The sun-drenched Canary Islands lie close to North Africa and have an exotic flavor of their own. Hundreds of volcanoes, rolling sand dunes, rich forests and rugged cliffs dapple these seven Atlantic gems. Catch a ferry to Lanzarote. Ride a camel through volcanic Timanfaya National Park. Take on Tenerife, home of Mount Teide, Spain's tallest peak. Romp Grand Canary's beaches or hike La Gomera's Garajonay National Park. More adventures await on tiny El Hierro, verdant La Palma and peaceful Fuerteventura.
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5.0 based on 303 reviews
The house museum of José Saramago, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 is a real immersion in the universe of the Portuguese writer. The guided tour includes first the house and the garden, then the private library and its various work spaces.
A fabulous intimate tour of Jose Saramago’s home in Lanzarote. Alba our guide was informative and only too pleased to answer questions in Spanish, English and French. Walking through his home and library, seeing where he worked, rested and entertained was privilege. I loved his library built to house all and his wife’s books. Allow and hour and a half and make sure you are there for opening at 10.
5.0 based on 492 reviews
Everybody who wants to experience Tenerife just outside of mass tourism, is able to find a worthwhile goal - very close to the Centre of Icod de los Vinos. The small town with its old and historic towncentre is also known for the Millenary Dragon Tree, the Drago Milenario, which is located approximately three kilometres from ARTlandya. In Santa Barbara, a district of Icod de los Vinos, with quiet, rural ambience, you will find ARTlandya - la Finca. It is an estate with a tropical Park and old, stylishly renovated Canarian houses with different exhibitions. Besides, it is no TOY MUSEUM and no private collection of dolls of all kind. We show you the fascinating world of dollART! ARTlandya is also no dusty museum in the customary sense but dollART from today in rooms from yesterday. Artistdolls and teddy bears on Tenerife? But why not? Tenerife exists not only of nature - the island also offers a lot of culture! ARTlandya is unique in whole Europe - it is a museum for contemporary dollART at the highest international level! A world of experience with DOLLS and TEDDYbears, a world for children and adults!
Absolutely amazing museum with a wide variety of dolls, run by a very wdlcoming family. The visit also includes a lecture about the making of porcelain dolls with illustrstive examples of each step. Just amazing and totally worth visiting!
5.0 based on 13 reviews
The personal tour of this museum is friendly and informative. It houses some fantastic collections of artefacts,all given historical context by the enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable tour guide. It gives you a far greater appreciation of La Oratava and the relevance of Catholicism in the area. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this visit, especially as it is the second time we have taken the tour, A drink at the Bar Duquesa makes it a perfect afternoon as you discuss all that you have learnt in the shadow of the church.
4.5 based on 697 reviews
Visited on a day when the weather forecast was rainy without high expectations but was amazed by the diversity and quality of the interactive displays. These were as good if not better than I have seen in many big cities with a bonus of there not being big crowds so you have a go at most things without queuing. There were lots of hands on large scale classic physics apparatus plus some thrilling virtual reality experiences. The staff were all extremely helpful and friendly with many speaking English. Most of the exhibits had English language descriptions. The top floor had interesting displays from the local university about their research particularly in relation to the marine environment and broader environmental issues. Overall excellent value for money
4.5 based on 5,355 reviews
Home of a famous Spanish artist
Definitely the coolest place to visit on the island. Formed out of lava holes, it's like a 70s Bond film set - we loved it. Cesar Manrique has had a huge influence on the art and architecture on the island - there are some enlightening films to be seen here at his former home as well as much of his art on display. You only need 90 minutes to tour, including a cuppa / snack from the onsite mini cafe, so you may wish to combine it with another trip. We took a tour here with Low Cost Travel, who picked us up from our hotel before going to the Sunday market at Teguise. All was well described by a Danish tour guide.
4.5 based on 526 reviews
Cueva Pintada, after which the site was named, was discovered in the mid 19th century and is part of a group of artificial caves excavated in the volcanic rock.. Its geometrical motifs make it the most unique representation of the Pre-Hispanic wall paintings, an exceptional testimony of the artistic and symbolic expression of the people of the Canary Islands. Excavations made here since 1987 until today have confirmed the fact that Cueva Pintada used to be part of a village with over fifty houses and artificial caves dating back from the 6th to the 16th centuries.The remains of the indigenous village of Cueva Pintada can be admired from a walkway surrounding those structures preserved, which allows visitors to look at the detail of the houses and indigenous caves.
what an amazing site! you can not visit it on your own, but there are regular scheduled guided tours in several languages, lasting 1.5 hours visit, and this museum is sure the highlight of the island. (see also the entry Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada)
4.5 based on 231 reviews
Very interesting and defiantly worth visiting. My partner don't like museums but loved this one. It is bigger than I expected for a small island. The only missing thing is English translation as it is only in Spanish. Nevertheless, I definitely recommend it.
4.5 based on 1,109 reviews
The breathtaking rockgardens with magic caves, tunnels and secret passages to the lake, nests at the foot of the famous house of Omar Sharif. Conceived bu Cesar Manrique and used for various films with Peter Ustinov, the new open air MUSEUM and art gallery integrates seemlessly into the rocks. The museum host various cultural activities like exhibitions of the properties history and the legend of Omar Sharif. Enjoy this fascinating rockgarden landscape that transports you into 1001 nghts.
This place is simply fabulous, it has lots of hidden seating areas and caves built into the mountainside. Two swimming pools And plenty of cafés. The César Manrique Design of this place is absolutely remarkable. There are twists and turns in tunnels each one leading to a different area. There is plenty to see And it will take you around an hour to go around. You can go right to the top into the living quarters. It really is beautiful and jaw dropping. We stayed here for about two and half hours, we just simply love this place. Be aware there are a lot of steps, be careful if you have problems with your feet on knees. This home once belonged to Omar Sharif, he owned it for one day, then he lost it gambling the next day. I wish I lived here. Around each corner is a surprise, either with seating areas designs of water features or just the beauty of the landscape.
4.5 based on 1,188 reviews
Visiting the home of César Manrique was an interesting experience and gave us a great insight into his life and work. The home has been left so you can imagine him still living there. His taste and display of collected artefacts was delightful. Well worth a visit.
4.5 based on 76 reviews
This is such a brilliant little museum, run by volunteers. It is housed in the original airport building and it is fascinating to see how things have changed in what is a relatively short period of time. A great deal of thought and effort has been put into setting up the museum and it's brilliant. You can see the air traffic control part, the cafe area as well as examples of the uniforms worn by the airline staff. There is a good book collection and some excellent posters as well as a very thought-provoking cabinet showing the kinds of items that were confiscated. When we visited there was also an excellent display of aircraft and airport related models, all made from recycled plastic. There were some excellent little booklets available too, aimed at children. It's a wonderful little museum.
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