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

Make recharging your body a breeze in the Canary Islands

You'd think the year-round sunshine and the fresh sea breezes of the Canary Islands would be enough for anyone feeling the need of some holiday pampering. But then why leave anything to chance? For a full body recharge, you may well require the attentive services and luxurious surroundings of a spa resort – and here Gran Canaria is ideally placed.

A tradition of wellness on the islands

The long menu of options at the luxurious Mare Nostrum Spa in Tenerife includes hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and chocolate therapy. How very modern, you might think. After all, we're living in a time when no major hotel worth its Dead Sea salt seems complete without some kind of treatment centre. Don't be fooled into thinking that this penchant for pampering is a newfangled fad, though. In the Canaries, wellness tourism is as old as tourism itself.

Take in the Canary Islands' spectacular scenery

Stargaze, explore, or simply relax as you take in the islands' spectacular views

At least two killed in Tenerife landslide

A landslide has killed at least two people and may have buried another two on the popular holiday island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the Spanish government said last night.

British woman killed by landslide on Tenerife

Two people died after a landslide on to a beach today on the Spanish island of Tenerife, though no one is believed to be trapped beneath the rocks, local emergency services said.

Beach Baroque: Families flock to Tenerife to go wild in its weird and wonderful theme parks

Mother Nature has provided ample evidence of her ingenuity on Tenerife, the Canary Islands' largest chunk of planetary real estate. Clearly, her first decision was to think big: Teide, the island's huge central volcano, stretches a mighty 3,718m from the Atlantic. Then, she went a bit Baroque: the black lava rock pools in Garachico on the north coast, for example, and the peculiarly long-needled Canarian pine tree. Finally, she provided some exhilaration: the dramatic ridges and valleys of the Anaga range in the north, the dazzling azure seas that hug the island's shores. Oh, and the year-round sunshine. There, she seems to be saying, I've done my bit. What have you lot got in the locker?

Home from home: Family-friendly La Palma

It's hard to choose the prettiest of the seven major Canary Islands, but La Palma has a strong claim in terms of nature walks, romantic hideaways and dramatic scenery. It also does well in the family-friendly hotel stakes, thanks in part to the mammoth Hotel La Palma Teneguia Princess and Spa.

Head off the beaten track: Active families will find plenty to do in the western Canaries

So your kids are fluent in email, texting and Twitter. But could they master the art of cross-country whistling? Silbo, a Clanger-like system of tonal whistles, is one of the oddities which make the western Canaries intriguing. It was invented by the early islanders as a means of communicating over vast tracts of roadless, mountainous terrain. Skilled whistlers claim a vocabulary of more than 4,000 words a revelation sure to impress the parents of intractable teenagers.

Entertainment on your doorstep: You don't need to travel far in the Canary Islands to enjoy a splendid day out

If there's one thing the Canary Islands aren't short of, it's family attractions. Many of these are clustered around the major towns and resorts, so they're easy to access.

Follow in the wake of Columbus's voyage with a yachting holiday in the Canaries

In that moment of impeded vision when the bow dipped into the Atlantic swell, spraying our boat with tepid seawater, I fleetingly wondered what it must have felt like for Christopher Columbus. Leaving behind the last sanctuary of dry land, his voyage of discovery departed from these very same waters more than 500 years ago.

You'll have a whale of a time looking for oceanic entertainment in the water around the Canaries

When the captain of a whale and dolphin-watching boat based in Tenerife promises a sighting on every outing, it's tempting to raise an eyebrow. How can they be so sure?

Postcard from the edges: Stick to the coasts of the Canaries and you'll find spectacular scenery, deserted beaches and a touch of the Caribbean

Charles Darwin was impressed: shortly after the great naturalist began his five-year voyage on which his theories evolved, he sailed past Tenerife in January 1832. "The first of many days never to be forgotten," he declared, even though he was banned from landing because of fears that HMS Beagle might bring cholera.

Island treasures: The Canary Island's best maritime museums

The Canaries have featured in some of the world's great voyages, so it is fitting that they boast some excellent repositories of the stories of the sea.

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