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Legend has it that there are not only eight islands that make up the Canary archipelago. A ninth island has been appearing and disappearing for centuries, but only a few adventurers have been able to see it.

Explore the Canary Islands with our eight adventurers on a journey full of exciting tests to discover this mystery.

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ince the arrival of the monk San Brandán in the sixth century to a mysterious desert island in the environment of the Canary archipelago, legends have not stopped growing around it. There are many adventurers and explorers who in the course of history have mentioned it in their writings. Throughout several centuries expeditions have been sent to find it.

A whale, a deserted island that appears and disappears, a mirage, clouds over the sea... There are many theories about this legend and our explorers will try to figure out the mystery in this new adventure.

Excitement, adventures, friendship... and everything in an incredible environment: the Canary Islands. The program of the season that will take you straight to paradise. Promoted by “Turismo de Islas Canarias” and presented by Rakuten TV.

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Discovering Canary Islands

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Paradise exists in Europe and it is called the Canary Islands. An archipelago formed by eight islands with unique natural characteristics and an average temperature of 22 ºC throughout the year. Paradisiacal beaches, pure nature, volcanoes, a rich culture and unique cuisine are its hallmarks. Now, we are able to explore the most special corners in Discovering Canary Islands, a reality adventure show led by eight adventurers. This map will help you recognize the islands and get to know them as a true adventurer.

lanzarote

Chapter one

Lanzarote

Lanzarote

Our journey begins on the "different island". Its beauty and uniqueness is such, that it has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Its name comes from the Italian explorer Lancelotto Malocello who during the 14th century "rediscovered" the island and toured it for 20 years. Our protagonists will travel around some of the most beautiful points of the island, but there are many more.

Its landscape full of characteristic black and red volcanic rocks, with unimaginable shapes, contrasts with the blue of the sea and sky and with the typical white houses of its cozy villages. This set creates a unique atmosphere that makes anyone fall in love at first sight.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is also synonym of ART, with capital letters, thanks to César Manrique. The artist spread his work all around the island, in its nature and explored all its possibilities. The “Jameos del Agua”, the Cactus Garden, the “Mirador del Río”... Are you ready to tour the “different island” with our discoverers?

Test one

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Caleta de Caballo | Lanzarote

It is a village in the north of the island. In addition to its natural charm as a fishing village with beautiful corners and characteristic white houses, it houses a beach of fine white sand, perfect for surfing lovers and water sports. Thanks to the sea tides. The rocks have formed numerous caves in which various species of shellfish can be found.

In this first test of the program, the eight discoverers, who have just met, will begin demonstrating their bravery and potential in a bicycle race through dangerous rocky areas to reach the sand of Caleta de Caballo. The first two to arrive will be rewarded with a significant prize. What will the result be of our participants in their first sight around the Canary Islands?

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Caleta de Caballo | Lanzarote

Although in Caleta de Caballo, different groups of fishermen have ended up living in the town, its origin and its first construction was a warehouse that installed a neighbor of a nearby village in the early twentieth century. Subsequently, it became a resort for holidaymakers from nearby villages, which has managed to keep its charm intact over time.

Our contestants will now test their knowledge (or try to learn a little more) about the Canary Islands. This test combines physical skills, as well as expertise. Divided into two teams they will have to go into the sea, collect some pieces of a puzzle that are in the background and go out with them again to mount a map of the islands. Will they be able to locate and place the eight islands?

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Teguise | Lanzarote

This town in the north of the island was the first European settlement in the Canary Islands and for some time was even the capital of Lanzarote, until Arrecife was designated. Before 1402, the island was an independent territory ruled by a Guanche king. Nonetheless, with the arrival of the colonizer Jean de Bethencourt, this was the first island of the archipelago to annex the kingdom of Castile.

As Pilar tells us in the first episode of Discovering Canary Islands, it was named after Princess Teguise, who married a nephew of the French colonizer. Since then, prosperity came to the village and today it is one of the most interesting stops that any tourist can make in Lanzarote. Highlights include its picturesque cobbled streets with buildings of great historical value and the castle of Santa Barbara, from which you can admire the entire town.

The discoverers will face a test in which they will travel around the center of Teguise's Villa, exploring the warmth and kindness of its inhabitants. You’ll have to find some little figurines called 'Los novios del mojón', an ancient Guanche tradition in which each of the couple gives themselves one of these clay figurines to seal their engagement. Will they remember the password? Will they find all the figurines?

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Jardín de Cactus | Lanzarote

This natural wonder, the last work of César Manrique (completed in 1990), is one of the main tourist attractions of Lanzarote. The artist, had in mind highlighting the full potential of his island and turn it into an authentic work of living art. He transformed an old rofera (quarry) that was previously converted into a landfill and surrounded by agricultural plantations of cochineal into the home to 4,500 cactus of 450 different species from all around the world. This amphitheater-shaped work was called by Manrique "Total Art", since it combines organic architecture with sculptures and decorative elements. He managed to rehabilitate a natural space that was degraded.

A few minutes of the program had to be spent in this unique place. The thousands of cactuses become the scene of the fourth test of this program. The test was dedicated to a very special and tasty fruit, but a little delicate... The prickly pear, also known as 'tuno' on the islands. And that is precisely the challenge they will face. The aim is a race to peel this fruit that has dangerous thorns on its skin. A good breakfast to start the day with energy, don’t you think?

La Geria

Test five

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Viñedos de La Geria | Lanzarote

The landscape of La Geria, although it may seem like Mars, as Pilar jokes in this episode, is so characteristic and particular that a walk and tasting through its vineyards is more than advisable. It is located in the southwest of the island, at the foot of the Timanfaya.

Why is it so special? In the 18th century, these lands were destined for the cultivation of wheat, but after the eruption of the volcano, the inhabitants of the island took advantage of the new conditions to plant vineyards in those striking gerias (holes). These next to the stone walls become a winning combination to obtain a very precious wine, with strong sweet touches, and mainly white.

What will the discoverers face in this test? Wine will precisely be the protagonist of this challenge and the ingenuity of the participants, the key to winning. A real riddle that not everyone would be able to solve or understand. Two bottles, four liters... Will they manage to solve it?

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La Cueva de los Verdes | Lanzarote

Four thousand years ago the Corona Volcano erupted generating a volcanic tube that is today one of the island’s treasures. With eight kilometers in length, this volcanic formation has become the longest in the world with these characteristics and includes both the Jameos del Agua (you can not leave Lanzarote without a visit) and the Cueva de los Verdes. This last is a real "immersion" in a labyrinth of underground tunnels (its section is one kilometer long), with vaults, interior lagoons, and dazzling rock formations. During the 16th and 17th centuries it became the refuge of some inhabitants of the island against pirates.

Cueva de los Verdes

The end of the episode is somehow very exciting. Two members of each team will have to go inside the cave. Very easy, isn’t it? To complicate it, and make it even more interesting, one of the two team members will be blindfolded and his partner will guide him along the way... It’s a shame to miss a wonder like this.

Fuerteventura

Chapter two

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura

White sand and turquoise waters. Is it the Caribbean? No, we are now in Fuerteventura, second stop of our trip to the Canary Islands. Although Greek, Phoenician and Roman civilizations already knew of its existence, it was "rediscovered" in the 15th century and renamed "Fortunate Island".

This Biosphere reserve has 150 kilometers of beach, which will delight lovers of water sports, especially windsurfing and kitesurfing, although it is also an ideal place to disconnect from the stress of everyday life.

It is also a unique natural space, with 13 protected natural spaces, a special orography fruit of the erosion of the wind during thousands of years. There are few altitudes with soft and rounded shapes. Its culture, its people and its gastronomy complete this dreamy journey.

Fuerteventura

Test one

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Playa de Corralejo | Fuerteventura

The beaches of Corralejo, located in the northeast of the island, are almost a beach resort for all visitors of Fuerteventura. Nine kilometers of beaches in the Natural Park of Corralejo, near the tourist center and bordered by its famous and striking dunes. It has nudist coves, large beaches with more moderate waves, ideal for children and families, and a beach, El Médano, intended for water sports athletes.

Playas de Corralejo

In this test, the contestants will immerse themselves in the turquoise water of Corralejo in a purely physical relay test in teams and on a surfboard. Not only will strength be important, This challenge shows that water sports also require different skills but, above all, we will see competitiveness and a lot of excitement.

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Betancuria | Fuerteventura

It was the first capital of the Canary Islands, founded in 1404 by Jean de Bethencourt (hence its name). The explorer chose the island for her location away from the sea, which was perfect to be able to defend it against pirates. It has a simple and charming rural architecture that usually places it among the most beautiful and picturesque villages in Spain. Despite the small extension of this town, it has many attractions such as the Church of Santa María de Betancuria, the convent of San Buenaventura or very close, just ten kilometers away, the Museum of Majorero Cheese.

And this test, precisely, pays tribute to this delicacy with Origin Designation A goat cheese, tasty and only produced on this island. Our discoverers will participate in the making of this cheese in their first challenge: milking a goat.

Test three

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Caleta de Fuste | Fuerteventura

It is one of the main touristic spots of the island with important hotel accommodation. The beach of Caleta de Fuste is one of the quietest on the island, as its waters are calm, perfect for a relaxing day at the beach, taking advantage of the good weather 365 days a year.

It also has many leisure and trade areas. Moreover, it has traces of its history as a fishing village, a few centuries ago. An example of this is the Castle of Fuste, a tower that served to alert the arrival of pirates, since this enclave was a special target at the time.

Despite its beauty, this point of Fuerteventura will not be remembered very kindly by our participants, since the first elimination of the program takes place here... as well as some setbacks. But more importantly, the last test of the day.

The excitement is served: a member of each team has to swim to a small boat a few meters from the shore, tie a rope and wave a flag from the top of the boat. This will be the signal for the other members of the team to start pulling the rope and bring the boat closer to shore. Nerves? We are sure of it. Emotions at its best in Caleta de Fuste.

Gran Canaria

Chapter three

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Traveling to Gran Canaria is like visiting several different islands. Its landscapes are so rich and varied that its 1,500 km² almost look like different continents. Although undoubtedly, if there is something that characterizes it is its nature in all its prisms, in fact, one part of the island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. They call it 'The fairytale island' and this nickname could not be more accurate.

Submerged fifteen million years ago, it was the force of volcanic eruptions that made it emerge to the surface. This and subsequent natural phenomena, erosion and climatic conditions have been forging century by century its special orography and landscape.

Gran Canaria

Its scenarios are practically unlimited. Gorges and cliffs capable of taking your breath away. Forests that will immerse you in the purest nature. A desert unique in the world that empties into the sea. Beaches bathed by turquoise waters for all tastes and beautiful towns and cities steeped in history and culture.

All this is watered by the good weather and a unique climate that guarantees an experience that you will never forget and we are sure that our explorers neither. What will their adventure bring in Fairytale Island?

Test one

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Puerto y playa de Mogán | Gran Canaria

This town in the west of the island is one of the most beautiful and visited places on the island. It rises between ravines that lead to the sea. Enjoying the landscape is mandatory. It has a lively fishing port and its beach, thanks to the breakwater that borders the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the quietest on the island, without waves and perfect for families with children. In addition, thanks to its location it has a privileged climate, which they say is one of the best in Europe.

Our discoverers arrive in Gran Canaria with some surprises, but their adventurous eagerness is stronger than any setback and they begin their journey with a test that will challenge their physical abilities in an unusual kayaking race.

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Puerto de Mogán. Plaza del kiosko | Gran Canaria

Puerto de Mogán, in addition to its climate, and its quiet beach, is well known and visited for its picturesque streets. This ancient fishing village has become a perfect place to stroll and enjoy its beautiful white houses with colored stripes and beautiful colors that climb up its facades. Puerto de Mogán also has an attraction that can not escape the photos of tourists. Its channels that communicate with the marina have made it the name of 'little Venice'

It is time for our adventurers to continue discovering Canary traditions. Now gathered in the square of the Port of Mogán, they will prepare a typical drink called “Mejunje Canario”. Just the pronunciation of this drink will be a challenge for them, but obviously they will have some added difficulty. Will they be able to convince Judge Pilar?

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Teror | Gran Canaria

We now travel to the north-central part of the island, to a small town called Teror. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages on the island and also one of the most visited, since it is where the patron Saint of the Island, Virgen del Pino is located. Its cobbled streets breathe Canarian essence with their colorful houses adorned with traditional balconies. Also famous is the market on the square of the basilica on Sundays, full of local food stalls, among many others.

In Teror our adventurers will discover a tradition. A typical and imposing sport of the archipelago: the Canarian fight. Even Pilar will get to teach them what the rules are. Unfortunately, Teror will also be the site for a new elimination so the fun won’t last long for them.

TeneriFe

Chapter four

Tenerife

Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands is capable of hosting endless options in its more than 2,000 km². An island with a great tourist heritage and tradition, which has become in recent decades one of the favorite destinations for tourists from all over Europe. And the reasons, as you can imagine, are all good.

Tenerife

Due to its size and orography, the island has notable climatic and landscape differences. The north is synonymous with culture and beautiful towns sculpted in the purest Canarian style. The south is the beach paradise, with a warm and stable climate throughout the year and a wide range of leisure options.

But if there is anything that stands in Tenerife it is its nature. Presided, always, by the impregnable Teide. The highest peak in all of Spain and the third largest volcano in the world, capable of offering privileged views on its ascent from any point of the island, immersing the visitor in a sea of clouds and making it feel like the top of the world.

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Playa Jardín. Puerto de la Cruz | Tenerife

It is a town in the north of the island, and at the foot of one of the most spectacular areas of the entire island: the Valley of the Orotava. Today 'El Puerto', as the locals call it, is one of the most charming cities. One of its main attractions is Playa Jardin, a complex composed of three black sand beaches that also has the seal of César Manrique. All its environment, Its gardens and accesses were designed by the artist, although he passed away before his project was completed. In the sea a breakwater was built to protect bathers from the sea.

The adventure in Tenerife could not begin in a better place than the Teide. But weren’t we talking about Puerto de la Cruz? How will our discoverers get from there to the beach so fast? Two of them will be the lucky ones to land at Playa Jardín. Well, two contestants and our host, since Pilar joins the experience. But this is much more than a walk, it is also a test!

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La Ranilla. Puerto de la Cruz | Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz has been a National Tourist Attraction since 1955, thanks to its history and more than 140 protected buildings, which together with its privileged location overlooking the sea and its natural surroundings make it one of the favorite destinations for visitors to the island. In addition, it is one of the most important cultural points, not only because it hosts a large number of events throughout the year, but also, by the neighborhood of La Ranilla, an old fishing district converted into an open-air museum with its street art murals.

La Ranilla
La Ranilla

In this test our contestants will tour and discover the neighborhood of La Ranilla with all the details, but without losing a second. A good way to know all the murals and keep as a good memory of their adventure, right?

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Icod de los Vinos | Tenerife

Icod de los Vinos is a small town in the north of the island whose old town has been declared a National Interest Property. Its cobbled streets, its historic buildings, such as the Church of San Marcos or the Plaza de la Pila and its architecture, make it a place that should definitely be visited. But there is an attraction of Icod de los vinos able to attract tourists like honey to bees, and it is not for less. It is Drago Milenario, a millenary tree, in fact it is the oldest known of its species, declared a National Monument in 1917.

This test is inspired by the blood of Drago, a legend and a healing resin typical of this type of plants. Our contestants face a row of glasses of… What is that red thing? Will it be authentic Drago blood? After that, the fun will be over since the expulsion of one of the contestants will take place.

La Palma

Chapter five

La Palma

La Palma

La Palma is one of the so-called 'small islands' of the Canary archipelago, but its nickname 'The beautiful island' leaves little doubt about everything it can offer its visitors. Its green landscapes make it the most 'tropical' island of the archipelago, although it is also offers volcanic scenarios and spectacular beaches.

The island is special for many reasons. It has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco, it was the first Starlight Reserve in the world (do not miss a night to observe the stars from this magical place) and contains one of the few redoubts of Laurisilva that remain intact around the world.

La Palma

The Caldera de Taburiente, in the center of La Palma, is one of the most spectacular National Parks. It has many trails that will delight hiking lovers and nature tourism. Inside, it offers amazing attractions such as the waterfall of colors in the Barranco de las Angustias or the views from La Cumbrecita or the Roque de los Muchachos.

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Santa Cruz de la Palma | La Palma

The capital of the 'Isla Bonita' or “beautiful island”, is a coastal town founded in 1493. It is located in the east and its old town has been recognized as a Cultural Property in the category of Historic-Artistic Complex. Its cobbled streets, its houses with colourful facades, its colonial-style balconies and its many squares and monuments make it special. Moreover, the city is surrounded by spectacular mountains that are visible from practically any point and can embrace any visitor and offer a unique landscape.

Our adventurers begin their journey in the capital of La Palma in the beautiful Plaza de España with a very special guest who will give the first clue of this test. They will be taken on a tour and get to know the capital in the most fun way.

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Porís de Candelaria | La Palma

It is probably one of the most different and spectacular points you will ever find on a trip. It is a small village built inside a cave on a cliff facing the sea and can only be accessed through a stone path. Originally it was conceived as a small oasis in which the inhabitants of higher areas traveled to evade rising temperatures. Little by little they began to build their curious houses to make this cave an authentic summer refuge. A place full of charm in which to enjoy unique views and turquoise waters that has nothing to envy the Caribbean.

The adventure becomes harder than ever and our discoverers are increasingly nervous and begin to feel the pressure on their shoulders. Only three will get to the island of El Hierro, but for this they will have to solve the challenging test in Porís de Candelaria.

El Hierro

Chapter six

El Hierro

El Hierro

It is the smallest, most western and least populated island of the archipelago. As a Natural Reserve of the Biosphere by Unesco, it has earned the nickname of the 'island with soul'. It is not known for its beaches, since it mainly has cliffs on its coastal perimeter, but it has numerous pools and natural puddles of crystal clear and turquoise waters.

These waters are precisely the claim of diving enthusiasts: El Hierro has become one of the main meeting points for lovers of this sport. Its seabed is unique thanks to the clarity of its waters and its underwater volcanic landscapes. In addition, it has important and inescapable caves that are centuries old.

El Hierro

And not only underground, the island has unique natural jewels such as the Tibajate Special Natural Reserve or the Frontera Rural Park. Also, El Hierro is an icon in terms of sustainability, because thanks to its hydropower station in a few years it will be energetically self-sufficient.

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Ruta La Maceta – Punta Grande | El Hierro

As mentioned before, the island of El Hierro has unique points and natural enclaves. You can enjoy environments such as the wooden path along the waterfront constructed on volcanic stone between Las Macetas and Punta Grande pier. It has viewpoints to admire the turquoise waters of the Atlantic that bathe the coast. Throughout the tour you can also enjoy nature in its pure state, as along the way you can see flowers and endemic plants that are born of volcanic stones.

The semifinal begins. The outcome is approaching and only three contestants have made it till here. The environment could not be better. This special route with two and a half kilometers will be the protagonist of the test. Tension is palpable, the final is getting closer and closer. Can you begin to grasp the island of San Borondón? First they will have to demonstrate their mental speed in another challenge in this particular enclave. Who will get to visit La Gomera?

La Gomera

Chapter seven

La Gomera

El Hierro

La Gomera gathers the Canary spirit in its landscapes, beaches, natural spaces, cliffs and ravines forged over the years as well as picturesque villages that will delight its visitors. It is a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, thanks to the huge number of endemic species it houses, and it is also known as the 'magic island'.

It oozes nature on all four sides. In the Garajonay National Park you can see ancient laurisilva forests, trails and green vegetation that seems to transport you directly to a story. From its highest point, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the entire island and if you travel north, you will be delighted by its magical landscape that forms the cliffs of Los Órganos.

La Gomera

To immerse yourself in the authentic culture of the island you should witness the whistle gomero, which has been handed down from generation to generation and is World Immaterial Heritage Culture. You can also discover the charm of San Sebastián de la Gomera, the capital of the island, the town of Hermigua, nestled in a valley and surrounded by nature or Agulo, from where you can see Tenerife and the Teide.

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Mirador de Igualero | La Gomera

It is one of the most special and inescapable points of any visit to the island. In addition to its spectacular views, it houses a monument in tribute to the whistle gomero. This language was used by the natives of the island when they needed to transmit news quickly, since the orography and the tortuous roads were not easy to travel. This particular language was even capable of being perceived up to five kilometers away. The town of Igualero, the highest of the whole island, is a wonderful representation of traditional rustic houses.

This test will give a smile to any viewers and we are sure that everyone will want to visit La Gomera and live this experience in person. Only the two winners will make it to the final test. Who will have to go home?

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Playa de la Cueva | La Gomera

With black sand, calm and crystal clear waters, It is one of the beaches of the capital, San Sebastián de la Gomera. Besides it being a perfect place for families, it is one of the best places on the island to practice snorkeling. If you visit, you will have a privileged view of Tenerife and the Teide. It has a monument that recalls the passing of the Olympic torch through La Gomera on its way to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.

Three tests. Only three tests to win this first edition of Discovering Canary Islands. Our finalist adventurers will have to give everything to get the title.

Beyond the tests and the competition, this program is able to show a true paradise a few hours away from the main European capitals and with a privileged climate all year round. Have you fallen in love with the Canary Islands as our discoverers have? You can also live your own adventure, you only need the need to have fun and enjoy.