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Curiosities about Fuerteventura

Did you know that Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the entire Canary archipelago? Yes, this island situated 100 km away from the African continent was the first formed and the second largest after Tenerife.

If you have decided to go on holidays to Fuerteventura, you will want to know curiosities like this: the island hides thousands of secrets that visitors, and even many residents, do not know. This is why we have done this small selection of the most outstanding ones:

Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

  1. The whole territory of Fuerteventura was declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, due to its impressive natural wealth and its good state of preservation.
  2. These islands possesses two different regions: Jandía and Maxorata, where is prepared the famous cheese that gives the name to the people of the island: majoreros.
  3. The first colonists settled in the Betancuria valley, leaded by  Juan de Bethancourt, from whom comes the name of the area.
  4. One of the most beautiful views of the island could be contemplated from La Entallada lighthouse, built on a wonderful cliff.
  5. The beautiful volcanic landscape of Malpaís de la Arena appeared 10.000 years ago and hides unique species of plants.
  6. With almost 80km of beaches, Fuerteventura boasts the largest seaboard with swimming areas in the Canary Islands. If you have the privilege of staying in a hotel in the beach area of Jandia, you could brag about being in the best of the island.
  7. Fuerteventura was, originally, two different islands: The peninsula of Jandia was an isthmus of sand which, after several volcanic incidents, joined Fuerteventura. Now, this is precisely the area where we find some of the best hotels in Fuerteventura.
  8. Cofete beach, in the municipality of Pájara and very close to the hotels area in Jandia beach, was previously used as siting of the famous film “Planet of the Apes”, due to its wonderful landscape.
  9. Jandia and, in general, the entire Fuerteventura coast, is one of the favourite places of the sea turtles of the Atlantic to nest and reproduce.
  10. The majorero cheese is made in the Gran Tarajal cooperative, with guarantee of origin and quality. Each one could weigh from 5 to 7 kilos.

Traditional cuisine of Jandia, a sea-flavoured pleasure

The typical and traditional cuisine in Jandia is essentially made of sea products, result of an historic link that, even with less force and dependence, keeps closely defining the economy of this southern area in Fuerteventura.  Eating in this area is very affordable and the quality of dishes is usually high, especially in the restaurants closest to the harbours in the towns.

Precisely, this peninsula in the south of Fuerteventura boasts some of the most emblematic fishing villages of the island, such as Morro Jable, located in one of the most amazing seaboards in the Canary Islands.

Hotel with restaurante in Jandia Beach

Hotel with restaurante in Jandia Beach

Here you will find many of the best restaurants offering fresh fish and shellfishes from Fuerteventura. Although you can always find in their menus traditional dishes such as gofio, papas arrugás and sancocho, the specialities are usually linked to this fishing tradition that can still be felt in its streets and which feeds on its harbour: fish barbecues, rice with shellfish, fresh fried fishes…

Restaurants such as La Laja and La Cofradia, in the Morro Jable harbour, use so traditional products such as the tuna salad, the octopus and the most requested, the trays with small fried fishes costing around 10 Euros.

The most usual fishes in the south of Fuerteventura are the vieja or the parrotfish, the Moray eel, and the grouper (with which is made a delicious stew in this area). The shellfish and octopus are usually more expensive, but even so, its freshness and quality are worth it. As accompaniment, restaurants always bet on cooked or steamed potatoes, or salads.

Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace

Soups and stocks, despite the warm weather, also appear in the menu. Nevertheless, they use to be light and made of simple products, always conceived as the first course. Desserts are less surprising, even so, it is very interesting to taste the predominant type of fruit –almost always exotic, such as the papaya and mangos– and it is always important to try at least one time the classic frangollo made of goat milk, very typical in the south of Fuerteventura.

If you stay in a hotel next to the Jandia beach or in Morro Jable, do not hesitate to combine the food of the restaurant of your hotel in Fuerteventura with a dinner outside and savour some of these delicious proposals. To get right, the best thing is to go with the flow, to nibble in some pub and take advice from the restaurant staff: they are the experts.

Olé Hotels: a line of family hotels in the Canary Islands.

The Canary Islands are a common destination for that type of public looking for a family trip. The good weather conditions, their attractive beaches and the quality of services offered by these islands, make of them a perfect option for family tourism.

Olé Hotels have created a line of family hotels in the Canary Islands, with services focused on the needs of the guests. Specifically, they have two 4 star rated hotels in Lanzarote and Tenerife: Olé Olivina Lanzarote Hotel and Olé Tropical Tenerife Hotel.

Ole Olivina Lanzarote Hotel pool

Olivina Lanzarote is a family hotel located in Puerto del Carmen, next to Los Pocillos beach. Tropical Tenerife is a 4 star sated hotel in Adeje coast, situated in the famous beach Las Américas.

Both hotels share a common denominator: they are located next to the beach and have services specially aimed at families. The nearness to the sea is an important advantage for those who travel with children, since they do not see themselves obliged to go far (bearing in mind what this entail when you travel in group) to enjoy the sea.

Besides, both Olé Hotels have designed a portfolio of services thinking of comfort for families that stay in these accommodations. Both have All-inclusive accommodation, so you can consume as much as you want in the buffet restaurant, bars and coffee shops of the hotels.

Ole Tropical Tenerife Hotel room

Their facilities also include gym, sport activities and swimming pools for kids and adults with solarium terrace and gardens where children can play. They also offer services specialised in children in these hotels in the Canary Islands such as a miniclub and entertainment program specially designed to keep the children amused while their parents rest or relax sunbathing next to the pool.

These accommodations are a stupendous option for those who travel with family to the Canary Islands looking for sun, beach, fun and rest. All this converging in a marvellous destination like the Canary Islands, surrounded by beautiful beaches, good weather and the best services within everyone’s reach.

For gastronomy lovers: La Cocina de Mencey

Eating is one of life’s great pleasures and there are those who dedicate their lives to delight us and share their culinary knowledge.  Today’s post is dedicated to a spot that really meet the expectations of the gastronomic delicacies enthusiasts:  La Cocina del Mencey.

Located in Santa Crux de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, La Cocina del Mencey belongs to the renown Iberostar Hotels and Resorts hotel chain, and has not only a restaurant, but also a classroom where you can take courses in order to understand this sought-after art more deeply.  The team of chefs of the Mencey Cookery Classroom are both creators and teachers, making of this a perfect place for pleasing the taste with a new range of flavours or for inventing them.  You can take a cooking course with a group or a private course with friends or family, you can use this exceptional space to organise parties or dinners and enjoy a show-cooking, or if you prefer, book the place with or without chef for private events or business meetings.

Now, if you feel like sitting and making your senses shudder, Los Menceyes Restaurant is your place! One of the most recognized restaurants in Tenerife, where you can find the best seafood, the traditional regional dishes and the most exotic and exquisite combinations your palate has ever tasted.  Its variety of wines, dishes and desserts made of fresh regional products, turn it into a must-visit restaurant of reference in the Canary Islands.

And for a night with a good company… Gastro & Music Nights in the Iballa Cocktail Bar, live music, snacks, cocktails, tasting and an incomparable service, the staff is so kind and dishes so delicious that… if I had an addiction, it would be the gastronomy.

5 places to visit in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands, is plenty of proposals for those who travel with partner or children.  Sports, culture, cuisine and, of course, beaches, make up a full trip plan.  It is known as “the miniature continent” because there converge all types of landscapes: Maspalomas, Mogán and Amadores beach, Agaete…

If you travel to Gran Canaria just for a few days, you cannot miss this short list of essential things to see and do in the island.  It is just an appetizer, because probably you will want to come back.

Bungalows Parque Golf

Bungalows Parque Golf

    1. Mogán harbour: If you stay in one of the apartments of Amadores beach or in a hotel in the Mogán area, you must feel the incomparable atmosphere of this marina and its charming fishing town.  In the surroundings, beaches are ideal for swimming, even for kids.
    2. Maspalomas dunes: one of the magical places of Gran Canaria. It is a protected natural space located in the south of the island, in the San Bartolomé de Tirajana municipality.  In this natural wonder you can see two different areas, the dunes and the Maspalomas pond.  One of its main attractions is its big beach which stretches to the Atlantic under the Maspalomas lighthouse’s watchful eye.
    3. Jardín Botánico Canario: Situated in the Tafira area, this splendid garden gathers samples of all the plants and trees species of the Canary archipelago.  One of the most interesting experiences is swimming in one of its lakes.
    4. Tejeda and San Mateo: They are two of the most charming and traditional villages of Gran Canaria. To take advantage of the island, many opt to hike from the coast to the Tejeda summit. You can also enjoy their incredible peacefulness, and besides, some of the most exquisite dishes of the cuisine of Gran Canaria, such as the sweet egg bread.
    5. Presa de la Sorrueda: This dam located in Santa Lucia de Tijarana is one of the most striking natural environments.  Ideal for hiking and trekking lovers, it has the most important group of palms of the Island.  Its vantage point offers matchless views and a perfect scene for photography lovers.
Palmera Mar Apartaments

Palmera Mar Apartaments

A short selection of cheap hotels and apartments in Gran Canaria, now that Easter is just around the corner.  Ideal for last minute reservations:

Culinary experiences in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

One of the best known hotels on the island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the gastronomic hotel Iberostar Grand Mencey, next to the García Sanabria Park. The hotel is part of the prestigious Majorcan hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts and offers quality service matching its 5 stars.

The gastronomic services provided by this accommodation in the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife stand out, specially the restaurant Los Menceyes. It also has another 2 restaurants and 3 bars clearly differentiated.

Culinary Experience in Tenerife

Culinary Experience in Tenerife

Also, the Grand Mencey hosts the Mencey Cookery Classroom, a space designed for maximum enjoyment and provide gourmet experiences for those passionate food lovers.

Both hotel guests and island residents are welcome to the cooking courses organized by the Mencey, led by the executive Chef Juan Carlos Clemente. All the necessary information on cooking courses in Tenerife can be found on the official website of the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey.

Mencey's Cookery classsroom

Mencey’s Cookery classroom

They are normally between 2 and 4 cooking classes every month. These courses can be on a varied number of topics, such as the preparation and elaboration of sushi, chocolate in the kitchen, traditional Canarian recipes, etc.

The Gran Mencey stands out for the quality of its unique features and services, with special attention to detail, with an exclusive and professional service. The Spa of the hotel has a long lasting reputation and is always a good idea to book in advance.

So, if you are planning a luxury holiday in the Canary Island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey is the perfect accommodation.

Apartment complex next to the Dunes of Maspalomas

Maspalomas is a tourist enclave that has become a key destination in Gran Canaria, offering a large variety of hotels and an impressive sand dunes range impossible to be ignored. It is a real experience to walk by its dunes, take the watch off  and just let yourself be impressed by the nature.

Tisalaya Park Apartments are placed in this area of Gran Canaria. It is an apartment complex in Maspalomas surrounded by beautiful gardens with tropical plants, where it is a real pleasure to stay and relax with the typical and delicious weather of the Canary Islands.

It is specifically located next to the charming Maspalomas beach and at one step from the famous beaches Las Meloneras and Playa del Inglés. Besides, it is in the heart of the International Maspalomas Golf Course, this is the reason why golfers find it perfect to  combine this sport with leisure activities and tourist attractions.

Tisalaya Park Apartments are ideal for travelling alone or with family, since they offer two types of accommodations: standard apartments and apartments with capacity for up to 3 people. All of them has complete services such as kitchen, living room, bathroom, TV (for a fee), telephone, safety deposit box (for a fee) and piped music. The larger apartments have separate bedroom and private terrace.

These stupendous apartments in the south of Gran Canaria boast a beautiful pool surrounded by tropical gardens, a solarium terrace, à la carte restaurants and half board menu, sport courts, and children’s playground. It also offers laundry service, transfer to the airport and the Maspalomas beach, tickets sale and Internet centre (for a fee).