don't stick to the main places, get out and about. There is much to see if you go and look
Fondest memory: the friendliness of the people. Although i can't speak the language, they apprieciated the fact that I did at least try to
Favorite thing: Such trees we don't have in Norway . The North side of Teneriffe is green while the South side is more desert like. On the island it is possible to experience four different climatic sones , so it is possible for most of us to see something we never seen before.
Fondest memory: Apologies to the poor camels for the trouble they received from us as we rode on them. We were laughing for the whole twenty minutes of the trip as the camel tried to wet our feet ... and soil our shoes. Myra may be 65 but you should have seen her feet move when the camel dispensed with a few gallons of water!
The island is very colourful. Having seen several volcanic places I was amazed at the brightness of the island. You have the black of the lava, the blue of the sea (and sky), the green of the plants and the pinks, reds, yellows of the beautiful little flowers that seem to be planted everywhere.
I was also impressed with how clean everything was. There was a noticeable absence of litter in the streets and on the beaches.
Fondest memory: We managed to find the arrival of Los Reyes (the Kings) as our trip coincided with Epiphany. The kings were throwing sweets to all of the children (and the bigger children too!!!) For the Spaniards (and people of the Canaries) this is a major celebration and really for them is very similar to the British Christmas Day.
Timanfaya nacional parque in lanzarote.
Really its just a load of lava rock a bit over rated but still worth a visit,if you do there is a fine restrante where you can have your lunch cooked over an oven that gets its heat directly from the crater
Drive through the desert to any secluded town or beach to make the most of the island.
Fondest memory: There is a little beach, like a lagoon after driving through the desert that is really nice. It has aquamarine water but shelves steeply, you can see where because the water looks dark blue (don't worry too much about the fact that people are fishing in the same place you're swimming). The water feels quite cold when you first get in but after you're used to it its ok. The tides aren't too strong as long as you stay in the aquamarine looking water because it is so sheltered so it isnt too hard to swim - you can just float.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the busiest ports in Spain, and its long harbour sees countless container ships, cruise liners and a host of inter-island ferries and jetfoils. Everything of interest lies within about 1km (0.6mi) of Plaza de España. The town has three museums, of which the Museo de la Naturaleza y El Hombre is easily the most interesting. It houses several Guanche mummies and skulls, a handful of artefacts, and a natural sciences section. The Museo de Bellas Artes is home to an eclectic mix of paintings by Canarian and Flemish artists, including Breughel, and war buffs will probably enjoy the Museo Militar de Almeyda, displaying the cannon that supposedly blew off Nelson's arm when he attacked Santa Cruz.
The Iglesia de San Francisco is a gorgeous baroque church built in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the austere façade of the Teatro Guimerá nearby belies a sumptuous interior. The city's oldest church is the Iglesia de la Concepción, which has a beautiful bell tower. African slaves were traded at the 17th century Castillo de San Juan on the waterfront. When you've had it with sightseeing, the Parque de García Sanabria is a great place to relax with a coffee at a shady teraza table, although you'll find cafes and terazas all over the city.
There are two airports on Tenerife and you can fly there from the Spanish mainland, a host of international destinations and all the other islands except La Gomera. You can also go by ferry, hydrofoil or jetfoil from all the other islands and Cádiz in mainland Spain. Santa Cruz is 95km (59mi) north-west of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Favorite thing: Explore the several small beaches at the southern part of the westcoast. My favorite one was in Puerto de Tazacorte, where you don´t have too big rocks and you can have both, waves and calm water. It also is not to far from the Los Llanos area where the most bungalows and appartments are located.
If you don´t need a big hotel, stay at the westcoast. The weather is much better there than on the eastside where it rains more often.
Take a hike along the vulcanic-route with breathtaking views over the island and after that enjoy a cortado (special coffee) at the main place in Los Llanos.
Fondest memory: The absolut best is the possibility to hike on high mountains and after that go swimming in the sea. The highest point on La Palma is the Roque de los Muchachos with 2426m.
BEWARE of TIMESHARE people! As soon as I stepped out of my hotel there were 2-3 guys trying to have my attention and following me 500m. This was really getting on my nerves as it was the same ritual every day. They became very rude after few days because I still didn't want to listen to their TimeShare story!
Anyway, it was the best way - just to ignore them because as soon as you stopped and talked, it was harder to get rid of them.
The southern part is unpleasantly artificial with dull looking concrete architecture and huge modern hotels everywhere.
...but never mind as long the is shining and it's warm!
In Playa de las Americas and Los christianos the main attraction is: sunbathing.
Nevertheless here you won't see beautiful white sand beaches - there are all gray due the volcanic soil.
The only 'golden' beach found on the biggest of all Canary Islands, is Las Teresitas, few kilometers from Santa Cruz. The reason: a man-made beach - the sand comes from Sahara desert!
Favorite thing: The central plateau of La Gomera contains the Garajonay National Park, declared by UNESCO as the Property of Humanity. It offers the Alto de Garajonay at 1450 m and the Cedro, a prehistoric sub-tropical rain forest with a large number of paths and tracks.
It was from the island of La Gomera that Christopher Columbus departured to the unknown world on 6th September 1492, and thus discovered America.
Another picture of La Gomera's rain forest El Cedro
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