Why You Need to Try Paragliding with Airsports Tenerife

If you’ve never been paragliding before (or even if you have), then you definitely need to try with Airsports Tenerife for an absolutely epic experience! Tenerife is almost certainly one of the best places in the world to enjoy this amazing sport, with a wonderful climate all year round offering excellent conditions and breathtaking views.

Don’t worry if you are a complete beginner though as you will not be alone! These are tandem flights with an extremely experienced, professional and safety conscious team. There is an international mix to the team, representing the best from the UK, Sweden, France and Italy with a combined flying experience on Tenerife of almost 30 years!

Clearly with this much experience you are in extremely safe hands and as should obviously be the way, your safety is the number one priority for the team, followed closely by providing you with the best possible flight experience. There are a number of different competing companies on Tenerife, due to it being one of the best paragliding locations. Despite this, Airsports Tenerife certainly stands out due to their exceptional service and consideration for the safety and enjoyment of their clients.

Whereas other companies take a more rushed approach, sometimes taking off in less than desirable conditions, while aiming to maximise their profits, Airsports Tenerife owner Simon Fulford and his team on the other hand are not purely driven by profit and instead offer a more personal experience. They will only take you on a flight if the conditions are optimal for safety and the best views/wind speed etc. This is achieved by not trying to pack so many flights in per day.

Pre flight pic!Simon and his friendly team are also happy to have a drink and chat with clients at the wonderful beach bar next to where you land. Depending on the time of day, you may even be greeted with some live music and a gorgeous sunset if you’re lucky. It’s these more personal touches that really make the difference between a company being average or even good and one that is great like Airsports Tenerife.

So if you are visiting Tenerife or living here on the island and want to give paragliding a try, you should absolutely contact Simon and his team. Don’t hesitate, get in touch with them today!

You can find all their details on their website: http://airsportstenerife.com/

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See Why West Tenerife Offer the Best Jet Ski Experience on the Island

As a sun blessed island, you no doubt expect Tenerife to have a huge range of different ocean based activities and excursions available, and you would not be wrong! There is scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddle, whale and dolphin watching sailing trips, and many more. If you are looking for something a bit more action packed out on the ocean waves, then jet skiing is a perfect option to choose.

Things are not so straight forward though as there are a whole host of jet ski companies hoping for your business. We can make the decision making process easy for you though, as we recently had an amazing experience with the brilliant West Tenerife jet-ski excursion company. What the company offered is so much more than we were expecting!

We arrived for our scheduled trip at the stunning harbour of Los Gigantes, situated right next to the incredible Los Gigantes cliffs, one of the most impressive and well loved parts of the island; with a height of between 300 to 600 metres the views are amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better day with a clear blue sky, calm waters and the beautiful sun beaming down on us. Following such a great start, the day got better and better.

Mi gente 😎 ~ ~ ~ Muchisimas gracias a @west_tenerife para una experiencia muy unica y divertido! Jet-ski, snorkel y mucho mas en Los Gigantes, un lugar muy bonito en el Sud de Tenerife! Mas información aqui > westtenerife.com ~ Many thanks to West Tenerife for a really unique and fun experience! Jet-skiing, snorkeling and much more in Los Gigantes, a beautiful place in South Tenerife! More information > westtenerife.com ~ ~ ~ #SundayFunday #visitspain #tenerifetag #TenerifeMagazine #totaltenerife #MyPlaceInSpain #spain #Tenerife #CanaryIslands #islascanarias #tenerife #travel #wanderlust #mar #amigos #friends #latituddevida #latitudeoflife #excursion #explore #WeAreTravelGuys #guardiantravelsnaps #migente

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After signing in for our excursion we met the friendly West Tenerife team and had a brief introduction to our upcoming trip, were fitted with life-jackets and each given a GoPro Hero 5 to record our experience. From there we headed out to a waiting boat which transported us out to where we would set off with the jet skis. Even before our jet ski ride we were treated to some gorgeous views of Los Gigantes cliffs. You really have to see them to believe how huge they are, hence their name which translates to The Giants.

Following a speedy boat ride we arrived at a bay where we swapped onto the jet skis. Two pairs shared two jet-skis and the other two of us had each had a jet  ski to ourselves. For most of us this was our first time riding one so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. As soon as you sit down, turn on the engine and squeeze the throttle, you know you are going to be in for one incredible ride.

The power and speed of a jet ski is unlike almost anything else you will have experienced in your life and if you really push it to its limits you will be literally flying over the waves. It is without a doubt, one of the ultimate adrenaline rushes you can have in Tenerife. On the other hand the company has invested in brand new equipment and the modern jet skis we rode were extremely stable and felt very safe. We followed the West Tenerife boat and at all times we were two jet skis either side of the boat and the crew were constantly checking we were all ok.

It feels absolutely amazing speeding along behind the boat, jumping over waves with the wind in your hair and sun on your face. To our right hand side there were the giant cliffs and to the left the open ocean with La Gomera in the distance. If you are looking for something different to do on your holiday to Tenerife, other than lounging by the pool or on the beach, then this is an amazing option. The West Tenerife experience is so much more than a standard jet ski excursion though, with more to come!

We had been heading towards the Punta de Teno lighthouse located near to Los Gigantes and after speeding along to this point we stopped to meet with another boat from the company, and swapped from the jet skis into this boat which then headed around the Punta de Teno. There was fruit and water for refreshment and snorkelling equipment, including goggles, flippers and most exciting an underwater scooter which none of us had tried before!

This motorised machine was really cool as it can literally speed you through the water either down beneath the waves or horizontally along. With three speeds to select from, you can go as fast or slow as you like, it floats so can’t be easily lost and has a fitting for the GoPro to record your adventures. This part of the excursion offered something completely different from the jet ski ride and sets West Tenerife apart from other competing companies. The company has also just purchased stand-up paddle boards so now clients will have the option of snorkelling or stand-up paddle (or both) as well as the jet ski ride.

Following some time exploring beneath the waves, we got back on the boat and then swapped back to the jet skis for the exhilarating ride back past the beautiful cliffs. On the way we even spotted two sea turtles which added an amazing finishing touch to this awesome experience. Near to Los Gigantes harbour we made a final swap back to the original boat which transported us back to the beginning. Once we arrived back we were all buzzing with excitement from such an amazing time. The trip lasted around 2.5 hours but zipped by which always seems to happen with the most enjoyable things in life. With West Tenerife though, you don’t just have to rely on memories as the GoPros we were each provided with allowed us each to record this amazing experience to look back on and show off to friends and family.

Overall this was a completely faultless day out with a brand new, forward thinking company who we are sure have an fantastic future ahead of them here in Tenerife. As mentioned at the start of this article there are a huge number of excursion options in Tenerife, but there are very few doing things as well as West Tenerife!

For bookings and all the details about the company take a look at West Tenerife’s website here: westtenerife.com

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Siam Park Awarded No.1 Water Park in the World Again!

Tenerife has many amazing attractions including the awesome Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain and the stunning Teide National Park, one of the top ten most visited national parks in the world. Add to this the gorgeous year round sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and fascinating culture and history, and you can easily see why visitors from around the world love this incredible island.

Well if all of these reasons weren’t enough, Tenerife also has another big claim to fame; it has the no.1 water park in the world, Siam Park, as ranked in the TripAdvisor 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards!

Not only that but this is the 4th consecutive year that this stunning Thai-themed paradise has achieved this accolade, in the list of 25 Top Water Parks in the World. Clearly the team at Siam Park are doing something right!

 

Since the park opened back in September 2008 it has been a firm favourite for both tourists to Tenerife and residents of the island, offering an incredible and unique experience. Throughout the park there is a Thai theme including all of the rides, park buildings and restaurants, and it even contains the largest collection of Thai-themed buildings outside of Thailand. All of this is quite amazing in itself considering the park is located in Tenerife, a Spanish island in the Atlantic ocean.

What’s even more amazing are the rides! Siam Park has everything you could possibly want and more from a water park, with roller coaster like rides to get your adrenaline pumping, the meandering Mai Thai River, the world’s longest lazy river for when you’re looking for something more relaxing, a giant wave pool with the highest in the world from any wave pool and an  artificial white sand beach where you can watch the action while enjoying the glorious sun-shine.

You can tell you’re in for some action packed fun on the rides with names such as Volcano, The Dragon, The Giant and Jungle Snakes. One of the most memorable rides, the Tower of Power is a vertical, transparent slide, part of which goes through a giant water tank filled with sharks and stingrays. Even if you decide you’re not quite brave enough to zip through a shark tank, it is still an incredible sight to watch!

The park was built with all ages in mind, so for younger children there is still still plenty of fun to be had with smaller slides and other attractions such as Lost City, a giant children’s play structure. Overall, no trip to Tenerife is complete without a visit to the epic Siam Park, the world’s best water park! To find out more about the park including location, opening times, prices and about all the incredible rides then head to their website and follow them on social media:

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The Corpus Christi Red Carpet on Tenerife

It’s June 1936. Francisco Franco is Governor General of the Canary Islands and is in La Orotava watching the Corpus Christi procession as it passes over the floral works of art.

Well known as a dissenter, Franco has been posted to the furthest and quietest outreach of Spanish governance to keep him out of harm’s way. If only they’d known then that most powerful of idioms – keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The authorities are expecting trouble, there have been whispers of an assassination attempt and the Guardia have a heavy presence, their cars parked beneath the magnolia frontage of Casas de Los Balcones. In the event, the procession passes quietly without incident.

Fast forward 75 years and on the 30th June 2011, the alfombristas of La Orotava will unveil the 106th carpet to be constructed in the Plaza Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square). During its existence this most fragrant of Canary Islands traditions has seen some important feet passing over its cobbled streets, not least those of the Corpus Christi procession to whom it owes its existence.

Rolling out the carpet
The feast of Corpus Christi had already been celebrated for over 300 years in Tenerife, predominantly in La Laguna where the day was marked by theatre, dancing and traditional games as well as pious acts, before the first petals were ever laid in La Orotava. The honour of being the first is attributed to Leonor de Castillo Monteverde who, in 1847, thought it would be a nice idea to decorate the road outside her home for the Corpus Christi procession to walk over. So successful was Leonor’s idea that the practice quickly spread to other parts of the island and her descendants still complete that section of road outside her home today.

In their 164 year history the La Orotava flower carpets have only twice been suspended, once in 1891 and again in 1897. Last year, despite the persistent rain that marred the whole proceedings, the people still turned out to make their flower carpets and to ensure that their 120 year unbroken record still stands.

The La Orotava Town Hall tapestry
Despite the popularity of decorating La Orotava’s streets for the procession, it was to be almost 70 years after Leonor’s radical gesture before the Plaza Ayuntamiento stained its face in the name of religious devotion.

The Corpus Christi procession began passing through the Town Hall plaza in 1913 but it wasn’t until 1919 when Felipe Machado and Benítez de Lugo took it upon themselves to carpet the square in flowers and vegetation that the tapestry tradition began. Before then, the only time the square had seen decoration was in 1905 when a floral carpet tribute had been laid to honour the Spanish Navy ensign.

On the 21st May 2011, work began on this year’s tapestry, the theme of which is the 26th World Youth Day which will once again bring the Pope to Spain. This year’s design will use 21 different colours to create 20 individual tapestries as a nod to the 20 years that this particular group of alfombristas have been the creators of the carpets and the latest generation of artists to continue the ethereal tradition that has characterised the town for so long.

The La Orotava Corpus Christi flower carpets take place on 30th June 2011.

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Fiestas Del Carmen ““ A Wild, Wet and Distinctly Fishy Affair

When I think of fishing and fishermen, I think idyllic streams in the Scottish Highlands where the gentle rushing of water over stones, the hum of bees and the swish of a lone fly fisher’s line blend imperceptibly into the silence; or a quaint Greek harbour where a bearded Adonis sits silently mending his nets to a background soundtrack of cicadas and the tide slapping the boards of lazily bobbing fishing boats.

Cut to Tenerife where these images are shattered by the audible battles of dance music blasting from the speakers of beer stalls and the open air rave; the screams of girls being cannoned by high powered water pistols or thrown from the harbour wall into the chaotic water below; the deafening cacophony of splashing as a thousand hands churn up the harbour waters and the horns of dozens of small fishing boats as the Virgen Del Carmen ( Our Lady of Mount Carmel) takes to the waters for her annual jaunt around the bay.
Welcome to the wild, wet, fishermen’s Fiestas Del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz.

Puerto de la Cruz may be a thriving tourist centre and one-time premier resort of Tenerife but it has never lost its fishing village roots. Arguably the prettiest natural harbour on Tenerife, Puerto is home to a strong community of fishermen and mariners. Annually they treat the Virgen Del Carmen and San Telmo (Saint Elmo), to whom they feel indebted for their livelihoods, to a trip around the bay in order to ensure safe voyages and full nets for the coming year.

It’s a tradition which takes place in many of the coastal resorts of Tenerife in and around the 16th July; Virgen Del Carmen‘s Feast Day.
A feature of each of them is the central role played by the fishermen who carry the statue of their Saint on their shoulders to her embarkation point, sail her around the headland and then return her safely to her permanent church home amidst fireworks and celebration.
The difference with the fiesta in Puerto de la Cruz is that somewhere in the region of 35,000 – 40,000 people descend on the town for the day turning it into one of Tenerife’s biggest festivals.

I have a sneaky feeling that the weather God is a fisherman at heart because in all the years I have been attending Puerto’s Fiestas Del Carmen, it has always, without exception, been a red hot, cloudless day; regardless of how many days before or after have fallen prey to the cloud that trade winds bring to the north coast in early summer.
And yesterday was no exception.

With Tenerife at the tail end of a heatwave, the harbour saw temperatures tipping 34ºC as the sun beat mercilessly down on the thousands of revellers who took to the harbour waters in their droves to stay cool. Those who preferred to stay on dry land had running battles with high powered water pistols turning Plaza Charco, Calle Perdomo and the Muelle into an arena of water cannon cross-fire where escaping without a soaking was not an option.

With everyone heat exhausted and soaked to the skin (voluntarily or otherwise), the Virgen and San Telmo finally arrived at the harbour where they were given an emotional rendition of Ave Maria before being carried to their waiting boats. A few squeaky bum moments later they were both safely ensconced on board their vessels and heading off towards the horizon. While the party continued to rage, some of us trod our weary way homeward, safe in the knowledge that there would be fresh dorado (bream), cherne (grouper) and chiperones (small squid) for the coming year.

Fact File:
Fiestas Del Carmen take place in Los Cristianos, Bajamar and El Médano.
Some of the larger celebrations are in Santa Cruz and Las Galletas.

Santa Cruz – Friday 16th July 2010 ““ a full programme of music and concerts takes place in the city centre. Mass is held at 6pm in Iglesia de la Concepcion followed by a parade of the statue of the Virgen del Carmen through the city (Plaza de España, Marina, Avenida Marítima) to the harbour at Muella Ribera (near the junction with La Rambla) for embarkation and a trip around the harbour. Fishermen lay a wreath on the water in commemoration of fallen colleagues.
On the Virgen‘s return, she’s paraded back through the city and is greeted in Plaza del España by the traditional firework display.
Another day of celebrations, concerts and festivities follows on Saturday 17th July 2010.

Las Galletas – Sunday 16th July 2010
Amidst a whole week of events which includes parties with live bands from 11pm on the nights of Friday 16th, Saturday17th and Sunday 18th July 2010, the Virgen is taken to sea on Sunday 18th July amidst a noisy flotilla of small fishing boats. On her return at 9.30pm there’s a large fireworks display followed at 11pm by the final party.

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Pueblo Chico ““ Small in Scale, Big on Fun

There’s a commotion in the road. The roller-skating girl just let her dog run in front of a pizza delivery boy on a bike almost garrotting him with the lead and sending him and his pizzas hurtling into the road. The girl looks on unmoved by the chaos she’s caused and the dog makes off with the spoils.
It’s an accident that’s destined to play out continuously in the Groundhog Day streets of Pueblo Chico.

I’ve heard it said that there’s no such thing as “˜fun for all the family’, and whilst I truly appreciate the sentiment in that statement, I have to disagree and cite Pueblo Chico as my evidence.

Hidden away on a quiet back road in La Orotava, the miniature world of Pueblo Chico is set in 20,000 square metres of beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Puerto de la Cruz. Laid out amongst the greenery in a series of terraced zones, Tenerife in miniature doesn’t just have the island’s historic centres, iconic architecture and natural beauty spots all reproduced in perfect detail, it also has the sights and sounds of the life that occupies them.

To a soundtrack of bleeting goats in the Guanche zone a group of elderly men occupy benches beneath the shade of a tree, verbally putting the world to rights. If it wasn’t for the animal skins they’re wearing and the lack of a nearby bar, it could be a scene from any town plaza today.
In front of the La Orotava Ayuntamiento, this year’s sand mosaic is already in place; in La Laguna a school playground echoes with the shouts of its charges; on neighbouring Lanzarote a church bell chimes to call worshippers to prayer and back on Tenerife the local lad is about to win his Lucha Canario bout as he hurls his opponent to the floor.

All Tenerife life is here in miniature, from the house leeks growing amongst the Arabic tiles of roofs in the old quarter of Santa Cruz to paragliders launching themselves off the cliffs above southern beaches and the Fred Olsen Ferry dwarfing small boats alongside the Auditorio.
But it isn’t just about admiring the incredible detail in the models and smiling at the wonderful moving parts, it’s about discovering the little touches; the ubiquitous double parking; the teenage lad spying on his neighbour as she sunbathes topless on her roof; the workmen enjoying their second breakfast – or is it their third?

With gardens brimming with endemic and exotic plants; a very tasty restaurant and snack bar with a sunny outside terrace, kid’s menu and gift shop; and the whole of Tenerife at your feet, I defy anyone of any age not to enjoy it.
Pueblo Chico – fun for all the family. I rest my case.

Pueblo Chico Fact File:
Camino Cruz de Los Martillos, 62; La Orotava, off Exit 35 of the TF5. Tel: (0034) 922 33 40 60
Open every day from 9am to 6pm
Adults €12.50, children (aged 4yrs to 11 yrs) €6.50
Residents €8.50, children €5
Restaurant available for functions.

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