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Tour of the Canary Islands

  You’ll love our favorite video of the month. It is a fine journey along our Fortunate Islands: the Canary Islands and their spectacular landscapes.   Click here: Spain Timelapses Series – Islas Canarias     “The hotels in the Canary Islands of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts are located in privileged areas of the different Islands; they are by the beach in the midst of natural surroundings. These 3, 4 and 5-star complexes feature magnificent facilities, large, comfortable rooms where you can enjoy the most professional service.”

The island of eternal spring.

Regardless of whether you’re considering a romantic getaway with your partner, a vacation with children or a week off with a group of friends and all the fun you can get, Tenerife is the destination for you. This sun washed vacation location is visited every year by millions of people seeking relaxation, adventure, good times and fantastic weather. The north of the island has unparalleled landscapes. Cañadas del Teide is a National Park with an impressive volcanic landscape. It spans 18,990 hectares at an altitude of more than 1,650 meters above sea level with yellowish ocher tones that are sure…

Malaga has it all

A privileged geographic location, mild weather all year round, some of the best golf courses in Europe, the most beautiful beaches and the legendary Costa del Sol, with Puerto Banús as the choice destination of the rich and famous from all over the world—Malaga boasts a 160 kilometer coastline. The Mediterranean Sea washes the banks of 14 towns in the province of Malaga. You can find hidden corners surrounded by pure nature as well as consolidated tourist areas. The eastern and western parts of the province feature attractive beaches that have made the Costa del Sol one of the premium…

Chiringuitos, a Spanish beach essential

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Chiringuitos, as they are called, are small bars or stands that can be seen the length of the Spanish coast, usually on the beachfront.  There are different types, some selling cold beverages and others that are much more elaborate and may serve meals.   Some of the most typical treats on offer are paella and sardines, although the variety depends on the place.  Of course, cold beer and soft drinks are the most popular purchases at these beach bars. But the chiringuito in Spain has become more sophisticated over the years and many have taken on cult status for visitors, whether…

Caribbean house party!

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  It can be a little complicated organizing a trip to the Caribbean with all your friends. So why not bring the Caribbean to your home? Organize a themed party and enjoy a few hours of Caribbean flavor and heat.  With just a few touches of detail and a little imagination you can have a day you’ll never forget.  Here are a few ideas:   Colors everywhere: Prepare the table you’re going to use with attention to detail:  Cover it with a colorful blanket – perhaps lime green, pink or bright red.   Place pots of fresh tropical flowers – such…

Fancy basking in the sun this Christmas?

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Did you know there are more than 5,000 islands in the Caribbean? To find the perfect Caribbean island for your Christmas holiday, you should start by deciding what you’d like to see and do. Although you’ll find sun and sand whichever one you choose, not all Caribbean islands are identical. And the same goes for the countries. So what springs to your mind when you think of Christmas in the Caribbean? Do you picture a peaceful, relaxing and quite spot, or do you prefer active tourism in a place with lots of things to see and a lively nightlife? Or…

Is envy a good thing?

A little envy is harmless enough. The kind of envy you experience when you enjoy seeing others having a great time. The kind of envy that makes you want to explore, discover, experience, enjoy and savour. The kind of envy we all feel when we hear Canadians Kiefer and Michelle telling us about their vacation experience from the IBEROSTAR Quetzal in Mexico or when Michael gives his passionate vision of the culinary delights on offer at the IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada as he hugs his kids. We enjoy seeing others enjoy themselves; after all, we want only the best for ourselves…

“Xaymaca”, a land of forests and water.

The island of Jamaica, situated south of Cuba, is a lush and exciting land with an intriguing history. Its first settlers were the Taino Indians, an Arawak-speaking tribe originally from South America that named the island “Xaymaca”, which means a ‘land of forests and water’. It was discovered by Columbus in 1494, who described it as “the most beautiful island I have ever laid eyes on”, and for 500 years it attracted colonisers from all over the world. After the Spanish occupation, the island was conquered by the British in around 1650. The existing colonists freed and armed their slaves,…

Recipe:Dominican Sancocho

Sancocho is undoubtedly one of the Dominican Republic’s culinary treasures. It is generally served on special occasions only, as it takes quite a while to make and includes lots of ingredients. Yet the preparation time is probably one of the best things about this dish, as it’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends over a cold beer or glass of rum. Sancocho is traditionally prepared with beef. Ingredients: • 1 whole chicken, chopped into pieces • 6 pork chops • 1 lb of minced beef • 1 lb of manioc cut into large pieces • 2 large potatoes,…

Recipe: Majarete

Majarete is a typical dessert in the Dominican Republic, although it’s also popular in other Latin American countries.  The principal ingredient is ‘corn’ and the original, rustic version consists of grated corncobs mixed with cow’s milk, grated or shredded dried coconut milk  and sweet spices such as cinnamon, allspice, sweet cloves or nutmeg, although these latter two are stronger and can give the majarete a bitter taste if too much is added. Ingredients: • 1 Coconut • 1 cup of cornflower • 1 cup of milk • 1 tin of condensed milk • 2 cups of warm water • 250g…