Canary Islands

48 Hours: Las Palmas

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

Win a holiday for two to The Canary Islands

Offering year-round spring temperatures, The Canary Islands can provide the perfect remedy to those UK winter blues, and The Independent has teamed up with The Canary Island Tourist Board and the Spanish Tourist Office to give you the chance to win a seven-night holiday for two to two of its islands.

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.

Photography: Drowned, By Seba Kurtis

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.

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.

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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

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.