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Friday, September 14, 2012

Part Spanish, African and Martian, the Canary Islands are mostly heaven

Part Spanish, African and Martian, the Canary Islands are mostly heaven: Year-round sun, sand and scenery draw tourists to the Canary Islands in droves. Technically an "autonomous community" of Spain, the region is Spanish culturally, but African geographically - the archipelago is 100 kilometres off the northwest coast of Africa. Here, Nancy Wigston unravels the mysteries of the region with this definitive guide to Canary Island hopping.
Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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