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Do you like classical music? How about combining top-level international orchestras and soloists with subtropical weather, beautiful beaches and idyllic volcanic landscapes? From 7 January to 6 February 2017, the 33rd International Music Festival of the Canary Islands will be held on the Canary archipelago, considered to be the most important music event of the Canary Islands.

The festival is aimed to enrich the islanders’ cultural life as well as to promote high-level cultural tourism. Due to the islands’ favourable weather, the festival is celebrated during the winter months, being the only European festival to be held in winter. During the months of January and February the average maximum temperature on the Canary Islands is 22ºC and the average minimum temperature is 14ºC, with sunny and clear skies. The perfect weather to go for a hike or take a walk along the beach.

The festival has become a relevant event on the winter agenda, counting with the presence of renowned soloists and artists. The 2017 festival is specially aimed to diffuse the Spanish and South American musical heritage. It will count with about 650 musicians from around the world, 89 concerts and 78 works to be performed. One of the highlights of this edition will be the historical union of the two greatest symphonic orchestras of the archipelago. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will be performing together Schoenberg´s “Gurre – Lieder” on 13 and 14 January.

 

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Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife (source: Gobierno de Canarias)

The main venues of the festival are definitely worth a visit, even without events taking place. The Auditorio Alfredo Kraus on Gran Canaria, named after the most international Canary Island tenor, is located at the end of Las Canteras Beach and is one of the most representative and outstanding constructions of the island. You shouldn’t miss to see some highlights of the auditorium: On the one hand, you can enjoy stunning views over the sea from its enormous panoramic window in the Auditorium Symphonic Hall. On the other hand, this hall houses a spectacular organ with 2.750 pipes, one of the largest of the Canary Islands.

Another main venue is the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martin. It is located in the Canarian capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, next to the Atlantic Ocean. The majestic profile of the building has become an architectural symbol of the city and the archipelago. It is especially famous for its great arc, with its tip not being supported. Seen from the sea it is often compard to the Sydney Opera House. Inside, the auditorium also differs from traditional designs, as it attempts to surround the listener with sound sources.

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Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín (source: Turespaña)

To know more about both venues, you could participate in one of the guided visits that are organized to introduce visitors into the history and show the architectural highlights the buildings have to offer.

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Olive oil is deeply rooted in the Spanish history and culture. It is known that the olive tree was brought to the Peninsula by the Phoenicians and the Greeks. Later, the Romans and Arabs improved the techniques of production. As a result of a stable, thousand-year-old tradition, today Spain is the major producer and exporter of olive oil in the world.

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extra virgin olive oil (source: Diario ABC) 

The olive harvesting season starts around the end of November and the olive oil production mainly takes place during the winter months, from November to March. If you decide to visit Spain during these months, it is the perfect opportunity to learn about the world of olive oil.

Andalusia is the largest olive oil producer in Spain as well as full of cultural heritage sites. So why not combine a cultural and gastronomic tour?

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olive harvesting (source: Junta de Andalucia)

Visit Sevilla, the artistic, cultural and financial capital of Andalucia. The city is a historical hub, well known for its Muslim heritage and its gastronomy. Spend some time visiting the ancient “El Vinculo” mill and taste the olive oil that is produced there in a guided tasting tour. This olive oil mill was built in 1755 and until today it produces extra virgin olive oil in the traditional way.

Granada, once the capital of the Moorish kingdom, houses the most known Spanish monument: Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens. While visiting this historical city, step by the Almazara Nuñez de Prado olive oil mill. This mill is run by the 7th generation of the Nuñez Prado family and it is housed in a traditional Andalusian farmstead building. It counts with an oil storage room that keeps the oil in the original jars from the 18th century.

Finally, Jaen is the olive oil region by excellence. Its landscape is marked by olive oil trees and as soon as you enter the province, you can smell the characteristic smell of them. the extremely fine quality of extra virgin olive oil produced in Jaén, results from practices passed down through generations of olive farmers, refining the art of virgin oil extraction. In Jaen, you can visit the olive oil visitor centre. it offers tours to introduce visitors to every aspect of olive oil production. the itinerary takes in everything, from the olive groves through to the actual production process of the olive oil, and explores its history, its relation with local gastronomy and its numerous health benefits.

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castle, Jáen Province (source: Junta de Andalucia)

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The honeymoon is without doubt one of the most important vacation for couples – a time they will always remember and connect with positive memories. Therefore, it is very important to choose the perfect location for it. And what else is better for this romantic getaway than the combination of sunny beaches, stunning nature and exciting culture – Spain has it all!

A honeymoon in Spain is always a good idea, but some regions are especially suitable for newlyweds to spend their romantic holidays together. In addition to the most popular city destinations like Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla or Valencia, there are some other regions that offer great possibilities to spend these special vacations.

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sunset parasailing, Ibiza

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for honeymooners due to their warm subtropical climate all year long.
The island of Tenerife offers all you may desire for your honeymoon: diverse nature, from tropical forests to volcanic landscape, beautiful beach resorts and many possibilities for activities. Visit the famous Loro Parque zoo, go hiking through stunning ravines or do water sports.
The other islands are also well worth a visit. You could visit La Palma to relax, practise golfing, and visit the national park or the natural pools. also, you could spend your vacation at Lanzarote and do surfing, go mountain biking or hiking – there are endless possibilities.

Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are another good option for a honeymoon during the warm months (from April to October). Visit Mallorca, if you are seeking a combination of luxury and adventures. You can go hiking, yachting, just relax on the beach or visit some historic sites. There are several forts, windmills and nice mountain villages to be explored. A hotel that could make your stay even better is the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, a luxury hotel overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller.

A different program for your honeymoon awaits you in Ibiza. The island is famous for its international dance club scene and white sand beaches. This chic island is perfect if you are looking for the best parties and small remote beaches to relax. But the island has more to offer. If you are interested in culture, visit Dalt Vila, the historic centre of Ibiza Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a romantic evening have a drink at Café del Mar in Sant Antoni de Portmany, from where you have the best view of the most beautiful sunset of the island.

Costa del Sol

Furthermore, on the Spanish mainland there are many ideal places to spend the honeymoon. A popular destination is Costa del Sol with small fishing villages, charming coastal towns and famous spots like the bustling Puerto Banús marina in Marbella. In Marbella and the surrounding towns you can also find a lot of beach clubs and spas. You can decide if you just want to relax or attend great parties. If you need more action, there are loads of possibilities for water sports, sailing or golf. Moreover, from Costa de Sol there are various options for day trips. visit Nerja and the “Balcón de Europa” (Europe’s balcony) viewpoint for impressive views over the ocean. The ultimate place to take photos and collect memories of your honeymoon!

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Puerto Banús, Marbella

Apart from the mentioned regions of course there are numerous other options for honeymooners in Spain. You might find your ideal honeymoon destination at the wild green coasts and white beaches in Galicia, where you can enjoy great seafood. Another option is visiting the bustling Costa Brava, where historic towns, botanical gardens and small fishing villages await you.

All in all, every married couple will be able to find their perfect honeymoon in Spain, thanks to the unlimited possibilities!

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discover the secrets of the most beautiful spanish territories and the reasons that you should visit when you get a chance. here are 10 natural parks across spain which are a must-do for all travellers who like to be outside and enjoy being in a natural environment.

 -the largest and oldest national park of the canary island-

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its landscape revolves around the largest volcano in spain: the teide, which last erupted in 1798. the volcanic cones and the lava outcrops form an extraordinary conjunction of colours and shapes, and are home to a wide diversity of flora of great biological value.

the teide national park was created in 1954 in order to protect this spectacular landscape of great ecological value which lies at the foot of the colossal volcano. the teide is the volcanic formation located on an ancient and gigantic cauldron-shaped depression, formed by two semi-calderas separated by the roques de garcía rock formations. plant and animal species that are unique in the world live in the shadow of the teide. there is an astonishing diversity of plants: teide broom, red echium, blue echium, theguanche rose (bencomia extipulata), flixweed, rosalillo de cumbre (pterocephalus lasiospermus),silver thistle (stemmacantha cynaroides)… the most important species in the park are the invertebrates. over 700 types of insects have been recorded, of which 50% are endemic to the area. there are some species of reptiles (such as the tenerife lizard) and birds (egyptian vulture, sparrow hawks, lesser kestrels, red kite), mammals are scarce, the most common of which are the mouflon, rabbits and five species of bat.

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discover the secrets of the most beautiful spanish territories and the reasons that you should visit when you get a chance. here are 10 natural parks across spain which are a must-do for all travellers who like to be outside and enjoy being in a natural environment.

 -the largest and oldest national park of the canary island-

teide national park, canary islands

its landscape revolves around the largest volcano in spain: the teide, which last erupted in 1798. the volcanic cones and the lava outcrops form an extraordinary conjunction of colours and shapes, and are home to a wide diversity of flora of great biological value.

the teide national park was created in 1954 in order to protect this spectacular landscape of great ecological value which lies at the foot of the colossal volcano. the teide is the volcanic formation located on an ancient and gigantic cauldron-shaped depression, formed by two semi-calderas separated by the roques de garcía rock formations. plant and animal species that are unique in the world live in the shadow of the teide. there is an astonishing diversity of plants: teide broom, red echium, blue echium, theguanche rose (bencomia extipulata), flixweed, rosalillo de cumbre (pterocephalus lasiospermus),silver thistle (stemmacantha cynaroides)… the most important species in the park are the invertebrates. over 700 types of insects have been recorded, of which 50% are endemic to the area. there are some species of reptiles (such as the tenerife lizard) and birds (egyptian vulture, sparrow hawks, lesser kestrels, red kite), mammals are scarce, the most common of which are the mouflon, rabbits and five species of bat.

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