Pico del Teide: At the Highest Peak in Spain

It sticks up far above the cloud cover: the volcano Pico del Teide with a summit altitude of 3718 meters in Tenerife

It sticks up far above the cloud cover: the volcano Pico del Teide on Tenerife. With a summit elevation of 3718 meters above sea level, it is the highest mountain in Spanish territory. Moreover, it is also the namesake of the largest and oldest protected area of its kind in the Canary Islands: The Parque Nacional del Teide or Teide National Park was established in 1954 and  declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. We were at the top of the Teide and tell you what to pay attention to. Continue reading “Pico del Teide: At the Highest Peak in Spain”

Gran Canaria: Miniature Continent

Gran Canaria: Miniature Continent

The third largest island in the Canary Islands, after Tenerife and Fuerteventura, is also known as “miniature continent” due to its climatic, geographic, floristic and faunistic diversity. After all, there are 14 microclimates on the nearly circular island of volcanic origin with a diameter of about 50 kilometers. But not only the weather is different from north to south, also the culture, the people, the landscape as well as the architectural picture. Here you will learn what you should not miss on Gran Canaria. Continue reading “Gran Canaria: Miniature Continent”

Lanzarote: Artful Volcanic Island

Lanzarote: Artful Volcanic Island

Separated by only a mere 12 kilometers wide strait from Fuerteventura, is the northeastern of the seven major Canary Islands: Lanzarote. As the home of the artist and environmentalist César Manrique, its design was significantly influenced by him. The emergence of the island of volcanic origin goes back about 36 million years. In 1993, it was declared as the first whole island a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Continue reading “Lanzarote: Artful Volcanic Island”

El Djem: Third Largest Amphitheater of the Roman Empire

El Djem: Third Largest Amphitheater of the Roman Empire

The Amphitheater of El Djem (or El Jem) has been the setting of many movies. These include, for example, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Gladiator”. With a capacity of 35,000 spectators, it is the third largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire after the Colosseum of Rome and the Roman Amphitheater of Capua. The remains have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Continue reading “El Djem: Third Largest Amphitheater of the Roman Empire”

Tunis & Carthage: Capital and UNESCO Ruins

Tunis: View from the Place du Gouvernement to the medina

With 1,056,247 inhabitants, Tunis is not only Tunisia’s capital, but also by far the largest city in the country. But that’s not all: In the ranking of the most liveable cities it occupies the 1st place in North Africa. The Medina of Tunis from the 9th century has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Just like Carthage: Today, the former city of antiquity is a suburb of Tunis and attracts numerous tourists every year to its archaeological excavations. Continue reading “Tunis & Carthage: Capital and UNESCO Ruins”

Sousse: Beautiful Medina & Beaches

Sousse: Beautiful Medina & Beaches

The third largest Tunisian town of Sousse is located on the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the country’s most famous tourist destinations, in particular for its beaches. With the Great Mosque, the ribat, the kasbah and one of the most original souks in Tunisia, the Medina of Sousse has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. We spent a month in the port city and want to show you some of our impressions in this post. Continue reading “Sousse: Beautiful Medina & Beaches”

Egypt: General Information & Tips

Egypt: General Information & Tips
Everything you need to know

You are planning a trip to Egypt or you are already there? Well, there are some things you should know. We’ll answer all your questions from “Do I need a visa?” and “What should I watch out for?” to “How do I get mobile internet?” and give you additional tips based on the experiences we’ve gained in 9 weeks of backpacking through the land of the Pharaohs. Continue reading “Egypt: General Information & Tips”

Fuerteventura: Endless Sand Dunes

Fuerteventura: Endless Sand Dunes

After Tenerife, with almost 1,700 square kilometers of island area, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. With about 66 inhabitants per square kilometer, it is sparsely populated. In return, the oldest canary island (about 20.6 million years) offers wide sandy beaches and the protected Parque Natural de Corralejo with large shifting dunes. The almost one hundred kilometer long island is also particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts, such as surfers on the west coast, windsurfers in the north and kitesurfers on the east coast. Continue reading “Fuerteventura: Endless Sand Dunes”