived before his first voyage of discovery (in a previous building): This is where he is hiding today behind the bulky portal is a playful palace with covered wooden balconies, ornate bay windows and filigree celosia shutters. The fact that there was a lot of culture in Gran Canaria even before Columbus becomes clear after a visit to the Museo Canario clearly, because finds of the old Canarian indigenous people are exhibited there.



Quaint bars and bodegas

Going ashore like this makes you hungry - it's good that Las Palmas offers connoisseurs a microcosm of bars and bodegas - together there are more restaurants than in any other Spanish city. For the curious, this offers endless opportunities to get to know authentic island cuisine. Whether very rustic in a nameless tapa bar or artfully refined in a noble restaurant. And: There are suitable places for the siesta, for example the Santa Catalina Park or the city beach Playa de las Canteras - Nowhere in Las Palmas can you doze off better than on this Copacabana in the Canary Islands.