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

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Homes have been evacuated and roads closed on the southern tip of the island of El Hierro, in the Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain, as fears of a possible volcanic eruption grow.

Winter holidays: follow the sun

Whether you're mourning the summer we never had – or want to escape the big chill ahead – Chris Leadbeater has the hottest spots for winter holidays
Feeling hot: from Africa to the Caribbean, or even closer to home, there's plenty of places that can deliver a warmer winter

Winter holidays: follow the sun

Whether you're mourning the summer we never had – or want to escape the big chill ahead – Chris Leadbeater has the hottest spots for winter holidays

24-hour room service: Seaside Palm Beach, Gran Canaria

While many of the hotels built in Gran Canaria in the 1960s and 1970s could be considered an affliction on the landscape, the Seaside Palm Beach positively embraces its roots. Set on the edge of the breathtaking sand dunes of Maspalomas, the hotel was built in 1975 in the concrete-megastructure style shared by the island's big resorts. However, the hotel was re-designed in 2002 by French architect Alberto Pinto. Step inside and the paean to the Seventies is far more stylish than the daunting, parenthesis-shaped exterior indicates.

EasyJet launches new route to the Canary Islands

Low-fare airline easyJet is to start services to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

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A photograph might be thought of as a permanent record of fleeting moments, but this eloquent little limited-edition book by Seba Kurtis is all about impermanence, fragility and contingency.

Murder trial in Antigua

The trial of two men accused of murdering a British honeymoon couple in Antigua continued on the third anniversary of their deaths.

Tenerife accused was in UK hospital

A man accused of beheading a British grandmother in a shop in Tenerife had been released from a psychiatric unit in the UK.

Tenerife decapitation suspect was on bail

The Bulgarian man accused of beheading a British woman in Tenerife on Friday was on bail when the attack took place.

Beheading suspect had violent record

The man accused of stabbing and beheading a British pensioner in Tenerife has been remanded in custody, amid questions about the management of his mental illness.

British woman beheaded in Tenerife supermarket

A British woman was beheaded in a shop in Tenerife yesterday. Witnesses said a main entered a Chinese supermarket in a shopping centre in the popular resort town of Los Cristianos and stabbed and then beheaded the 62-year-old woman, believed to be an expatriate living on the island.

British woman murdered in Tenerife

A British woman was murdered in Tenerife today, the Foreign Office said.

Take Spain in your stride

Follow in the footsteps of Martin Sheen on the Camino de Santiago, or explore one of the country's many other stunning hikes

Man, 85, crosses Atlantic on raft

A grandfather aged 85 has sailed across the Atlantic on a raft made of pipes after 66 days at sea.

Leading article: Still wild after all these years

Where the old things are. Two octogenarians, coincidentally, were making mischief of one kind or another yesterday. An 85-year-old British grandfather, Anthony Smith, completed a 2,800-mile voyage from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, crossing the Atlantic on a raft made of pipes. Meanwhile, in New York, publishers were preparing to launch the first new book for 30 years by 82-year-old Maurice Sendak, who wrote and illustrated the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are.

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