News File image: A British mother and daughter are among four people injured in an explosion at a Tenerife hotel

Investigation now underway into what caused the blast at the Bahia Principe hotel

Wildfires threaten national parks in the Canaries

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of thousands of residents and are threatening some of Spain's most precious national parks, including a Unesco World Heritage site.

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Two Britons die in separate Gran Canaria hiking incidents

Two Britons have died in separate incidents while holidaying in Gran Canaria - just days after parts of the Canary Islands were issued with heatwave warnings.

La Gomera, Tenerife’s serene little sister

La Gomera: The Canary Island that mass tourism forgot

... or never knew in the first place. This beautiful patch of volcanic land welcomes visitors – but has not sold its soul

Fairfax in 1969 with 'Britannia' at King George V Dock in London before his epic lone voyage

John Fairfax: Adventurer who became the first man to row solo across the Atlantic ocean

John Fairfax, self-styled "professional adventurer," fulfilled a boyhood dream when he became the first recorded person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1969.

Rowers celebrate breaking a world record after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 45 days

Female rowers' record Atlantic crossing

Five female rowers have broken a world record after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in just 45 days.

Women sailors row into record books

An all-woman team have completed a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, storming into the record books along the way, organisers said today.

Shore leave: Las Canteras beach

48 Hours: Las Palmas

Winter sun and an impressive urban beach: the capital of Gran Canaria is an alluring prospect for Matthew Hirtes

Atlantic rowers adrift after they run out of oars

Two men trying to row across the Atlantic for charity are adrift in the middle of the ocean after all their oars broke in rough seas.

Fears grow for pensioner missing in Lanzarote

The search is continuing for a British pensioner who vanished during a trip to the Canary Islands.

Search continues for woman missing in Lanzarote

A British pensioner who vanished during a trip to Lanzarote remained missing today as search teams prepared to continue their hunt.

Rowers complete their epic trip on luxury liner

Two rowers whose boat was capsized by a freak wave have swapped Atlantic gales and stomach-churning swells for warmth, luxury and lobster after being rescued by one of the world's finest cruise liners.

Most of the beaches have black sand and pebbles

Insider's Guide: La Gomera, Canary Islands

Nicky Shafe, marketing manager for luxury independent tour operator Prestige Holidays (prestigeholidays.co.uk), offers tips for a holiday on La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

High life: undulating landscape in Gran Canaria

Feet-first into Gran Canaria

Forget lounging around on the beach. A new coast-to-coast walking route across this scenic Canary Island reveals hidden depths – and dramatic heights

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

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Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

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Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

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Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

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A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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