Visiting Morocco's mystical cities and the magnificent diversity of the Canary Islands.
The center of Casablanca is fairly impressive. It's brand new & modern, with big, lively boulevards, high, white, well-kept buildings. And it's clean and efficient. People visiting Casablanca as their first city in Northern Africa, could easily end up confused: There are few things here confirming the newcomers conception of the old Morocco. But for people having visited other parts of Morocco first, Casablanca is great! The city is modern in a Moroccan way, and an excellent example of the Moroccans capacity for taking charge of the future of their country.
The mild winter climate (January average midday temperature 20.5°C/69°F) and good beaches have made Agadir a major "winter sun" destination for Northern Europeans.
Agadir is an important fishing and commercial port. It is also a seaside resort with a long sandy beach. Because of its large buildings, wide roads, modern hotels, and European-style cafés, Agadir is not a typical city of traditional Morocco, but it is a modern, busy and dynamic town.
Arrecife is a city in the Canary Islands (Spain) situated in the east of the island of Lanzarote of which it has been the capital since 1852.
Points of interest include: Arrecife's town beach, Playa Reducto; Castillo Jose, a 17th century fortification which now houses a collection of modern art; Puente de Las Bolas, a bridge leading to the Castillo de San Gabriel; and Charco de San Gines, a man-made lagoon.
Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Spain
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Santa Cruz, La Palma, Spain (overnight)
Santa Cruz, La Palma
Santa Cruz de La Palma is the capital city of the island of La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands. It’s known for its centuries-old architecture, cobbled streets and busy port. A former convent hosts the Museum of the Island of La Palma, with an art collection and exhibits on natural history and ethnography. The Naval Museum is in a replica of Christopher Columbus's 15th-century Santa Maria sailing ship.
San Sebastian, La Gomers, Spain (overnight)
San Sebastian de la Gomera, Spain
Made up of farmlands interlaced with mountains and a resdential setting, the port of this town is also located along the beach.
The port of San sebastian de la Gomera also serves as a ferry for some of the other islands located within the Canary Island group.
Las Palmas - Gran Canary, Spain
Las Palmas is the capital (jointly with Santa Cruz) and the most populous city in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands and the ninth largest city in Spain, with a population of 381,847 in 2009. It is the fifth most populous urban area in Spain with a population of around 700,000
Las Palmas, located on the main shipping routes between Europe and South America, plays host to thousands of ships from industrial freighters to fleets of pleasure yachts. Las Palmas has a metropolitan feel, extending to its various shopping and nightlife venues.
Las Palmas enjoy a subtropical climate, with mild to warm temperatures dominating throughout the year. According to a study carried out by Thomas Whitmore, director of research on climatology at Syracuse University in the United States, Las Palmas enjoys "the best climate in the world".