Top 5 Romantic Places in Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Following on from my post ‘Top 5 Romantic Places in Puerto de la Cruz’ is my second Valentine’s Day special article. This time focusing on the area of Costa Adeje in the south of Tenerife.

HOTEL: SHERATON LA CALETA

This is a fantastic hotel, where you can relax in beautiful surroundings overlooking the sea. You can spend your romantic holiday sipping cocktails by the pool with your loved one, while enjoying the peace and quiet, and stunning views of this fantastic location.

All rooms are great, but to make your trip just that little more special pick the deluxe suite, which has a huge private terrace with spectacular sea views. You will also find a bedroom with a huge Sheraton Signature bed, a separate living area, and a bathroom with a shower and a bath.

The food is heavenly, and with four restaurants to choose from you will be spoilt for choice. I believe the La Venta Restaurant is the most romantic. The menu is Spanish gastronomy and has some delicious fish and meat options. All is served to you by the welcoming and professional staff. You couldn’t choose a better hotel for romance in Costa Adeje.

http://www.sheratonlacaleta.com/en

SPA: BAHIA DEL DUQUE

The Bahia Del Duque Spa is pure luxury, set in a serene location. From the warm welcome and excellent service to the hydrotherapy circuit, aromatherapy facials, and seawater Jacuzzi’s and pool, you will feel pampered and relaxed like never before. Afterwards you can spend some time in the relaxation area enjoying complimentary chocolates and coffee pastries.

Photo Credit: Bahia del Duque

For a romantic visit how about enjoying an exclusive private spa suite with relaxation area, treatment area, Turkish bath, hydrotherapy bath, and a private terrace. This spa is one of the finest in Tenerife, and it certainly shows. Your better half will thank you for a visit here!

RESTAURANT: SEBASTIAN

Restaurante Sebastian is a hidden treasure in a very touristy area. Don’t let this put you off, as you are in for an amazing dinner experience, with great service in a relaxed atmosphere. The authentic Spanish food will melt in your mouth, and I highly recommend the warm tapas menu and the half roast duck with the orange and Marnier sauce, both of which are delicious!

The wine is high quality, and the Cava is excellent! For a romantic meal, this great restaurant will be hard to beat. It can get quite busy so it’s a good idea to book your table in advance.

http://www.sebastiantenerife.com/about-sebastian/

ATTRACTION: SIAM PARK

How can a water park possibly be romantic? Well in Siam Park it can be! Here you can rent a private VIP cabana equipped with a private terrace with shower, sunbeds, towels, sofa, TV, and a free minibar with soft drinks, beer, and snacks. Also included in the rental price (per cabana by the way, not per person), is entrance to the park, fast passes to the attractions, and floats.

The all-inclusive service includes soft drinks, beer, wine, water, ice creams and food at the Beach Bar, Beach Club, Thai Bar and Thai House.

You have a huge choice of superb water slides, some relaxing, and some which will propel you down them at high speed. You can be surfing waves one minute and watching deadly sharks the next.

A day here together with your loved one, would certainly be a romantic fun day!

http://www.siampark.net/index.php/en

BAR: KALUNA BEACH CLUB

The Kaluna Beach Club is a wonderful place to come during the day, but at sunset, with the reflections from the last rays of light, it is stunning. The club is beautifully decorated and plays good music which helps create a great atmosphere. There is a heated pool, which is a great place to cool down in. You can also pay €50 euros for a bed or €100 for a VIP bed by the pool or overlooking the ocean. You receive the money back in the form of food and drinks. The cocktails are very tasty and served quickly by friendly smiling staff.

Photo Credit: Kaluna Beach Club

This club has an excellent view over the beach, and I can’t think of anything more romantic than sipping some champagne with your partner while watching the sun disappear slowly below the horizon. What a beautiful place to propose!

https://kalunabeachclub.com/

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Top 5 Romantic Places in Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, why not surprise your loved one with a romantic long weekend in Tenerife. It may not be the first place you think of to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but you will amazed by just how romantic this island can be!

This is the first of two Valentine’s Day specials. This one focuses on the charming city of Puerto de la Cruz in the north of Tenerife. So share this with your loved one and enjoy a few relaxing days together in the Tenerife sunshine.

HOTEL: HOTEL BOTANICO

This is a spectacular hotel in Puerto de la Cruz. Everything here is beautiful, such as the amazing artwork by Canarian artists, the relaxing gardens, and the flower arrangement in the lobby. The facilities are first class, and the hotel staff are courteous, always smiling, and can’t do enough for you.

The rooms are excellent, and all have fantastic views, which can be admired from the furnished balconies. They are of a large size, and all have flat screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also air conditioning, a safety box, a minibar, and a beautiful marble bathroom complete with toiletries, bathrobe and slippers.

There are a couple of restaurants inside the hotel serving delicious food, and don’t forget to try the breakfast buffet. I quite honestly have never eaten one quite like it before. There are many places to just sunbathe and read a book in peace, and they have an excellent spa area, which you can read more about below.

The hotel is up a hill from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz. You can walk down in around 15 minutes, or use the hotel’s courtesy bus to take you there and back. It is also possible to take a taxi for a reasonable price.

For a romantic getaway in Puerto de la Cruz, this hotel can’t be beaten.

http://hotelbotanico.com/en

SPA: THE ORIENTAL SPA GARDEN

You won’t have to go far to find the Oriental Spa Garden, if you stay at Hotel Botanico, as the spa is part of the hotel.

This exquisite spa, with its extensive facilities, is pure luxury. It is set in the hotel’s perfectly manicured gardens. I highly recommend the Thermal Circuit with its steam room, waterbeds, aromatherapy, and sauna. It is pure bliss! The swimming pool is amazing with hydro- massage jets and a waterfall, and the Jacuzzi in the cave is great for romance.

The staff here are friendly and professional, and are attentive to customer needs.

A visit to the Oriental Spa Garden will become your favourite memory of a romantic trip to Puerto de la Cruz.

www.hotelbotanico.com/en/spa/

RESTAURANT: RÉGULO

The Régulo restaurant in Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely place for a romantic dinner in a beautiful historical building. Here you are welcomed as though you are a guest in the owner’s home. Restaurante Régulo is a family business, which makes it all the more special, and the staff here are extremely friendly and helpful.

The menu is mainly Canarian style food, which tastes fantastic. I recommend the salmon in champagne sauce, and the lamb shoulder, which is also very good. If you want to sit in the delightful patio area, then it is best to reserve a table a few days beforehand.

The atmosphere in the lovely Restaurante Régulo is relaxed, and the prices are very reasonable.

http://www.restauranteregulo.com

ATTRACTION: LAGO MARTIÁNEZ

In Puerto de la Cruz you will find Lago Martiánez, which is an amazing swimming pool complex designed by Cesar Manrique. The complex is made up of many huge seawater pools, and the whole area is clean, beautiful, and well maintained. The views of the sea and the surroundings, from inside Lago Martiánez, are stunning.

There are many sunbeds to choose from so find your favorite pool, grab yourself a sunbed and sunbed cover, which are included in the admission fee, and just relax! If it’s a little too hot, then it is possible to hire a parasol for €2.50.

The admission cost is very reasonable at €5.50 for an adult. You can stay inside until closing if you like, or come and go as you please all day, though there are restaurants, bars, and kiosks inside.

This is a great place to come to wind down after a couple of busy sightseeing days, as it is always possible to find a hidden spot to put your sunbeds, and just rest for a while.

This is nothing like sitting around your hotel pool; it is a place of relaxation where you walk out feeling wonderful.

ociocostamartianez.com/en/history-of-costa-martianez-lago-martianez/

BAR: BLANCO BAR

Blanco Bar is great for dancing to old school, hip hop and Latin music. The interior design is lovely, and the whole place is sleek and clean with a great atmosphere.

If you arrive early, before 11pm, you will find the bar quite empty, but this just means you can grab the best seats with a view to the street. Upstairs it’s possible to relax in an armchair in quieter surroundings, and then head downstairs when you want to dance.

The fabulous cocktails are reasonably priced with a large mojito only costing around 5 euros, which will be served to you by some great staff who tend to smile a lot. Another great drink to try is Canarian honey rum, which brings back memories of my first trip to Tenerife in 1996, where I ended up having a honey rum fight with my friends!

It gets crowded quite quickly after midnight with most people being in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties. It’s also best to dress lightly as it can get rather hot on the dance floor. Time will fly by though, but don’t worry about finding your way back to your hotel, as there are always taxis waiting on the corner by the bar.

Check out the website for the latest events.

http://www.blancobar.com

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Snow in Tenerife on Mount Teide

Lately there has been A LOT of snow in Tenerife, so much so that I have had people writing to me very worried that their holiday in the sun in Tenerife is going to be more about snowmen than sandmen.

I am here to put your mind at ease.

Yes, there is snow in Tenerife right now, and yes, the snow is just as cold there as anywhere else. However, the good news is that it tends to stay up high in the mountains, and covering Mount Teide, Teide National Park and some of the villages and towns like Vilaflor that are much higher up than the coastal resorts.

This means that the beach resorts are sunny with temperatures still somewhere between around 18 degrees and 22 degrees depending on where you are. You could actually go up the mountains in the morning, build a snowman, and come back down to the beach after lunch, and sunbathe (and maybe build a sandman).

So, pack your gloves and your swimwear and go out and discover the best of what Tenerife can offer. Of course, you could always make some woollen bikinis, and swimming shorts to take with you just in case 😉

To see the weather for Tenerife visit Playa de las Americas weather or Puerto de la Cruz weather or Teide National Park. The summit of Mount Teide is much colder and the weather for this can be seen at Mount Teide Summit.

Whatever the weather, I am sure that you will have a wonderful time in Tenerife 🙂

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Paragliding – The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done

While in Tenerife in December I got the chance to go paragliding with Airsports Tenerife! After the initial excitement had worn off I began to wonder exactly what I had said yes to…

At 15:30 on the day of the paragliding I met my pilot Simon at La Enramada beach near La Caleta. Yes, I wasn’t going by myself, I had The Best Pilot for my tandem paraglide. There is a great bar at this beach called Coqueluche, and while I was offered a drink before my flight, I thought it better to decline.

The vans were packed with all the gear, and the different pilots and other guests like me jumped in, and we were on our way up into the mountains. At the top, we unpacked the vans and hiked a little way to the Los Pinos take off point at around 800 metres high. Simon and I would be taking off first.

I was strapped into the harness and attached to Simon, and while he was watching for the best conditions for take off, I was standing there utterly terrified.

Suddenly the conditions were right, and Simon told me to run and then we were up in the air. It really does feel like you are a bird in flight just gliding over the mountains, and I soon relaxed and started enjoying myself. The views were amazing and like nothing I have ever experienced before, even though I do a lot of mountain hiking. This was a totally different feeling.

After a while Simon took us up into the clouds and allowed me to have a go at flying the paraglider myself. I don’t think I was very good at it, but I’m so glad I got to give it a try. I’d love to tell you more about what happened in the clouds, but like Simon said, ‘What happens in the clouds, stays in the clouds’.

We went up to around 1450 metres and to be so high up and flying free is surprisingly peaceful and relaxing. It was an amazing sight to look down at the other paragliders way below us.

We began heading towards the coastline and out to sea. We were still around 800 metres high once we were over the ocean. Then Simon said it was time for some fun and let’s go upside down! This I was not brave enough for…maybe next time. So instead Simon did some crazy turns, and yes, I admit it, I screamed on almost all of them!

It was time to head to the landing point back at La Enramada beach. As we were coming in to land I said that I needed to stay on my feet and look cool in front of all the people watching. This didn’t happen, and instead I went down on one knee as though proposing to Simon. Afterwards it was time for a glass of cava while watching the most magnificent sunset I have ever seen.

The whole experience is recorded on a go pro camera and you get the SD Card after your flight. What a great souvenir to take home. You can read more about what to expect by visiting the website at airsportstenerife.com.

If you are a little unsure if you want to try paragliding then head to La Enramada beach at around 16:30, have a drink at the beach bar, and watch the paragliders coming in to land over your head. Make sure to do this near the start of your holiday, as I can almost guarantee that you will be begging the pilots to find
time to schedule a flight for you.

Though I was terrified at the start, I soon discovered that paragliding is simply fantastic, and I highly recommend everyone to give it a go while in Tenerife. In fact, this paragliding experience I had with Simon and Airsports Tenerife is The Best Thing I have ever done!!

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My Stay at Pearly Grey

Pearly Grey is based in a lovely town called Callao Salvaje in Adeje. Though the town is small and was originally a village, it does have a few reasonably priced restaurants, a couple of supermarkets, some other little shops, and a lovely new beach area called Playa Ajabo. The beach is made up of volcanic sand and is a good place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. If you are up for it, it is possible to hike up a small nearby hill, and get a great overview of the area.

When my son and I first arrived at Pearly Grey Ocean Club nearing midnight, I knew we were going to have a fun time there! My first impression of the resort was that it was well-maintained and quiet. It was very easy to get to from Tenerife South Airport, and if you don’t have your own transportation, a taxi isn’t too costly.

We stayed in a one bedroom fully equipped apartment overlooking the ocean so fell asleep listening to the soothing sound of the waves below. It was fantastic to sit out on the balcony in the evening watching the magnificent sunsets.

The customer service is excellent, and all members of staff exceeded my expectations! I have to say a special thanks to Gemma from reception who my son adored.

On the resort there is a heated pool, which I made use of in the mornings when it was almost empty. It has sun all day long, and there is a separate children’s pool with a small playground. During the day there is a lifeguard on duty. You will also find an adults own section with some large sunbeds to rest in.

At Pearly Grey there is a laundry room and a fitness centre, so while waiting for your washing to be finished it’s possible to catch up on your training. There is also an entertainment programme with activities during the day and evening so even if you don’t like to sit still there is plenty to entertain you.

There are two restaurants at Pearly Grey and I ate at them both. The Quo restaurant has a terrace overlooking the pool area, so while the adults grab a coffee they can watch their children play. I had an evening meal there, which tasted delicious, and they made a spaghetti Bolognese for my son, which he really enjoyed.

On another night I had dinner at The Edge Restaurant, and yes, this restaurant is quite literally on the edge overlooking the ocean. Before dinner I was able to enjoy another beautiful sunset here. The views are simply stunning, and it is possible to see the island of La Gomera in the distance across the sea.

For dinner I ate with some friends and we shared many different tapas dishes. I enjoyed them all so much that I ended up finishing the last bits on all the plates. During dinner we were treated to a live performance by Obsession Duo. They played some songs that we all knew, and some to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. The Edge is a restaurant which should definitely be tried, and is one of Tenerife’s best kept secrets.

If you would like me to sum up my visit here, all I can really say is that I had such a wonderful experience that I’m coming back for a few nights again in May. Pearly Grey has now become one of my very favourite places to stay in Tenerife!

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Tenerife Guide of Things to See and Do From A-Z

Tenerife has so many attractions and activities that you may be overwhelmed by all the choices you have. To help you out, here is my Tenerife Guide from A-Z. I’ve chosen one attraction or place for each letter, and if you know somewhere or something which you think deserves the top spot more then let me know in the comments section below.

A is for ANAGA MOUNTAINS

The Anaga Mountains are a place all of their own. The range sprawls across the northeastern part of the island, spewing green across the sandy landscape. The Anaga Mountains are for people who want a little variety in their beach vacation. Here, you’ll walk in the clouds, surrounded by lush, green trees and plants of all varieties.

B is for BARRANCO DE MASCA

The hike down the ravine from Masca to the beach is on one of the most spectacular trails in Tenerife. This is an amazing hike, where you will find yourself enjoying beautiful views, scrambling over rocks, paddling through crystal-clear streams, and watching out for local wildlife, such as lizards, colourful butterflies, and even osprey flying overhead.

C is for COSTA MARTIÁNEZ

Costa Martiánez is an amazing swimming pool complex designed by Cesar Manrique. The complex is made up of many huge seawater pools, and the whole area is clean, beautiful, and well maintained. The views of the sea and the surroundings, from inside Lago Martiánez are stunning.

D is for DOLPHINS AND WHALES

Those who love sea life will enjoy a boat excursion off the coast of Tenerife. The waters are deep, yet warm and host thousands of species of microscopic life, perfect food for hungry whales, dolphins and other sea mammals. There are 28 cetacean species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise to see. How many can you find?

E is for EL MEDANO

El Médano is everything you imagine a beach paradise to be, plus a little more. While you have the sandy beaches and the sun-filled sky, you also have beachfront shops where you can catch a break from the water and grab a beer or ice cream cone. This area is perfect for kitesurfers, windsurfers, and kite-flyers.

F is for FREEDIVING

Tenerife has great conditions for all year round freediving. No matter if you are a beginner and looking for somewhere to try freediving for the first time, or an experienced freediver wanting some training dives, then there is sure to be a company that suits your needs.

G is for GARACHICO

Garachico is a lovely place to stop for a while, about 25 kilometres west of Puerto de la Cruz. There is much to explore here, such as shady narrow streets, lovely cafes in hidden squares, and local craft shops. The best attraction is the lava pools. These are naturally formed and are great for a dip in the ocean. You can also enjoy walking along the paths between the pools and just enjoying the view.

H is for HIKING

If you have the chance to go hiking in Tenerife then be sure to take it. The nature is amazing and different all over the island from the dry south to the fertile north, to Teide National Park in the middle.

I is for ICOD DE LOS VINOS

The Drago Milenario, the 59-foot tall Dragon tree of Icod in Tenerife is the largest of its kind and has become a symbol of the island. From a distance, it almost looks like two trees intertwined in a permanent hug; the gnarly trunk stands strong beneath branches that look like raised hands.

J is for JEEP SAFARI

A fun way to explore Tenerife is to join a jeep safari. You can choose from different excursions such as a Teide Tour, a Masca Tour, an Around the Island Tour, and even a Stargazing Tour.

K is for KAYAKING

There are many different kayak companies in Tenerife. Some where you just rent a kayak and off you go by yourself, and others where you have a guide and a chance to see dolphins swimming close by.

L is for LORO PARQUE

Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz is a great zoo to visit and is loved by people of all ages. There are many animal shows to watch such as sea lions, dolphins, killer whales, and bird shows. Just remember to check the show timetables so you can fit them all in.

M is for MONKEY PARK

Monkey Park is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours. You can actually feed some of the animals here, which children and adults love! It is lovely to have little monkeys come over to you, and take some of the food. The best part though is being in with the lemurs, and being able to stroke and feed them.

N is for NATIONAL PARK

A great day out when in Tenerife is a visit to El Teide National Park. If you have rented a car then you can drive up through the park and come out at the other end of the island. It is fantastic to drive through lava fields, and see the old flows of lava on the volcano. The pine forests in this area are beautiful and very scenic too.

O is for OROTAVA

Orotava is a traditional Canarian historic town. It is situated in the middle of banana plantations, with amazing views over the Orotava Valley. Enjoy the pleasure of a stroll through the cobblestone streets, and admire the beautiful architecture of mansions, museums and churches. Take in the sights with a drink on a cafe terrace at a plaza, and smell the sweet scent of the many flowers.

P is for PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

Puerto de la Cruz has everything you could want from a holiday in Tenerife. You will feel like you have entered a paradise as you relax on the beach or take a walk through one of the many gardens. If you want to experience a bit of culture, you can take a walk through the cobbled lanes downtown or just sit on a cafe terrace outside one of the colonial style restaurants lining the streets.

Q is for QUAD BIKE SAFARI

This is along the same lines as the Jeep Safari, but even more fun as you get to drive your own quad bike. It is very exhilarating to ride a quad bike in Teide National Park or through the forests, and the views are stunning.

R is for ROQUES DE GARCÍA

Los Roques de García are rock formations found in Teide National Park, which are thousands of years old. This is a great place for trekking with some amazing landscape and great hiking paths to follow. The views of the park and El Teide from here are spectacular so remember your camera.

S is for SIAM PARK

After a visit to Siam Park, you will understand why it is rated one of the best water parks in the world. It really is that good! You have a huge choice of superb waterslides, some relaxing, and some which will propel you down them at high speed. You can be surfing waves one minute, and watching deadly sharks the next.

T is for TERESITAS

Playa de Las Teresitas is said to be the most beautiful beach in Tenerife, and if you visit here you will see why. The soft golden sands, shipped in from the Sahara Desert, stretches across the whole beach. With the tropical palm trees and the turquoise sea, you could be forgiven for thinking you have arrived in paradise!

U is for UNIQUE

Tenerife is certainly a unique island. From its “Dragon Tree” to its “Lava Caves” there is something different to see and do here for all ages.

V is for VOLCANO

El Teide is an active volcano, but don’t worry, it hasn’t erupted since 1909. At 3718 meters, it is the highest mountain in Spain. The views in this area are breath-taking, and you won’t know which direction to look first. There are a couple of visitor centres, where you can pick up maps and souvenirs.

W is for WEATHER

Tenerife is described as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, and after a visit here, you will understand why. While the south is a little warmer, there really isn’t that much difference and the north makes up for the slightly cooler weather with the green lush nature. The good thing about Tenerife is that if it’s raining where you are, jump in your car or on a bus and drive for a little while and you are sure to come across a place where the sun is shining.

X is for X FACTOR

With great weather, fantastic beaches, beautiful nature, and lots of top rated attractions for all different ages, I would say that Tenerife certainly has the X Factor!

Y is for YACHT TRIP

A yacht trip in Tenerife is the luxury way to see the whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. With a free snack and drinks included, and also free snorkel equipment, the prices are actually quite reasonable and around €60 for an adult. Some companies will also arrange free pick up and drop off at your hotel. You can also book private tours, but then the price is much higher.

Z is for ZOO – JUNGLE PARK

Jungle Park is Tenerife’s wildlife refuge and adventure park. Over 500 species call the park home, from pumas and tigers to penguins and primates. They are housed in a natural setting of more than 75,000 square meters.

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Tenerife

Visit Tenerife and be inspired by these photos. The best way to explore the island of Tenerife is to hire a rental car at the airport when you arrive, and enjoy traveling around the mountain and coastal roads, to discover as much of this wonderful place as you can.

Even if you prefer to relax, some car journeys around the island are certainly worth it, just to see the pretty villages and towns, and the breath-taking views from up in the mountains. There is also a good bus service, so there is no excuse not to leave the beach, and discover more on this great island.

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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Sea Kayaking and Dolphin Watching in Tenerife

Over Christmas I did something which will live in my memory forever; I went sea kayaking to watch dolphins! I have seen dolphins in the wild before on a boat trip in Gran Canaria, but sea kayaking with them is a totally different experience, and a thousand times better.

On a visit to Tenerife, many tourists will go on a boat trip to see dolphins in the wild. While these boat trips are good, there is something you can do which is even better, and gets you very close to the dolphins. This is sea kayaking with Tenerife in Kayak. They are based in Palm-Mar, not far from Los Cristianos and will come and pick you up from your hotel and drop you off again after the tour. The tour lasts for two hours, and the pickup service is free.

Everything is included, and the instructions from the guide make this easy even for novices like me.

Tenerife in Kayak is a very professional company, and will answer any questions you may have.

This has to be one of the best ways of seeing wild dolphins in their natural habitat, and getting so close to them because they want to come to you. You will not regret choosing sea kayaking as a way to watch them instead of being on a tourist boat chasing after them.

If there is only one thing that you do in Tenerife, this should be it!

Price: €35 per adult, €20 per child up to 11 years old

Opening Hours: Open every day. Book online at http://www.tenerifeinkayak.com/en/

Address: Av. Palm Mar Edif. La Arenita Local 4, Palm Mar, Tenerife

Disclaimer: I have not received any kind of compensation from Tenerife in Kayak for writing the above feature. This is a company that I have personally used, and had a fantastic tour with. Everything written is my own opinion, with no input from anyone else.

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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10 Unique Things to Do in Tenerife

1: Visit a 1000-year-old tree

Known linguistically as The Drago Milenario, the 59-foot tall Dragon tree of Icod in Tenerife is the largest of its kind and has become a symbol of the island. From a distance, it almost looks like two trees intertwined in a permanent hug; the gnarly trunk stands strong beneath branches that look like raised hands. It is a local legend that the Guanche people held special meetings under the tree hundreds of years ago.

Now the tree sits in the pleasant Parque del Drago with pathways that meander through wildflowers and trees, including younger Dragon trees. The park is also located next door to a butterfly farm, so nature lovers have double the reason to visit. The Dragon Tree is located on the northwest side of the island.

2: Stand on top of a volcano

El Teide is an active volcano, but don’t worry, it hasn’t erupted since 1909. At 3718 meters, it is actually the highest mountain in Spain. The views in this area are breathtaking, and you won’t know which direction to look first. There are a couple of visitor centers, where you can pick up maps and souvenirs.

It is possible to take a cable car almost all the way to the summit, and this is a great way to go up the volcano and enjoy the views. Your tickets can be booked here. You can then walk the rest of the way up. You will need to get a permit for this and they can be reserved at Mount Teide Access Permit. As there are a very limited amount each day, it is worth booking your permit as soon as you have booked your flights. It is very cold in the mountains, so it’s a good idea to have trainers and a jumper or jacket with you.

If you are adventurous, it is possible to hike all the way up to the top of El Teide.

3: Hand feed some cute lemurs

Monkey Park is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours. You can actually feed some of the animals here, which children and adults love! You buy a tub of food or two on the way in and then enter the feeding area.

You can easily spend an hour or so in here, and probably will! It is lovely to have little monkeys come over to you, and take some of the food. There are also many guinea pigs that will enjoy being fed by you. The best part though is being in with the lemurs, and being able to stroke and feed them. What I like is the animals seem so used to human contact that they come over to say hello because they want to (and because they want your food).

There are also other monkeys and animals, such as crocodiles and tortoises, to see once outside the feeding area. The animals here have a lot of room and are well cared for, well fed, and clean.

4: Wander through a lava cave

Located to the west of Puerto de la Cruz on the northern coast of Tenerife is a unique cave system that is a favorite among caving enthusiasts. Cueva del Viento was carved from a lava flow in the island’s distant past. Now it is a ten-mile long journey of geological history and a roundabout way to get some physical exercise with your caving adventure.

The trip through the caves will take only 45 minutes, but the hike to the cave is twice as long. Expect to take approximately two hours from start to finish, but it won’t be boring. There is life in those caves if you wish to see it, and plenty of time to think about the complexities of our planet. On the way to the cave systems, you will see plenty of farmland and other beautiful parts of Tenerife that you didn’t know existed.

5: Swim in lava pools

Garachico is a lovely place to stop for a while, about 25 kilometers west of Puerto de la Cruz. There is much to explore here, such as shady narrow streets, lovely cafes in hidden squares, and local craft shops.

The best attraction is the lava pools. These are naturally formed and are great for a dip in the ocean. There are some that are very deep, and many people dive and snorkel in them, and there are others shallow enough for children to paddle in while watching tropical fish swim around their feet. You can also enjoy walking along the paths between the pools, and just enjoy the view.

It’s a good idea to check when high tide is, and avoid it if you want to spend time in or around the lava pools.

This unspoilt paradise is a great place to escape the crowds.

6: Hike up a ravine instead of down

The tiny village of Masca is set in a gorge at the bottom of the Teno Mountains, and wouldn’t be out of place in a Jurassic Park film. The hike down the ravine from Masca to the beach is on one of the most spectacular trails in Tenerife, but why walk down like a normal tourist when you can walk up!

This is an amazing hike, where you will find yourself enjoying beautiful views, scrambling over rocks, paddling through crystal-clear streams, and watching out for local wildlife, such as lizards, colorful butterflies, and even osprey flying overhead.

It is possible to buy tickets for the Masca Express water taxi, which will take you from Los Gigantes to the beach at the bottom of the hike. Walking this way means you will avoid most of the people, and might not even meet anyone until you are over halfway up the ravine.

The trail can get pretty busy with tour groups from around 11 am, so best to start early.

7: Spend a day getting lost in nature

The Anaga Mountains are a place all of their own. The range sprawls across the northeastern part of the island, spewing green across the sandy landscape. The Anaga Mountains are for people who want a little variety in their beach vacation. In these mountains, you’ll walk in the clouds, surrounded by lush, green trees and plants of all varieties.

Hiking through the mountains will take you generations back, as the people who live here are relatively untouched by the luxurious and somewhat commercial aspects of some parts of the island. You might be even be invited in for rabbit stew.

Physically, the Anaga Mountains represent some of the oldest rocks in the area, making it popular among geologists and other rock enthusiasts.

8: Sea Kajak with Dolphins

On a visit to Tenerife, many tourists will go on a boat trip to see dolphins in the wild. While these boat trips are good, there is something you can do which is even better and gets you very close to the dolphins. This is sea kayaking with dolphins.

After getting your kayaks out into the sea, you will head towards some fish farms where a permanent colony of dolphins lives. If you are here in the winter, you will see mothers and their calves jumping out of the sea, while the male dolphins come over to the kayaks, jumping out of the water and then swimming underneath them. You may even be lucky to have a wild dolphin be curious enough to rest its nose in your hand!

Everything is included, and the instructions from the guide make this easy even for novices.

This has to be one of the best ways of seeing wild dolphins in their natural habitat, and getting so close to them because they want to come to you. You will not regret choosing sea kayaking as a way to watch them.

9: Kite surf in paradise

El Médano is everything you imagine a beach paradise to be, plus a little more. While you have the sandy beaches and the sun-filled sky, you also have beachfront shops where you can catch a break from the water and grab a beer or ice cream cone. The refreshing ocean breeze whips through your hair and cools off your sunburnt skin.

While the breeze makes it hard to have a beachfront picnic, it is perfect for kitesurfers, windsurfers, and kite-flyers. In fact, El Médano is the surfing and windsurfing capital of the island. The atmosphere at El Médano is a cross between a hippie camp and a surfer-dude club. The people are laid back, non-materialistic and pleasant to be around.

10. Sunbathe on a black sand beach

Playa Jardin can be found in the north of Tenerife, on the outskirts of the town Puerto de la Cruz. It is a picturesque black sand beach, surrounded by palm trees and the botanical gardens. You will find many tropical plants and flowers, and cascading waterfalls in this unique location. This is an excellent place for scenic photos.

This beach is lovely to relax on, and enjoy the views. One thing I like to do is to stroll barefoot on the soft volcanic sands from one side of the beach to the other. The water is of a high quality but does have waves, sometimes very high ones, which is when you will find the surfers in the eastern bay. There are plenty of lifeguards on duty to make sure swimming is safe.

The promenade is beautiful and runs along the whole beach, and also through the gardens. Here you will find a few nice restaurants, traditional Spanish cafes, and charming gift shops.

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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How to Enjoy Christmas in Tenerife

A Tenerife Christmas is a wonderful experience. It is possible to spend the morning of Christmas Day throwing snowballs and making snowmen on Mount Teide, and the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and watching the palm trees swaying gently in the sea breeze on one of Tenerife’s stunning beaches.

The towns and villages in Tenerife have at least one beautifully designed nativity display. Some are small while others have a lot of detail in them. Shared by each one is the time and thought that has gone into creating them. Keep your eye out for ‘El Caganer’, which literally means ‘The Crapper’. This is a figure which is in the squatting position. See who can spot him first!

The main towns and areas know how to decorate for a Tenerife Christmas with many twinkling fairy lights strung through the streets, and sweet smelling christmas trees adorned with baubles and sparkling tinsel. You will also hear the relaxing sound of carols being sung.

Christmas Eve is a family affair in Tenerife with shops and restaurants closing early, though many do stay open in the larger resorts such as Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. In these areas, in the south of Tenerife, you can find Christmas Eve parties in some bars and nightclubs. The British bars are always lively on this night!

Christmas Eve in the northern areas such as Puerto de la Cruz are more peaceful, so it’s advised to eat early if there, and then join the Spanish for Midnight Mass (Misa de Gallo).

If you want to enjoy a traditional Christmas Day dinner this is also possible with many restaurants and bars in the larger resorts offering a special Christmas Day menu. Don’t forget to reserve a table in advance as it can get quite busy.

Restaurants decorate for Christmas. Notice the upside down Christmas tree!

The festive season in Tenerife lasts longer than usual as children first receive their presents on the 6th January after the arrival of the Three Kings the evening before.

Even the dogs enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit!

If you are in Tenerife on the 28th of December, beware! This is the Day of the Innocents, a day much like our own April Fools Day. There will be many practical jokes, and don’t believe a word anyone tells you, or what you read in a Spanish newspaper on this day.

One last thing to mention, is to be sure of trying the traditional Christmas treat called Turrón. It is made of honey, egg and almonds and is very tasty.

Father Christmas also enjoys a holiday break in Tenerife.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Feliz Navidad!!

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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