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A basic guide of Mallorca

Majorca is a perfect island to travel to in summer. It is one of the most unique destinations in the Mediterranean. With this being said, we have a partnership with a very special tour guide who offers travel tips for guests of the Blau Punta Reina Resort, a resort for families and couples in Porto Cristo, Majorca.

This is the best way to explore the island of Majorca the way you want to.

Majorca’s emblem

The Palma Cathedral, called la Seu, is Majorca’s most emblematic building. Located facing the Bay of Palma, it welcomes thousands of contemplating visitors every year. Wrapped by the city’s walls, the Palma Cathedral has the world’s largest Gothic rose window. This is an element that in winter offers a magical image, due to the rays of sun passing through the coloured stained glass window.  The Cathedral is surrounded by gardens and is next to the main buildings in the centre of Palma. Its interior holds Miquel Barceló’s mural and a museum. Visiting hours vary according to the time of year, although it is open every Saturday all year round from 10:00 to 14:15. On Sundays it is only open during mass.

Underground Majorca

Majorca is an island with a particular orography, inside and out. Its subterranean side hides dozens of impressive caves that offer its visitors a unique experience and vision of nature and the passing of time. The most famous of these caves are the Drach Caves, located in Portocristo. The Artà Caves, in the region of Capdepera, are also spectacular, as well as the Campanet Caves, located in the region of the same name. For potholing enthusiasts, there are cave in Majorca that are less known but just as interesting when it comes to formations and subterranean routes: the Pirate Caves in Cala Falcó, the del Hams Caves in Portocristo and the Mare de Deu Caves in Portals Vells.

The Drach Caves

The Drach Caves are the most famous subterranean formations in Majorca. Located on the island’s oriental coast, specifically in the region of Portocristo, the Drach caves offer an unequalled tour through shapes and sounds. These caves are 2.4 kilometres long and can reach up to 25 metres in depth. Its interior displays an almost magical vision; the Martel is an underground lake where a classical music concert is held for every group of visitors. This concert and the impeccable light show projected over the water offer a unique experience. Visitors have the option of taking a small boat ride through the lake at the end of the tour.

Cuevas del Drach Mallorca

Cuevas del Drach Mallorca

The Artà Caves 

The Artà Caves are Majorca’s most spectacular subterranean formations. Located in Cap Vermell, in the region of Capdepera, the caves are framed by a mountainous landscape overlooking the sea. They are a mandatory visit for potholing enthusiasts, since its formations are especially significant due to their age, size, volume and location… It all seems to have been designed with the utmost care and harmony. What is most surprising when visiting the Artà Caves is its majestic vault, a structure with winding and impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Its length has winding galleries and caves where visitors can walk around and discover this phenomenon of nature.

The Campanet Caves

Located in the depths of the Sant Miquel valley, the Campanet caves are a passageway to the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains. Its privileged location matches the beauty of its interior, divided into several areas and galleries. The Campanet subterranean caves are 3,200 m² in size, offering its visitors a 400 metre trajectory that takes approximately 40 minutes. These caves reach a maximum depth of 50 metres and its galleries hold lakes and ample spaces; the perfect place to feed one’s imagination.

A lighthouse route through Majorca

While in Majorca, you can enjoy a beautiful route of the lighthouses that light up the island. Many of them are very old towers and true monuments overlooking the Mediterranean. One of the best examples is the Porto Pi lighthouse, in Palma. Located next to a naval base, right in the Palma Port, it is the third oldest functioning lighthouse in the world, after the Hercules Tower in A Coruña and the Lanterna in Genova. The most impressive lighthouses in Majorca are the Faro de Ses Salines, which can be seen from Cabrera, and the one in Formentor, a construction that crowns the Tramuntana Mountains. Others that are also worth visiting due to their special beauty are the Aucanada lighthouse in Capdepera, and Sa Creu, in Sóller.

A day trip to the Waterpark

Majorca has some of the best water parks in Europe. The island’s excellent climate in the summer is an invitation to spending as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying a swim in the sea or a dip in the swimming pool. A day at Aquapark is the perfect option for some fun, quality time with your family. Majorca has a total of four water parks, one in El Arenal, in the Playa de Palma region, two in Magaluf and a fourth in Alcudia. These water parks have amazing attractions like paintball, mini golf, games specific for different age groups, rest areas, grassy lanes, sun loungers and theme restaurants to regain one’s strength. It’s guaranteed pure fun in the sun.

A bicycle tour around the Bay of Palma

The Bay of Palma has one of the best bicycle lanes on the island of Majorca. The boardwalk connects the city’s centre with the residential and tourist area of Can Pastilla and takes you through areas of great natural beauty. This bike route is approximately 13 kilometres long and runs along the sea, offering typically marine scenes, diverse landscapes and people of all ages on a stroll or doing sports. The bicycle lane is protected from transit, making it an ideal path to enjoy a relaxing bike ride or an excursion with the entire family. Along the path, you will find small inlets, perfect for taking a dip, natural and unique areas like Es Carnatge, and lively bars and restaurants next to the sea.

Magaluf, the best party in Majorca

Parties in Majorca have a name: Magaluf. Bars, all types of restaurants and shops, Irish pubs, clubs and the best discotheques on the island are focused in this small region. The best destination for those looking for guaranteed fun. Located in the tourist municipality of Calvià, Magaluf is the perfect place to watch the sun rise after a night partying and lay on the sand of its two kilometre long beach. Shops, supermarkets, scuba diving schools, water sports, large terraces facing the sea… this is a place designed to make sure you enjoy every minute of your vacation. One of the main nightlife attractions is the famous BCM Planet Dance discotheque, one of the largest music venues in Majorca. Every summer, the best national and international disc-jockeys like David Guetta or Carl Cox make nights even hotter; experience the true Ibiza sound in the heart of Majorca’s nightlife.

Palmanova for all

The ultimate destination in Calvià for a family vacation is Palmanova. This small beach town in Majorca is very close to the lively nightlife in Magaluf, but its focus is more on tranquillity, rest and family fun. This is the perfect summer location for families with children and the elderly. The secret of Palmanova is the fact that it’s a welcoming town offering everything any type of visitor might need. Assorted restaurants, bars, play areas for children, beaches, parks, a marina, numerous shops, water sports… Palmanova Beach is a quiet place for those travelling with children; its waters are shallow, the white fine sandy beach is approximately 500 metres long and has a security service and easy access. You can take a stroll along a beautiful boardwalk full of shops, terraces and restaurants. Right next to this beach, connecting Palmanova and Magaluf, is Es Carregador, a smaller beach surrounded by lovely Mediterranean pine trees.

On a boat trip in the Palma Bay

Seen from the sea, Palma looks like a freshly painted picture. The Cathedral in the background, surrounded by gardens, monumental buildings and quaint roofs. So you can enjoy these magnificent views, take full advantage of your vacation and make a reservation for a quiet boat trip around the Bay of Palma. In the city’s Port, numerous businesses organize small boat or catamaran trips around the bay, from Palma to the Cap Blanc. These boat trips around the Bay of Palma usually last three to four hours and are appropriate for all age groups. On these trips, you have the option of going for a dip in a hidden inlet and savouring a real paella over the Mediterranean and toast with a glass of fresh sangria. These trips are with varied groups of people, allowing you to make new acquaintances. They run February until October and need to be reserved in advance.

Es Trenc, the essential beach

Es Trenc is one of the few remaining unspoiled beaches in Majorca and its beauty is almost intact. Many consider it to be the island’s paradise beach; the perfect place to disconnect, leave stress behind and swim in the bluest waters of the archipelago. Es Trenc, located in the Campos municipality, is made up of four kilometres of coast declared a protected, undeveloped area. This beach is surrounded by the typical leafy Mediterranean vegetation, which holds up to 170 different bird species and small dunes. Its fine sand is pristine and of the purest white, its shallow and transparent waters are always calm, like in a huge swimming pool. Es Trenc beach is very lively in the summer, so much so that visitors need to get an early start to find a parking spot. On each side of the beach you’ll find the family areas with sun loungers and sunshades, and in the centre there’s an area for nudists. All along the beach, kiosks hold lively parties that last well into the summer nights.

Es Trenc Mallorca

Cala d’Or beaches

Cala d’Or is one of the most distinguished tourist areas in Majorca. Located on the island’s southeast corner, in the municipality of Santanyí, its coast is characterised by exquisite inlets, rocky cliffs and a varied selection of leisure for all likings and age groups. Cala Gran is its most important inlet, due to its size and flow of visitors. Its quiet, family atmosphere is very convenient for those travelling with children, allowing for a safe sun and beach vacation. At a close distance, you’ll find Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena, Cala des Pou, Cala Esmeralda and Cala Egos. All of them smaller in size, welcoming and family oriented. Its sea beds are very rich in fauna and flora. The service offered in these inlets is excellent, making them some of the most sought after places to spend a summer vacation in Majorca.

Alcudia, the great bay

One of the nicest bays in the Balearic Islands is hidden in Majorca’s northern shore. The Alcudia and Muro Beaches are extended along the coast, creating a real natural maritime boardwalk facing the Mediterranean. In total, almost nine kilometres of fine, pristine sand, shallow waters and a natural environment make Alcudia one of Majorca’s most attractive destinations. Perfect for disconnecting from everyday stress, the Alcudia Bay is a lovely place where you’ll find all the services needed for an ideal vacation; tranquillity and relaxation in nature, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sports, fun, relaxation, sun and beaches, nature… You’ll find all of this in this special spot on the Majorcan coast, a place next to Formentor cape in the west and the mountain range in the east.

Muro lakes

The natural park at S’Albufera in Majorca is, along with Mondragó, the essential place to get in touch with nature. 100,000 years old, this area in the municipality of Muro is the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands and is characterised by its lovely lakes and canals.

S’Albufera is right next to the sea and offers the contrast of dunes, the Mediterranean and the Bay of Alcudia. While on one of the four routes that cross the park, you’ll be able to enjoy views of Muro Beach and the typical tillage houses of Sa Pobla village. This is the real Majorca. These wetlands are a protected natural park holding numerous regional species that live on its islets and canals: lizards, fish, migratory and water birds like the Bittern and the Heron, as well as Majorca’ autochthonous flora.

Sailing and kite surfing in Majorca

Majorca is an unequalled destination for all types of water sports. You’ll have access to sailing lessons, kite surfing on the beach, scuba diving, fishing, catamaran sailing or going on a kayak excursion around the coast. The calm waters of the Mediterranean make this island a year around paradise for water sport enthusiasts. The Port of Pollença, Alcudia and Cala Estancia, next to Playa de Palma, are the most popular beaches for fast-growing sports like sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Majorca has several professional schools that teach sailing and kite surfing all year round, since the Bays of Palma and Alcudia have the perfect weather conditions for these types of sports.

Blau Punta Reina Resort

Blau Punta Reina Resort

Petit Palace Guide of Bilbao

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
This contemporary art center opened in 1997, changing Bilbao’s looking and becoming one of its strongholds.  Located in one of the most representative areas of the city, on the estuary, this 24,000m2-building was designed by renowned Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry.

Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum is one of the 5 centers that the Foundation Solomon R. Guggenheim has throughout the world and it is particularly admired for its innovative roof materials.

ARRIAGA THEATRE
The Arriaga Theatre is one of the most characteristic buildings in Bilbao, also known as the Village Theatre (“Teatro de la Villa”).  Opened in 1890, it was built in honor of the Spanish composer who shares its name: Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga.  Opera, memorable classical music series… Its programming is a musical jewel and its internal structure is really beautiful. Designed by Joaquin Rucoba, this is an excellent example of nineteenth-century neo-baroque architecture.

OLD TOWN
The so-called famous “Seven Streets” shapes the ancient villa from which the city has grown: Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Barrencalle, Carnicería Vieja, Belosticalle and Barrena.  They concentrate most of the city’s historic monuments, museums, libraries and some of its most lively places, such as the Plaza de Unamuno.  It is a long established commercial area with small shops and typical Basque tapas and traditional bars. The Petit Palace Arana Bilbao Hotel is located at the old town.

GASTRONOMY AND PINTXOS
Bilbao’s gastronomy, and in particular, the pintxo tradition, is one of the symbols of the city: Modern and traditional pintxos, “cazuelitas” … Find the best examples of Basque cuisine in its bars and restaurants.  There are several places where you can try pintxos in Bilbao.  The most characteristic and touristic area is the Old Town, bringing together many bars in only 7 streets, but don’t miss Indatxu and Abando new districts. Enjoy Basque gastronomy at Petit Palace Tamarises Hotel.

Petit Palace Guide of Valencia

VALENCIA’s CATHEDRAL

Known as “la Seu”, Valencia’s Cathedral was built to honor St. Mary, under Jaime I.  It combines different architectural styles: Mediterranean and French Gothic, Romanic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic.  A unique urban attraction.

EL CARMEN DISTRICT
Set between the Arabic and Christian walls, here you’ll find Valencia’s pure essence.  Also, The Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Quart and Serrano’s Towers, El Carmen Church are some of its many attractions.  Walking around El Carmen is a unique experience inside Valencia. Discover it by booking Petit Palace Bristol Valencia Hotel.

CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia is a cultural and science center, built over 2km through El Turia old river.  Surrounded by water, its buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela are unique in the city.  It offers many interesting activities: planetarium, cinema, Opera Palace, and the biggest aquarium in Europe, with more than 500 marine species.

CENTRAL MARKET
The Petit Palace Germanias Valencia Hotel is only 10 minutes from Central Market Square.  Colorful, with Mediterranean perfumes and savors, this modernist building brings together more than 400 retailers downtown Valencia.  Get lost over its small streets and enjoy its unique atmosphere.

Petit Palace Guide of Seville

CATHEDRAL, ALCÁZAR AND ARCHIVES OF THE INDIES

These monuments are the heart of Seville and the essence of his Almohads roots. The Cathedral, with Giralda’s minaret, is the largest Gothic building in Europe.  Raised on an old mosque, which still retains the Patio de los Naranjos, the Royal Palaces are a Moorish and Gothic art example in Seville.  The Archive of the Indies, which was the old fish market, has unique documentary resources of the Spanish colonies. Petit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana Hotel is the perfect accommodation for any trip to Seville.

SANTA CRUZ DISTRICT

Santa Cruz district is the most charming district of Seville. It was the old Jewish quarter of the city, which housed the second largest Jewish community in Spain.  Its narrow streets are perfect for walks in the shade and its many squares are full of life, tapas and music.  Don’t miss Plaza de los Venerables, Santa Elvira and Santa Cruz Squares. The Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel is located at Santa Cruz typical district.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
The Museum of Fine Arts is a must for painting lovers.  This building, built in 1835, is one of the most representative Spanish art centers of Baroque and Sevillian seventeenth-century paintings, with works by artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Juan de Valdes Leal … and especially Murillo and Zurbarán, who have devoted some few of the museum’s 14 rooms.

FLAMENCO AND TABLAOS
Flamenco is floating in every corner of Seville.  Its sounds fills the streets of the old center, painting its facades and squares. The best places to enjoy its essence are the Tablaos, typical bars where tables surround a stage offering performances every single night.  Scattered throughout Seville, one of the most emblematic is near the Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel: Tablao Los Gallos. Enjoy Seville booking the Petit Palace Canalejas Hotel.

Petit Palace Guide of Barcelona

LA BOQUERÍA MARKET
The Petit Palace Boquería Hotel is a few steps from La Boquería famous Market, off Las Ramblas.  Its real name is Sant Josep’s Market, but it has become a unique attraction for those willing to really discover Barcelona’s genuine atmosphere.  Here, Mediterranean typical smells and colors meet with exotic products you won’t find anywhere else.

THE GOTHIC DISTRICT
The Gothic District is the heart of Barcelona. Made up of tiny districts like Santa Ana and La Merced, its streets are live gothic Mediterranean art.  Here you’ll find many famous monuments and beautiful buildings like Barcelona’s Cathedral, which still preserves a piece of its ancient walls.  The Gothic District is the right place to go shopping, strolling along or having a drink. Discover el barrio Gótico by staying at Petit Palace Opera Garden Hotel.

SAGRADA FAMILIA
The Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s famous symbols, and the finest example of Catalan modernist architecture.  Conceived by Antonio Gaudi, the construction begun in 1882 and its majesty crowns Barcelona from his famous circular towers, the artist’s personal brand.  Don’t forget paying particular attention to the façade of the Nativity, which Gaudí achieved at his death, ensuring others might give continuity to the temple. Petit Palace Museum Hotel is the perfect accommodation for any Gaudí trip to Barcelona.

LA PEDRERA

The Casa Mila, one of the most acclaimed works of Gaudí, is popularly known by the name of La Pedrera.  Located in one of the most characteristic areas of Barcelona in the Eixample, right on Paseo de Gracia, it is a large 6-floors building arranged around two courtyards and an impressive roof.  The building represents Gaudí ‘s naturist period in full bloom, sweeping and daring. Petit Palace Barcelona Hotel is the perfect accommodation for La Pedrera.

Petit Palace Guide of Madrid

IFEMA
The Petit Palace Madrid Aeropuerto Hotel is set nearby IFEMA’s Fair and Exhibition Grounds in Madrid.  This is one of the Spanish largest centers, offering more than 90 halls and corporate fairs and events all year long: fashion catwalks, art, tourism fairs, innovation, electronic… More than 1, 4 million m2 a few steps from Barajas’s Airport.

SAN MIGUEL MARKET
San Miguel Market is one of Madrid’s most beautiful attractions.  Set nearby the Plaza Mayor, its spectacular iron structure was built at the beginning of last century.  This is one of the finests Madrid’s gastronomy meeting points: typical and sophisticated dishes, unique atmosphere… Here, modernity meets tradition. Petit Palace Mayor Plaza Hotel, Petit Palace Londres Hotel and Petit Palace Puerta del Sol Hotel are very close to San Miguel Market.

GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF ART
The Golden Triangle of Art is made up of Madrid’s most important museums and Paseo del Prado’s gardens, between El Retiro and Huertas, were you can have Madrid’s typical tapas.  The golden triangle brings together: The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Caixaforum, La Casa Encendida and Casa de América, among many others art centers. Petit Palace Lealtad Plaza Hotel and Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII Hotel are the perfect accommodation for these museums.

SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL

San Lorenzo de El Escorial is set in Guadarrama, at the Madrid’s Mountains, in a spectacular hill in Monte Abantos, 47 km from Madrid.  This typical village hides the stunning Escorial Monastery.  Car access is really easy and beautiful: enjoy the charming Sierra and its sight views! Petit Palace President Castellana and Petit Palace Arturo Soria are the ideal hotels to discover Madrid and San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Some Fuerteventura experiences

Fuerteventura moves to the rhythm of the winds of the Atlantic: it is an idyllic island where you can pleasantly feel the marvellous exoticism of the Canary Islands.

Game fishing, snorkel, diving, sailing, excursions, water sports…. everything you want to live in the sea is waiting for you in Fuerteventura. The best experiences you can imagine have the Atlantic as backdrop.

Holidays in Fuerteventura are always enjoyed on the beach. Some of these beaches, like Jandía beaches, are simply extraordinary. Sunbathing, feeling the sand through your fingers or swimming in the template waters are just some of the most tentative plans we suggest you.

Besides, Fuerteventura features an earthly nature sprinkled with volcanic forms which are worth visiting. It is a destination which combines exoticism with quality services.

These are some of the accommodations we recommend you: in the Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace Hotel you will find an oasis of relax next to the sea with a tasty cuisine; in the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Hotel you can enjoy a combination of a spa with all inclusive services perfect for adults; and in the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park Hotel you will find activities for children and the Thai Zen Space, a unique space for relaxation.

Petit Palace, the firm of the urban hotels

The Basque hotel firm High Tech has decided to give its backing to its firm Petit Palace, making it the leader and symbol of the urban hotels in Spain.

Habitaciones High Tech Petit Palace Hoteles

Modernity, elegance and personal attention: these are the values this firm has cultivated and showed around Spain, in each of the hotels which has been incorporated in its portfolio in recent years.

Its hallmark is the refurbishing of old buildings and noble palaces which have represented a vital element in their society. These buildings have been turned into unique accommodations especially thought for those travellers who are searching for something more than a simple hotel to stay at.

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One can visit some of these jewels of the Spanish hotel industry in almost any part of the national territory of Spain, from the beautiful city of Salamanca, with its emblematic Petit Palace Las Torres Salamanca Hotel, to the lively city of Malaga, where the Petit Palace Plaza Málaga Hotel lies.

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In the Basque Country, native town of the firm, we find one of the most recommended Petit Palace hotels by travellers: the Petit Palace Tamarises Hotel, which stands out for its excellent cuisine and that unique atmosphere one can only feel in the beautiful Ereaga beach, in Getxo.

Nevertheless, most of the Petit Palace hotels are located in Madrid: they are all located in the most central streets in the capital, close at hand from the most universal places of interest in Madrid, from Puerta del Sol, to Gran Vía, Plaza Mayor and Serrano.

Among these hotels, we highlight those designed to offer the guest a unique experience which is more than relax and rest, as it is the case of the Petit Palace Embassy Serrano Hotel, the Petit Palace Londres Madrid Hotel or the Petit Palace Alcalá Torre Hotel, located in the first skyscraper in Madrid.

A culinary hotel in Bilbao

The restaurants services of the Hotel High Tech Tamarises Beach invites you to live a unique gastronomical experience in Getxo opposite the Ereaga beach. Hotel Tamarises Beach’s restaurants offer delicate fine cuisine in Getxo.

With 3 exceptional restaurants, one of them holding 1 Michelin Star and managed by the outstanding chef Fernando Canales, the High Tech Tamarises Beach Hotel is one of the best hotels in Bilbao offering local fine cuisine.

TAMARISES TERRACE RESTAURANT

Two environments, two different restaurants in one.  With the class needed to receive a Michelin star, you can enjoy the delicacies prepared by our Chef for the modern terrace bistro and the traditional basque cuisine offered by our select grill.

RESTAURANT BRASSERIE-IGERETX

You will be surprised by the excellent produce and the careful preparation of the dishes that you can find on the menu.  Perfect to taste traditional basque cuisine with an exclusive touch and exquisite artistry. And of course with outstanding wines.

ASADOR GOETZI
If you are looking for a shellfish and fresh fish restaurant in Getxo, don’t miss the Tamarises Beach Asador, a fine restaurant with the best products and the greatest quality. With a private sea food tank and incomparable fish menu, it also offers daily fresh dishes. Enjoy the best cuisine.

Learn about High Tech Tamarises Beach’s deals and promotions. There is an outstanding breakfast buffet from 7.30 until 10.30 h every day.

Surprise yourself and look for all the offers of the Hotel High Tech Tamarises Beach to enjoy all the pleasures of Basque cuisine.

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas, a place to come back to

There are places you always want to go back to, year after year, at least for a couple of days.

This is what it is like at the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Hotel where we have managed to create this exceptional ambience of comfort and relaxation for our guests which makes them want to come back here holiday after holiday.

Located steps from the beautiful sandy Jandía Beach, the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas is a hotel on Fuerteventura island with its own particular style and a different atmosphere: the personalised attention, the friendly staff and luxurious facilities.

All this together has made this hotel one of the most popular on this fantastic island.

In order to achieve this relationship with our clients, the hotel offer must be strong and coherent, have a bond with the holiday destination and let guests enjoy all the marvellous things on offer: from security and tranquility to the comfort of an accommodation choice that is always guaranteed by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts.

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas, an all-inclusive hotel on Fuerteventura awaits.