Sea Festival in Tenerife – Fenautica

Marina del Sur, near Tenerife South Airport, is host to Tenerife’s biggest nautical show, Fenautica. This year is the second event and takes place on 4th and 5th June after a successful first edition last year to which almost 7,000 people went.

The sea, boats and water sports are the stars of the show along with activities, exhibitions, workshops, concerts and a regatt. Fenáutica is free to attend and visitors will have be able to participate in a variety of water sports including jet skiing, kayaking and paddle surfing as well as learning how to scuba dive.

The sea festival will also host the 4th edition of the Guanche’s Cup the popular race of around 100 vessels which aims promoting sailing to all ages.

There will be a ‘shuttle ship’ – Peter Pan laid on which will take visitors to the event and back throughout the two days of the event.

Tenerife’s pleasant all year round sea temperatures, from 19 to 26 degrees, mean you can do your favourite water sport at any time of the year. Scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking and free diving are some of the options available on the island.

Further information on Fenautica can be found at



Five Charming Hotels in Seville

Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish, is one of my favourite Andalusian cities. It’s huge and one of the ‘famous three’ that most visitors head for when visiting southern Spain – Cordoba, Granada and Seville.

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Seville University

I don’t know it as well as Cordoba or Granada and nowhere near as well as my nearest city – Jaen (pronounced ‘hi-en’) which is probably the least known of the eight cities and provinces that make up Andalucia.

Jaen monumental cross
Jaen Monumental Cross

When I saw in the local Spanish paper ABC an article on ‘The five most charming hotels in Seville city’  I took note for the next time I go.

Five Charming Hotels in Seville City

Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta

Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta
Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta


Named after the poet Al-Mutamid, Boutique Hotel Casa Poeta, the house where he lived is located in the heart of the old quarter Santa Cruz with its maze-like narrow streets and enormous choice of bars and restaurants all around. The hotel has a gorgeous interior Andalucian patio and individually-decorated rooms.

Hotel Corral del Rey

Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey

The second hotel is in the area – Barrio de la Alfalfa. A beautiful ancient building once an VII palace, now completely renovated into this intimate boutique hotel with a minimilistic style and a great merging of modern and antique.

El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla

Hotel El  Rey Moro, Seville
El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla

In the heart of the Jewish quarter with lovely views the Rey Moro translates as Moorish King. Each bedroom has been decorated with  a different theme. One of its main selling points is after a long, and hot day sightseeing you can relax in the jacuzzi with views of the Giralda, the Moorish tower.

Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla

Hotel El  Rey Moro, Seville
Hotel Alcoba del Rey

Located in the same house where the Moorish poet Al-Mutamid lived,  Hotel Alcoba del Rey preserves that historical and cultural spirit one thousand years later. With a Moroccan/Arabian feel to make your stay here an unforgettable one.


Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique

Hotel Palacio PinelloHotel Boutique , Seville
Hotel Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique

The final one on the list is Palacio Pinello Hotel Boutique in the heart of Santa Cruz quarter. Built on a  XV palace it’s a charming hotel with lovely details transforming and merging ancient and modern with maximum comfort.

Very tough choice, I love them all, perhaps a night in each!

Photo Credits: Hotel photos from the individual hotel, Seville University official photograph and Jaen Monumental Cross is my own.

Private Flamenco Tour for Two in Madrid

Private tours are the best way of discovering and experiencing a new city and even more special if you have a private tour for two. The best private tour for lovers of Flamenco in Madrid is – A Unique Tours Factory Experience Flamenco and Tapas Tour. This includes a Flamenco Lesson, Tapas Tour and Dinner- show.

A unique cultural and gastronomic tour around the lovely, lively city of Madrid. Take a flamenco lesson from a professional, sample tapas while you stroll around the city centres famous sites.

Your finale is dinner in a tradtional restaurant with a one-hour flamenco show.



Why choose Unique Tours Factory

All the guides are either professional or semi-professional and have unique knowledge of the places, cultures and individuals that make up the charm of the city and they are specially selected for their creativity, originality and eagerness to step off the beaten track providing you with a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else.


See  Unique Tours Factory – Madrid Flamenco and Tapas Tour for more information