• Agaete,  Canary Islands,  Gran Canaria,  Las Palmas

    Agaete – Charming white village of Gran Canaria


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    Agaete, the charming white village of Gran Canaria is located in the northwestern part of the island right on the coast. Agaete’s high cliffs and relaxed fishing village atmosphere as well as dark sandy beaches enchant and entice you to visit and spend the day enjoying the sun and the smell of the sea.

    Agaete’s whitewashed houses with blue window frames and fisherman’s style decorations are an attraction itself already. However, there is more to Agaete. Here in this green valley you can also admire handsome cacti and other wonderful plants, as well as big pine trees. Oranges, wines and coffee grow in the valley.

    White houses of Agaete


    PUERTO DE LAS NIEVES

    Agaete’s port Puerto de las Nieves is a lively fishing harbor area with excellent restaurants at affordable prices. There is also a ferry from the port of Puerto de las Nieves to Santa Cruz, the capital of the neighboring island of Tenerife.

    We traveled to Agaete on one of our sunny days off on the local bus number 103 from the center of Las Palmas. The trip cost only less than five euros per person each way. Local buses, or guaguas, are an excellent way to travel around the island and get to know different places without your own rental car, and the connections work well. Another option is to take a convenient guided island tour, during which you can see all the best parts of the island a local guide.

    Puerto de las Nieves
    Sunshine, mountains, fisherman’s village vibes
    White houses, blue decor


    We enjoyed the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere of Agaete, and admired the white buildings of the village along the valley. An old acquaintance of my husband lives in Agaete, so he showed us places and offered us a delicious lunch at his friend’s local restaurant, the name of which unfortunately I no longer remember.

    Finally, we went to freshen up at the Las Salinas natural pools. This is definitely a place worth experiencing in Agaete, and it doesn’t even cost anything. The natural pools are a popular swimming spot and there are railings and stairs, so it’s easy to walk around the pools without any problems. The destination is suitable for all age groups and is just a short walk from the port of Puerto de las Nieves along the coast.

    Salinas natural pools


    Why Agaete?

    • Only a short trip away from Las Palmas
    • An easy daytrip destination
    • Charming and beautiful white village
    • Black sand beach and natural pools by the sea
    • Hiking trails
    • Cheap prices and good food
    • A true local fisherman’s village


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    HAVE YOU BEEN TO AGAETE AND PUERTO DE LAS NIEVES? WHAT ABOUT GRAN CANARIA ISLAND? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! 🙂

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  • Christmas,  Finland,  Tampere

    Christmas in Tampere – Magical Christmas Market and Stable Yard

    Tampere at Christmas is always beautiful and cozy, and you can easily feel the magic of Christmas at, for example, the Christmas Market and the Stable Yard. Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday and I love making Christmas preparations. Our traditional Christmas preparations include light Christmas cleaning, gift preparation and packaging, Christmas decorations to the rhythm of Christmas carols and, of course, corny Christmas movies with original finnish hot mulled wine.

    I like to make Christmas presents for my loved ones in the form of crafts or baked goods, because I don’t like to waste money unnecessarily just because “something should be given”. Sometimes I might also make wonderful discoveries at the Christmas market if, for example, an interesting small entrepreneur’s craft stall pops up in front of me.

    This year 2020 I have enjoyed the Christmas preparations even more, probably due to the special circumstances of this year. Christmas preparations have given energy, joy and good vibes, and amidst all the uncertainty, it is at least certain that Christmas will come.


    CHRISTMAS MARKET FULL OF CHRISTMAS VIBES, ARTS AND CRAFTS, HOT MULLED WINE AND DELICIOUS FOOD

    Tampere has proven to be a good city to live in again this year, because Christmas traditions have not been compromised even in the corona era. The traditional Tampere Christmas Market can be found at the Central Square this year as well, while Christmas markets in many other cities around the world have been canceled, unfortunately.

    Tampere Christmas Market is beautiful and versatile, and there are always delicious foods and wonderful handicrafts for sale. Of course, Santa Claus himself is also present at the Christmas market. In addition to the mulled wine tent and stalls, the market also offers the popular Munkkikahvila donuts, which are the best in the world! I warmly recommend you to visit, after all, in Tampere we also have this year’s most beautiful Christmas tree.


    CHARMING CHRISTMAS OF THE HISTORIC STABLE YEARDS

    In addition to the Christmas Market, in Tampere you can also enjoy the Christmas vibes at the Stable Yard Christmas Market. At the Stable Yards you can make discoveries from handicraft sellers, as well as explore the offerings of Stable Yard’s own boutiques. A horse-drawn carriage ride is available every year, and Santa Claus, as the clever fellow he is, has also made it here. The smallest ones of the family (why not the bigger ones too) will surely also like to admire Vilho the donkey and Lassi the little pony.

    Stable Yard’s traditional and popular Chocolate Shop is a real attraction because of its amazing selection of artesan chocolates, and even on this gray Saturday, the queue was long. We didn’t want to wait in line, as Tampere residents we will get the chance to visit this place whenever we want on another time. All the shops are open all year round and every day during Christmas.

    More information and schedules on the Stable Yard website.


    OTHER CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND SALES AROUND TAMPERE

    In addition to the Christmas Market on the Central Square and the Stable Yard, Tampere has various smaller Christmas sales and market days, such as the Ahlman Christmas Market, as well as many others.


    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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