This picture, taken by Italian astronaut Samantha Christoforetti, who has been on board the ISS since the end of November, shows all the islands lit up at night with an amazing starry backdrop and curved surface of the Earth. The unique photo was snapped as part of an improvised cooperation deal between the astronauts on the ISS and the Observatory on the island of La Palma, which houses Italy's Galileo National Telescope.
Why Holiday on Fuerteventura
Pierre & Vacances is to open its first Club Village in the Canary Islands in June this year. Located in the popular destination of Fuerteventura, Origo Mare will enjoy an incredible 10 months of sunshine throughout the year. Fuerteventura also boasts more than 150km of pristine beaches and no fewer than 12 magnificent natural parks.
In the Canary Islands, time is anything but of the essence, as Tim Pile discovers on a stroll through Fuerteventura.
Several months ago, just as the weather was turning bleak and wintry, Norman locked up his house in England and set off for Fuerteventura. And he's still here. The sunburnt senior citizen has transformed his poolside holiday apartment into a home from home. Shelves are stacked with well-thumbed paperbacks, he has accumulated an impressive inventory of kitchen equipment and his cupboards are filled with "a few little treats my sister sends".
People come to Fuerteventura to escape: to escape the cold climate of mainland Europe in the winter. Many don't go back. It was hard for me to encounter a local Majorero here on this Spanish Canary Island, one hundred kilometers off the coast of Africa: unless one considers Albanians, Italians, Brits and Germans to be honorary locals.
Spain has always been a first choice for my holidays but Fuerteventura was never on my list of places to visit. However, when I came across pictures of the island and the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real, I was blown away – so I headed off to discover what this sun-kissed isle had to offer.