Lives in Bridport, United Kingdom
Since Jun. 2007
50-64 year old male
So much to see, so little time...
Geologic Formations, Mountains, National Parks, Volcanoes
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Caverns & Caves
A few million years ago, the volcanic peak of Teide pushed itself off the sea bed and grew into Spain's highest point at 3718m. Without it, there would be no Tenerife and it has influenced climate habitat and vegetation since then. What it offers to the visitor is a welcome respite from the heat of the coast and unbelievable views over the island and its neighbours. Recognisable from many movie locations which used its stark drama to great effect. The cable car and final climb are merely the icing on the cake.
Unique geology creating dramatic scenery which draws scores of tourists who are keen to explore the eight kilometre walking trail. The route starts at the 'lost village' of Masca and winds 600m along a river down through lush vegetation to a small beach. Cool off with a swim before catching a boat back to Los Gigantes.
Come on. You can't just sit on the beach every day! You will still be able to top up your tan afloat (even more so), and you will have the thrill of being up close with these beautiful creatures. There are several companies to choose from and at a selection of prices, so pick in your own time and at your convenience. Don't be swayed by ticket-sellers on the street.
(San Cristobal de) la Laguna is a former capital and one of Tenerife's most historical cities and yet largely ignored by visitors. The old town, hidden away from the world is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site, and that surely deserves a few hours of exploration. Its narrow streets boast brightly coloured buildings which will have you snapping postcard pictures. Stop at the tourist information office for a map of a walking tour so you don't miss the sights. If you are lucky enough to be there at Semana Santa (Holy Week), the spectacle of silent processions will leave you speechless. A university town means that students need good cheap food and you will find hearty Canarian cuisine at a wide choice of tascas. Accommodation is tricky so a day visit is best.
Another interesting, exciting, informative option instead of just another day on the beach. The same lava flow that made Garachicans miserable wended its whimsical way down the slope creating the tubes of this amazing experience. You do a quick briefing, then take a ride uphill to the head of the tube. Hard hats are provided ( with no points for style) before you start your guided tour back down. They don't go in for 'son et lumiere' here, just a gritty raw, natural adventure where the scenery speaks for itself. Of the 190 or so creatures you might encounter, it's nice to know at least 38 won't follow you out. They are completely subterranean and some are unique to the island. A different and completely unexpected diversion for the confirmed beach-goer.
This piece was meant to be for those who want to get away from the beach, but Playa de Teresitas is in a class of its own. A far cry ( and a fair distance) from the concrete strips of Los Cristianos /Las Americas, Teresitas offers an immaculate swathe of white gold Sahara sand, picture-postcard in its prettiness. Safe swimming is courtesy of a breakwater making a calm lagoon. Add to that the fact that there are free carparks, clean toilets, showers and even changing cubicles. Beach bar staff will deliver cocktails and meals right to your sunlounger.... It all sounds pretty perfect. And it is.