As it is an island, tons of water sport activities are available like surfing, diving or windsurfing. You will enjoy the perfect conditions to practice or get a private initiation to these sports as Tenerife is an underwater paradise and enjoy one of the best marine ecosystems.

Tenerife also proposes a lot of routes and excursions. From walking routes along the sea front of Arona and Adeje to day excursion to La Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind), one of the largest lava tube in the world, you can choose between multiples ways to discover the islands. You can also plan a boat trip in a unique wooden yatch to explore Tenerife from the sea. This kind of excursion provides all the amenities to enjoy a real sailing and an unforgettable day from Puerto Colon to Los Gigantes cliffs, crossing the path of Cetaceans. Once arrived at destination, the boat will anchor in the bay of Masca allowing you to swim and have lunch on board!

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is considered as the second most popular and internationally known carnival in the world, after those held in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro for this reason.

During this event, the streets welcome all kind of performances and parades of ‘Murgas’ (groups of singers with lyrics describing political life of Tenerife in a satirical way) or ‘Rondallas’ (small Philharmonics) accompanied by cavalcades, thousands of costumes, spectacular floats, dancers and musicians dressed in their finery.  The best part is that everything takes place in the street so you can live it to the full!

The ‘fiesta’ in the streets of Santa Cruz starts on the Friday before Carnival Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) with a spectacular opening procession. The party continues night after night around the island until Ash Wednesday and the ‘Burial of the sardine’. It consists of a procession with a huge model fish which is finally cremated. The last weekend, festivities come to an end in a huge ball.

You can take advantage of your stay in Gran Canaria to visit, either by boat or plane, other islands of the Canary archipelago. The flight distance between the islands is less than an hour, with frequent departures throughout the day. Similarly, modern marine vessels make connections linking the islands several times a day.

You can go to discover the magic of Lanzarote, heading down into spectacular volcanic landscapes that seem to belong to distant worlds and where even the heat from inside the earth comes to the surface. You will enjoy its peaceful white beaches and clear waters and savor the breathtaking views of small islands that can be seen from the cliff. The island was declared as one of the universal models of sustainable development by the World Tourism Organization, thanks in large part to the artist César Manrique.

Fuerteventura is an island of long, untouched beaches of white sand set in a coastline bathed by the ocean with calm transparent water that invites you to relax. You will find no better place to enjoy the turquoise sea water glide out on a windsurf and take advantage of the wind. An excursion to Fuerteventura is the occasion to discover the roots of the Canary Islands by admiring the oldest rocks of the archipelago or marine sediments belonging to the time it had not yet begun the process of formation of the Canary Islands!

Gran Canaria is a fine weather island made for sports people! Surrounded by beaches, there is a sea of possibilities to practice sports like surf, windsurfing, kitesurf, diving and sailing. But Gran Canaria is not only the home of surfers and divers, it is also the holy land of mountains lovers, wishing to practice hiking, climbing, mountain biking or cycling routes.

If you prefer discover some typical sports in Gran Canaria, as in the rest of the archipelago, there are people who still play ‘el juego del palo‘ (stick’s game), a kind of jousting bout with sticks, or ‘lucha canaria‘ (Canary wrestling), sports that date way back in time but have never lost their popularity in the island.  The latter in particular is a competition organized over teams with skills passed on from father to son which attracts large audiences.

Another sport which has withstood the passing of time is the Lateen sailing or ‘Vela Latina Canaria‘, with a strong following on all the islands, but above all in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. These boats are no simple sailing vessels but have to be built specifically. The mast is completely out of proportion with the hulk of the boat. The crews have to keep the boat afloat by skilfully managing weights and counterweights. The competitions attract a lot of visitors along the seafront in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at weekends.

In the Balearic Islands you can choose between a wide range of activities, from design and construction games, problem solving, artistic challenges, beach Olympics, car rallies, extreme rafting, kayaking, climbing and orienteering to organizational and cultural activities. The Balearic Islands represent like never before Mediterranean Lifestyle. The island’s popularity is rising up constantly!

One of the best places for Team building is La Reserva Puig de Galatzó. It is a nature reserve with an area of 2.5 million m² situated at the foot of the mountain ‘Galatzó’, one of the most famous mountains of Mallorca. Its valley is one of the most beautiful on the island and can hosts multiple activities through an walking circuit or a treasure hunt such as hanging bridges, zip-wires, climbing, mountain bike, archery or air rifle shooting.

Activities are available on each island! A Jeeps excursion can lead you through the Ibiza countryside to adventure and teamwork. Equipped with road-books, different teams will have to solve difficult and exciting tasks. You thought that everything in Ibiza was sun and beach? Join the adventure and discover places that you can only see with the completion of this activity.

A different and fresh way to discover Mallorca and most emblematic spots is a city tour that combines gastronomy and local tradition. Indeed, the ‘tapas’ have become a different way of eating: more agile, enjoyable, varied and social. We propose a route through the taverns and wine merchants of Mallorca, the most emblematic of the islands where you will taste typical tapas harmonized with good wine.

You can also have a scenic tour around the islands! Unlike many helicopter leisure flight, you will be able to decide where you want to go and what you would like to see. You can fly through the Traumuntana Mountain Range, along the picturesque coastline, and look for the homes of the many celebrities living around; or visit a place you particularly would like to see!

Back to the land, a scooter tour offers you another original and privileged way to discover one of the islands and its monuments, beaches and people. For example, in Mallorca, you could discover the urban centre of the city, the old Belver Castle and the Palma Bay with its fishing environment. You can also choose to follow the tracks of ‘The Magician’, filmed in 1968 with Anthony Quinn. The fine sand surrounded by the sea and the cliff covered by pines will help participants to evocate the cinema golden era.

When could you come to Andorra?

Por el 12 September, 2012

The main touristic offer of Andorra concerns winter sports. The Principality is the largest ski area of the Pyrenees and tourists come from all around the world to enjoy its snowy mountains. Indeed, Andorra counts about 160 ski slopes spread over its three ski stations. You can practice skiing or snowboarding as you prefer but keep in mind that you will never miss space in Andorra! In addition to skiing, you can develop other activities such as carving or snowshoe hiking.

Besides skiing, in other seasons of the year, you can plan other activities on this unique destination. For example, you can go hiking as the region offers wide and varied route. You can even choose routes ranging from one hour to several days! During spring and summer you can also organize excursions to practice extreme activities such as canyoning, climbing, or cycling. All these sports are exceptional opportunities to discover and enjoy Andorra’s landscape like the wonderful natural park of Sordeny.

The two major cultural events in Málaga are the Holy week, and the Fair of August.

Holy Week in Málaga is declared of international tourist interest since 1965 and exists for five centuries. Processions start on Palm Sunday and continue until Easter Sunday. Images depicting scenes from the Passion are displayed on huge ornate thrones, some weighing more than 5,000 kilos and carried by more than 250 persons! The processions are led by penitents dressed in long purple robes, followed by women in black carrying candles while drums and trumpets playing music.

The second Friday of August, the great festival of the summer starts with fireworks. The streets are transformed into traditional symbols of Spanish culture and history, welcoming flamenco costumes parade and exponents of the Andalusian horse race. The day fair is held in the historic city center: you can eat tapas, drink typically sweet wine and assist live show of Flamenco or traditional Verdiales (Typical Málaga Music). At night the manifestation moves to the Real del Cortijo de Torres where you will find restaurants, clubs and other traditional performances. Several bullfighting shows are also performed on Plaza de la Malagueta during this event.

The European Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious motor competitions which takes place each year in June. Then, the streets surrounding the port and the beaches are converted into an urban circuit with a capacity for 45.000 spectators propelling the city to international fame.

The project is to make full use of the infrastructures created for the 32nd America’s Cup, thus the urban circuit was designed by Herman Tilke who also created various motor racing circuits such as Sepang and Shanghai. The Valencia’s one measures some five kilometres in length, 14 metres in width and has 25 curves. During the race, the cars travel between 95 kilometres per hour 320 kilometres per hour.

One of the main assets of this race is that it allows you to enjoy the Grand Prix from the sea, at the Marina Juan Carlos I, an exclusive place in the heart of the Valencia Street Circuit. Each year, this major manifestation is viewed by about 500 million households around the world, thanks to the enormous audiences generated by the media!

There are many different and original ways, alternative to conventional tours, to discover Valencia, its most important places, its culture and lifestyle. For example, the Royal Nautical Club of Valencia is the gathering point for all sea lovers having more than 18 moorings and a fleet of boats, including catamarans and a traditional schooner to have a memorable boat excursion.

As the weather is always good in Valencia, what about a hot air Ballon Tour? Nothing can match the beauty and serenity of a colorful hot air balloon as it drifts with the wind across the Valencia sky. Professional pilots and launch sites are available near Valencia!

Scooter tours also offer a privileged way to discover the city, its squares, monuments, beaches and people. You can even organize personalized tours and treasure hunt tours with your group!