My First Job in Buenavista del Norte

enter In 1960, I spent my first three weeks in Buenavista del Norte exploring the region on foot and mastering the language. Because everybody was Spanish-speaking and curious about the solitary young ‘extranjero’ in their midst, they all greeted me and asked countless questions. Every evening, I looked up new words in my dictionary and studied  Spanish grammar. Soon I was able to hold my own with anybody.

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follow site Doña Lutgarda’s cousin, Mata Cabra, offered me work, helping to construct a banana plantation. Juan Gonzales from Los Silos was our ‘encargado’. Juan, only a few years older than I, was a highly capable foreman. He was supportive and respectful of his work crew. Some dozen men and women, we made the daily ride to the worksite on the back of a lorry. We left the plaza at 7.15 a.m. and returned at 6 p.m. five days a week. The work was very hard but I had lots of fun and I earned enough to pay for my keep in the Pension Méndez.

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follow link Our job was to excavate the plantation from the prickly wasteland. We did this mostly by pick and shovel. The men filled woven baskets full of clay and rock. The women carried these on their heads and dumped them into the lorry.

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go site Occasionally we used dynamite to blast rock that defeated our picks and crowbars. Juan taught me how to lay sticks of dynamite, insert the explosive caps, and wire everything to the plunger. None of my fellow-workers dared to use explosives so I earned a reputation for fearlessness. Juan was an expert in all things from construction to managing plantations. We became good friends and I learned an enormous amount from him. We remain friends to this day.

see url When we’d finished excavating, we had what looked like an empty swimming pool the size of a football field. Then we built a stone wall as a foundation and brought soil from the mountains. We planted Irish seed potatoes and local banana corms. With water that came from reserves inside the mountains through complex networks of pipes and channels, we irrigated the planting.

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go to site Finally, we built a cinder-block wall around the plantation to protect the future fruit from the constant wind that blew in off the Atlantic.

source url At weekends, we would hunt octopus among the rocks. Sometimes we’d go inland and find ‘mora’ trees laden with mulberries. I’d take my straw hat full of ripe berries back to the pension and Doña Lutgarda would make mulberry pies. Juan and I scaled Teide and explored the ice cave and the crater.

http://dinoprojektet.se/?kapitanse=internationella-jobba-hemifr%C3%A5n-dagen&a4e=3c Don Juan-Pedro came from Arico and also lived in the pension. He taught school up in the tiny hamlet of El Palmar. One day, he invited me to talk to his class. Juan-Pedro used a blue motor-cycle but because the gravel road was so steep and dangerous, he asked me to walk the few kilometres up a rocky path to the tiny school.

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“Children in isolated hamlets attend school for only a few years,” he explained, “so 13 seems like a lifetime to them.”

موقع السوق المالية السعودية تداول “What did you say that pacified them?” I asked.

follow link “Oh, I just told them we Canarios can learn in three years what it takes the feebleminded Ingleses 13 to master!”

كيف تربح المال من بيع الأعشاب Doña Lutgarda and the girls laughed. But they believed him!

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watch While working for Don Salvador, I fulfilled my ambition and graduated to carrying a machete. Epifanio, a quiet man with a lifetime’s experience of banana production around El Rincón, taught me how to judge the ripeness of a growing banana stalk. He showed me how to reach up with the machete and cut one so that it rested its 20 or 30 kilos comfortably on my shoulder.

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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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

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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.

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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

 

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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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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?

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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)

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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!

click 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.

arbeta hemifrån umeå 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.

الخيارات الثنائية مراجعة إشارة الفوركس 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!

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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.

enter site 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/

see url 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/

اسهم فيفا بالكويت اليوم 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.

You can read more about the places, adventures or food via Dawn’s blog www.tapasintenerife.com

 

 

 

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Where to Find Some Great Restaurants in Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos has a brightly coloured coastline, harbour to catch a ferry to the neighbouring island of La Gomera, plenty of bars and an array of some great, long standing restaurants. The popular choices have been many tourist’s favourites over the years and still today, they attract diners and maintain good reviews on Tripadvisor.

Tenerife has so many fabulous places to eat with different cuisines to choose from so selection is readily available. From Thai, Italian, French, Chinese and my favourite, Canarian, this is just to name a few!

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Tenerife offers an amazing opportunity to dine with fresh fish choices and over the years, Los Cristianos was once one of the busiest fishing ports on the Island. Home to fisherman and some delicious fresh fish. This fish restaurant is one of the longstanding favourites which has been operating since 1978 and specialises in fresh fish or seafood only.

Over the years, I have walked past this restaurant countless times as it is on the main walkway from Los Cristianos to Playa de Las Americas (just before the subway tunnel). The downside of this restaurant is that there is no view, it just looks out onto a yard which is in front of the harbour. The positive side is that you will be guaranteed fresh fish or seafood!

Traditional Sea Bass is on the menu or you can opt for something a little different like Wreckfish (which is great for sharing for two) or why not try the Snapper fish. Other menu favourites include garlic prawns, Calamari or seafood Paella.

It is easy to spot with the fishing boat located at the entrance of the restaurant and the bold blue and white colours will catch your attention either before or after coming out of the subway.

Linares, Av, Las Playeras 41 is central location and popular Italian food

Trading since 1957, Linares is situated in a prime location, short walk to the beach and a popular choice for lunchtime or evening meal. Inside dining or you can sit in the shade outside in the main street and take a cold beer or glass of wine. If you feel like getting more into the theme, try a Sangria.

You can expect to find dishes such as pasta, pizza, cannelloni, steaks, mixed grill or fish paella.

Linares is close to many shops so if you fancy a little bit of shopping along the way, this is a perfect choice. This restaurant is certainly in a good location and an ideal resting area to top up on refreshments or chill out at night for an evening meal.

Check out a nice, quirky gift shop Ale Hop which is based in the same street as Linares and a fun little place to take a peek. Most of the holiday type shops offer the same tourist style gifts but this one is worth a visit.

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Renowned for good food and value, this popular restaurant certainly pulls in the crowds at night. A little walk from the beach, heading towards Paradise Park Hotel direction (but not up the slightly steep hill so it’s easy to walk to), this restaurant builds up its name based on repeat business.

For €12 per person, you can have starters of sushi, duck, pancakes, ribs, wontons, spring rolls (remember this is eat all you can style) so you can mix and match. Main dishes include steak, lamb chops, chicken, fish, king prawns, mussels and more. There are around 30 sauces to choose from which you can select and then take your food to the chef who cooks it in front of you with your selected sauce.

There is a choice of desserts too so you can see why this restaurant attracts many visitors night after night. For those tourists who have a large appetite, this is ‘food heaven’.

The quality of the food receives great reviews on Tripadvisor so it is definitely worth checking it out if you are staying in or around Los Cristianos.

Whichever restaurant you select, it’s great that you have ventured out to support the local businesses. It is really important to step out and take a look around the area, try some different food and enjoy what Los Cristianos has to offer, especially the fantastic restaurants and friendly service.

Take advantage of Tenerife, especially Los Cristianos and relax, eat and be happy!

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Top 5 Romantic Places in Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife

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

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

HOTEL: HOTEL BOTANICO

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

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

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

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

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

http://hotelbotanico.com/en

SPA: THE ORIENTAL SPA GARDEN

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

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

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

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

www.hotelbotanico.com/en/spa/

RESTAURANT: RÉGULO

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

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

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

http://www.restauranteregulo.com

ATTRACTION: LAGO MARTIÁNEZ

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

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

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

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

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

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BAR: BLANCO BAR

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

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

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

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

Check out the website for the latest events.

http://www.blancobar.com

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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