Fantastic Unveiling of the Incredible MELVIN Restaurant

Both for visitors to Tenerife and those lucky enough to live here permanently, this is an island where you are veritably spoilt for choice in terms of places to dine out. Whether you are looking for somewhere for a quick bite to eat, or something a bit fancier, there really does seem to be something for everyone, whatever your budget and taste. While competition may be fierce in the food and drink scene though, we are always excited to see new options appearing, especially if it is somewhere offering a truly unique dining experience.

Because there are so many restaurants competing for people’s attention and interest here, it really does take somewhere truly special to stand out. Well, one recent addition to the excellent stock of places to dine in Tenerife, that has recently arrived is the incredible MELVIN Restaurant, based at Las Terrazas de Abama in the South of the island. This is sure to make a significant impact on the fine dining scene in Tenerife, with exceptional food, a stunningly beautiful location and a top-class team.

As is befitting of such an incredible restaurant, there was an exclusive event to unveil it yesterday to a select group of invitees which the team here at Tenerife Magazine were invited to. As we arrived we were greeted very kindly by all of the staff including the organisers of the event, Laura Soruco, Hotel General Manager at Las Terrazas de Abama and Desiree Lopez, Sales Manager. We also spoke to head chef Diego Dato, who trained under Martín Berasategui, who with eight Michelin stars, is widely seen as one of the best chefs in the world.

Fine Dining Experience @ The Melvin Restaurant

The Grand opening night of THE MELVIN RESTAURANT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MARTÍN BERASATEGUI

Posted by Las Terrazas de Abama on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MELVIN is a fantastic concept that combines the personality and vision of well-renowned architect Melvin Villarroe, with the amazing culinary expertise of Martín Berasategui. The influences of these two forward-thinking individuals can be seen in all aspects of the restaurant, from the delicious menu, right through to the beautiful design which fully incorporates natural light.

The inside area of the restaurant looks out through a number of sets of glass doors onto the huge terrace area. This wide use of glass within the design allows those dining inside to be able to fully appreciate and enjoy the fantastic view outside and the stunning natural light offered in Tenerife. The design helps to combine the inside and outside of the restaurant, by blurring the distinction between the two.

The overall style of the restaurant is modern, elegant and sophisticated, without seeming pretentious. The kitchen area is also fully on view, creating a feeling of theatre as the food is prepared in view of those dining, again creating and adding to the feeling of openness.

Outside there was a live band playing a selection of different jazz tunes which fit the mood of the evening very well, perfectly complimenting to the chilled-out ambience of the evening.

Throughout the event, those who attended were served a selection of different beverages.

Later on, a huge variety of different finger food prepared by Diego and his team including gazpacho, different types and croquettes and seafood paella were brought out to attendees, who were more than happy to try.

There were also speeches from Laura, Diego and others to thank everyone for coming to the event and talk about how excited they are to launch such a fantastic addition to Las Terrazas de Abama, and the contemporary fine dining scene in Tenerife.

All in all this event provided a fantastic unveiling of the incredible MELVIN restaurant which we’re more than certain will continue to become a huge success in Tenerife. You can already see from the reviews that Diego and his team have received on Tripadvisor that the restaurant is quickly moving up through the ranks due to the quality of food, excellent hospitality of the staff and fantastic views. We hope to see you there sometime in the future!

Photos by Kate Michelle Conti (aka The Italian Chica)
Video by John Dale Beckley

To find out more about MELVIN restaurant and make a reservation, then head over to the website and follow them on Instagram.

 

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How to Enjoy a Luxury Boat Trip in Tenerife

There is an outdated perception among some, that Tenerife is just a destination you head to for a budget getaway of sun, sand and sea. Of course if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful vacation, then it is certainly possible here as there are many great value hotels, resorts and apartments, plus of course you can spend a week by the pool or relaxing on the beach, but what many don’t realise, is that Tenerife is so much more than this!

One particular feature, among many of the incredible things to discover in Tenerife that surprises people, is what a great location it is to see whales and dolphins in the wild! In fact, the waters around the Canary Islands are one of the best locations in the world to witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, where they most definitely belong.

Keeping these animals in captivity is generally very cruel and hopefully, this practice will be ended in the not too distant future. Instead of going to see them in tanks, here in Tenerife you can take a boat trip and see these beautiful creatures enjoying life as it should be, wild and free!

While there are a number of different companies that offer boat trips from various harbours around Tenerife, one that we most certainly recommend is Blue Jack Sail. This is a family run business that offers luxurious trips abroad either a stunning sailing yacht or their luxurious motor boat.

Recently the Tenerife Magazine team took a trip on their motorboat to see the dolphins and whales. The excursion started from Puerto Colón in Costa Adeje and lasted 3 hours. The boat was expertly controlled by Jesús who
owns and runs the company with his partner Monica. Their ethos is very much centred around providing a more personalised trip with the focus on providing the best possible experience for their passengers.

The boat certainly has a lot of power and it raced through the waves at certain moments, but Jesús always steered the boat with control and the safety of all of us in mind at all times. As well as this he made sure we got the best possible views of whales and dolphins. We got great glimpses of pilot whales surfacing near to the boat and absolutely incredible views of many different pods of dolphins. At times they were literally racing in front of the boat right beneath our feet!

It is so obvious when you see these animals in the wild, how much they enjoy being free in their natural habitat. The whales swim peacefully through the ocean, minding their own business, and the dolphins race about leaping in and out of the water. They seem genuinely curious about humans and the boats as they followed us around and chased alongside and raced in front, putting on an awesome show with no need to be forced to perform unnatural tricks.

Following these awesome views, we then headed back towards the coast, towards the tiny El Puertito. This picture perfect typical Canarian village is located between Playa Paraiso and Costa Adeje and provided a perfect backdrop for a swim after the captain dropped anchor.

"Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have, so we might as well work with it rather than struggle against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher rather than our enemy." Pema Chödrön ————————————————— I recently had a fantastic trip with Blue Jack Sail (www.bluejacksail.com) on their luxury speed boat to see dolphins and whales in the wild! We also got some time for a refreshing swim, and as you can see I took that opportunity 🌊 😉 Overall this is an amazing excursion which I definitely recommend you try here in Tenerife! It's a perfect chance to disconnect and live in the moment 👌🏽 #WhatsSimonSaying ————————————————— Which has been your favourite excursion recently? ————————————————— @visit_tenerife @thecanaryislands @spain @tenerifemagazine ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ #ThursdayThoughts #qotd #tbt #throwbackthursday #quoteoftheday #Tenerife #CanaryIslands #IslasCanarias #latitudeoflife #latituddevida #Spain #españa #travel #explore #adventure #ocean #sea #wanderlust #wearetravelguys #swimming #YearOfCalm #TenerifeMagazine

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While the girls took the opportunity to top up their tans on the deck, the guys took turns jumping in and showing off, by braving the slightly chilly water. 

Following the swim, we were provided with delicious fresh fruit (strawberries and pineapple) and drinks including a chilled bottle of cava. This was the icing on the cake of a fantastic trip with Blue Jack Sail. While at the start conditions had been unusually cloudy, by the time we had our swim and were then lounging back on the deck eating fruit and sipping cava the sun was shining gloriously.

The trip seemed to have raced by as we had all been having such fun, but it was then time to head back to Puerto Colón. The anchor was raised, the engines powered up and off we went. As the boat headed along back to base, we sat out in the sunshine, with the wind in our hair taking in the amazing views of the Tenerife coastline, such as the beautiful town of La Caleta.

This was certainly a trip to remember with a company that really puts its clients first, and are clearly passionate about providing the best possible service. We’ve been invited back on the boat in the future and will certainly be taking them up on that offer!

Your own Private Boat is not as expensive as you think!

Just an awesome day out …one we highly recommend! You can book directly with Blue Jack Sail! A big shout out to Kate … The Italian Chica for making this video for us while staying at the @Jardin Tropical Hotel! If you do go please let us know how you enjoyed it.

Posted by Tenerife Magazine on Friday, April 13, 2018

Video by Kate Michelle Conti aka The Italian Chica 

Thanks to Jesús and Monica for sponsoring this excursion which was an absolutely brilliant experience. To find out more about their trips, head to their website – www.bluejacksail.com/ and follow them via Facebook.

Around Tenerife, there is an incredible variety of different places to see and discover, new things to try such as paragliding, helicopter flights, incredible trekking adventures, and many excellent upmarket hotels and resorts. In fact the whole profile of Tenerife (and the Canary Islands in general) have been significantly raised in the past decade, with increasing numbers of more discerning visitors arriving on these beautiful shores.

This is a trend that we envision will continue long into the foreseeable future. While there should always be a place for families and others travelling here on a budget, this should not dominate the whole of the local economy, as this doesn’t benefit the island or those living here. We hope more people will take advantage of the amazing experiences such as a luxury boat trip with Blue Jack Sail and truly see the best of what Tenerife has to offer!

 

 

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Exceptional Relaunch Event at the Stunning Hotel Jardín Tropical

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Tenerife, you will find you are spoiled for choice as there is something to suit practically any budget or taste. For those searching for truly exceptional accommodation with sophistication, class and a real air of exclusivity, then you needn’t look any further than Hotel Jardín Tropical in Costa Adeje!

Don’t worry though, this is definitely not an old-fashioned boring style of luxury, but instead a far more modern, stylish and chic variety that is ideal for every generation, and is perfect for couples, families or solo travelers.

Simona Gattone (@_simona_fit)

 

One way in which Jardín Tropical have managed to maintain their coveted position as one of the top hotels in Tenerife is through continuing to innovate and update their brand, accommodation and services. The demands of travelers are constantly changing year after year, so it is important to adapt in order to stay relevant and meet these needs.

Too many hotels are satisfied with staying the same, but this is certainly not the case with Jardín Tropical who decided that is was time for a major renovation to enable them to stand out from the increasingly crowded accommodation competition that now exists in Tenerife.

The team here at Tenerife Magazine were invited to the fantastic relaunch party that took place recently, and it is clear to see that the owners of the hotel are not ones to merely settle for half measures. This was an absolutely brilliant evening, that was befitting of the exceptional  full-scale renovation that has taken place at this beautiful tropical-themed resort, that stands out superbly from the crowd.

Before the actual relaunch event started we were able to take a look around one of the newly renovated apartments. Inside, all the furniture, fittings and design had been completely updated, creating a truly stunning interior. It is no exaggeration to say that this is somewhere big and comfortable enough to live in.

Re-opening Night

As the major 18-month refurbishment of Hotel Jardin Tropical comes to an end, our iconic hotel reopens with a night to remember! Thank you Gina Akers TV & Radio Presenter, TV Beauty Expert & Writer for taking part in this special night of ours.

Posted by Jardin Tropical on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

As we stepped outside of this incredible room, we were greeted with an absolutely giant terrace area which is bigger than a lot of the gardens people have at their homes! This was an area more than sufficient to host a party and had a selection of tables, seats and sun loungers. What’s more, the panoramic view of the palm tree lined pool and ocean are absolutely sublime.

Simona Gattone (@_simona_fit)

After this, it was time for the party, and those invited were in for an absolute treat. Befitting the event, everyone that showed up was dressed to impress with the men in shirts, smart trousers and shoes, and the women in stylish dresses and high heels. The guests’ chic clothing choices certainly matched the mood of the evening perfectly and of course the gorgeous surroundings of the redesigned hotel.

The evening began with a wide selection of different drinks at the superb new bar near reception. The atmosphere was buzzing and everyone was having a brilliant time, with conversation flowing and plenty of compliments from the guests about the hotel redesign, friendly staff and of course the beautiful setting.

Following this everyone headed to a spacious upper terrace area with a bar overlooking one of the hotel pools located next to the ocean. Here attendees were treated to more drinks and a selection of delicious food such as oysters and tasty mini crab burgers.

There was also a live DJ playing chill out music, creating the perfect ambience as the sun set behind neighboring La Gomera in the distance. With beautiful weather (as is to be expected in Tenerife), stunning palm trees, an excellent selection of food and drink, music to fit the mood and plenty of great conversation, it didn’t seem as if the evening could get any better!

Once the sun had set, everyone headed down to the picture perfect pool by the ocean where we were treated to an acrobatic performer, a group of live drummers and then music from a live band! Just as with the complete makeover of the hotel, those who had designed and coordinated tonight’s event seemed to have thought of everything!

There was yet more fantastic food and drink to enjoy, and  speeches by a number of different people including Saad Azzam the General Manager of Hotel Jardín Tropical, Fernando Clavijo Batlle, Presidente del Gobierno de Canarias, Carlos Enrique Alonso Rodriguez, Presidente del Cabildo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Alcalde de Adeje and others.

Following this, to top off the evening there was even a fireworks display which really did feel like the icing on the cake of a brilliant evening of entertainment and fun. This was an event that really did do this incredible hotel and beautiful full-scale refurbishment justice.

We would like to offer our thanks to everyone involved and for the invitation to enjoy this exclusive party which our team all thoroughly enjoyed. It is without a doubt that Hotel Jardín Tropical will continue to grow from strength to strength as they retain their position as one of the very best places to stay, in one of the greatest destinations in the world!

Jardin Tropical – Re-Inauguración 2018

Fiesta de Reinauguración del Hotel Jardin Tropical! 🎥: Alex Bournay

Posted by Jardin Tropical on Friday, April 13, 2018

 

To find out more about Hotel Jardín Tropical, make sure to head over to their:

 

 

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Settling in Tenerife

A man brandishing a machete was responsible for my settling in Tenerife in 1960. He emerged from a plantation overlooking Puerto de la Cruz. As soon as I saw him, I knew I wanted the kind job that demanded I carry a cutlass!

At 18 and just out of school in Scotland, I had to choose my future. I’d failed to win entry to the BSc course in agriculture at Aberdeen University, so I decided to head for Argentina. My great-grandfather had gone there to build a railroad and never returned. But by the time I reached Santa Cruz de Tenerife, I was close to penniless. None of the cargo boats in the harbour were heading across the Atlantic. I was out of luck.

The quiet composure of the Tinerfeños and Santa Cruz’s drowsy timelessness captivated me. Tiers of little, coloured houses crept up the green hills behind the town. The air smelled of salt and warm vegetation. The perfect cone of Teide beckoned. Why not just stay and work? Here were people different from my own back in Scotland. I could learn a lot from them.

“Take the guagua to Puerto de la Cruz,” the harbour-master advised. “You’ll find work in construction.” But that sleepy little town proved silent and workless. What now? Night was approaching. I walked back up the hill to the main road. Puerto de la Cruz lay spread out beneath me, quiet, compact and dignified.

When suddenly I saw that daunting man with the machete step out of the plantation, I made up my mind. “I will find myself a job where that gleaming blade is the tool of choice.”

“In a banana plantation in Buenavista del Norte,” advised the plantation worker. “That’s where the work is!” Within 15 minutes, he’d hustled me into a guagua heading to that remote 15th-century village at the end of the narrow road on the tip of the island.

Buenavista from the Sea

Throughout that journey, the driver, the conductor and the delighted locals plied me with questions. For most, it was their first encounter with an ‘extranjero’. ‘Forasteros’ and ‘peninsulares’ were odd enough, but a living, breathing ‘extranjero’ was real curiosity!

“Does your mamá know where you are?” “Do you shave yet?” “Why can’t you speak Spanish?” “Do they speak a Christian language where you come from?” “Why are you going to Buenavista?”

At the Pension Méndez on la Plaza de los Remedios, the driver presented me to Doña Lutgarda, the innkeeper. She scrutinized me from head to foot and then announced, “Forty-two pesetas a day. Room and meals. Your laundry is included.”

Snuggling around the Plaza de los Remedios, the stone church, the pension, the ‘venta’ — the general store — and the bar, together formed the beating heart of village life. In the 15th century, when Buenavista had been founded, streets were for people, mules and donkeys.

Buenavista Village Street

The village offered the warmth and comfort of timeless tradition, its simple, elegant buildings provided fitting harmony. Villagers were upright, hardworking, hospitable, friendly and above all, curious about the arrival of an ‘extranjero’.

Buenavista locals

First, Alcalde Don Paco García Martín, then his legal counsel Don Eduardo Champín Zamorano, and finally two nameless Civil Guards, checked me out with shrewd questions. They concluded that this 18-year-old Scotsman, kilt and all, was ‘buena gente’. I was welcome to stay if I adapted to village life.

Buenavista Plaza Fiesta

During the year I spent there, everyone knew me simply as ‘El Extranjero’.

I explored the village, the rocky coast and the surrounding cliffs and barrancos. I learned Spanish and made friends. The Pension Méndez was my home. Doña Lutgarda and her girls, Pastora, Obdúlia, Angélica and Lula treated me like a distant relative from abroad.

They had never met anyone who couldn’t speak perfect Spanish, so they found my mistakes a constant source of fun. With their help, I learned the language quickly so I could fit in and find work.

One day, I discovered Caya, Carmita, Toño and Mario, Doña Lutgarda’s grandchildren, in my room examining the contents of my rucksack. “What are you looking for?” I asked.

“Well,” said Caya – at 8 years old she was their leader — “you remember you told us your first tongue, the one you brought with you, was English? And that you wanted to get Spanish as your second tongue? Well, now that you have got your Spanish tongue, we’re trying to find your English one. We only want to see what it looks like!” Her tiny companions nodded soberly. “We want to see how different your first tongue is from the one you have now!”

Confusion is understandable when ‘lengua’ means both ‘language’ and ‘tongue’ at one and the same time!

Carmita, Toño, Mario and Caya

Doña Lutgarda and her girls fed me well on gofio, lentejas, garbanzos, papas arrugadas and fresh fish. Within three weeks I could handle myself in Spanish. Now I was ready to find a job!

Doña Lutgarda Méndes Hernández and her large family, my co-workers and the villagers of Buenavista del Norte taught me a great deal. For their warm hospitality, for the gifts of their language and friendship, for sharing their culture and their ways, I salute the people of Tenerife with respect and gratitude.

Text and photos by Ronald Mackay

To discover more of Ronald’s amazing year-long adventure in Tenerife, take a look at his book here:

Fortunate Isle: A  Memoir of Tenerife

 

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How to Enjoy a Wonderful Wine Tasting Trip in the Stunning North of Tenerife

If you are staying in the south of Tenerife, such as in Pearly Grey Resort in Callao Salvaje, you may be forgiven for believing that the island is somewhat dry and arid. Sure there are plentiful palm tree-lined avenidas, some stunning natural landscapes such as the Masca gorge and incredible cliffs of Los Gigantes, and of course an abundance of beautiful beaches to relax on with the sound of lapping waves washing onto the shore, but in terms of plant life and greenery, it can appear a little lacking.

This is because the south of the island has indeed got considerably less rainfall during the year than the north, so as can be expected it’s more difficult for a wide abundance of plant life to survive. This is certainly not the case for the whole of the island though. There is somewhat of a north-south divide in Tenerife.

Generally, the north of the island is far greener and more verdant, with a huge abundance of plant life which you won’t often see further south. This divide extends to more than just the climate though; the north of Tenerife has a wealth of history and culture, and in many ways feels a lot more authentically Spanish and Canarian in appearance and culture.

In the past, when tourists headed to Tenerife they often used to head to the original resorts of Punta del Hidalgo and Puerto de la Cruz. With the growth of the resorts in the south such as Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes, Callao Salvaje and more, tourism in Tenerife has mainly shifted to the south.

While there is indeed much to see and do in the south, plus the weather is generally warm and sunny almost the entire year round, meaning sunbathing and swimming opportunities any month of the year, the north of Tenerife should certainly not be missed out on when you come to stay.

Luckily Viajes Nere Izerdie have you well covered with their wonderful wine tasting tour in the stunning north of Tenerife. Recently myself, John (owner of Tenerife Magazine) and Gemma (head receptionist at Pearly Grey Resort), were invited on this trip and had an absolute blast and also learned a great deal about the island. What could be better; fun and learning all rolled into one brilliant day out with friends.

After being collected in the morning from Los Cristianos by the friendly and professional tour guide Francisco, and Ivan the driver, we were transported aboard the comfortable and modern company tour bus to our first destination, the historic former capital city of Tenerife, La Laguna. Along the way, Francisco explained in perfect English (and Italian for the Italian guests) the history of La Laguna and other information about the island.

At first, it was difficult to tell exactly where Francisco was originally from as he spoke Spanish to the driver, but also perfect English and Italian to those on the excursion. We later found out he is originally from Tenerife, but had spent a number of years as a child in Surrey, hence his brilliant and ever so slightly posh British accent!

Both during the journey to La Laguna and upon our arrival and subsequent wandering around as a group, we learned a wide variety of fascinating historical facts about the city. San Cristóbal de La Laguna (the full name of the city) which is widely shortened to La Laguna, acquired its name from being in the valley of Aguere, where a large lake once existed (Laguna is lagoon in Spanish). The city was founded between 1496 and 1497, following the conclusion of the conquest of the islands by Alonso Fernández de Lugo, becoming the capital of Tenerife, and later the capital of the Canary Islands.

As you will see when you visit La Laguna, it is a very beautiful city, full of historical architecture, plazas and buildings, because of which it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the only city in the Canary Islands to hold this accolade. If you have only ever stayed in the resorts of the south of Tenerife you will feel like you’re on another island as its almost completely different!

You’ll notice that the city feels a lot more culturally authentic, with large pedestrianised cobbled streets and colonial buildings that have been there for hundreds of years. It is a fascinating place to start your trip to the north, all explained perfectly by Francisco, including brief looks inside some of the historic buildings and courtyards, where you can see attractive gardens and parts of the buildings constructed from hardy Canarian pine wood.

A walk around the amazing city of La Laguna in the North of Tenerife is like taking a fascinating trip back in time! This was once the capital of both Tenerife and ancient capital of the Canary Islands, until Santa Cruz later became Tenerife's capital city. Today it is still considered the cultural capital of the Canary Islands and became a UNESCO World Heritage sight in 1999. It is an absolutely brilliant place to explore and learn about, where you will find sights such as this stunning courtyard with historical wooden architecture. You can visit the city as part of the excellent wine tasting tour with @nereizerdieexcursionestenerife! This trip is perfect if you want to learn more about the real Tenerife! ————————————————- 📸 @lumixuk 📍La Laguna, @visit_tenerife @thecanaryislands @spain ————————————————- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ #guardiantravelsnaps #Tenerife #tenerifetag #travel #CanaryIslands #traveltotenerife #IslasCanarias #latitudeoflife #latituddevida #Spain #españa #explore #wanderlust #wherelumixgoes #lumix #lumixg #history #historical #ancient #tenerifemagazine #LaLaguna Espana #visitspain #VisitTenerife

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This is a world away from the hotels and apartments around Tenerife’s coastline. I would say if you want to see the real Tenerife and Canary Islands, then you absolutely must visit this historical gem of a city, the third largest of the Canaries.

Following a wander around the streets, we were led to the La Laguna food market where there was an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and other locally grown and produced food and drink products to buy. Here you can see the locals at work and see the produce for sale that is grown on the island. Of course, many of us enjoyed a quick coffee too, to keep us boosted for the rest of the trip.

After becoming fully caffeinated, it was back onto the bus to head further north than La Laguna to our next stop at the Bodega Presas Ocampo near the picturesque villages of Tacoronte and El Sauzal located in the Tacoronte municipality, where you will find the largest wine growing area in Tenerife. This is a verdant, beautiful area of the island that again, is completely distinct from the south. Due to the northerly aspect of this area which captures moisture from the prevailing northeasterly winds, you will discover a Mediterranean climate and landscape that is quite unlike the arid climate of the south of Tenerife and much of the rest of the Canary Islands.

During the bus journey, we passed by farms, old manorial buildings and a number of different vineyards, most of which enjoyed spectacular views out to the beautiful blue ocean. This was certainly the case for the Bodega Presas Ocampo winery, a pioneer of the Tacoronte-Acentejo Designation of Origin which we stopped at for a tour and wine tasting. The vineyard, where there were many different grape vines growing, had a wonderful view of the Atlantic ocean in the distance. There can be few more picturesque scenes than this beautiful rural scene in the northeast of Tenerife.

Inside was quite the contrast with an array of modern equipment for crushing the grapes, extracting the grape juice and separating the grape skin, rows of beautiful oak barrels for storing the wine, and a modern, efficient bottling machine. It’s clear that a lot of investment has gone into this family-owned business over the years.

Following an explanation of this process from Francisco and a knowledgeable worker at the winery, we were led to another room that looked like a kind of old-fashioned kitchen/dining room. Here we were all seated to be able to taste and enjoy the wine. We were given both a white and red wine to try, both of which were very tasty. We learned that the time from harvest to drinking for the wines produced at this winery is generally around two years, and this is the case for many wines in the Canary Islands due to the climate and type of grapes used. Therefore most wines from the Canaries are young varieties.

What many people probably don’t realise is how well established the tradition of wine production has been in the Canary Islands over hundreds of years, with the wine even being mentioned by Shakespeare in no less than 30 of his works, including some of his most famous plays such as Twelfth Night and Henry IV. This is because, during Shakespeare’s time, wine from the Canary Islands, specifically the type made from the Malvasia grape grown on the islands was regarded as one of the top drinks in mainland Europe at the time, including in England.

This led to an economic boom period for the islands, due to this substantial popularity of Canarian Wine, especially in England. Sadly this period of growth ended in 1649 when Charles II came to the throne in England which was a very important export market. His taste was for sherry and his courtiers and countrymen followed his lead, and the desire for Malvasia started to decline. Production was further hit with the growing animosity between Britain and Spain, meaning that Britain began to boycott Spanish wines in the late 17th Century.

 While wine production and international popularity has by no means reached the levels seen during that boom period, in the last decade interest in Canarian produced wines has started to rapidly grow due to their uniqueness, creating one of the most exciting wine regions to emerge in the last 10 years on the international stage. Despite the often rugged terrain, potential for volcanic activity, and strong winds which don’t seem to lend themselves well to a great wine production environment, there are some major factors in favour of the winegrowers of the Canary Islands.

 Probably the most important is that the grape vines can be ancient, sometimes literally hundreds of years old – therefore also having hundreds of years of complexity. This is due to the isolation of the region from the mainland, meaning that the disease phylloxera, a devastating root louse,  that ravaged grapevines across mainland Europe in the late 19th century never reached those of the Canary Islands. Incredibly phylloxera is believed to have destroyed 90% of the world’s grape vines, so the wines of the Canary Islands really are some of the most unique in the world.

Rather than hybrid vines that were grown in Europe by grafting European vines onto American rootstocks which were naturally immune, the grape vines in the Canary Islands are the original ungrafted varieties. To be able to taste wine grown from these varieties of grape is a fairly unique experience due to the rarity of these ungrafted vines. Added to this the year-round warm, sunny conditions are perfect for production all year round. It is fascinating taking a tour around a working winery such as Presas Ocampo, because you really do get a taste for this history of wine-making while you taste the wines and take in the tradition.

Following the tour and wine tasting, we all got back in the bus, feeling just that bit merrier, but also starting to feel slightly peckish to combine with the tipsiness of two glasses of wine on an empty stomach! Luckily we were on our way to a generous meal, of course with some more Canarian wine. We arrived at a rather amazing old fashioned bodega and tapas restaurant a short drive away where we had the option of choosing a tapas and wine lunch. While it wasn’t included in the price of the excursion, 10 euros was a very reasonable price, especially after we saw all the food.

 The first thing to mention though is how fascinating the dining area was. Downstairs as we walked in there was a large food and gift store with many different traditional products and souvenirs to buy. Upstairs was amazing though, as there was a very large dining area with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and around all of the walls were thousands of bottles of wine as a kind of amazing wine themed decoration.

 The tapas food consisted of many different plates including Canarian Potatoes with mojo sauce, calamari, croquettes with different fillings, bread and luckily for me, some food they prepared especially including garlic mushrooms and rice and vegetables. There were also several bottles of wine for all of us to share. The food was no frills but certainly satisfied our appetites as there was plenty of it at a very reasonable price. It also offered a good chance to sit and chat with some of the other guests on the excursion with us and find out their stories and experiences of Tenerife and the tour. They all seemed to be enjoying themselves a lot too!

 Following the satisfying meal and more tasty Tenerife wine, we headed back to the bus to be driven on to the final stop on our tour of the North. Next we set off for a stop in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the modern capital of the island. Whereas La Laguna was the capital of the island from its foundation in 1496, this position was later switched to Santa Cruz in 1723 due to a declining population and economy during the 18th century.

Then between 1833 and 1927, the city of Santa Cruz became the capital of both the island of Tenerife and all of the Canary Islands. In 1927 it was decided that capital status of the islands would be shared between Santa Cruz and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

 Despite many historical buildings remaining present in Santa Cruz, especially in comparison to much of the south of the island, it is noticeably more modern in general than La Laguna with some very tall modern apartment blocks and some distinctly designed buildings, such as the amazing Auditorio de Tenerife. Despite these modern designs, it remains a very attractive city, which is perfect for a wander around and exploration, with plenty of gorgeous tree lined streets which are perfect to stop at for a coffee which myself, John and Gemma did.

 We had just enough time to finish our coffee, take some photos and wander around a bit more, before it was time to head back to the impressive Plaza de España, the largest square in Tenerife and the Canary Islands, with an artificial lake at its centre. Here Francisco and Ivan were waiting for us at the bus to drive us back to Los Cristianos.

Overall this is an absolutely brilliant tour which John, Gemma and myself all fully recommend. It was a lot of fun and offers a really great way to learn about the other side of Tenerife that many tourists never experience. If you are staying at Pearly Grey Resort then you can book this trip from reception, or alternatively head on over to the Viajes Nere Izerdie website (http://www.nereizerdie.com/language/en/homepage/) for all the details.

 We would like to offer our thanks to Viajes Nere Izerdie for sponsoring this trip for Tenerife Magazine and Pearly Grey Resort, and also to Francisco our wonderful guide and Ivan for driving us safely and comfortably around the island.

 

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Anatomy of a Press Trip

Picture a travel writer and you’re probably imagining them supping piña coladas by the hotel pool. And you’d be right to. As a hotel reviewer, I have to cover the establishment’s food and drink options; so obviously need to sample them.

What you’re probably not also conjuring up in your mind is the image of a laptop. But a travel writer has to taste and then type. A computer and camera are two of the first things we pack, and we share preview pictures (which can also be taken with a mobile) on the likes of Instagram and Twitter.

All three items were certainly in my luggage when I visited the neighbouring island of Tenerife (I’m based on Gran Canaria). I was invited to the island as part of Tenerife Magazine’s Influencer programme. And founder/social media guru John Beckley was there to meet me at the airport.

John is based in Playa de San Juan, in the island’s south-west. Seeing as I was staying at the nearby The Ritz-Carlton, Abama; he was a fount of local knowledge which I gleefully tapped into. Although he had already visited the hotel many times, John still joined me in a full and frank tour of the complex with the hotel’s marketing and communications coordinator, María Ángeles Guerrero.

This was followed by a working lunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama’s  Beach Club. Working as in before we could tuck into the Instagrammable dishes, we had to photograph them. And mouthfuls were interrupted by putting pen to paper (with the laptop left in the room as our transport to the Club included golf buggy and cable car) for future reference.

I had been commissioned by World Travel Magazine to write a feature about Tenerife. You can read a preview of it here. The full version is hidden behind a paywall I’m afraid, only available to magazine subscribers.

My trip also involved a potentially soil-your-own-swimwear kayak excursion with John. The Atlantic can get quite choppy at times. I recovered with a restorative glass (coffee on the Canary Islands apart from café con leche is typically served in crystal rather than china) of carajillo (the blackest/hottest coffee with a shot/slug of cognac).

Next on our to-do list was a caña (half pint of island-brewed Dorada lager) at Playa de San Juan’s Cofradia de Pescadores Nuestra Señora de la Luz. This is equivalent to the Fisherman’s Trade Union Staff Restaurant. But one which is open to the general public too.

To build up even more of an appetite, John and I embarked on a mini cliff-side hike to a ruin. It looked like an old religious building and definitely gave off that aura. But later research revealed a more prosaic truth: this was the area’s old pump-house.

I rounded off my weekend of work with another busy meal at Restaurante Marlin. Joined this time by my trusty laptop. Well, articles won’t write themselves, will they?

Article written by Matthew Hirtes – Springtime Publishing Author

 

 

 

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The Other Side of Tenerife

When someone says they’re going on holiday to Tenerife what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of package holidays and Brits abroad? This is the reputation it seems to have, but in reality, there’s much much more to discover.

Most of the “touristy” areas of Tenerife are located in the south part of the island. If you are willing to venture on to the north part of the island you will find an abundance of history, culture and scenery to explore. Even though Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands it is by no means very large. You can easily drive from one side of Tenerife to the other in just a couple hours. This makes it an ideal road trip destination.

As I only had 4 nights on Tenerife I chose to explore two locations while I was there. I stayed in La Laguna for two nights and Garachico for two nights. On the drive from the airport to the first location, I stopped at Playa Las Teresitas. The photo above was taken from Los Organos viewpoint and shows how beautiful this stretch of beach is!

La Laguna is where the university is located and felt more residential. I enjoyed being around the locals and discovering the history of the city. Go to eat at Tasca 61. They use local organic produce to cook their homemade meals and serve wine and beer from nearby. If you are wondering where to stay, check out La Laguna Gran Hotel. This boutique hotel is a combination of old and grand with modern and minimalistic.

On the drive from La Laguna to Garachico, there are countless stops you can make. One of my favourites is Playa Jardin. I had never been to a black sand beach before!

Garachico is a beautiful seaside town with some pretty amazing coastline. Rock pools are strewn across the northern Tenerife coast but some of the most enjoyed, are the ones in Garachico.

In Garachico I stayed at Hotel San Roque. A historic stately mansion which has been restored into a luxury boutique hotel. The service at Hotel San Roque is impeccable. The hotel is filled with beautiful artwork and places to relax like their rooftop sun deck. My days were spent wandering the streets of the town and stopping every so often for some wine and tapas.

I know there is so much on the island I didn’t have time to see.  Masca and Mount Teide are just a couple of the wonders that have me yearning to go back to Tenerife.

If culture, scenery, authenticity, and escapism are more your thing you should definitely think about exploring northern Tenerife. In the south, you have a multitude of resorts and beautiful beach options. It all depends on the type of holiday you want, but I’m convinced Tenerife has something to suit everyone.

Text and photos by Lauren McGill (Owner of NY to Anywhere)

Check out more of her travels at www.nytoanywhere.com

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10 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos is a popular tourist town in the south of the island of Tenerife. You can discover many different types of shops in the charming town centre, such as high street and designer shops, quaint local boutiques, and souvenir shops. There are also many good cafes and bars to take a break in when you need a rest.

The long promenade follows the beautiful golden sand beaches and is a fantastic place to enjoy a stroll before stopping for lunch in one of the many nearby restaurants. The sea is crystal clear and great for swimming in, also for children. You can find many different water sports in this area too.

There is a lovely harbour from where you can take a ferry over to the beautiful island of La Gomera. It is also possible to join a fishing or a diving trip from here.

Very close to Los Cristianos is the fantastic water park Siam Park, the beautifully landscaped Parque Santiago mini golf course, and Monkey Park, where you can actually feed the monkeys, lemurs, and guinea pigs.

Even if you are not staying at Los Cristianos, a day trip or two here is definitely worth it 🙂

Photos and text by Lynne Knightley

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10 Great Options for a Tenerife Holiday

Tenerife is full of colour, beaches, sun and exotic plants (if you head further north of the Island). Tourists have such a variety of things to see, places to visit and wonderful culture. If you are a traveller that likes to get to know the people and culture of where you visit, you will love the Canarian folk as they are the friendliest people that I have met!

What is not to like about Tenerife?  All year sunshine, scorching summers, an array of hotels, bars and restaurants to choose from. Tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, accommodation and beautiful clean beaches.

From experience, here you can find 10 amazing options for the south of Tenerife which range from dining to beaches, to where to visit or excursions. Whatever you decide to do on your holiday to Tenerife, either relaxing or packing your days with adventure, without doubt, you will have a fabulous time.

1. Sea, Whales & Dolphins

Feeling free, at sea and watching the wildlife was something that will be one of my best memories in Tenerife! This excursion was simply fabulous, fun and natural. Watching the whales and dolphins out at sea was how it should be. The crew at Neptune Sea Company, based in Calle de Colon, Costa Adeje were absolutely first class. My choice to head out via the Peter Pan (Portuguese Goleta) was brilliant and they offer other sailing options to suit all tastes.

One thing I really liked about this company is the crew spoke lots of different languages, they were very friendly and safety was their first priority at all times. Loved this adventure! Well worth a trip out and you can find out more about these excursions by visiting their website: www.barcostenerife.com

2. Siam Park & Oriental Beauty

The most well known and talked about water parks in Tenerife and one of the best in Europe. A day out here will make the family have a day to remember. The water slides are challenging in areas but there are also relaxing rides which make this place a fabulous option for the whole family. There is even a smaller children’s water park area so parents can feel relaxed knowing the little ones are also enjoying the fun. There is also a giant man-made beach which has fabulous waves that is often rented out at night for surfers to practice their skills.

The park is filled with amazing exotic palm trees, plants and oriental statues, that are simply stunning. If you have not got around to visiting Siam Park, what are you waiting for? Add it to your list and enjoy the adventures of  Tenerife. For more information, visit their website: http://www.siampark.net/index.php/en/

3. Wine Tasting, Growing & Friendly Staff

If you are looking for a half day excursion and like wine or want to know more about how the local wines are produced, this is a perfect option for you to choose. Villaflor is a local village, based in the south of Tenerife and higher above the ground level. It can get pretty hot up there so make sure you take sun cream, a hat and water.

Vindos Angola is a family run winery which will offer you some amazing information on how the wine starts from the grape plant, right up to it being bottled. You will get to taste some of the delicious wines, cheeses to nibble on and then a light lunch. The staff are friendly, extremely knowledgeable and they arrange for collection and drop off at your hotel. You can find more information via Facebook.

4. Mini Golf course in Playa de Las Americas

If you are wanting a few hours to fill in your day in Playa de Las Americas, the Santiago Mini Golf (opposite Hard Rock Café) is a good choice. This is often missed as it is set back and hidden behind the cafeteria. All around this area is so colourful, with stunning mosaics. The Mini Golf features cactus plants, flowers and water features. Perfect for any age, group or family. Great location for a day out too!

5. Hard Rock Café & Theatre

Again, set in Playa de Las Americas, the Hard Rock Café is a popular choice for tourists who want the experience of an American diner type food. They offer a great menu, even for those fussy eaters, and tourists get to see the walls which display discs, guitars and other memorabilia.

Of course, this would not be a tourist attraction without the shop at the exit where you can purchase a T-Shirt, cap or other branded merchandise. Set alongside the theatre, it is easily recognised by the large columns and water feature which hosts a statue of a guitar.

6. Tranquil beach of Playa San Juan

If you are looking for a quieter option and away from the major beaches of Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos or Fanabe (Costa Adeje), this pretty little harbour offers a small beach which is not well known to tourists. Playa San Juan is based in Guia de Isora (heading from Costa Adeje to Los Gigantes) and an easy bus ride.

It has some nice restaurants, the harbour which offers great water-themed excursions and a stunning beach walkway where you can sit in the shade. With a beach area of golden, black and pebbles, the area offers sunbeds and a small bar on the beach. Perfect for a peaceful day out, bit of food and a nice glass of Sangria.

7. Afternoon or evening Tapas in Callao Salvaje

My visit to Callao Salvaje included a really nice view of some rugged coastline and a walk around the local shops, restaurants and bars. One of the best places to visit for your holiday memory box is to try the tapas at ‘The Edge Restaurant’ at Pearly Grey Ocean Club.

The quality of the food is outstanding and the sunsets will offer you the most amazing views for your holiday photograph shots. The food is first class and all credit to the team, they deliver some amazing dishes. More information can be found by visiting the website: https://www.pearlygrey.com/

8. Fine Italian Dining

If you like good Italian food, nice relaxing atmosphere and a romantic setting, Monte Christo restaurant in Costa Adeje is a winner. The soft music, personal service and quality food is a great choice and nice holiday treat. It is not the cheapest but you get what you pay for; excellent food and classy surroundings.

The desserts are mouth-watering and I would recommend the chef’s home recipe for Tiramisu. My appetite has just increased thinking about the food here. You can find more information on https://www.facebook.com/MonteChristoTenerife/

9. Siam Mall shopping in Tenerife

Most tourist resorts offer the same type of shopping experiences of souvenirs, T-shirts and general items that really, end up as clutter. What is difficult to track down in Tenerife is clothes and woollens, shoes or other clothing which can be a little more expensive. If you are looking to top up your holiday clothes or forgot to pack some items, head over to Siam Mall as there are some really good clothing shops which are not expensive. More in line with the latest trends and really good value for money.

You can take advantage of the lovely cafes or restaurants here and even catch the Free Bus which are available from Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos or Costa Adeje. With the recent addition of Starbucks, you can grab a coffee and enjoy some lovely shopping at a price that will not put stress on your holiday money. What more could you ask for? More information about Siam Mall is available here: https://ccsiammall.com/

10. Lady Candelaria and Basilica

Candelaria is very famous in Tenerife and Lady Candelaria is regarding as one of the most respected and religious patron saints on the Island. The statue of Lady Candelaria attracts the most pilgrims each year and has visitor’s, year upon year from around the world.

The Basilica (church) is stunning, in pristine condition and well loved. Set on the rugged coastline with the statues of the Guanches facing onto the Plaza, this is a great tourist attraction to visit to pass the day. You will get to see local culture, local food and beautiful architecture. Simply beautiful!

The Island is packed with true beauty from rugged volcanic mountains to wonderful coastlines, stunning sunsets and exotic greenery. A perfect holiday choice for any age and it is easy to see why tourists return back to this amazing Island time after time.

Text and Photos by Dawn McIntyre.

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Why You’ll Love the Latest Ingane Yami Charity Golf Tournament

Here at Tenerife Magazine we are passionate about supporting positive causes, such as charitable organisations that are doing important work. One such charity is Ingane Yami Children’s Village located near Durban in South Africa. Their fantastic mission statement is to rescue children, rebuild families, restore lives, release leaders. 

 

This amazing charity is closely supported by Pearly Grey Ocean Club, who help to raise funds through the generous donations from the staff and guests. Over the years those working and staying at the resort having formed a strong interest in helping Ingane Yami provide support to as many children as possible.

While there is still much to do in South Africa for underprivileged children, the vital work that the charity does is a huge step in the right direction. Another very important way that Pearly Grey helps to raise funds for Ingane Yami is through the annual charity golf tournament.

The first tournament was run back in 2010 and it is now we have the 9th edition of this tournament for you to look forward to. If you’ve never played in the tournament before we can guarantee you will love it and of course if you’ve taken part in previous  years, you know you can expect a brilliant day. Since 2010 the tournament has grown and grown in popularity and status, now being one of the most eagerly anticipated on the Tenerife golf calendar.

 

While of course this is a competition, it is all in good spirit to support a great cause, so while everyone who enters is playing to win, it is also a lot of fun for all involved. The tournament will once again be held at the beautiful Golf Costa Adeje course in the south of Tenerife. As it will be held on June 23rd there will be almost guaranteed gorgeous sunny weather so remember to bring sun screen!

During the day there will be a selection of great snacks and drinks. Then, following the tournament, there will be a delicious lunch and a raffle and auction with some absolutely fantastic prizes on offer! This is definitely one golf event you do not want to miss out on. Not only will it be a whole lot of great fun, but also raising money for an excellent cause. All funds raised are donated to the Ingane Yami Children’s Village.

For many years Ingane Yami have been making an incredible difference in restoring hope into the lives of children who at one time were all faced with seemingly hopeless situations. They help to provide accommodation, education, and support so that the children that they care for can go onto leading lives full of opportunity. Ultimately, through taking part in this tournament you

difference to the lives of these children.

For more information and to book your place follow this link: https://www.pearlygrey.com/inganeyamigolf2018/ or please email: golf@pearlygrey.com

Tenerife Magazine is proud to be a Media Partner of this tournament.

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