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

Hot tips for a warmer winter

The British summer is still months away, but there's no need to despair. Harriet O'Brien reveals how to turn seasonal blues into sun-drenched bliss

Cruises: the ultimate holiday?

Why are holidays afloat such a success story for the travel industry? Because you unpack, sit back and see the world, says Simon Calder

On top of the world in Tenerife

Mount Teide offers the perfect challenge for mountain bikers keen to combine exercise with winter sun in the Canaries. Roger Thomas gets in the saddle to experience Spain's highest peak

Second Briton drowns on Canary Islands holiday

A second British holidaymaker has drowned in a hotel swimming pool in the Canary Islands in two days.

Girl, 6, drowns in hotel pool

A six-year-old British girl has drowned in a hotel swimming pool on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria.

Couple found dead in Tenerife named

A British couple found dead at their home in Tenerife were named by the Foreign Office today.

Cold comfort: Which trees and shrubs will best survive a freezing British winter?

Anna Pavord offers planting tips for the coming season

DVD: Hierro (15)

Maria (Elena Anaya) suffers every parent's worst nightmare as her young son Diego disappears during a ferry trip to the holiday island of El Hierro. She returns some time later to identify the body of a child washed up on the shore, yet it is not her son.

Man remanded over dead tourist

A 36-year-old man charged with perverting the course of justice following the death of a British tourist in the Canary Islands appeared in court today.

Man quizzed over Briton's holiday isle death

Detectives were today continuing to question a 36-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who vanished while on holiday in the Canary Islands.

Building craze threatens to end Lanzarote's biosphere status

Many tourists travel to Lanzarote for nothing more than a sunny beach and a pitcher of sangria with a cliff-top view. But the Spanish Canary Island is also a Unesco biosphere site: an arid stretch of lava fields, salt marshes and coastal mountains where high-rises are taboo. And for decades, the island's elegant-and-ecological style of tourism defied the construction craze of its wilder island neighbours, like Gran Canaria.

Portuguese writer Saramago dies at 87

Jose Saramago, who became the first Portuguese-language winner of the Nobel Literature prize although his popularity at home was dampened by his unflinching support for communism, blunt manner and sometimes difficult prose style, died yesterday.

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Gabe Ibanez's debut film starts out promisingly as a variation on kidnap drama Flightplan.

Cycling: Valverde savours Romandie success

Under threat of a ban by cycling's governing body, Alejandro Valverde replied by winning the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland yesterday. Valverde, who is prevented from racing in Italy because of alleged links to a doping investigation, won by 11 seconds over Slovenian Simon Spilak after coming home first in yesterday's fifth and final stage.

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