Monday, 27 June 2011

Tenerife Estate Agents

When dealing with Tenerife estate agents always remember that there are no proper regulatory bodies governing this sector and neither are there any qualifications.Anyone can walk off the street and claim to be an estate agent so would you trust someone off the street with your money?
Many of them were at one time or other involved in timeshares, sales and similar vocations and judging by where these industries are now, sums up why many of them should be avoided.
Estate agents in Tenerife have had years to fine tune their trade and newcomers on the island who are unaware of their tricks constantly end up being misled and ripped off.
Many will convince you take on their legal advice and save you the money for a registered lawyer.
They may offer you a mortgage deal that is "unbeatable" for that property you really like but to secure it, you'll need to pay a deposit quickly.
Whatever you do, DON'T DO IT !  
They'll try to win you over by showing you awards they have and reviews from friends and friends of friends who kindly pretend to be previous clients and write reviews on their website and on Google.

Ask any Tenerife estate agent or mortgage broker and they will tell you that their advice is both "impartial" and "independent", although they work with and for each other. 
You should never be pressured into anything by Tenerife estate agents.
It's better to lose the property you wanted than losing all your money.
Most people discover their folly after the money has been paid and papers are signed.
Just walk away if you feel you're being pressured into making a decision, there are many other properties available.
Never hand over money to any Tenerife estate agent, that job is for your lawyer to undertake.
Take your time and do your research before considering a property purchase.
One thing you should always remember is that Tenerife estate agents like all others, work on commission and will sell you anything to increase the sale value.
Whatever you decide and whoever you deal with, it's imperative that you get proper independent and impartial legal advice from a registered lawyer.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands also known as the Canaries are situated just off the northwest coast of Africa.

They are a Spanish autonomous community and also the outermost region of the European Union.

The beaches, climate and natural attractions make the islands a major tourist destination with more than 12 million visitors yearly.

The climate is probably one of the best in the world with sunshine for the most part of the year with average temperatures ranging between 24/28 degrees Celsius.

Seven larger islands and a few smaller ones make up the Canary Islands and each one of these islands has its own uniqueness.

The original inhabitants known as the Guanches were tall and of white skin. These inhabitants lived in caves and many historical artefacts relating to them can be seen in the many museums dotted around the islands.

The Canary Islands became part of the Spanish kingdom in 1496 and the islands served as the main stopover for Spanish galleons plying the route to the Americas making use of the favourable easterly winds.

Most of the income is earned from tourism although agriculture is quite prevalent in certain parts of the islands.

With so much to offer both visitors and residents alike, the Canary Islands are simply a paradisical place.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Fuerteventura

The second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura has become very popular as a tourist destination.

Its first inhabitants of the island were believed to have come from North Africa. The island was also host to Phoenician and Maur settlers and mentioned in the famous book “Odyssey” by Homer.

The name Fuerteventura translated literally means “strong fortune” derived from Bethencourt’s exclamation;”Que forte aventure!”

A must to pay a visit while on the island:

  • The Isle of Lobos is named after the seals that used to visit the island and is one of Europe’s last virgin nature reserves.
  • Los Molinos Centre is a village that has been preserved and contains rich details of daily life during the 19th Century.
  • Colonel’s House located near La Oliva, is known for its important historical contents and architectural wealth.
  • Natural Park of Jandia provides a heady mix of colours, odours, sensations and the satisfaction that only nature in its purest form can give.


Fuerteventura has the longest beaches in the Canaries and is very popular for beach, sun and watersports enthusiasts.

Being the least populated of the main islands gives it a tranquil, personal touch.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is the second most populated island in the Canaries after Tenerife and also boasts one of the two capitals of the autonomous community.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is its capital and it houses the international airport that is the only one on the island.

The island is considered a miniature continent due to its different climates and variety of landscapes.

Some of the many must see places in Gran Canaria are listed below:

  • Casa Museo de Colon is in Las Palmas and celebrates the visit made by Christopher Columbus. Visitors can see a replica of his cabin along with many artefacts dating back to that era.
  • Castillo de la Luz is situated on the coast of La Isleta and was built in 1541 to defend the harbour.
  • Park Cueva Pintada was discovered in 1862, which were dwellings of the Guanche, and contains geometric paintings and other relics of that age.
  • Mundo Aborigen overlooks the biggest gorge in Gran Canaria and is a reconstruction of Canary village portraying the Guanche way of life.


Museo Canario, Museo Elder and Pueblo Canario are other great places to visit and learn about the history of this historical island.

The Dunes of Maspalomas and Little Venice are top favourites with visitors to the island of Gran Canaria.


Lanzarote

The fourth largest of the islands, Lanzarote carries the alternative name in the local language translated as Red Mountains.

It is home to the mountainous region called Timanfaya National Park.
The capital Arrecife is on the eastern section of the island and also boasts the international airport.

Lanzarote is part of the province of Las Palmas and it’s main revenue is from tourism.
There is a wide variety of fauna and several different species of birds and reptiles.

Once on the island, the following places deserve a visit:

  • Jardin de Cactus is a botanical garden hosting over a thousand different species of cacti.
  • Jameos del Agua is part of a volcanic pipe that has a circular opening that can be accessed from the pipe.
  • Mirador del Rio is at the summit of Risco de Famara and was once used as a military hideout for munitions. The peripheral islands can be seen from this vantage point.
  • Cueva de los Verdes is a cave formed by lava and is part of the Jameos del Agua pipe.


There are several more sites you can visit in Lanzarote such as the museum, monuments and the famous San Jose castle that overlooks the port of Arrecife.

The vineyards of La Geria are also a great place to visit to sample the unique traditional methods of cultivation.

All this makes Lanzarote an exceptionally diverse island giving visitors a truly interesting stay.

Tenerife

Being the largest and most populated of all the islands, Tenerife has many hidden treasures for visitors and residents alike.
It is one of the busiest resorts in the whole of Spain and its carnival is one of the largest in the world.
The capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is in the north of the island and is the central point for most of the islands government functions.
Tenerife is home to La Laguna University, which was founded in 1792 and is the oldest in the Canaries.
There are many places of interest on the island that guide you to the true culture of its indigenous inhabitants.
  • Vilaflor is nestled at high altitude en route to Mount Teide, the highest elevation in Spain. The area is a stomping ground for hikers, rock climbers, and mountain bikers.
  • Icod de los Vinos is well known for its 1000+ years old dragon tree. They are said to be the oldest species of fauna on the island and the town itself is truly exquisite.
  • Masca has become quite popular due to its lush beauty and deep ravines giving you breathtaking scenery.
  • Barranco del Infierno is a walkers paradise affording you a great way to spend a few hours during the day to admire the natural surroundings of this popular walking route.
  • Teide National Park is the volcanic crater that sits in the centre of the island of Tenerife and has a cable car that takes you to the summit. Snow covers the peak in winter months and experiences severe weather due to its high altitude.

There are more places to explore, too many to list here but as you can see, Tenerife is not just a resort for tourists.
Public transport on the island is provided by an extensive network of buses and run by TITSA, who operate a fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses so you are always within reach of your new adventure
Or a car rental is another great option to discover the more remote areas of the island of Tenerife. The highways, Autopistadel Sur and Autopista del Norte, run right round the island so it is an easy route to follow.