Tenerife: Part 2

The following a continuation from Callis crossing and her trip to Tenerife which I featured in March.

We spent the first part of our trip to Tenerife exploring Santa Cruz and the Teide volcano. Next on our agenda was Taganana Park. You can drive for hours just admiring the stunning scenery–I love landscapes that go from white sandy beaches to lush green mountains.

We stopped for lunch at a tiny restaurant, El Mirador, that looked like a run-down pub. They served some of the best fish I’ve ever eaten! We even gave Zoey her first taste of fish and she loved it too. Not only was the food delicious, but the view couldn’t be beat.

After lunch we went to San Andres beach. It wasn’t quite beach weather–the water was too cold to go in–but the sand was nice and warm. Zoey put her feet in the sand for the first time and didn’t love it. I guess we’ll just have to keep trying.

The next day we headed across the island to Garachico and the Masca Valley. The town was cute, and was the perfect spot for a nice cup of tea. The drive to and from the town is the main attraction though. The views are spectacular. It was pretty foggy again for part of the drive, but once it cleared up it was fantastic.

We stopped for lunch in Masca. The town is small, with only a few restaurants. This was the first day that felt a little touristy. The food wasn’t great and was overpriced, but again, the views more than make up for it. And I got to try cactus fruit ice cream with palm honey. It was delicious!

We couldn’t leave Tenerife without at least seeing what the fuss was all about down south. That’s why on our way to the airport we made one last pit stop to Playa de las Americas. This is exactly what I thought it would be. Tons of fish and chip stands; nightclubs/strip clubs; and tourist shops. I certainly see the appeal for a weekend away with the girls, but I’m glad we stayed up north for this trip. That didn’t stop us from enjoying one quick pina colada on the beach though!

It was such an unexpected, wonderful trip to Tenerife. Good food, beautiful scenery and a bit of sunshine–what more could I want?

My only comment on the above is that living on the island for over 10 years I haven´t personally seen any fish and chip stands, and only a couple of strip clubs let alone ‘tons’ am I missing something, or do people only see what they want to see?

For more info on Tenerife read the Red Queen Musings everyone’s favourite Tenerife Blog
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