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the second biggest island in the mediterranean is in my view the most beautiful of all european islands. the big landscape variety is well taken care of.

these are the reasons why i hold there every year since 2001 the phototrips.

the workshops are liked so much because of the beauty of the island, the speical light and it's culinary specialities.

a peaceful place ... li castedducci is located near Aglientu, Loc. Piriccu, Sardinia. in this " Azienda Agrituristica Certificata " you can relax and enjoy nature pure. Paola and Raimondo take good care of your needs. stay in one of their guest houses and enjoy wonderful sardinian specialities in the restaurant. you can go horseback riding, look at all the different animals or simply enjoy to be offline in nature (you need to contact them first).


the biggest of all mediterranean islands has lot's historic and cultural treasures. the landscapes are impressive but unfortunately at many places heavily polluted. the love for nature seems not to be a sicilian tradition.

especially in the south it is even during winter quite warm. you will also like the food specialites especially the sweet stuff.



feeling the light breeze while sitting in SAN SEBASTIAN under the palm trees, watching the sailing boats go by, eating dattes and coconts and drinking the milk fresh from the palm tree at the beach. is this the " living on an island " we dream of? probably and after some weeks here you forget about time and schedules. you start to live with sunrise and sunset.

there is not as much tourism here as e.g. in TENERIFE and that's probably why you can meet a lot of interesting people. we had chats with hippies and heared from others why they chose this island their home. some spend not just the winter months here because of health reasons. studies prove that the climate of the often called " eternal spring " is the best in the world. while it is mostly sunny in the west and south you will find quite some clouds and more of the little rain in the north. the vegetation benefits from this and is much greener. the variation also in the landscape is fascinating.

shouldn't every human being have free access to clean air and water? well, it's not like this here. as on other islands water has become a business and water rights are in private possession. so you might not wonder why there is enough water for the 18-hole-golf-course but not for the hippies. the close by water fountain is often turned off.


you can spend your vacation here ...  but you don't really want to, unless you like ramba zamba and typical tourist ghettos in the south like PLAYA DEL INGLES.

the only really interesting part is the west coast. there you can drive a very scenic road steep up and down the cliffs. on some spots there is just the guardrailing between your car and the ocean 600 meters below ...  nothing for weak nerves.

half of the population lives north in LAS PALMAS. they probably want to stay away as much as possible from the touristy south  ;-)

sorry about this short report but there is really not much else to talk about.


this island has a bit of everything, high mountains, beaches, small villages, big cities, desert and wonderful vegetation areas. the main attraction is for sure the TEIDE, spains highest mountain. the LORO PARQUE is also worth a visit.

loro parque

let's visit this special zoo in puerto de la cruz, tenerife.

white tigers, penguins, colourful birds, orcas, gorillas and much much more. the german photographer ulrich brodde, who lived in TENERIFE, published a very good book about the animals showing their different personalities

the south is very touristy (LOS CRISTIANOS) but you can also enjoy the opposite. FUERTEVENTURA (coming later)
LANZAROTE (coming later)


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unexperienced campers should think twice before coming here. there is hardly any infrastructure like campgrounds. transfer to the islands is quite expensive and takes long. ferry prices have gone down lately but are still quite high. you should stay a longer time. it does not make sense to rush the island hopping. you will for sure miss the nicer spots.

while an average german tourist uses about 450 liters of water per day here (geo special) people travelling with campers will be much more careful with this precious resource. we managed to use 20 litres a day per person including a short daily shower. it is for sure a help that on most public beaches you'll find showers which are also usable to fill your water tank. you can't drink this water though.  in the mountains and at some picnic places there is drinking water available but often the fountains are shut down. water is private business here and it gets more and more  difficult to provide water for everybody. there are just a few campgrounds and they are usually full in the winter with long-term-campers from germany and other northern countries. you will find can use to fill you.

the main streets are mostly in very good condition. just the smaller are sometimes steep, bumpy and quite curvy especially in the mountains leading to the small villages.


(coming later)