Bricks and Mortar in a Hot Latin Quarter

With over 30 years’ experience of living in Tenerife and being involved in the Tenerife real estate industry, David Wood has the knowledge and the contacts to not only help you find your ideal property in Tenerife, but to negotiate the best deal for you and to lead and support you through a seamless buying process.

Everyone at Woods the Estate Agents recognises that not only are you searching for your ideal property in the sun, you are investing in your future and a new lifestyle. You can rest assured that here at Woods, we will support you through the entire search and purchase process of your new property in the Canary Islands and continue to give you on-going support to help you find your feet around the island. We will inform you of everything you need to know about living in the Canary Islands. From schooling and banking… to eating out and shopping!

Having been born and raised in Tenerife, Chris Wood (David Wood’s son and Director of Woods the Estate Agents) left the island to further his education in the UK. Here he explains why he decided to make the move back to his home of Tenerife and hopes you may be able to relate to how he feels.

“After completing my A-levels and gaining a degree in Hospitality Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, my father and I went in to business together and opened a small chain of fish and chip shops in response to the financial crash of 2008. Over the course of four years we had opened four takeaways and a restaurant in Yorkshire. Business is going very well and we have a great reputation locally.

However, Tenerife has always had its place in my heart and for me; to put it simply… you only live once! England is a great country but personally, it’s not for me. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see the appeal in looking forward to a few days of sunshine every 6 months and have to put up with all the rushing around while outside it’s dull, grey, cold and wet AND having to pay excessive taxes and extortionate prices on just about everything just to stay alive and pay bills.

So having said that, what makes Tenerife so great? Tenerife has all the ingredients you need for a happy, social, active lifestyle. There’s the year-round sun, activities, the food, the landscape, the places to socialise and the great people. All this… and it’s cheaper to enjoy it all than in the UK!

The Property Market in the Canary Islands is showing strong signs of recovery. This has given us the perfect opportunity to get back to what we do best – sell properties in the Canary Islands.

I’m sincerely looking forward to helping my clients find their ideal home in Tenerife and supporting them through the whole buying and settling in process.”

Woods’ Tenerife Bucket List

Whether you have lived in Tenerife for years or you’re looking forward to making the most out of your new life in Tenerife, here’s a quick bucket list of things which we think every resident in Tenerife should do! You can visit our Tenerife Bucket List blog post to find out more information on each one.

Climb Mount Teide

Mount Teide

Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the everyday view we have of the 3,718 meter tall “Pico Del Teide”. It peers over us on a daily basis and appears to be so still it sometimes appears to be painted on a canvas! Well, it really is there and it’s only a 45 minute drive to “Las Cañadas Caldera” – the large crater in which the Peak of Teide’s base sits. The entire area around Teide’s Peak is a National Park and was pronounced as a World Heritage Site in 2007. Therefore, to climb to the very top of Teide, you must obtain a permit. Visit our blog post to read everything you need to know and to view Woods very own video and stunning aerial photography taken high above the peak not seen anywhere else!

Trek down Masca’s Barranco

Masca Village In Tenerife

This fantastic walk from the town of Masca down to Masca Bay is a continuous decline and usually takes 3 hours to hike down at a leisurely pace.
You start the trek in Masca – a small picturesque town which is worth a stroll around itself before heading off on your expedition! There’s plenty to see in Masca, the traditional buildings, the Ethnographic Museum, the Church of the Immaculate Conception (constructed in the 18th Century) and there’s also a good choice of restaurants to choose from.

Barranco del Infierno

Hell's Gorge On Tenerife

This 4 hour long trek (6.5km round trip) is a favourite amongst hikers as it is reasonably safe and there is only a shallow gradient. The walk takes you through the lush green Barranco (valley) del Infierno which starts at Calle Los Molinos in Adeje. At the end of the walk you reach a spectacular natural pool with waterfall originating from high up in the cliffs. Upon your return, why not have lunch or dinner at Otelo’s! They do fantastic garlic chicken…

Try an Extreme Sport

Hiking Success, Woman On Trail In Mountains

It may be the norm to come to Tenerife for a nice relaxing holiday but Tenerife’s landscape lends itself to a wide variety of extreme sports which are all guaranteed to get the adrenaline flowing!

Surfing – There’s a surf school on the beach opposite “The Patch” in Las Americas. Hourly rates are quite reasonable and the waves are more forgiving to beginners.

  • Windsurfing and Kite surfing – There are a number of surf schools to choose from in El Medano.
  • Scuba Diving – Tenerife’s coastline is host to numerous world-renowned dive sites with a selection of wrecks, underwater cliff faces and even a downed DC10! The waters off the coast of Tenerife make for a comfortably warm and clear dive all year round.
  • Rock Climbing – One exhilerating way to explore the rugged volcanic terrain of Tenerife is to go rock climbing. Teide’s National Park draws climbers from all over the world with challenging climbes like “El Capricho”. But if you just want to try it out, Martianez and Valle Tabares, both in the north, offer easier routes for the beginners.

Go Wine tasting

Runnung Red Wine

There are numerous Vineyards around the Canary Islands which are open to visitors and provide guided tours… and of course, the all-important sampling!

Find Tenerife’s Secret Traditional Canarian Restaurants

Are you a fan of those little restaurants which are “off the beaten track” and offer the best traditional, local food around? Note down these places now and add them to your list! You can find out where each one is by visiting Woods the Estate Agents’ blog.

  • El Cordero
  • El Deposito
  • Amigos del Norte
  • Tasca de Nino
  • Irache Gara
  • Oasis in Adeje
  • Otelo (there is a new one in Puerto Santiago but the original is in Adeje which is found at the start of the Barranco del Infierno Trek)
  • Las Gangarass in Buzenada
  • Los Goteras

BBQ’s on Teide

The National Park around Teide has several barbecue and camping sites to choose from. The atmosphere is great as you tend to find locals up here who visit the barbecue sites for family get togethers.

If you decide to try any of the above, please let us know what you though by contacting us on Facebook! We’d love to see your photos. If you think we’ve missed anything out, we want to hear your additions to Tenerife’s Bucket List so you’re welcome to visit our Facebook page and send us a message.

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Tenerife Business’s Set A Red Hot Record At InganeYami Golf Tournament

It wasn’t just organizers Pearly Grey Ocean Club that raised the standard higher than ever at the fifth Ingane Yami Golf Tournament on Saturday 19 July 2014.

The Golf Costa Adeje course welcomed 20 teams of four and the Tenerife business community dug deep to sponsor the event and donate prizes for the grand draw. The end result was a record total raised of 14,765 euros to help the continued growth of the children’s village in Kwa Zulu – Natal, South Africa.

The intense heat could have been a factor but from the four ball Texas Scramble start at 9.30 am the teams made light of it to be finished in plenty of time for the sit down buffet lunch in the club house at 2pm. They were helped round by a cool breeze and food and drinks at holes five and nine.

Many of the sponsors had been involved since the project started in 2009 and the tournament has become a firm favourite on the Tenerife sporting calendar.

Competition was keen but the eventual winners were Alan Hardy, Rick McKenzie, Chris Elkington, and Danny on 57 closely followed by Paul Greenwood, Bradley Greenwood, Paul Sidney Fellows, and David Morales on 59. There were plenty more chances for glory with nearest the pin at six of the holes and the longest drive for Eugenio Vonk and Tina Pazera.

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The ambitious Ingane Yami childrens village is rapidly taking shape with the first houses occupied but there is a long way to go and Pearly Grey Ocean Club in Callao Salvaje have plenty more fund raising efforts lined up. You can find out more about the difference the village is making at www.inganeyami.com

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Stephen Hawking headlines STARMUS Festival

Stephen Hawking headlines STARMUS Festival

Acclaimed theoretical physicist to give a keynote presentation at Tenerife Auditorium, host venue for the international event 22-27 September

Tenerife – 26.05.2014. The international Starmus Festival, organized by the Government of the Canary Islands and Tenerife Cabildo and directed by astrophysicist and researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Garik Israelian, will feature internationally acclaimed British physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking.

The international event will be held from 22-27 September 2014 and is a unique opportunity for promoting the island abroad both from a scientific and tourism standpoint. The Festival also has the support of the Cabildo de La Palma, the International Astronomical Union and the IAC.

The official launch of Starmus 2014 was attended by the President of the Tenerife Island Government, Carlos Alonso; President of the Canary Islands Government, Paulino Rivero; the Tenerife Minister for Foreign Affairs, Delia Herrera, and Garik Israelian, astrophysicist and researcher at the IAC.

Addressing the media today, Carlos Alonso pointed out how Tenerife and the Canary Islands, in general, are attractive to science because of their natural resources, which are of particular importance to the tourism sector with increasingly popular activities like star gazing for example. Meanwhile, Delia Herrera welcomed the presence of a scientist of the likes of Stephen Hawking, “a star among the stars”, while stressing the efforts made by the authorities to get Hawking involved in Starmus as a keynote speaker at the Festival .

The president of the Canary Islands Government, Paulino Rivero, stressed the fact that the Starmus Festival brings together nature, culture, knowledge and science; proof that the Canary Islands use their natural resources for different purposes. In this regard, he stressed the impact of tourism on the regional economy, “a pillar we must diversify.” Underscoring the economic effort made by the institutions involved to be able to stage the festival, he recognized the work of the IAC and Garik Israelian’s role as keynote to the celebration of this scientific event. Garik Israelian then informed the media about the steps taken to arrange Stephen Hawking’s visit and he revealed that the famous cosmologist will speak on the origin of the Universe.

The renowned British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said he “is looking forward to attending the Starmus Festival” and that he knows about the island of Tenerife and the Canary Islands Observatories. Hawking will deliver his speech at the Auditorio de Tenerife at the opening session of the second edition of Starmus, whose theme is ‘Beginnings: The Making of the Modern Cosmos ‘.

Prof. Hawking will be accompanied by an array of internationally famous speakers including astronauts, cosmonauts, astronomers, cosmologists, chemists, biologists and Nobel Laureates. He will also join in the round table to be held inside the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) at the Observatory Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma.

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. His work on the origins and structure of the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes, has revolutionized the field, whilst his multimillion best-selling books A Brief History of Time (1988), The Universe in a Nutshell (2001) and The Grand Design (2010), have helped to popularise science and make it accessible to everyone.

A Brief History of Time broke all book sales records in a way that it would have been hard to predict. By May 1995 it had been in The Sunday Times best-sellers list for 237 weeks breaking the previous record of 184 weeks, selling 10 million copies in ten years. This feat is recorded in the 1998 Guinness Book of Records.

Stephen was diagnosed with ALS a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st Birthday, and was given 2 years to live. In spite of being wheelchair bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication he still manages to combine a family life (he has three children and three grandchildren) and his continued research into theoretical physics, together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures. He also still hopes to travel into space one day!

Stephen Hawking was born on 8th January 1942 (exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. The son of a research biologist and a medical research secretary, his upbringing gave him a strong curiosity about the university. He was drawn to physics and mathematics as the sciences that offer the most fundamental insights into the world. He studied natural sciences at Oxford University, where he was awarded a first, and then moved to Cambridge to begin a PhD in cosmology.

Professor Hawking has twelve honorary degrees. He was awarded the CBE in 1982, and was made a companion of honour in 1989. The recipient of many awards, medals and prizes including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the National Academy of Science.

In 1979 he accepted the post of Lucasion Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a post once held by Isaac Newton. Tradition required that he step down at the age of 67. At the same time he took up a post as director of research at Cambridge stating emphatically that he was not retiring. The voice of Stephen Hawking was used in Pink Floyd’s last album “Division Bell” in the song “Keep Talking”.

Other speakers at Starmus will be Robert Wilson, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Sir Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize winning chemist, who discovered complex carbon chains in the interstellar medium and determined they were produced by carbon stars. The great ethnologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, legendary guitarist from Queen and astrophysicist Brian May, astrophysicist Jill Tarter, Chair at the SETI Institute, and astrophysicists Bernard Oliver and Robert Williams, former chair of the International Astronomical Union. More names will be announced soon.

Three Apollo moonwalkers will also speak: Apollo 14’s Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 16’s Charlie Duke, and Apollo 17’s Jack Schmitt (the last man to walk on the moon. Cosmonaut Alexi Leonov (the first man to walk in space and commander of Soyuz-Apollo mission) will be joined by four fellow cosmonaut space walkers.

Starmus Activities

The Starmus Festival is open to everyone young and old, beginners, amateurs and professionals. Anyone who holds a passion for astronomy, science, the arts and music, and who has a desire to know more about where we came from and what’s out there.

Activities at Starmus are not just limited to the four days of talks. There will also be a Teide “Star Party”, gala dinner, cocktail reception, space legends tribute, a roundtable discussion in the GTC telescope, Sonic Universe contest and tours to visit the observatories in Tenerife and La Palma. Attendees will have plenty of opportunity to mingle freely with the scientists, artists and rock stars, and casually talk over the Universe and what it all means.

Further information on the Starmus Festival at www.starmus.com

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RDO4 2013 Conference

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If you are looking for some inspiration or direction in the field of shared ownership, then come along to hear what the key players predict for the next few years as they share their top tips and forecast growing trends and consumer behaviour. With revelations about what we all need to do to ensure more sales and a better ways to market timeshare-related products and services over the next few years, you won´t want to miss this great opportunity!

John Beckley will be attending the RDO4 2013 Conference to be held at the 5-star deluxe Lopesan Baobab Resort in Gran Canaria on 15 to 17 September 2013, so why not come along and glean some insights at this year´s theme of “Standing Together”.

Also attending will be James Beckley, Justine Bannister and Dennis Markham representating Pearly Grey.

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Win a Week at Pearly Grey Ocean Club in Callao Salvaje

Win a Free Week's Holiday at the Superb Jardín Tropical Hotel in Costa Adeje

Fancy having a taste of luxurious comfort combined with the warm and friendly hospitality of the Pearly Grey Ocean Club on Tenerife’s sun-kissed south west coast? With uninterrupted views of La Gomera on the horizon, Pearly Grey Ocean Club has a dream setting; perfect for sipping exotic cocktails as the setting sun puts on a spectacular light show that brings hot, sunny Tenerife days to a close.

This is the latest great holiday prize from tenerifemagazine.com and to be in with a chance of winning, all we ask is that you answer a simple question.

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It’s a fantastic opportunity to chase away winter blues and start the New Year on a real high. Calleo Salvaje, where Pearly Grey Ocean Club is located, is a tranquil, laid back resort that is ideal for a bit of well earned R&R whilst the lively bars of Costa Adeje and Playa de las Américas are only a short distance away.

The prize will be drawn on Thursday 31st January and can be taken, subject to availability, during 2013. The prize is not transferable and must be claimed within 2 weeks of the draw or it will be re-drawn.

Keep your fingers crossed and think of that wonderful prize, and in the meantime keep up with all the wonders of Tenerife through tenerifemagazine.com

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Pearly Grey Ocean Club Special Offer for Tenerife Magazine Readers

Pearly Grey Ocean Club Special Offer

You don’t have to win our latest, sizzling hot holiday competition to be a winner.

Tenerife Magazine and Pearly Grey Ocean Club have joined together to bring Tenerife Magazine readers a sparkling holiday offer.

When you enter our competition to win a week’s holiday at Pearly Grey Ocean Club on Tenerife’s sunny south west, you could be automatically be eligible for a week’s self catering accommodation for two at Pearly Grey at the too-good-to-be-true price of €99 (see offer conditions below).

To take advantage of this fabulous offer all you have to do is fill in the online form and confirm your booking with Pearly Grey Ocean Club before the end of January 2013 – perfect timing for getting rid of those post Christmas blues.

Note: the offer is only open to couples aged over 35 years old and must be taken during 2013.

Terms and conditions

The guests that come to Pearly Grey must fulfill the following criteria, to be eligible for this Promotion:

  1. They must be married, or co-habiting for a minimum of two years.
  2. Homeowners.
  3. Between the ages of 35 and 65.
  4. In full employment.
  5. Non timeshare owner, and not have visited Pearly Grey before.
  6. Weeks booked at Pearly Grey run from Friday to Friday.
  7. This promotional offer is limited to one holiday per household.

We reserve the right to make an accommodation charge of up to a maximum of 620€ if false or incorrect information has been given.

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Stacey Keating wins Spanish Open in play-off

Australian Stacey Keating birdied the first extra hole in a sudden death play-off to secure her maiden Ladies European Tour victory at the Tenerife Open de España Femenino on Sunday.

Stacey Keating wins Spanish Open in play-off

Keating holed a five-footer for birdie on the 494-yard / 452-metre par five 18th hole at Golf Las Américas after she tied on nine under par with Germany’s Caroline Masson.

“It was a tough day out there and Caroline and I both played well. It was nice to take it to a play-off and then get over the line,” said Keating, 26, from Cressy in Victoria.

Keating closed with a two under par 70 to come from a stroke behind Masson but it was a close final round duel in hot and windy conditions, with temperatures at 29C.

The pair tied for the lead after two holes and the lead exchanged several times before Masson made a mistake in the play-off by hitting her second shot into a water hazard. Her third came up short in the rough while Keating hit a superb approach shot to five feet short of the flag.

“All day it was very close and Caroline holed some putts when she needed to so it was nice and it’s always nice to birdie the play-off hole,” said Keating, in her second year as a professional.

She added that the victory would make amends for the massive disappointment of the previous week at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, where she was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score when lying in a tie for 32nd place.

“I’ve probably had the worst week of my life and the best week of my life in two weeks. It was very disappointing last week but this makes up for it, I can tell you. It will be all forgotten, last week,” she said, paying tribute to her caddie, Darren Peters, who is also her boyfriend and the support of her mentor, Karrie Webb.

“After the disappointment of last week she’s been great. Her and Karen Lunn, I have to mention her as well. They’ve been unbelievable. I don’t like to say, the veterans out here, but they’ve been great and they really have helped me and Kaz has been great out here this week.”

Stacey Keating wins Spanish Open in play-off

Masson, the South African Women’s Open champion in July, was left close to tears having come so close to her second victory this season.

She said: “If you hit the worst shot of the week in a play-off it’s a bit unlucky and I got lucky that I could actually hit that ball. If you hit a shot like that you don’t deserve to win and Stacey played well. She made birdie and just congratulations to her.”

Masson was a stroke ahead on 10 under par after a birdie on the par-five 16th, but she dropped a shot at 17 after hitting a poor tee shot behind a group of palm trees.

She chose to chip out to the fairway rather than play a risky shot but missed her par putt. Masson had a shorter birdie putt than Keating on 18, but both players made par to stay tied for the lead.

“You have to scramble and I think she did that really well,” Masson said. “A few more putts could have dropped but it’s always like that. I did it pretty similar to her when I won in South Africa, didn’t make many mistakes, a few good putts for par and that’s what she did today.”

England’s Trish Johnson also came close to her 22nd career victory with a final round 67 that left her in third position.

She made a spectacular start with an eagle on the first and a birdie on the sixth. A two under par back nine left her one stroke short of making the play-off and she said: “To shoot five under on the last day in pretty tricky conditions, you’ve got to be fairly happy. I’m a little bit disappointed to come up one short, I guess. I had a couple of chances. 17 was disappointing, I had a straightforward birdie putt and left it in the jaws short. You know the greens are slow but to be fair to them, they are slow but you can hole some putts: you’ve just got to hit them harder than you’re normally used to. I thought if I could finish birdie, birdie, birdie, I might have a chance, which obviously I did.”

Australian Nikki Garrett, who led after the first two rounds, shot a final round 70 to finish in fourth place, while Carlota Ciganda and Tania Elosegui were the leading Spanish players in a four-way share of fifth place with Esther Choe and Lee-Anne Pace on six under par.

Tenerife Open de España Femenino, Golf Las Américas (par 72), 20-23 September 2012, Final Scores:

  • 279 – Stacey Keating (AUS) 70 69 70 70 ““ (won on 1st extra hole of play-off)
  • 279 – Caroline Masson (DEU) 69 69 70 71
  • 280 – Trish Johnson (ENG) 67 74 72 67
  • 281 – Nikki Garrett (AUS) 64 73 74 70
  • 282 – Tania Elosegui (ESP) 69 74 71 68, Lee-Anne Pace (ZAF) 68 72 72 70, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 71 70 74 67, Esther Choe (USA) 70 69 73 70
  • 283 – Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 69 70 75 69, Diana Luna (ITA) 72 72 70 69, Ashleigh Simon (ZAF) 70 73 72 68, Henrietta Zuel (ENG) 73 72 71 67, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 70 73 71 69
  • 284 – Florentyna Parker (ENG) 69 69 77 69, Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 71 69 72 72
  • 286 – Hannah Burke (ENG) 70 70 73 73, Rebecca Artis (AUS) 69 76 72 69
  • 287 – Connie Chen (ZAF) 72 72 75 68, Laura Davies (ENG) 69 70 77 71, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 71 73 72 71
  • 288 – Melissa Reid (ENG) 74 69 74 71, Stefania Croce (ITA) 72 71 77 68, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 74 70 73 71, Line Vedel (DNK) 75 70 75 68, Carly Booth (SCO) 72 69 77 70, Jessica Yadloczky (USA) 72 73 72 71, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 68 74 74 72, Holly Aitchison (ENG) 73 71 72 72
  • 289 – Caroline Westrup (SWE) 73 73 70 73, Charlotte Ellis (ENG) 72 71 76 70, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 74 71 73 71, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 69 69 72 79, Lucie Andre (FRA) 73 72 73 71
  • 290 – Elizabeth Bennett (ENG) 69 74 76 71, Celine Palomar (FRA) 71 67 73 79, Carmen Alonso (ESP) 71 75 73 71, Miriam Nagl (DEU) 68 74 74 74, Anais Maggetti (CHE) 69 73 75 73
  • 291 – Pamela Feggans (SCO) 75 71 70 75, Rachel Bailey (AUS) 73 70 74 74, Danielle Montgomery (ENG) 71 74 74 72, Julie Greciet (FRA) 69 72 76 74
  • 292 – Beth Allen (USA) 73 71 76 72, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 71 70 77 74, Tandi Cuningham (ZAF) 75 71 71 75, Rebecca Codd (IRL) 72 73 73 74, Lydia Hall (WAL) 70 74 69 79
  • 293 – Frances Bondad (AUS) 69 74 78 72
  • 294 – Bree Arthur (AUS) 74 70 78 72, Sara Beautell Largo (ESP) 70 71 78 75, Malene Jorgensen (DNK) 70 74 75 75, Maria Ohlsson (SWE) 73 72 70 79
  • 295 – Barbara Genuini (FRA) 72 74 76 73, Monique Smit (ZAF) 72 72 75 76, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 71 75 76 73
  • 296 – Carin Koch (SWE) 70 74 76 76, Kylie Walker (SCO) 73 72 79 72, Georgina Simpson (ENG) 73 71 77 75, Clare Queen (SCO) 73 72 74 77, Sophie Walker (ENG) 73 71 76 76, Sophie Giquel-bettan (FRA) 77 69 76 74
  • 298 – Laura Cabanillas (ESP) 71 75 79 73
  • 299 – Dawn Shockley (USA) 70 74 76 79

Further information:

Bethan Cutler
Media Manager
Ladies European Tour
Mobile: +44 (0)7980056045
E: bcutler@ladieseuropeantour.com
www.ladieseuropeantour.com

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Americans on Tenerife

Everyone has his or her own idea of the perfect vacation. Whether it includes sun tanning on beautiful beaches, hiking, exploring caves, swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, water parks, getting up close and personal with wildlife, delicious food, clubbing, local culture, or possibly learning a new language… Tenerife offers all this and more!

Americans on Tenerife

This Spanish island is a widely known European vacation destination; also a place few Americans know exists. So, it’s a wonder how three Americans managed to cram every one of these activities into just seven days. We came to the island with no preconceived ideas, we just “Googled” things that interested us and went with what we found. Staying in Puerto de la Cruz, originally we had been on the island for three weeks when our friend Barrett (above, left) came to join us from California to take part in our final week of adventures. We had composed a massive itinerary of everything we wanted to do in the final week. Everything began with renting a car – the island is bigger than most people think – and transportation was key to conquering our larger than life list.

Unfortunately the Wednesday Barrett arrived, Kyle left for London, taking two days away from our week long excursion. After bidding farewell to Kyle, Megan and Barrett headed straight for Playa Jardín, to play in the ocean and soak up the sun. The next day the pair drove to Playa Abades on the south side of the island, to go snorkeling. Easy Blue World made it simple, only €12 for a wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins; everything you need for a day of blissful underwater exploration.

Luckily Kyle was gone barely long enough to notice; picking him up from the airport Friday, the reunited trio made a break for Playa Teresitas in Santa Cruz, hardly giving Kyle a chance to change into his trunks. Truly living up to its reputation, Teresitas sandblasted us ““ sending us, towels tucked between our legs to Playa Bollullo on the border of La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz, our favorite beach on the island.

Garachico rock pools

Saturday morning we woke up early to splash around in the naturals pools of Garachico. From there it was only a short trek up the mountain to our next destination Cueva del Viento in Icod de Los Vinos, for €15 a person we were able to tour the largest lava tube in Europe ““ unfortunately the two hour tour left much to be desired. Back on the road again, we sped towards Punta Teno in Buenavista del Norte to see the lighthouses and dive from the point into clear blue waters. After our action packed day, we drove home, dried off and dressed up for a night on the town. Despite what people say about the north of the island, Puerto de la Cruz has a solid nightlife that kept us out long after 4am!

Cueva del Viento

Sunday was more low-key; we took the little yellow train to Loro Parque, a state of the art animal park and aquarium. The facility boasts the best sea lion, dolphin and orca shows any of us had ever seen. As soon as the park closed, we made our way to a local all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet to fuel up for the next day’s hike.

Loro Parque

Monday morning was Masca. The lengthy hour and twenty minute drive from Puerto de la Cruz paled in comparison to what awaited. The strenuous trail took us from the quaint, sleepy, mountain village to the sea (8.5km each way). And what hikes down, must hike back up ““ unless of course you want to take the boat to Los Gigantes, which we did not. Beginning at 9am we were first hikers on the trail, the undisturbed views were breathtaking. The Masca hike was easily the toughest, and most rewarding part of our week.

Masca

The next morning we drove around the island to Siam Park, hoping some fun in the sun would help us recover from our hike. Thrilling waterslides, white knuckled rafting, a shark tank, and tsunami wave pool were exactly what we needed! Although we had to wait through the long lines, we managed to ride everything. The dragon, an enormous toilet bowl, water slide was our favorite of the day. Six o’clock left us standing by our car with daylight to spare, so we ventured to Playa La Tejita and El Médano. Falling in love with El Médano, we stayed to watch the kite surfers while Barrett and Kyle unsuccessfully tried their luck at body surfing.

Wednesday was our last full day on the island, which we spent souvenir shopping, packing and enjoying one final trip to the beach. We had dinner in the town square, and then wandered around Puerto de la Cruz taking in the sights and smells of the city one last time. Of course, we don’t recommend cramming this much into seven days. There are certainly things we missed due to lack of time, but all in all we think the Guanches would have been proud of what we accomplished on their wonderful island!

Americans on Tenerife is a guest post from Megan Gonzales & Kyle Ledeboer from TravelingintheMoment.com

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My Tenerife, A View From Jonathan Clarke

‘Ascent of the King, Rising in the Ocean” : A Trek up Mount Teide on 12/13 April 2012

On summit of Mount Teide

A barely perceptible lightening of the horizon heralded the approaching dawn sunrise, and I told Hans, my new-found trekking companion, that I’d see him on the summit. Abandoning the Kilimanjaro porters” mantra of ‘Pole, Pole‘ (slowly, slowly) I shot off, passing the neon, caterpillar-like procession of head-torches that had overtaken us earlier. I felt a bit funny – the effect of altitude and sleep deprivation – but the thought that I must be less than 200 metres below the summit sped me upwards. Soon I was on the crumbling crater rim, and joining the handful of early summiteers on the highest point of Spain and at 3,718-metres (12,198 ft) the highest point above sea level among all the islands of the Atlantic.

Summit Mount Teide

It was well below freezing, but I’d come enviably prepared – thick mittens, a lovely pair of down trousers and a down jacket, which meant I could really enjoy the summit experience. Those less clothed waited restlessly in the biting, sulphurous air for the first rays of the new day. Surely enough, the warm, golden sun rose above the blanket of clouds, and in the other direction, the immense pyramidal shadow of Teide was thrown across the island, then across the Atlantic, where the islands of La Gomera and La Palma – my next destination – jutted enticingly. A striking sight, and one I was delighted to see was shared by Hans, who had appeared, with a big grin on his face.

The vast Las Caňadas caldera was now lit-up. I tried to trace my journey from the hair-thin Cañadas road far below, but apart from the obvious upper cable-car station, most of the landmarks were out of sight, or too small or camouflaged.

Ice Cave, Mount Teide

I reflected upon some of the features I’d encountered in this vast promethean landscape – dazzling pumice slopes, giant lava runnels, car-sized lava accretion balls ( the ‘eggs of Teide’), the eerie Cueva del Hielo (Cave of Ice, which I’d eventually found and descended, discovering only a smattering of snow); and the homely Refugio de Altavista (3260m) where I’d met Hans and shared a leisurely supper and a hurried breakfast.

I also thought back to standing on the summit of that other, larger, African volcano, Kilimanjaro and the curious parallels with this one. In 1894, before the refuge was erected Teide was ascended by a German adventurer who five years earlier had climbed Kilimanjaro (5,895m). The explorer’s name was also Hans – Hans Heinrich Joseph Meyer – and following his Tinerfeñan adventure he compared the two magnificent mountains, calling them “two kings, one rising in the ocean and the other in the desert and steppes“.

The totality of this was wonderfully satisfying – I’d also stood on the roof of Africa, and now I was atop the sulphur-smoking King of the Atlantic!

Words and images by Jonathan Clarke – Tenerife Magazine reader and London-based Architectural Historian who enjoys hiking, scrambling and climbing (and hopefully canooing) in wild and wonderful places.

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My Tenerife, A Personal View From Gavin Lewis

I’ve just returned home from my 3rd successive visit to the island of Tenerife. My wife and I love the place and we keep coming back for more. Our first visit was in 2007, but we returned once again in 2010 for our Honeymoon and then for a 3rd time this February. If you believe everything you read in the travel press about Tenerife you may be forgiven for thinking we had both lost the plot. Tenerife is portrayed as a bit of a tourist trap, full of beer-swilling louts making the most of their all inclusive bar whilst turning an unhealthy shade of maroon. In some parts yes, this may well be true.

Masca

However, if you look beyond the outer edges of these tourist hotspots you’ll find an island of superlatives. There aren’t many places that let you go from sea level to the highest point in Spanish territory in just a few miles. There aren’t many places that allow you to enjoy year-round warm sunshine in one part of the island only to find snow, rain or gale-force winds a few miles up the road. Tenerife is blessed by a variety of climates thanks to its dramatic terrain. As the landscape changes from one of dry, scorched soil and cactus (and Euphorbia plants…) to lush green grasses and terraced plantations, the towns and villages also change. Head to Santiago del Teide, Vilaflor or Oratava a few miles inland and you’ll no doubt wonder if you are actually still on Tenerife. The armies of sunburned tourists are nowhere to be found; the architecture changes from high-rise apartments and hotels to a mix of styles reflecting the island’s long history and the people are busy living their lives, doing what they do.

Keep heading uphill and you’ll reach the pine forests. The searing heat of the south is replaced by clean, crisp, and cool air and the road is enveloped in lush, green pine trees and clouds.. Keep climbing a little further and the trees suddenly disappear to reveal a landscape that wouldn’t look out of place on Mars. The national park is a sight to behold, with unusual rock formations, craters and lava flows from ancient eruptions and it boasts a 12,198ft centrepiece, Mount Teide.

Tenerife

This is the Tenerife I keep coming back to.

Words and images by Gavin Lewis – Tenerife Magazine reader, blogger & amateur photographer from Wales.

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