Everything you always wanted to know about Fuerteventura

You should visit at least once this paradise destination in summer: Fuerteventura is a magic island where to get lost and enjoy the sea, the relax, the natural environment and the local world-famous products (majorero cheese, wine and delicious fish dishes).

The sun shines always in this amazing island on its 150 kilometers of beaches. A windsurfing paradise where Corralejo, Puerto del Rosario and Costa Calma are the best places of this old island recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO due to its incredible natural beauty.


The best kept secret of Fuerteventura

  • Beaches at Corralejo in Fuerteventura are in the ranking of the 25 best beaches in Europe.
  • Fuerteventura residents are called majoreros and majoreras as the cheese.
  • The island is a Bird Protected Area as recognized by the European regulations, so you will see unique species in the world hiding at trees.
  • Surprise yourself with amazing histories and the real majorero folklore: it’s said that Fuerteventura was part of Atlantis the lost continent. Some others say Lanzarote and Fuerteventura were a single island.
  • Do you know that the most beautiful Spanish stars can be seen in Fuerteventura? Sabías que las estrellas más hermosas de España se posan siempre en el cielo de Fuerteventura? In fact, it’s a protected atmospheric space.
  • If you travel to Fuerteventura, you should ask local which is the fish that gives the shape to the island.

Activities to do in Fuerteventura

  • Try paprika majorero cheese and surprise yourself!
  • Take a dip at Cofete beach, unspoiled and just incredibly beautiful with an amazing natural environment. Take care of the waves when the tide is high in this sandy beach.
  • Visit Betancuria and ask again locals about the history of what was the capital of Fuerteventura, and now it’s one of the best must-visit destinations in the island where to explore its colonial attributes.
  • Discover the history of Mirador Guise y Ayose. You will know that Fuerteventura was previously two merged islands.
  • Enjoy Playa Jandia. Stay at this beautiful beach area including El Matorral, completely recovered and one of the best unspoiled areas in the entire south coast of Fuerteventura. You should stay at some of the best family hotels in Fuerteventura, as Playa Gaviotas Hotel, Playa Gaviotas Park and Fuerteventura Palace Hotel -with an Adults Only space, chill out and relax areas oriented to travellers who want to enjoy holidays without kids-.

Majorca, a place to enjoy with the family

You will need more than a weekend to discover this small island in the Mediterranean sea. If you have not decided where to go on your family holidays, the biggest island in the Balearic Islands is the perfect choice. Write down our recommendations and start dreaming of crystal water coves and olive groves fields. We will just focus on three places: Cala Ratjada;  Alcudia; and Playa de Muro, three of the most special places to enjoy with the family.

Cala Ratjada

If we are travelling with the family, there’s nothing better than a hotel of apartments near Cala Agulla, a beautiful unspoiled beach in Majorca with direct access to the town of Cala Ratjada with an old seafaring tradition. It also offers a wide range of activities for kids, vibrant nightlife for young people and quietness for adults. The typical food of Majorca is great here: tumbet, trampo, suckling pig, Majorcan soups, sopas mallorquinas, vegetable flatbread, fishes, fresh shrimps…

Green Garden Hotel, Cala Ratjada, Majorca

Green Garden Hotel, Cala Ratjada, Majorca


Alcudia and its medieval fortress are both must-see places in this paradise island in the Mediterranean, specially in summer. You should also visit its beaches in Port Alcudia, with many bars, restaurants and trendy places with exclusive terraces by the sea, offering typical tapas and cocktails. There are surfing and diving schools, marinas where to practice sailing…Not to mention the family hotels in Alcudia, some of the best family hotels in Majorca with an excellent price-quality ratio.


Playa de Muro

Amazing natural beauty, as in the Natural Park of S’Albufera entering into the sea:  the biggest wetland in Majorca and one of the most recommended places for bird and insects lovers in Europe. Playa de Muro is one of the largest beaches in the island, where you can sunbathe after a swim in its crystal waters. It’s the perfect beach where to go with your children, due to the low water depth. You can enjoy kitesurfing areas, great beach clubs and chill outs hosting great parties until the early morning. The family hotels in Playa de Muro are the best in the north of Majorca.

Enjoy Fuerteventura with your family at Iberostar

This beautiful island in the amazing Canary Islands offers you a wide range of familiy activities. It’s known as the “quiet island” and families are expecting it to give them the renewed vigour to face all future problems. It’s the island of contrasts and impressive landscapes. Famous for Tindaya’s Mountain, where local aborigines used to show reverence to it, as they considered it magical.

Fuerteventura is also called the island of the mills, as its flat but sometimes undulating terrain was perfect to build mills that use the power of the wind to grind the flour included in many typical dishes in the island.

Tindaya Mountain, Fuerteventura

Tindaya Mountain, Fuerteventura; picture: holaislascanarias.com

Iberostar gives you the opportunity to explore this wonderful and unique island.

Available Iberostar hotels

Iberostar offers you three amazing hotels in Fuerteventura, where you can spend a memorable holiday with your kids.

These 4-star hotels are located at the same beach in Fuerteventura, where the sun rises every day and you will enjoy this amazing moment with your family.

What to see in Fuerteventura with your family?

There are many must-see places in Fuerteventura. Below you can find a list of the must-visit places that your family cannot miss, especially if you have children or if you want to have a great time with your couple:

  • Oasis Park: a themed tropical park in La Lajita. 150 hectares home to hundreds of species. Giraffes, chimpanzees, gorillas, crocodiles and the biggest herd of camels in Europe live together in Oasis Park in Fuerteventura. There are crocodiles and sea lions shows every day, which will amaze the whole family. Its botanic garden hosts one of the biggest cactus in Europe.
  • Acua Water Park: popular water park in Corralejo, Fuerteventura. There are lots of water slides, wave pools,… Everything you need to have fun on hot days in the island.
  • Windsurf: Fuerteventura is full of incredible places to practice windsurf. Every place is perfect. no necesitas preguntar el lugar perfecto para hacer windsurf en Fuerteventura. Todos los lugares son perfectos. For this reason, Fuerteventura hosts windsurf world championships.

What to eat in Budapest?

This post is dedicated to gourmet lovers wherever they travel. Those adventurous palates willing to taste everything and experiencing new flavours and typical dishes even in places hidden to tourists. Those who want to live their holidays to the fullest. Particularly, we dedicate it to those travelling to Hungary this summer and dying for an accommodation in Budapest. Here’s a piece of the best Hungarian gastronomy to pamper your palates.

You cannot leave Hungary without tasting a good Goulash. This is the most international dish and one of the most delicious stews you can taste in the world. It’s only suitable for meat-eaters and those who like spicy food. Although it’s not too greasy, it’s really hearty so you will feel full easily. There are many places where you can taste it, but if you are an expert gourmet, you must try Hungarikum Bistro or visit Grand Hotel Budapest restaurant , where this dish is excellent. Stay at least one night in this hotel in the centre of Hungary’s capital: its rooms in Budapest are amazing and this hotel also includes one of the best Spa centres in Budapest.

Borkakas Restaurant, Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest

Borkakas Restaurant, Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest

There’s nothing better than Hungarian rices…. Are you surprised? Not just in Valencia know about rice. Rice tradition in Budapest is long-standing and they create great dishes with this ingredient, such as rice and meat balls accompanied by tejföl, chicken with rice and paprika, the colourful rice salad (includes yellow rice) with pepper, raisins, dried tomatoes, parsley; Hungarian style rice with mussels…

Everything cooked with…tejföl (bitter cream essential in the typical Hungarian sauces) is worth tasting. Its intensive and delicious flavour combines with everything -meat, fish or vegetables- and it’s the perfect garnish for the traditional Hungarian gnocchi, which are smaller than the italian ones.


Start planning your holidays right now

The winter, the cold, and Christmas are coming… and this is the perfect moment of the year for booking your holidays saving a good amount of money. The Early Booking campaign is to start, the hotels are commercialising almost all their rooms (except those offered directly by OTAs and tour operators, agencies, etc), all types of rooms are available and planning ahead of time is a must, as this guaranties hotels a high occupancy rate.

Discounts of up to the 30 and 40% are offered depending on the hotel and the destination. Besides, making a reservation on the official website of the hotels you will be able to save the price added by the intermediaries and you will have the guaranty of the direct booking. This is an advantage if you are travelling with children or you need any special service, as you can manage your reservation directly with the hotel and avoid later negative surprises during your holidays.

The reservation of rooms in Majorca, Barcelona, Canary Islands or Andalusia, which are some of the most typical destinations, is cheaper during these months previous to January/February. The prices of the hotels in Tenerife -areas such as Costa Adeje, for example- or the hotels in Jandia, Fuerteventura, do not fluctuate much by season, as this is a sun and beach destination with an unchangeable weather, although you may get small discounts with early bookings. The All Inclusive Hotels and the beach resorts in Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura are the most versatile establishments, as they have a long high season.

The hotels on the coast of Andalusia are a good alternative at competitive and adjusted prices: resorts in Cabo de Gata or the great hotels in Huelva may offer discounts of up to the 50%. However, you need to make an at least 7-night reservation in specific types of rooms.

If you want to book a  hotel in Puerto Pollensa or a hotel in Cala Millor, which are very popular areas during summer in Majorca, we recommend you to make your reservation before January. As the year progresses, specially after the Holy Week, price rise considerably. The same happens with the hotels on Calvia’s coast, both with the hotels for families in Magaluf and with the hotels in Santa Ponsa or the accommodations in Costa de la Calma.

Whenever you make a reservation with discounts, read carefully the conditions, as the most exclusive services you might be interested in may not be included. The spas, special dinners in the à la cart restaurant, premium drinks or sport activities are rarely included in the offers and must be booked separately. The All Inclusive service may be an alternative for these cases, specially if you are travelling with your family and you want to enjoy a worry-free trip.

Do not forget to compare prices, and although Booking and Expedia apparently offer the best rate, check out the official websites of the hotels or the chains as in many cases, as in the case of Iberostar, these websites offer the lowest price and a 5% discount for those who find a lower price in other websites.


What to see in Barcelona in 1 day

Barcelona is a destination worth a one-week visit. But if you are planning a one-day layover in the Condal City, here you will find a tour around the main tourist attractions so that you can make the most of your trip. However, we are sure you will want to come back.

The heart of Barcelona

Ramblas and the Gothic neighbourhood are two must visit places you have to include in your trip to Barcelona. Not only because they are located in some of the most beautiful and famous monuments of the city, but also because here you will find the authentic ambience of the old Barcelona. Even despite the fact that these are the most popular places and it is sometimes hard to escape from the groups of tourists wandering around, walking around Barcelona’s historic centre is a luxury for all senses. Its streets, its squares, the local shops, the cathedral, its nice villagers, the art and the originality of its nooks, with hundreds of street artists and improvised events… It is one of the liveliest areas of the city, both at night and during the day, as it also features bars ideal for both a brunch or a drink.

The best you can do if you only have one day is to spend a morning walking around the area. And visit all the tourist attractions highlighted in the guides, without a specific route. If you choose a hotel in Ramblas or a hotel near La Boquería Market, you will stay close at hand to all the tourist attractions and you will not need to take subways, taxis or buses: walking around the city is an experience in itself and the fact that the old city is not really big has its advantages. Do not miss the harbour, a shopping route around the Borne’s small boutiques and luxury shops, a tapas route around the Macba area near the Raval, a visit to an exhibition… The Petrixol Street is an ideal place for savouring some of the typical delicacies of Barcelona and it is close to your accommodation.

Modernism within your reach

From your hotel in the centre of Barcelona you will have a direct access to the modernist area of the city. Although you will find modernist footprints around the whole Barcelona, you should not miss two classic examples: the famous Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia. If you choose a hotel near Catalunya Square you will enjoy good communications with the old city and with the Ensanche, where you will discover a different and modern Barcelona. Gràcia, the Ciudadela Park, the Casa Milà

If you are an art lover and you want to make the most of your trip and discover the modernism of Barcelona in just a day, we recommend you to stay in a museum hotel in Barcelona, an old modernist building. And if you prefer to enjoy your afternoon contemplating the views from the highest area of Barcelona, do not miss the Parc Güell, where you will be able to combine nature, games and modernism, apart from a visit to one of the key areas of the Condal City.

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Ideas for travelling before New Year’s Eve

Countdown for the end of 2015. Supermarkets are crammed with nougat candies, firms start to look for a day for the business meals, mum has already called 5 times to organise Christmas gatherings… Everything smells of Christmas and we are still on November. But do not let yourself be carried away by the social Christmas frenzy and take a break before Christmas Eve. Make the most of your last holidays and enjoy a getaway on December’s long weekend. It’s now or never. Carpe diem and let’s dream.

We have asked different travel experts for advice and they have given us some ideas for travelling at the end of the year that will help you find the perfect excuse for getting into the adventure. Unique accommodations, snow and mountain destinations, getaways to the Mediterranean looking for the sun… Everything. Take note. And keep us informed about your plans 😉

Plan 1) Sierra Nevada from the highest mountain hotel in Europe

Do you fancy a snow getaway, taking out the skis, escaping from the city, getting to Granada and crowning Sierra Nevada? Then this is the perfect option for you. This year stay in a 5-star hotel with spa, gourmet gastronomy, state-of-the-art services in Monachil and direct access to the slopes: the Vincci Selección Rumaykiyya. It is said to be the highest hotel in Europe, and it is definitely a paradise for winter sport lovers. The average prices are about 150 euros per night (taxes included).

Plan 2) Madrid with friends

Few destinations are as versatile and varied as Madrid for a winter getaway. During these dates, the capital shines more than ever, with endless plans, parties, new theatre and music shows and irresistible gastronomic options. Regarding the accommodation, Madrid is relatively cheap when talking about a good hotel in the centre (the best option if you want to travel around the heart of the city without worries). There are very interesting design hotels in Madrid for groups: the Clíper Gran Vía Hotel or the Alcalá Torre Hotel are two good examples, as both feature spacious and fully equipped rooms ideal to be shared. If you want to surprise your group of friends, the Vincci Capitol, located in the same building as the mythical cinema theatre of Madrid, may be the perfect option for you.

Plan 3) 5-star Majorca

The summer island may also be a perfect plan for winter. The actions taken to make Majorca’s capital, Palma, a complete destination for any time of the year are yielding positive results and today’s option is attractive enough for a long relax and leisure holiday in the city, beyond the typical sun and beach. If you do not want to miss any plan, either you travel with your family or with friends, the best option is getting an accommodation near Palma, like the resorts and hotels in Playa de Palma, which will allow you to stay within a 15 minute drive to the city centre, to which they are connected through a pleasant seaside promenade ideal for walking or cycling. Prices are affordable during this time of the year, whenever you do not include New Year’s Eve, when prices rise again.

Cabogata Garden Hotel, Almería

Cabogata Garden Hotel, Almería

Plan 4) Almeria, nature and sea

Maybe you haven’t thought of planning a getaway to Almeria in winter before, but it is during these months when the Andalusian capital shows a special charm and colours. Its stunning natural landscapes, full of contrasts and with the Cabo de Gata Níjar Natural Park as its main exponent, make it an ideal destination for nature, outdoor sports and trekking lovers. But Almeria is much more, it is relax and good gastronomy. Almeria’s gastronomy is one of its hallmarks: do not miss the opportunity to try some of the typical specialities of this magic land. Regarding accommodation, the most recommended establishments are the resorts in Cabo de Gata, near the park. Prices are usually cheap and include exclusive services.

Plan 5) Caceres, a paradise of golf and peaceful ambience

Heritage, culture, calmness and nature come hand-in-hand in Caceres to offer you the perfect winter getaway. The most interesting option is planning a trip to Isla Valdecañas, a natural oasis specially designed for the wellness and leisure of the most demanding travellers of the XXIst century. The most recommended accommodation in Isla Valdecañas is the boutique hotel near the Monfragüe Natural Park, which includes access to the spa, horse riding school, sport courts, areas for events, swimming pools, golf courts, gastronomy… It is a 4-star hotel with a good quality price ratio ideal for travelling with your couple or with children.

Plan 6) Barcelona and its coast

Visiting the great capital of the Mediterranean is always a good option, but we recommend you to travel along its coast. If you love outdoor sports, quiet villages and traditional cuisine, this coastal area will offer you everything you need for your last 2015 holidays. Besides, it is the cheapest plan of all: the hotels on Barcelona’s coast offer good prices and a wide variety of options which include from the classic hotels in Calella and the hotels in Costa Brava, specially designed for relax and entertainment, to the hotels in Santa Susanna or the accommodations in Pineda de Mar. All of them offer a good personal attention and exceptional locations.

Hotels for families and couples in the south of Fuerteventura

A holiday in Fuerteventura is a guaranty of sun, beach, good gastronomy, entertainment for children and calmness for adults. So do not hesitate: this magic island is the perfect option for any time of the year. We have selected some hotels of the south of Fuerteventura specially designed for trips as a couple or for family holidays. Besides, now they have an interesting offer for a New Year’s Eve under the sun 🙂

Fuerteventura Palace Hotel

We have already talked before about this hotel on Jandia beach, really close to Morro Jable, as it is one of the most versatile and complete accommodations of the area. Although it is a hotel for all types of clients, both its services and its common areas and rooms have been designed to offer an extra of comfort to those who travel as a couple with or without children. In fact, it features reserved areas for adults and game areas for children. Besides, it is located in front of the beach, which makes it an ideal accommodation for the practice all type of water sports.

Playa Gaviotas Hotel

Near the previous one, really close to the famous Matorral beach, one of the most unspoilt and stunning beaches of the south of Jandia, we find this hotel ideal for travelling with children. With good communications with the different areas of Fuerteventura, with the main theme parks and leisure water areas, zoos and cultural tourist attractions, this is a hotel with fully-equipped rooms designed for the whole family and with an All Inclusive service which allows for the organisation of a trip at an adjusted budget.

Playa Gaviotas Park Hotel

A similar hotel to the Playa Gaviotas Hotel, this beach hotel in Jandia is an authentic luxury for your relaxing holidays with children. Apart from its varied gastronomy, All Inclusive board, games room, sports and relax areas, its rooms in Jandia are one of the hallmarks of this establishment. They are modern, spacious and versatile rooms equipped for the comfort of adults and children and with details that will allow you to organise a personalised trip. And prices are more than affordable.


Your last 2015 holidays… Snow, golf or an urban trip?

Already in November, we do not have any alternative than accepting that days are getting shorter and Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to prepare our farewell to the 2015. But relax, we still have time for a last getaway: December’s long weekend. So let’s concentrate and look for a place where to escape from the frantic rhythm of the cities for at least 4 days before the nougat candies, the family gatherings, the stress of the Christmas shopping and business meals.

Winter getaway

Nothing better to accept that winter is coming than plunging into it. The offers for the snow getaways are already available, you just need to choose a destination and a hotel. So here comes our proposal:

– After having looked for different options, we choose the cold of the south, which is less extreme… And for the accommodation, we have chosen a hotel in Sierra Nevada at the foot of the slopes. A 5-star hotel for you to pamper yourself with a luxury getaway before Christmas and to conclude the 2015 as you deserve. Goodbye stress, goodbye routine, let’s enjoy the snow, the sport, the adventure and the luxury. A little of what you fancy does you good. The hotel is one of the most exclusive ski hotels in Spain, where you will even find plans for those who are not good at skiing and surfing the slopes. Gastronomy, spa and a lot of calmness in a stunning setting: Monachil.

Golf getaway

If you are already an amateur, we are not going to tell you anything you do not know. But if you have not tried golf before, this might be your opportunity.

Extremadura.- The idea is booking a golf hotel in Valdecañas, Cáceres, an exceptional natural setting with thousands of square metres of natural landscapes, golf courts, sport and wellness services, gastronomy, activities for children… It is a 4-star resort in Valdecañas Island, surrounded by lagoons and spaces for relax with an excellent quality price ratio and ideal for a family getaway. The golf services are the best in Spain.

Vincci Valdecañas Golf

Vincci Valdecañas Golf

Urban getaway

And we have lots of options here… Choosing a destination is not easy when there are so many options available: Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Valencia, Palma de Majorca… We have chosen an accommodation in every city so that you choose the one that best suits your interests.

Madrid.– This is the best time of the year for visiting the capital. These days of December the capital shines more than ever: its traditional stew, its tapas, its “huevos rotos” (scrambled eggs), the croquettes in San Miguel Market… The idea is staying in a hotel in the centre of Madrid. There is a lot of variety here, but we highlight two options with a good quality price ratio: Petit Palace Alcalá Torre (located in one of the most emblematic buildings of the city) and the Vincci Capitol (located on the foundations of the mythical cinema theatre and with a decoration inspired in the seventh art).

Barcelona.- Design urban Mediterranean to full power. Culture, art and innovation. If you want to close the year with a funny getaway full of plans, unique and cool proposals.. Barcelona is the place to be. Savouring a mouthwatering brunch, relaxing by the sea, visiting a few exhibitions, having a walk around the historic centre and enjoying the modernism, discovering nightlife and getting the last fashion tendencies. Everything. And for a place to stay, we recommend you two accommodations: a hotel near Ramblas, at the heart of the city; and a design hotel near Diagonal Mar shopping centre.

Seville.- Y olé. If you cannot stand extreme hot, December is the best time of the year for a visit to Seville. In Seville the rain may be fabulous, as it becomes the best excuse for visiting tavern after tavern, enjoying its fabulous gastronomy, its lively atmosphere, its welcoming people and its special colours. Flamenco, history, art and tradition come hand-in-hand in this lively capital of Andalusia. We recommend you two hotels in the centre of Seville so that you can enjoy the city with comfort: one in Santa Cruz neighbourhood and the other one a 4-star hotel in Seville with good communications with the main tourist attractions: the Petit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana.

Marbella Beach: Iberostar Costa del Sol

Good things are gone, sun goes away, and daylight hours shrink with clock hands running night after night. Rain, coat, blanket and sofa return. So stay home and dream. Yes, because there is no better time than now, when the autumn is just beginning and winter already threatens to stay, to play to imagine the next holiday.

Today we bring you a proposal that you will have to study seriously: a new hotel in the heart of ideal for a family holiday or a relaxing getaway as a couple. It has spaces for children and exclusive areas for adults’ relaxation, beach club, gastronomy, complete rooms and professional entertainment team.

This is one of the new hotels that & Resorts group has incorporated this year to its portfolio, into its new line of resorts in with luxury amenities and reduced prices. It is, therefore, an alternative to keep in mind if what you need is to escape for a few days but budget is tight. In this type of establishment, quality services are guaranteed and the range of boards they offer allow to adapt the trip to every budget and every type of traveller.

IBerostar Costa del Sol hotel

Among its most outstanding services, it is worth mentioning that this hotel has direct access to Saladillo beach; in one of the pools it offers a water playground, as well as a miniclub and professional entertainer in care of children. As for relaxation, it has a complete spa centre, Jacuzzi, solarium areas featuring design furniture, and all-inclusive service so you don’t have to worry about paying for everything you eat or drink… And, for gourmets, a restaurant which will delight any expert palate.  

Even though the hotel is new, you can already book directly, without intermediaries, through the official website of , with the guarantee of being the only ones who offer the lowest price online.