Jetski from Las Galletas – Tenerife

Ever fancied a spot of jet-skiing – see how its done

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Weather 28th February 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Another bright and sunny day above Los Cristianos, temperatures are 19°C but it isn’t yet 8.45 am.  There are a few more clouds on the horizon than yesterday at this time but still looking good.

Bright

Yesterday was another hot and sunny day, hardly and cloud and temperatures of 25°C for most of the afternoon.  Evenings though are still on the cool side.

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I have been seeing the levelled patch of sand on Las Vistas beach for days and this morning we have a digger.  I assumed they were going to add more hard standing for the sun beds but there is now a mound of sand. 

The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 6.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.  You can also watch the time-lapse webcam for the previous day.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

Puerto de la Cruz

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Intensive Tenerife Part 4

Don’t be a tourist, be a traveller!

The following is a 4 day trip – by   which was first posted in WebTenerife

Day 4:

Today I’ll tell you more about our 4-day trip to the wonderful island Tenerife, especially about my peaceful experience in the ecological treasure: the Isla Baja (Low Island). Early in the morning we got up to explore the north-east of Tenerife. I still can feel the warm sun on my skin, highlighting the mountains, drawing contrasts and the shadows and the light reflected by the sea – a real treat for your eyes… And there is no doubt; the volcano really did a great job by creating those unique shapes in the Teno Rural Park. It seems like someone had put a green blanket on the mountains which fall down to the sea with their wrinkles…

Teno 2

Teno 1
First of all we went to the charming village Garachico which once was the commercial capital of the island. It still preserves its traditional flavor. The richness of the local scenery and its architecture is absolutely remarkable. Apart from Garachico 3 other districts belong to the Isla Baja: Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos and El Tanque

Garachico 1

Garachico 2
I really fell in love with the small hotels there, so cute and really beautiful… So for your stay I recommend you the “casas rurales” (rural houses) or small charming hotels. It’s the most typical accommodation with an authentic flair and a family atmosphere.

Hotel El Patio

Hotel San Roque

Hotel San Roque 2
And in general, to whom do I recommend the Isla Baja?
It’s one of the parts of the island where you should go if you are looking for a haven of tranquility. It’s perfect for all those of you that want to be close to nature and want to spend a holiday far away from mass tourism… The Teno Rural Park offers a lot of possibilities for outdoor activities but you also can simply enjoy the quiet of the countryside.
For instance, you can take a dip in a volcanic rock pool. You can find them along the coast, in the whole area.

Natural seawater swimming pools
After our visit in Garachico, we have had a demonstration of a unique technique developed by the Canarians centuries ago to be able to do quick and agile movements in steep terrain. The so-called shepherd’s leap (Spanish: Salto del pastor) is practised throughout the Canary Islands and it’s still a spectacular folk sport.
The practitioner leaps down from heights of up to eight metres, jamming his/her garrotte into the ground below and then sliding down the pole.
We were really impressed by the demonstration and they even invited us for lunch:
– Salad with cured cheese and honey
– Papas arrugadas, fish and Mojo Sauce, which means: wrinkled potatoes, the famous Mojo Sauce and grilled fresh fish
– Fig ice cream cake with hot chocolate sauce/topping

Fish, potatoes, mojo
Mmmmmmm… Everything was extremely delicious.
It definitely was an intensive trip for all our senses… Tenerife has so many things, places, tidbits to offer… All the impressions and the experiences I gained in only 4 days, gave me so much power and energy and I know in Tenerife you can have it all: active tourism, all types of sports, or just relax, see exotic animals and plants, diversity of landscape (from different colored beaches to the highest peak in Spain!) if you want to stay in a holiday resort with your family or prefer an idyllic, peaceful place to enjoy with your sweetheart…

I´ll come back! So, see you in Tenerife ;-)

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Weather 27th February 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Another bright and sunny day above Los Cristianos, the sea looks lovely as the water dances and sparkles and temperatures are 22°C under our awning as we sit drinking coffee and admiring the view.

Bright

Yesterday felt as if summer had arrived, the heat came off the tarmac in waves, uncut grass browned through lack of rain and temperatures sizzled at 26°C in the shade and the Adeje/ Arona forecast for the weekend looks set for more of the same.

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Capture

The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 6.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.  You can also watch the time-lapse webcam for the previous day.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

Puerto de la Cruz

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Round up of the News

The first phase of South hospital going at a good pace

The South PROHOSPITAL platform recognise that the works of the first phase of the hospital for this region of the island are well under way and therefore wants to publicly acknowledge the complex work of the construction company that, despite the many setbacks, the work will be completed on time at end of March this year. But the group is very concerned with the start of the second phase, comprising the construction of operating rooms, delivery rooms and 18 beds for obstetrics and neonates.  Full Story Diario de Avisos

Rise XIII Automobile Arona – La Escalona 2015

9_18600_1A special date for sports fans that promises to be spectacular. Location: Highway TF-51 Arona – Vilaflor from Friday 20th March until Sunday 22nd March 2015 

University may make decision to move

Relations between La Laguna University and the city have reached a low point after the vice-chancellor threatened to move the Faculty of Education to Santa Cruz. The row began when planning permission for expansion of the faculty was rejected by the city council. The department is one of the largest at the university and is currently overcrowded. Currently 2,600 students are reading there. The vice-chancellor is believed to have said if no alternative could be found, they would look to neighbour and rival Santa Cruz.  Source: Canaries News

The staff of Lake Martiánez reach an agreement

After nearly a month of negotiations the workers and the company that manages the bars and cafes of Lake Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz, have reached an agreement that allows the latter to initiate a regulation Temporary Files Employment (ERTE) affecting 35 of the 50 employees who work in the leisure facilities. This was confirmed to this newspaper by Inter Canaria, staff representative, who added that the measure would runs until February 2017, although in the period between July 15 and September 15 work would be full time because of the high season and holidays. During the remaining months each employee will experience a reduction in working hours between 24% and 40%. Source: Diario de Avisos

Controversial project nearing completion

The central section around the bridge

The building project of channeling the last mile or so of the barranco, the mostly dry river bed, in Valle Gran Rey is now finally nearing completion. The work began a few years ago amid massive protests and many changes were made to the original plans. Then more than a year ago work stopped completely and the large building site was fenced off and left unfinished.  Lately the diggers and trucks have come back and it is hoped that the dust will eventually settle, leaving the lower barranco as a concrete and stone channel with associated site works such as car parking, a new road and some green areas. Curiously some of the previously carried out work has been pulled down again e.g. lines of kerbstones and a stretch of the concrete channel near the sea. Another change of the plans? A word of warning: Do not enter the channel itself at its end as there is absolutely no way out anywhere further up.  Thanks to Willie and  La Gomera Blog

Police use Facebook to help expat drivers

NEARLY 3,000 people have been gaining valuable driving information from the Guardia Civil’s new Facebook page, launched recently.Set up by Francisco Morales, an officer attached to Torrevieja’s traffic department, with help from his colleagues, the site has far exceeded expectations with hundreds ‘liking’ the page each day. Following changes in the law regarding driving licences, Morales set up the page to explain the law in English for expatriates. “There have been many changes in the law in recent months and a lot of Spanish drivers don’t know about them, so how can expats be expected to know? So I set up the page and thought I could add information and articles in my spare time, but it has been flooded with questions and followers,” Morales remarked. A Guardia Civil officer since 2002, Morales hopes the page will break down the barriers between residents and police and give drivers a better understanding of the law and rules and regulations, and ultimately make the roads safer for everyone, lowering the accident rate and preventing people from getting fined. But isn’t that what their job is, fining people? “Yes,” said Morales, “but we don’t want to be fining people because they don’t know the law. I want to fine you for breaking the law that I know you know. We also want to educate people about why they are being fined and why those rules are in place.” And the question of the UK driving licence? “If it is a valid 10-year driving licence you are OK to drive with it in Spain. When it expires, you have to renew it with a Spanish one,” he said.Readers are invited to ask Morales driving-related questions via his Facebook page Source: Euro Weekly

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Weather 26th February 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

The sun is shining, the sky is blue but there is a slight haze around Mount Guaza. Temperatures are currently 21°C but feels warmer so going to be a nice day I think.

Our Walk

Didn’t do anything yesterday other than sit in the back garden and try to read a book while waiting to collect my two girls from the vets.  It felt very hot but I didn´t think to check the thermometer so can only guess it was around 24-25°C in the shade and there wasn´t much of that around.

Bright

The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 6.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.  You can also watch the time-lapse webcam for the previous day.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

Obviously problems at the moment with the Las Vistas webcam, it didn´t come on until almost 4.00pm yesterday so the times are a little out and the first image is from a different camera but as it is constantly live I can´t be around at specific times to grab the images. :-(

Puerto de la Cruz

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The enticing island of Tenerife

The mere mention of Tenerife to those who know its history, will normally engender thoughts of British holidaymakers supping copious amounts of lager, while eating good old fry ups and reading The Sun newspaper as they gradually begin to resemble red lobsters.

The southern part of the island where the main resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas are situated, are the likely locations where you would envisage such things to take place. Most Tenerife travel guides and tour operators seem to have omitted many of the minor but still important attractions on the island, so it’s up to the individual to make the effort and explore other locations by adding them in their holiday itinerary.

Did you know that Tenerife produces good quality wines and there is a location on the island for skiing and snowboarding during the colder months? Yet, the golden sandy beaches are less than an hour away by car.

The above examples are just some of the many things that the island offers, examples that many never get to explore or experience. There is a different side of Tenerife that is just a short drive away and it is in the North of the island, close to where the original tourist resort of Puerto de la Cruz is situated.

Garachico on the enticing island of Tenerife

The Tenerife that I know, is one of small family run restaurants where fry ups are not on the menu and close knit communities work together to help each other. Where friendships last a lifetime and family bonds grow ever stronger.

Away from the dry and arid concrete jungles of the South, the North offers lush vegetation where banana plantations sprout up on the sides of forest hugging roads that lead to some of the most spectacular hiking trails in of all Europe. With as many as twelve microclimates in such a small area, is it any wonder that climatic changes can take place quite dramatically in the blink of an eye.

Mt Teide on the enticing island of Tenerife

Some of the locations can take on an otherworldly appearance. Adding uncanny looking lunar landscapes to this formula, it’s hardly surprising that there have been many claims of UFO sightings in this region, specifically around the base of the Teide volcano where the lunar experience is at its most prominent.

Masca on the enticing island of Tenerife

The days in this region are much milder and mistier which is why it is home to most of the agriculture on the island owing to the more favourable conditions.

Being descendants of the original inhabitants known as the Guanche, it’s not hard to see why the locals have a knack for agriculture because their forefathers were also known as very good agriculturalists as well as warriors.

Garachico on the enticing island of Tenerife

Exploring this region of the island, you soon start to feel an affinity for its people and culture and because much of the Western ideals have been ignored, it leaves a certain purity that makes it so unique. From the cobbled streets of La Orotava and its vineyards, to the town of Garachico and its inspirational architecture of a bygone era, you are never short of picturesque and quaint sights.

For those planning a visit to the island, I recommend you immerse yourself in what the North of the island can offer you and make your trip a truly memorable one.

The above is an old article first Published on 14/02/2013 by Life Share Travel but well worth another read.

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