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Tenerife

This is a photo journal of the island, which I began years ago, so many of the early photos were taken with my little Kodak, or Nikon Coolpix as I progressed.  One day I will get better shots to replace the slightly blurry ones, but I’ll leave them for now.

For those who don’t know, the Canary Islands lie off the coast of North West Africa, but are an autonomous region of Spain – a bit like Hawaii being a US state, though geographically apart. This is where I am living right now.  In the South of Tenerife island.

There are seven main islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura being the best known, and the three smaller islands La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro, which are still reasonably unspoiled as yet.  The Province of Gran Canaria comprises that island plus Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, and the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is made up of the other four.  The climate is good all-year-round, especially in the coastal areas, where you never need a coat.  Mount Teide, which is on Tenerife, is the highest mountain in Spain, so, yes, the higher you go the cooler it is in Wintertime!  The islands, plus some smaller ones, all erupted from the ocean floor at different intervals.  There is debate about how, why and when, so we won’t go there for the purposes of this wee introduction!

El Teide from the village of El Tanque

I live currently on the island of Tenerife,  a paradise on one hand, a tourist ghetto on the other hand. Whichever way you choose to look at it, tourism is  essential. The islands couldn’t survive in the modern world without it, and blessed as these islands are in their climate, they attract a lot of people who want to fry all day and party all night. Ok, nothing, even, wrong with that, each to their own, so long as they don’t spoil life for others.  But there is all that and more, as this page will show – if you want to see more click on my Flickr page on the sidebar.

Forget it’s reputation as a place to get drunk, party and get sunburned, the great climate makes it perfect for sports….you hardly ever will get rained off you see!!  Just off the top of my head: surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, swimming, diving, bodyboarding, sailing, kayaking…….and that’s just on the water.  On land you can hike, climb, run, cycle, paraglide, beach volley, basketball, tennis…..all outdoors of course.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The capital of the island of Tenerife, and the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which includes the smaller islands of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, is a mini city. Exciting, modern architecture vies with old, wooden, carved, Canarian balconies and a Spanish colonial style remininscent of South American cities.  I love the variety and the city feel which still keeps its friendliness.

The original captial of the island was  La Laguna, and eventually to Santa Cruz.  The capital boasts a fascinating variety of archicture both old and modern.

Circulo de Amistad

Calle Noria

Modern tramway which connects Santa Cruz with La Laguna, and sits so easily alongside the older buildings

Spotted opposite the Museum of Natural History

Market of Nuestra Señora de Africa

Cafe inside the Market

La Plaza de España

Me Plaza de España 2008 a few days after the remodelled Square was unveilled.  I included this, even though it highlights all my lump bits, because it shows how attractively Santa Cruz nestles in its mountain backdrop. I imagine this must be a beautiful sight when you arrive by ship…….must try it sometime!

Restored street off Calle Noria

Teatro Guimerá

Trompe d’Oeil

Graffiti

Spring means the streets are full of Jacaranda

Café life, a city side street

La Iglesia de la Concepción

The steeple of the church rises above the stage set for the Santa Blues festival June 2010

And a modern office block (oops forget the name – to be checked out!)

Austin competing Santa Cruz Half Marathon 2008

Nice backdrop for the race


Guy, with Austin just behind, finishing 2009 Half Marathon

El Médano

My home at the time of writing, Médano is what you might term an “alternative” resort, haunt of windsurfers and kite surfers, hippies and travellers, it resists mass tourism and has a happly blend of local and foreign, a youthful feel and an energy on account of the surfers, no chain restaurants and only one British bar that I know of (unfortunately right next to the main square, but I think lack of demand might prevent another opening.

Me playing tourist

Contests emerge from the swim stage of the annual triathalon – Austin’s in there somewhere!

First rays of the sun warm the waterfront

Ilfonche Walk

Crystal clear skies on this January day for a walk for Trix and me and a short trail run for Austin, starting at Ilfonche.  In the past we’ve followed the trail to Adeje, but this was more of a gentle post New Year exercise.

La Gomera basking in the sun, and just to the left you can see the island of El Hierro too, not seen too often.

Arona

Sleepy Town Hall and Square at siesta hour

Sleepy village, one of the gems of the South. The focus of life trickleddown to what used to be a fishing village of the municipality, but which is now a resort town, leaving this village almost unspoiled!

The Romeria in January

Starting this young no wonder the tradition is in your bones!

Playa de las Americas

Purpose built holiday resort.  Well, not so much purpose-built as that there was nothing there before Northern Europeans realized that they could toast in Winter, and cheap air travel meant they could get here.  So that, for me, it has no heart, no soul, it’s just there.  However, over the last couple of years or so it has been spruced up considerably.  It had grown up all kind of ramshackle, like a naughty teenager running wild.  It sprawls across two municipalities, maybe that’s the reason.  The thing most people know about it is the infamous “Veronicas” area, which is slap-bang in the middle.  It’s an area worthy of the reputation it has – a tatty conglomeration of seedy bars and discos where drinks are spiked, drugs exchanged and people generally give in to their worst sides.  It is said that the area isn’t closed down because the police feel they can contain all of that better if it’s all happening in one area, which can be closed off quite easily if necessary.  I have no idea.  All I know is that I avoided Playa de las Americas like the plague for years, but had to go there recently (April 2010) and found it nicely smartened up if you don’t venture into the smelly Veronicas area.

Art on the Oceanside walkway

More art and the foothills

Sunset from friends’ balcony

Guy surfing La Fitenia, Playa de las Americas

Early morning, around 7.30, Guy, peacefully waiting to see if there will be any waves today.

Oceanside Walkway


Parque Nacional del Teide

The Parque Nacional del Teide was elected a World Heritage Site in 2007. The landscape is,simply, stunning. Adjective most frequently used is lunar. I’ll never get to the moon, so I’ve never know if that’s true, but is most certainly is spectacular. Volcanic activity over the years has created a landscape like nothing else on earth. Where rock has solidified at different rates there are quite distinct phenomena nestling side-by-side. These days you have to stick to the paths, unless you have a permit, which, of course, is necessary, but not too long ago one could wander at will.  The clear skies which the Canary Islands have enjoyed over past decades have made them a perfect place for astronomers. There is one observatory here in Tenerife and another in La Palma, where the heavens are studied, tracked and recorded, so far, with minimum interference from pollution.

The red, flowering plant is a tajinaste. They are indigenous only to the Canary Islands.

Pumice fields

Chapel by the Parador watched over by El Teide

Austin stretching tense muscles after a 46 K trail run, which ended outside the parador.

Los Abrigos

For a couple of years I lived in a coastal village called Los Abrigos.   The name Los Abrigos means “The Shelters”, and it is amazing just how snug we could be in this harbor away  from the winds which blow along this coast. I lived overlooking the harbor, which is also tranquil in the early mornings, until the tourists and other diners arrive at lunchtime. Although the boats go out still day and night, Los Abrigos is best known for its  restaurants. Ever since I have lived on Tenerife the waterfront has consisted almost solely of restaurants.  At one time they were all fish restaurants, and people were known to get off the plane, dump their bags and head straight there for some fresh island fish. In fact I can remember going directly there from the airport on one occasion, and I also had the enormous pleasure of dining there in company of the wonderful Sir Matt Busby in my first year here, and later with the lovely and amiable Kevin Keegan, but the best meal I ever had there was at a small table in the company of newscaster Peter Woods, not very long before he died.  He was fascinating, talk about hanging on every word!  Lovely memories, but I digress.   I fear those days are gone.  Los Abrigos has been “cleaned up” and prettified to an extent that it has lost its character.  There are now Italian restaurants and at least one, rowdy, English bar on the small waterfront, which have brought into line with the resorts along the coast. Shame.

Busy morning on the harbor as catches are unloaded.  This was a really busy morning.

This is a normal, tranquil morning, before the lunch hoards arrive.

See how calm it looks out to sea?  Never take it for granted.  Even this old, local guy had to run for his life when the waves crashed against the rocks where he was fishing.  Every year there are reports from different islands about fishermen getting knocked into the sea by unexpected waves.

Los Abrigos, even though so tiny does have one of the best fiestas around.  This is the Sunday procession, lead by the Queen of the Fiesta, who is followed by San Blas (Saint Blaise – patron saint of caves amongst other things), The Virgin of Candelaria and Hermano Pedro, the only Canarian saint.

The fiesta is in September, the feast day of San Blas, or at least the Sunday following. The rest of the year the statue of San Blas, patron saint of caves, amongst other things, resides in a tiny cave near the coast, but on this day he is paraded along the short promenade, along with the statues of Our Lady and Hermano Pedro (the only Canarian saint) from the church. When they reach the harbor a short mass is said, before the statues are loaded onto boats to be taken out to bless the waters for the coming year……can’t help wondering if they also have a word with the fishermen about overfishing in this day and age!

Decorated boat awaiting its important cargo

It’s a wonder that everyone was up and about and so cheerful for the Sunday procession, because the previous night had seen the most spectacular fireworks, and dancing until dawn in the church square.  In fact dancing until dawn is done the whole week, goodness knows when any work gets done!

Every year the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, in which Los Abrigos lies, has an inter-cultural celebration, which takes place in different villages within the municipality during the Summer months.  This few pix from the night in Los Abrigos 2009.  Above my friend, Maria, get her feet henna’d by a lady from Western Sahara.

Dancers from Equador

Group from Senegal

Dancer from Peru

A click along the coast is the concrete mess of no less than two, side-by-side golf resorts.  The only time it was worthing snapping in that direction was at sunset, when the ugly buildings are in the dark!

Amarilla Golf/ Golf del Sur

Okaay I was reluctant to include photos of these, two resorts, because a) they no way are representative of true Canarian life and b) I loathe both places.  These two golf resorts lie side by side, just along the coast from Los Abrigos.   I lived on Golf del Sur 23 years ago, when we first came, and it was a fledgling development.  We lasted 9 months because we could see how it was going to end up, as it has, an ex-pat ghetto.  I lived on Amarilla Golf & Country Club for around a year and a half a few years back,  at that time some dispute or other had halted building for some years, so renting was cheap (even cheaper than I was paying at the time I later found out, but, hey) and  when the vacation rentals were not being used much because the dispute had affected the entire project.  I was there when they just started up building again, and I’ve only returned twice since.  Now, it’s pretty much the same concrete abomination as its Siamese twin next door. The big difference being that it has a marina.   It was a pretty stretch of coastline, and still has a lot to recommend it, especially, as you can see, at sunrise.

And this was my early morning view when they were renovating whatever hole it was my apartment overlooked!  Not only did I wake to this, but they would work until past midnight on occasion.  I can only say I was too busy and most of the time tired to move!

Strictly speaking, the next photos were taken in a place called Playa Achile.  When I was living on Amarilla Golf this is where I used to walk Trixy every morning, but there were signs up indicating it was marked for future development.  Last time I was there, in 2007 there were building materials strewn around, and obvious heavy tire tracks.  Now?  I don’t know, and I doubt that I want to.  Nice memories here though.

Old water trough from the days when this land was farmed

Stunning Winter Sunsets

Spring, and the desert bursts into breathtaking life.  Wild lavendar and margaritas.

Barranco del Infierno

If you continue to sift through these photos and read my ramblings, you’ll find some moans and groans about development and “redevelopment”, but Barranco del Infierno for me is a huge success story, though not for everyone.  It used to be that you could just take your dogs, let them roam and enjoy this half day walk, there and back to a waterfall at the end of the valley (remember waterfalls are a rare thing in this arid part of the island).  All this took its toll, as hundreds of uncaring walkers plodded their way through each year, so about five years ago the entrance was barred so that you now have to pay to enter.  This in itself discourages unthinking people out to picnic for the day and leave their rubbish behind.  The valley was then cleaned up and restored.  Non-native flora were removed, and it is now an absolute delight to walk.  No rubbish, indigenous plants making a healthy recovery, and numbers limited, so it isn’t like walking Blackpool Promenade on a Bank Holiday weekend any more.  A real success story.

Climbing up from the coolness of the valley, we see the town of Adeje lying before us, and beyond the Atlantic Ocean

LA TEJITA

My favorite beach, and still fairly unspoiled. Best in the early morning when only dog walkers and beachcombers are around.  It’s pretty unkempt, although in Summer the tractor does come every morning to plough the sand up. And then again, that’s the way we like it.  When they begin to tart it up will be when mass tourism arrives, and the plans and infrastructure are already laid.  They await only the lifting of the current economic recession to go ahead with the building of a 5-Star hotel, right next to the beach :=(  The sunbeds seem to be hand-me-downs from the big resorts, and there is a distinct lack of trash cans (as any responsible dog walker will tell you).  It’s sometimes described as a nudist beach, but that doesn’t mean that it is private only for nudists.  It means it’s tolerated.  They tried to ban it last year, but failed in the face of popular support.  So if you tend to the prudish, stick to the tourist beaches, and leave us to enjoy it whilst we still can!

Early morning and Trix and I have the beach to ourselves, well, except for the photographer!  Thanks Joyce!

Sadly,  tourism isn’t the only threat to this beach.  Not too far along the coast they are proposing to build a mega industrial port.  Local residents from all over the islands, supported by environmental groups like Greenpeace are fighting tooth and nail to stop the development.  Right now it is stalled in Europe, but since infrastucture has been laid, and retailers have built massive warehouses on site, very few people at this stage think that it won’t go ahead now.  Of course, the Crisis doesn’t help.  The port and the building of it will provide jobs for a long time to come in an area where they are sorely needed.

LA LAGUNA

World Heritage Site, Former Capital and University Town La Laguna blends modern with history less well than Santa Cruz in my opinion, although the old heart of the city, which is the World Heritage Site is beautiful, and the setting nestled under mountains, couldn’t be prettier.  The university seems to me, cold, and heartless, but then, I’ve only been there to functionss and not when it is bustling with student life.

Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos, the quiet fishing village which turned into a tourist resort.  Well within living memory the town was dependent on the fishing boats which go out every day from the harbor, and I’ve seen huge development in the 20+ years I’ve lived here.  Because it was a real place before it was a resort there is still a core of reality, of soul, unlike its Siamese twin, Playa de las Americas.  I suppose I’m some sort of Luddite.  If it was left to me, all these villages would be as unspoiled as they were 40 years ago, but then they would be broke, there would be insufficient facilities etc etc etc, so I guess, as these things go, they haven’t made a bad job of it all.

Harbor

From the Harbor, looking back, as the setting sun is reflected in the clouds over the mountains.

Part of the neglected mural which spans the Harbor wall


Armas and Fred Olsen Ferries waiting their final trips of the day as the Winter sun sets.

Old abandoned buildings on the waterfront

Chrismas lights in the church square

Los Cristianos has its own Carnaval, usually two or three weeks after the main one in Santa Cruz

And when it’s Carnaval or local fiesta in September it means the fair’s in town!

In Winter passengers on the day’s last ferry get a fine view of the sunset

A couple of boules pitches close to the seafront walkway are especially popular with French and Belgian visitors.

Las Vistas beach faces West, but the reflection of the sunrise echos all around the coast

Sunset from atop Montaña Chayofita, overlooking the beaches of Las Vistas and El Camisón

Sun’s first rays creep over Guaza mountain


Tender waits to take the crew out to one of the fishing fleet

Santiago del Teide

Late January and la Ruta de los Almendros

And between the trees grow cabbages and spinach and potatoes and all manner of other veggies

Chirche

Chirche is no place to go if you have no head for heights or have problems in walking, or, probably if you have a heart condition.  When I went for the “Día de las Tradiciones” in July a couple of years ago my car almost overheated, and I had to park at the botton of the hill to which this village clings.  As I puffed and panted my up way to where I’d arrange to meet my friends I could only marvel at the fitness of the old folks I saw skipping about the streets!  This fiesta is not the local saint’s day, as are most fiestas, but a celebration of the past and arts which are all to quickly dying.  What appears to be a wedding is a mock affair in early 20th century garb.

Ladies of the village bring refreshments for everyone including tourists.

We soon found out where this little donkey was going

He went to fetch the “priest”

Mock wedding breakfast, and everyone was invited.  Food was free, including a glass of wine!  I didn’t go last year, but heard that it had to be toned down a bit  “on account of the economy” (to quote Springsteen :=)


La Caleta

La Caleta was a tiny fishing village not so long ago, where you dodged between tethered goats, and assorted chicken and dogs to get down to the little, pebble beach or the dramatic rocks to sunbathe or dive into the ocean.  Now it is cheek-by-jowl with swish, up-market vacation rentals and hotels.  Excellent restaurants, abound as a result, but the original ones still serve fresh catch of the day – at a much dearer price now, of course.

Puerto de la Cruz

Tourist resort from way back, stop off for the rich on their “World Tours”, still retains an old-fashioned, more genteel feel.  Home to historic and impressive Botanical Gardens and modern theme park Loro Parque.

Ouuf….me as tour guide!  Not really, of course, only when friends and family are here on vacation.

Botanical Gardens

Las Lajas

Five minutes up from Vilaflor you come to the recreational zone named Las Lajas, where you can walk in forests or up hills, barbeque or just enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Parque Eólico

Experimental windfarm and research facility into alternative energy.  Well worth taking a look around.  If there are enough of you, they will do a guided tour.

CANDELARIA

Home to the basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria, the black virgin, statues of the Guanche rulers of the island, and fishing port.

Statues on the oceanside, honoring the “Menceys”, the ancient Guanche rulers of the island before the Spanish Conquest in 1494

Where even the graffitti is religious!!!  Work in progress when I snapped this.


Small chapel which shields the cave in which the statue was supposedly originally housed.

Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria

El Puertito

Tiny fishing village on the West coast was a favorite place to swim and snorkel when my kids were little. It’s still a world away from the tourist resorts. We used to buy bocadillos and wine from the hole-in-the-wall local bar. A tumble-down shanty town of “weekend homes” clung to the cliff side, looking for all the world like a tiny, Brazilian farvela. All built totally illegally, and soon to meet their end. Apparently it is ok to litter the coast with cookie-cutter hotels, but not charming and harmless little hovels like that!

https://colabora2.greenpeace.es/costas/descarga_informe.php

if you want to read what Greenpeace has to say on the subject of coastal development in the Canaries and other parts of Spain.


Abandoned Banana Plantation at Sunset

Mercedes Mountains

Beautiful, tranquil forests of pine and laurel, a world away from the world of coastal tourism

Smoke from a barbeque swirls in a shaft of sunlight….

….and drifts up through the trees

Playa San Juan

Here’s something you haven’t heard before!  “Pretty little fishing village spoiled by tourism”….excuse the sarcasm and lack of originality.

Seriously, if you didn’t know it before, you’ll like it.  They made this nice walkway along the harbor and dredged up some yellow sand from somewhere for a beach, and the sunsets are as the universe intended.

Las Galletas

You will be happy to hear that I have no complaints about Las Galletas, yes it has been modernized to accommodate increased leisure boat traffic, dive boats, yachts etc, but it’s original (if a little bright for some tastes) and the village center, with criss-crossing streets has been pedestrianized or made into one-way streets very successfully.  Yes, the tourists come, but there really is a local atmosphere, and if they don’t like it, well, I guess they move on, because that’s what you still have here, a local vibe.

Smart, new harbor building

Austin leaving harbor

As Austin and the other competitors race through the streets, the residents sit on their doorsteps to watch.

Start of the 2009 Las Galletas Media Maraton

Finishing line


37 thoughts on “Tenerife

  1. Some great photos Islandmomma, will bookmark your site :)

    • Thank you! It’s nice when someone I don’t know says something like that because friends are always so kind and encouraging anyway!

      Congrats on the fine work you guys do. Great cause.

  2. Its nice to hear of someone who is so enthusiastic about El Medano, I and my husband really love El Medano. we moved here three years ago to take advantage of the wind , as we windsurf.
    Richard started a blog when we first arrived http://lifeonthereef.blogspot.com, but it hasn’t been updated for a long time !

  3. You have any experience and daily life knowledge of places like Poris de Abona and Abades??? (not so fare for El Medano). I too love El Medano and would like to know if the bar Que Pasa is still there?

    • Hi Peter. Sorry, I’ve never lived in Poris or Abades, so I couldn’t comment on day-to-day life there. They are much quieter than the resorts of course, old fishing towns, where some ex-pats of different nationalitites live, who don’t like the unreality of resorts. They would both be quite windy, like El Médano too! And both have excellent fish restaurants :=) If you’re thinking of moving there perhaps, and internet is important to you, check out what ADSL or mobile connections are available first. Last I heard connections weren’t so good. That was about a year ago, but I don’t think things have changed much in this regard over the past year.

      If the Que Pasa you know is the one next to the surf shop on the beach road, then I’ve never seen it open. Now, it’s not somewhere I go very much at night, so if it only opens in the evenings then possibly it isn’t closed, but when you pass during the day it looks very closed, and has done for a very long time.

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  5. Hi Linda!

    Love your site! I’m going with my fiance to Tenerife in the September 2011 and dont really know what to expect! These pictures and descriptions and your whole site is a great help!

    I was hoping you could help me out? If we’re arriving at the north airport and our hotel is Costa Adeje, what’s the best way to get accross the island? and Whats the best way to get from our hotel down to some of the beaches around Los Cristianos or Puerto de la Cruz?

    Again thank you!

    Rich,USA

  6. Thank you so much, Rich. It’s a bit of an indulgence in a way, personal, but I also like to think that I write about “normal” life here (as opposed to lying on a beach all day – not that I don’t do that from time to time!). So much that is written about Tenerife centers on the sun/sea/sangria side of it, and there is so much more. I’d be really happy to give you any information you need, some of which depends on what you like to do, of course.

    I see you’ve done your research so far as where places are, yes the northern airport is right over the other side of the island from your hotel. There is an excellent island bus service, called TITSA, though their website can be a bit confusing, some of it is translated into English. Do you speak Spanish? You would have to get a bus to the bus station in Santa Cruz and change buses there, depending on exactly where your hotel is? Costa Adeje is a longish (by island standards) bit of coastline. That would be the cheapest option. The easiest would be a taxi. Last time it cost me around €60 (about €84), but I can check on the current price for you if you like, and you let me know which hotel you’re staying in. The other option is car hire, of course, which is quite reasonable, and if you want to get inland to see the mountains and villages is easier than the bus. This website is run by friends of mine, and they have actually written a book about “island drives” http://www.realtenerifeislanddrives.com/Island%20Drives.html You will find loads of info on their site anyway. My blog is more personal experiences.

    Regardless of where you stay, in you are in Costa Adeje you will be close to a beach, and there is a long walkway right from Los Cristianos as far as La Caleta at the far end of that stretch of coast. That’s if you like walking of course! It’s a fair way if you want to walk its entirety so good shoes/sandals are necessary! A friend of mine did in in flip flops not so long ago, and doesn’t recommend the experience! Otherwise there are plenty of buses and some of the hotels have their own mini bus service.

    If you don’t hire a car, then bus to Puerto de la Cruz would be best, again, changing at the bus station in Santa Cruz. I have a friend who doesn’t drive, and goes all over the island by bus. He swears by it. I more often than not use the bus service to get to Santa Cruz (air con and I can sit in comfort and read for a while!) and then take the tram to La Laguna if I go there, and that’s an excellent service.

    If you want any more information at all, please don’t hesitate to comment again! Hope this is of use.

  7. Thanks for the reply, and the reference to the “driving on Tenerife” link

    We’re staying at the Pearly Grey Ocean Club, and i’ve heard that the beaches of Los Cristianos and playa del duque are the best around that part of the island. We definitely would like to register to go up to Teide on the cable car, and just hike/stroll around some of the areas in the north that are lush and rustic for a day or two.

    Now you have me thinking we’ll just use the bus to get around, and if we need to get somewhere quicker or off the beaten path we can hire a taxi to get there. That’s probably cheaper and easier then getting a car with gas for the whole week, and applying for an international drivers license!

    Thanks again! I’m sure I’ll bug you with more questions in the upcoming months!

    -Rich

  8. You have definitely heard right about the beaches. The resort in which you’re staying is in a place called Callao Salvaje, which is the far end of Costa Adeje. There hasn’t been a real beach there, but I have heard that they are putting in a man-made one. They may even have begun work, I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s finished, or I would have seen some reference in the local press. So if you want to chill on the beach, yes, you probably would need to travel a bit. The buses would be fine for that journey I think. If you look at the TITSA website it will tell you how often they run. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the resort had transport, though.

    If you are going to the north and aiming to be back within the day and still enjoy a full day out car hire might be a better option, more relaxing than rushing for the bus, and giv eyou more freedom. You don’t need an international driving licence, just a valid licence from your own country for whoever you want to have permission to drive during your stay. Car hire is, actually, quite cheap here, certainly compared to the UK.

    Taxi services can work out expensively if you aren’t careful. They charge extra to cross municipal lines and also after a certain time at night. Check the price before you get in, and a tip I was once given was to ask for a receipt as if you need it for business.

  9. what fantastic images of Tenerife…brought back some amzing memories

  10. Thumbs up on your blog! Going to Tenerife for the first time in +/- one week from now and even though I’ve been doing my research, what you posted here is exactly what I’ve been wanting to read and see for the last little while: an insider’s views and musings with no hype (seriously, kudos) but plenty of photographs. You’ve made the island come alive for me, thank you!!! I feel that much more confident now about avoiding Las Americas/Los Cristianos and going for Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz and all those little villages along the coast instead. This is just perfect. You just made my day, Lady.

    Cheers from Canada!

    • Wow – and you made my day too! I try to be not over enthusiastic, nor hyper-critical either. The lifestyle here is very different from what I was used to in England, and at times it is very frustrating, even after all these years. Priorities are different, and being islands they are always a step behind the times, but of course the slower pace of life is paradise for some, and the re-ordering of priorities what some folk come for. From a vacationer’s point of view, however, I really do think there is something for everyone. Please let me know when you’re here if you like, we could get a coffee?

  11. Coffee sounds fantastic. Love making new friends when I travel. Very cool. I’ll send you an email with the details. :)

  12. Thank you for the lovely photos. They bring back great memories of my two visits in the 80ties. Much appreciation. =)

    • Thank you for checking them out and commenting! I expect you’d find a lot of changes. I arrived here in 1987, and sometimes I’m taken aback when something happens to remind me of what it used to be like. Many improvements, of course, but too much concrete too. Still much of the mountains are protected one way or another, shame the coast doesn’t seem to deserve the same. Right now there is a balance, and still unspoiled stretches of coastline, but I am afraid of what might happen once this awful recession is over. Making the most of it now!

  13. I totally agree. It is so sad to see all this concrete right along the beautiful coasts…..Hopefully, I can find a nice, friendly place to live, near the mountains…..

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  15. Your pictures were great and gave a great explantion! It was helpful for us as we plan a trip from Canada, for upcoming October. Would you mind if we asked you some questions about where certain hotels are in relation to beaches to swim at? I will post our questions in about a week or so if you are okay with us asking you on your site?

  16. Hi, loved reading your blog, I lived in Tenerife between 1997 and 2000 and this has bought some fabulous memories back for me. Thank you

  17. Thank you, Simon. Thanks for reading and also for commenting, especially because it brought back happy memories, and it’s really nice to know it did that. You also reminded me that I must update this photo page!

  18. Just found these Linda and they are a truly good advert for anyone looking for something apart from sun sand and s….. (sangria) You have a great talent for great photos i.e. what is of interest as well as what is beautfiul. Coupled with your writing skills you could do a most brilliant book on ‘ the alternative Tenerife’. could be very lucrative and fund your itchy travelling feet!

  19. LOL (re the book) :=) Have a feeling someone’s done that already, but it’s the internet which drives travel these days anyway.

    Much more important to me is that you enjoyed them. It’s also a reminder to me to update them, actually. Some of the places, façades and so forth have changed, and I tend not to look at the page very often myself!

    Thanks for the lovely compliments :=)

  20. wonderful photos, you have a natural talent. I love Tenerife, we often holiday there. Sometimes for 1 month. A real treat. We have booked a small apartment in Amerillo Golf, overlooking the golf course and the marina, again for 1 month. I would love to walk to Los Abrigos, is it possible.? We will not be hiring a car. Please keep updating your lovely blog.

    • Hi Lorna. Thank you so much for you nice words. I’m very glad you’ve enjoyed reading my ramblings. I haven’t walked from Amarilla to Los Abrigos in years, but it used to be a very pleasant walk. At one time I walked from where I lived in Amarilla to work in Golf del Sur (don’t ask!) every morning and evening for a year or so, and it was always the best part of my day. Sometimes I would see dolphins passing out in the ocean, and frequently saw gorgeous sunrises in the winter months. The marina is now much bigger than it was then, so I imagine the pathway, which used to be really well maintained, will have changed though. If you’re thinking of going to eat in Los Abrigos in the evening, and walking back you would definitely need a torch. There are some “rough” patches.

  21. islandmomma, absolutly great photos, its nice to know that there are people like your selfs who take time to let the world no about the wonders of tenerife, once again lovely photos and a great website.

    • Thank you kindly for those kind words. I’m very happy that you enjoyed this piece. Sounds like you already know that there is so much more to see and experience here than the average tourist ever notices!

  22. You’ve some beautiful images! Lovely to see and nostalgic having lived and worked on the island for many years – which inspired the start of our publishing venture Discovery Walking Guides. Now in Australia/UK – I still miss Tenerife!

    • Thank you. Most of the photos on this page really need updating I’m afraid. I’ve been intending to redesign the blog for over a year, but keep getting sidetracked! I was thrilled to hear from you because your walking guide to La Gomera is one of the books I brought with me! It’s still really useful!

  23. Just found your blog and have thoroughly enjoyed your photos. They brought back many wonderful memories of past times. My relatives lived in Puerto de la Cruz in the 80′s, but for health reasons returned to England early 90′s. My husband & myself stayed in touch with their Canarian friends for many years after. My relatives and their Canarian friends have now all passed away, but I will always have lovely memories of holidaying in Tenerife twice/three times a year over a period of nearly 20 years.

    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed them. Thank you for taking the time to comment, which is greatly, and for sharing those memories with us. I keep thinking I must update these photos, and indeed, I must! I will definitely return to Tenerife at some point, whether to stay or not, I don’t know at this point, but there will be more photos to add in the future, for sure!

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