Just off the western coast of North Africa is a chain of islands that, although they belong to Spain, feel worlds away from the mainland. Majestic volcanoes, serene beaches and variety from island to island make the Canary Islands a worthy vacation destination. When opting to visit the island of Tenerife and when not hiking along the rugged coastline or climbing to Spain’s highest point, including the mainland, spend a day in the port city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, one of the biggest towns on the island, and you can do so on a budget.
Fuel yourself with a café con leche from one of the many cafeterias around the city, then set off to start exploring. Get a taste of local culture by visiting Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa, also know as La Recova, which opens bright and early at 7 a.m. Enjoy both the architecture of the market as well as the wide array of fruits, vegetables and fresh seafood for sale.
Climb to the top of Palmetum, a former landfill of trash that is now a stunning botanical garden from which you can see views of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sea. Some even say the gardens are home to the largest collection of tropical palm trees in the world.
Slow down in the afternoon at Playa de las Teresitas, a long stretch of yellow-sand beach where you can snag two lounge chairs and a parasol for €20 euros, but also receive a €20 credit for the beach bar’s food and drinks.
As the day winds down, treat yourself to a delectable dinner on the eclectic patio at Guannabi, or with cozy and quiet tapas at D’tapas 26.
Roller coaster enthusiasts already know America offers a number of exciting thrill rides, and the car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com created a map of the roller coasters with the biggest drops across the country to make it even easier to map out a journey of adrenaline.
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Nov. 1, to honor and celebrate remembered friends and family who have passed. Observers of this holiday create ofrendas, or altars, containing beverages, food, photos and memorabilia of the departed. For adults, offerings of tequila are placed upon graves as a salute to their time on earth. Give a toast to the continuation of life with these tequila offerings.
My mom and I recently dined at Mazi, a Greek restaurant in West Reading, Pennsylvania. We were in town for a family event and decided to take advantage of the lovely early fall evening by enjoying dinner outside. The restaurant is popular, so we called right when they opened to make a last-minute reservation. Thankfully, they had availability for outdoor seating.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
It’s time to say goodbye to summer clothes activities and drinks. Switch out your favorite summer sips for delicious fall-themed cocktails from hotels and resorts around the world. Whether you like vodka, rum or bourbon, there is a cocktail just for you.