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Far from the typical stereotype of a cheap, beach destination, Tenerife is a place filled with potential within MICE tourism. Of course this beautiful island is a perfect spot if you are looking for plenty of sun, sand and sea but, now, we would like to explain you why you should have it in mind when planning your next meeting, conference or kick off.

The island

Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and sits in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Africa. 2 international airports offer direct connections with Spanish mainland (3h from Madrid, 3h30 from Barcelona) and with most major airports across Europe. Today Tenerife’s population is around 900,000 and around five million tourists visit the island every year. Santa Cruz is the actual capital city, situated in the north, while the most popular tourist destinations are located by the south coasts – Playa de Las Américas, Los Cristianos and the stunning cliffs of Los Gigantes gather most of the great resorts.

A perfect climate is Tenerife’s main asset. Mild summers and relatively warm winters are the result of its subtropical climate, with temperatures averaging 20-22ºC in the winter months and 26-28ºC in the summer. The atmosphere is cooled by the sea breeze and the trade winds and the Island’s unique orography gives rise to varying weather conditions in different areas, to the point that you could find yourself playing in the snow on El Teide’s slopes in the morning and sunbathing or swimming on the south coast in the afternoon.

Several eruptions (the last being in the early 20th century) have sculpted this volcanic island. The result is a great mix of rugged terrain and breath-taking dramatic landscapes being Mount-Teide, the highest peak in Spain, the symbol which welcomes visitors as they come into land.

Where to stay

A huge range of good and top-class accommodation is available across the island, with excellent facilities suitable to a wide range of needs. Large hotel and resorts, conference hotels, smaller boutique hotels, adult-only facilities … can be found in almost every area in the island.  South Tenerife concentrates most of the 5* and deluxe hotels. Larger and smaller resorts, with first class facilities, beautiful gardens and pools, restaurants for all tastes, fully equipped conference services, own golf courses … provide a perfect base camp for your event. Despite being the main tourist area, there is a bunch of properties that have chosen a more private location, still not far, so as to fulfil the wishes of companies that expect more privacy.

For those looking for city life and being away from crowded tourists resorts, Santa Cruz, the capital city, have a good offer of first class hotels and conference facilities, venues, restaurants and activities.

What to do & see

Being such a versatile place, with beautiful beaches and a breath-taking nature, there are many original and creative activities and excursions, in the middle of the Atlantic, in the sand of some beaches or in mountainous and volcanic landscapes as the majestic Teide.

Whale and dolphin watching, sea-kayaking, sailing regattas, jet skiing, beach games, golf clinics and competitions, balloon ascents, trekking, jeep-rally tours, canyoning … are experiences which guarantee the success of any corporate trip.

In need of a less active program? No worries, there is an activity to fit all options. Wine cellars open doors to visits and tastings; boats are ready to bring sun seekers for a ride along the beautiful south cliffs; the fantastic Canary gastronomy is always there for guests to both enjoy a meal or, why not?, learn how to prepare traditional dishes in a gastronomic workshop; and of course, picturesque villages and natural parks are a short drive away from most hotels.

We have picked up some of the “must-see” in Tenerife:

Mount-Teide and Mount-Teide National Park: a day trip to Spain’s highest peak is a must. Situated in the the centre of Tenerife, it is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Enjoy the views from its 3718m height. A volcanic landscape with pine forests and green valleys welcome visitors within a quick drive and a cable-car ride to the top will be the reward – a clean view of Tenerife and the surrounding islands. 

La Orotava: a visit to this old historic town can be combined on the way up to Teide. Set in an attractive fertile countryside and with a backdrop of Mount Teide, the wealthiest residents of Tenerife used to live here in the past and their influence can be seen in the many beautiful buildings with beautifully carved wooden balconies and interior courtyards. The old town of La Orotava has been declared a Site of National Historic and Artistic Interest and there are lots of Renaissance mansions to admire as well as some beautiful churches and convents.

The Pyramids of Güimar: a natural complex consisting of six free-standing pyramids built in the 19th century, just outside the town of Güimar. The pyramids have become a popular tourist site and definitely stand out in the national park of reed ships, ancient artefacts and tranquil grounds.

Masca Mountain and Valley: one of the most popular hikes on the islands, a 7km trail that starts in a village in the northwest side and goes all the way to the rocky beach below. Guided hikes can be arranged, ending with a boat trip from the beach to Los Gigantes cliffs.

Whale and Dolphin watching: more than 28 species of whales and dolphins live in the warm waters surrounding Tenerife. Daily boat tours are arranged from the south coast and can be privatised for groups.

Tenerife Auditorium Adan Martin: Santa Cruz is worth a visit just for being home to one of the most famous buildings of the islands. The The Tenerife Auditorium, created in an avant-garde architectural style, frequently hosts talks, exhibitions and music events that attract diverse crowds. Besides being a venue that hosts all type of events, the building is open to visitors: the first level has a large open space with a terrace restaurant and a great view.

In a few words: Tenerife is the place where your guests can get lost in nature, relax on the beach, climb Spanish highest peak (a volcano), stroll the old cobbled streets of picturesque towns, play golf, go shopping … but, above all, we will make sure they don’t leave without trying the food, a delicious and unique experience – from a terrace with sea views with a plate of the local shrimps, “papas arrugadas”, fresh fish with “mojo” and a good local wine.

Would you like to learn more about the endless possibilities Tenerife has to offer to a MICE group? Contact us, we will be pleased to tailor-size the most suitable program: info@across-spain.es

Training camp: service planning, design and organization of a sport stay, with the goal of providing a unique experience to school groups and teams, whether from a professional approach or from a more recreational perspective.

Our programs are addressed to children, amateur and professional clubs that are looking for an ideal environment to carry their sport activity and, no doubt, Spain is on the top of best destinations.

Football, field hockey, swimming, tennis, handball, basketball … we have selected a handful of training facilities located on strategic places to not only offer the best top-level sports centres, but also a landscape to relax after the hard work-out. Our team organises as well all the logistics of the stay: transportation, accommodation, meals, free time activities – everything adapted to the main needs of each group.

Spain is one of the most pleasant tourist destinations in Europe and Mediterranean coast has become one of the top European regions for clubs when planning their training breaks abroad. A mild weather even in winter time, diverse and good quality accommodation options (from budget hotels to top 5* resorts), a broad range of sport facilities specially planned to welcome teams for private stays … they are the perfect mix to a successful stay.

  • Stay in the city or in a smaller village, by the sea or in the countryside.
  • Choose your preferred accommodation according to your budget plans.
  • Do you need a hotel that can fully adapt to your needs a sports team? We have it.
  • Send us your training needs, we will find best suitable options, even matches with local teams.
  • Take a break and discover the surroundings: culture, gastronomy, experiences …
  • And of course, let us fix attendance to top professional competitions. Spanish teams are involved in main European competitions besides local top leagues: football (La Liga, UEFA CL, Euroleague); handball (ASOBAL League, EHF CL); basketball (Endesa League, Euroleague).

Which are the most popular destinations and for which sports?

Barcelona city and nearest surroundings: football, tennis, swimming, handball, basketball, grass hockey.

Costa Brava (from French border to Barcelona: football, tennis, swimming, handball, basketball, cycling.

Costa Dorada (south Barcelona coast): football, swimming, handball, basketball, cycling.

Valencia – Alicante coast: football, tennis, grass hockey, cycling.

Málaga – Costa del Sol: football, swimming, handball, basketball, grass hockey.

Mallorca: football, tennis, cycling.

Madrid: football, tennis, grass hockey, handball, basketball.

Train with us and we promise you we will do our utmost to fulfil all your needs for a successful stay: FIFA sized natural grass / top artificial grass pitches, outstanding grass hockey courts,  Olympic size indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, indoor multifunctional courts (basketball, handball, roller hockey), fully equipped gyms and spa facilities …  

Contact us now to get more information about our training camp programs and get ready for the next season with us!

info@across-spain.es

There is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to honeymoons but what it is guaranteed is that your honeymoon may be the most important holiday you’ll ever plan. Getting the right blend of destinations, activities, hotels and pace is the key to a successful experience and that’s where our travel advisors come in.

Are you planning a honeymoon in 2021? Here are our recommendations for the best destinations for the year ahead!

Credits: Secret Ibiza

Spain

Known as the country of passion, Spain is an undoubtedly romantic destination. Its history, culture, landscapes, islands, cities and towns will make of your honeymoon a memory for life.

Spain is a diverse place to visit, rich in art, architecture, heritage, gastronomy … unlike anywhere else in the world. Spain is the perfect place to travel all year around. Mediterranean mild weather makes it a suitable winter destination.  Are you getting married in spring – summer time and would like to enjoy the sea? 1700km of Mediterranean coast are waiting for you, both mainland and Islands.

Barcelona & Madrid are key cities in most of the programs – their airports are the main arrival and departure spots. Taking one of these destinations as starting point, we have designed several itineraries so as to fulfil all needs. Fast train AVE is a perfect way to travel between these cities and towards the south.

South Spain offers rich cultural and historic heritage, the Spain of the 3 cultures is perfectly represented by cities as Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada. A broad offer of boutique hotels, cosy restaurants, stunning monuments and traditional pedestrian neighbourhoods are waitng for you. Andalusian Costa del Sol, with Málaga and Marbella as main destinations, are a perfect complement to relax by the beach at a luxury hotel after some hectic tour days.

Preparing a wedding is always an exhausting experience and most honeymooners look for some downtime as a part of their trip, especially pure beachside stays. What can be better than relaxing in the amazing island of Ibiza? Ibiza has become a top summer destination in the Mediterranean, with its clear blue beaches and caves and top hotels and clubs. The island offers both relax and party, there are options to all preferences. Looking for a similar experience in a larger island? Half an hour away by plane, a few hours away by ferry, we find the largest of the Balearic, Mallorca, which blends the best of the Mediterranean’s seaside charm with Spain’s vibrant nightlife.

The above mentioned are perhaps Spain’s most popular destinations but there is more: the beautiful exotic Canary Islands, with Tenerife and Gran Canaria; the green North, known by its top worldwide famous and awarded gastronomy and the breath-taking landscapes, with romantic San Sebastian at the front. All can be fit into any itinerary.

Passionate Portugal

Portugal is the perfect post-wedding destination to combine with Spain. Lisbon and Porto are perfectly connected by flight with main Spanish airports. Lisbon itself is a perfect ending destination of your honeymoon. Lisbon, with steep streets criss-crossed with tram lines and crumbling buildings adorned with the beautiful azulejo tiles, is the perfect city for hip honeymooners. Enjoy a 2-3 day stay, take the chance to discover nearest regions as Sintra, the romantic castle town.

Do not miss Porto if possible – internationally famous for its sweet Port wine –  one of Europe’s most popular smaller cities for short breaks over the past few years. Great riverside location, charming Old Town, cosy café culture and plenty of independent boutiques. A romantic Douro River cruise is a must, sailing along rolling hills and vineyards.

Portugal also offer fantastic coast areas for a relaxing stay. Algarve, in the south Atlantic coast, has plenty to offer honeymooners, from luxurious honeymoon resort suites to a breath-taking natural scenery.  Its famous “praias” of wide golden sands and blue skies; the small town vibes; good restaurants; golf properties …. provide the perfect place to combine a relaxing and active stay.

Would you like to receive our ready-made programs? We have them all. Do you prefer us to design the perfect itinerary only for you? Our team will make it possible.

Contact us: info@across-spain.es – we will make sure your honeymoon will be a memory for life!

Bilbao is a mid-sized city situated along the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, 400km north Madrid, in the heart of the Basque country. Since the mid ‘80s, Bilbao has undergone a complete transformation, from a traditional industrial city to a modern city of services, more and more focused on tourism. Let us introduce you to a beautiful and dynamic city that will for sure fulfil your needs for MICE services.

The city

Bilbao is a cultural, gastronomic and leisure destination with a fantastic added value: its authentic and spectacular natural surroundings. Green landscapes of hills and mountains, forests, large sandy unspoiled beaches, dramatic cliffs … offer visitors a broad range of possibilities for outdoor activities.

Source: Euskadi Turismo

Let’s also point out its strategic position and modern tourist infrastructure, with an international airport 20min way, a modern diverse accommodation offer, cutting edge congress facilities and first class restaurant services.

Guggenheim Art Museum is perhaps the best known and most spectacular building of Bilbao, situated in the most avant-garde area of the city and connected to the traditional Old Town (the famous Casco Viejo) by the river.

In the Casco Viejo visitors can enjoy the famed local gastronomy at the traditional restaurants that share the pedestrian streets with modern cosmopolitan establishments – a pre-dinner walk from bar to bar to taste the wonderful “pintxos” is always a must!

The river and the areas that were once industrial are now green leisure spaces where outdoors sports can be enjoyed and team-building activities organised.

River Kayaking. Source: Bilbobentura

What to do & see

When it comes to visit to Bilbao and the Basque Country, gastronomy and nature are in the top of each visitor’s list. Basques are said to love to eat and eat well J so, if you’d like to discover Bilbao the best way is to get to know their culinary tradition. Wandering through the city streets, surrounded by a mix of history and modernity, visitors will find a diverse gastronomy, from traditional taverns and cider houses to high quality restaurants (as per today, they count with six Michelin-awarded restaurants). Pintxos snacks, fish, meat, cheese, wine and apple cider are the most popular dishes. What else could be better than a tailor-sized activity for your incentive group? Foodie tours, cooking classes, food market tours, visits to wine cellars and cider houses …. all will be perfect for a mice program.

Culinary Workshop. Source: Euskadi Turismo

As mentioned, Basque natural environment is a key factor to explain the appeal of Bilbao as tourist destination. Taking advantage of natural surroundings, professional companies offer a broad portfolio of activities for companies and groups. Let’s see some of them.

Hiking: discover Bilbao surrounding coast and mountain trails with a guided tour. Itineraries across Urdaibai estuary; geotours to explore the cliffs from Getxo, Barrika and Sopela; hiking the Basque coast and interior landscapes … while learning its history, traditions, culture and heritage.

Urdaibai Reserve. Source- Euskadi Turismo
San Juan de Gaztelugatxa

Outdoor & oenology: let’s combine tradition, an active program and the pleasure of tasting Basque wines. Day starts with a team-building activity related to local tradition and adapted to each group needs and skills. After lunch, journey continues with a vineyard visit to taste one the most famous local white wines: the prized Txacolí. A similar activity can be arranged visiting a local “sidrería”, where famous Basque apple cider is produced.

Cider barrel. Sagardoetxea. Source – Basque Cider Museum

Water activities: the nice coastal areas of Bilbao and the river that crosses the city offer a perfect spot for practicing water sports: traditional row boat regattas; big SUP and coasteering; rowing standing up on BigSUP surfboards; kayak; snorkel … combine them as you wish, all of them are perfect teamwork dynamics that, at the same time, will allow you to contemplate wonderful landscapes.

Row boat competition. Source: Troka

Culture and leisure in the city: Guggenheim art museum is the icon of Bilbao. It is difficult to miss Frank Gehry’s architectural jewel and it is a must to stop there just to admire it. Art lovers will also enjoy its interesting exhibitions and, in case of wishing to embrace the city’s cultural offer, they can continue with Bilbao Fine Art Museum. A walk in the old city streets, a stop for a drink and pintxos, lunch and dinner at a good restaurant, shopping time … will complete a fantastic stay. Of course, there is also the chance to reinvent a traditional itinerary to discover the city into a teambuilding time, with a gymkhana or a quiz challenge.

Send us your questions, let us know your needs, and we will design an unforgettable experience.

info@across-spain.es

Welcome to one of Europe’s last unspoiled ecosystems. Welcome to the place the Romans dubbed Monsfragorum: the fractured mountain

In our last post about Cáceres we introduced you to Extremadura, a beautiful region that border with Portugal. Here we find one of the world meccas for birdwatching, the Monfragüe National Park, declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2003.

Source – Turismo de Monfragüe

Crossed by two rivers – Tagus and Tiétar, Las Dehesas de Monfragüe is the largest and best preserved stretch of Mediterranean mountain landscape in the world. Its wild mountains of oak and Mediterranean forest and streams provide a home for the park’s diverse flora and fauna.

Source – Turismo de Extremadura

Extremadura and conservation of bird species

The importance of Extremadura region for conservation of bird species in Europe is worth noting. With the aim to ensure conservation, the Autonomous Government of Extremadura has designated 71 Special Protection Zones for birds (SPA). These areas form the most extensive network of the Iberian Peninsula and currently represents over 26% of the region’s territory.

El Salto del Gitano – the perfect birding spot

Many of Extremadura’s mountain ranges are topped by quartzite inaccessible rocks.  The security these rocks provide and the barrier created by the dense vegetation of the mountain slopes lead certain bird species to choose them for nesting purposes. Among the typical nesting birds are many threatened species of birds of prey.

Source – Turismo de Extremaduraa

The black vulture is one of the stars of the show at Monfragüe but there is also a significant population of Spanish Imperial eagles. The best place to see them is from the park’s most famous rocky viewpoint: Mirador del Salto del Gitano.  From this 300m high cliff over Tagus River, birders can spot the Spanish Imperial eagle, the Egyptian vulture, the Griffon vulture and the black stork, among other birds.

Source – Turismo de Extremaduraa

When to come to Monfragüe N.P. for birding

Extremadura enjoys a continental weather with damp winters and hot summer.  In summer time, temperature during the day does not go down even after the sun sets, so it is normally hot. Winters are mild and only a small portion of the region freezes.

To see black kite, booted eagle, white-rumped swift, roller, subalpine warbler, black Stork, and red-rumped swallow, you should come in summer. Keep in mind July and August) could be very very hot, so best day time for birding are the hours near the sunrise or sunset.

On the other hand, if you wish to see the Spanish Imperial Eagle, as well as most bird species, we suggest you come in spring, from March to May months. Spring and autumn months are also fantastic periods to enjoy the beautiful colours of Monfragüe Park landscapes and surrounding areas.

Source – Turismo de Extremadura

Routes around the park

  • You can explore Monfragüe using its good self-guided hiking routes (Yellow, Green and Red). This is the option most visitors choose.
  • If you prefer to go by car, there are two routes with stops at main viewpoints.
  • More into organised guided tours? The park offers them.
  • Looking for a more special route? Upon prior permission, you can take bike routes or horse riding routes along the edges of the park.
Source – Turismo de Monfragüe

However you decide to visit it, you will enjoy discovering one of Europe’s best birding paradises.  Would you like to know more? Contact us, we will be glad to assist you.

info@across-spain.es