Teide National Park is the biggest and oldest of the Canary Islands' parks. Its landscape is shaped around the biggest volcano in Spain: Teide, whose last eruption took place in 1798. The volcanic cones and the lava runs form an extraordinary group of colours and shapes, in which thrives a diverse flora of great biological importance.
In 1954, Teide National Park was founded in order to protect a landscape of impressive beauty and great ecological importance, that extended around the colossal volcano. Teide is a volcanic formation situated on an old and gigantic crater-like sunken area, shaped by two semi craters, separated by Roques de García. In the shelter of Teide live plants and animal species that are unique in the world. The diversity of plants is astounding: Teide broom, towers of jewels, echium virescens, bencomia stipulata, descurainia bourgaena, pterocephalus lasiospermus, silver thistle..The most important species in the park are the invertebrates. More than 700 species of insects are listed, 50% of which are endemic to the area. There are several species of reptiles (such as the tizon lizard) and birds (Egyptian vulture, sparrow hawk, kestrel, red kite). Mammals are scarce, but there are mouflons, rabbits and 5 species of bats.
Fondest memory: The attraction of this National Park lies in its flora, since it has 139 classified higher plants, 50 of which are endemic to the Canary Islands. Several of these natural gems are the tower of jewels, bencomia stipulata or the Teide violet, which has the honour of being the highest in the country.
Below you will find few useful words you can use while traveling in Tenerife:
Yes/no. = Sí/No.
Yes, please/No, thank you. = Sí, por favor/No, gracias.
Please. = Por favor.
Thank you. = Gracias.
You're welcome. = De nada.
Here is/are... = Aquí está/están...
Hello/Good morning. = Hola/Buenos días.
Good afternoon/Good evening. = Buenas tardes.
Goodbye. = Adiós.
Good night. = Buenas noches.
How are you? = ¿Cómo está?
Very well, thanks. = Muy bien gracias.
Excuse me. = Disculpe.
Do you speak English? = ¿Habla usted inglés?
Can you help me? = ¿Me puede ayudar?
I don't understand. = No entiendo.
I don't know. = No lo sé.
Leave me alone. = Déjeme en paz.
Please write it down. = Por favor, escríbalo.
Sorry. = Perdón.
Where? = ¿Dónde?
When? = ¿Cuándo?
Why? = ¿Por qué?
Who? = ¿Quién?
Which? = ¿Cuál?
Where is...? = ¿Dónde está...?
How much is it? = ¿Cuánto cuesta?
How many? = ¿Cuántos?
What's that? = ¿Qué es eso?
I'd like. = Me gustaría.
I want. = Quiero.
I'd like it. = Me gusta.
I don't like it. = No me gusta.
OK/Agreed. = OK/De acuerdo.
That's fine. = Está bien.
If you're anything like me, the first thing you look for in a good beach is a shower! Well Tenerife is definitely high on my list for places that provide this simple but in my opinion 'necessary' facility!
Every beach in Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos seems to have them - and they work!
For a small charge of 50c you can rent a locker right on the beach - now how good is that?! You get a key on a wristband so the whole process is simple.
They are available between the hours of 9am and 6pm.
Don't worry - they can be found easily along the promenade situated just at the edge of the beach. There are several purpose built cabins that can be found every few hundred yards or so as you walk the few km between Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos!
They are basic with a washbasin inside the cubicle and are generally clean (well clean enough!) and the best bit is they're free!!!
* Tourist Office
Plaza de España, 1
38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife)
- Tel.: (+34) 922 23 98 11 and 922 23 95 92
- Fax: (+34) 922 23 98 12
- www.canarias-turismo.com (and look for Tenerife) or
- www.canarias-turismo.com/es/islas/tenerife.php (Isla de Tenerife)
- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find, thanks to this website, anything you need if you go to the Canary Islands in general, or you just want to visit an Island in particular: Health, transportation, consulates...
The web is in different languages.
Tenerife has got a whole relaxed, surfish, careless air about it. Everyday is a holiday, even if you work, and even if you start your job at halv seven in the morning. Everyday is a party, you just have to find it.
It´s sunny, loads of gorgeus surfers (not so gorgeus waves though), and even the days when you´re feeling sick, it´s pouring down with rain and you just saw your big crush kiss another girl, it´s still.... not that bad.... Because you know that there´s a new adventure waiting around the corner, and things will be bright again.
Fondest memory: its a little bit too personal... it involves a certain italian guy, on a certain sofa, in this certain apartament, in a resedencial called san rafael (las tortugas). he said some stuff too me that I had been wanting to hear for a looong time, and... I have sooo many great memories from tenerife, but that night was really special. and its not so much about tenerife, rather about him, about him and me, but hes a really big memory that I have from tenerife, since hes been there all the time that Ive been there, with all the shared friends, parties and... experiences... so Id still say its my fondest memory of tenerife. Hes my fondest memory of tenerife.
What I remember best about the island, was the changing flora. It was just amazing driving from the beach to the centre of the island, where you will find Pico del Teide.
It all starts very green with lots of cacti. When you reach the clouds, the vegetation is kind of spooky, and above the clouds (above 2000m) the pine trees disappear and the landscape becomes volcanic with colours of black, green, ochre and yellow.
Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain and measures 3718 metres and it lies into one of the world's largest volcanic craters. It's a volcano into a volcano.
It is situated in the centre of the island, and is known as the "Jewel in the Canarian crown".
I enjoyed my trip to this volcano very much. It's a great experience, driving through bizarre landscapes of twisted lava-rock and pine forests. Don't miss it.
If you want to visit the LORO PARQUE visit it first and then consider visiting the Orchid Garden and the Botanic Garden in Puerto.
In the Loro Parque you will find a beautiful Orchid House and most of endemic and imported plants too. You can save up about 8 Euros.
Sleeping in Santa Cruz
- you have the best connections to the Anaga Mountains and to most remote places in the north part of the island
- during the carnival you can directly go from the streets to your bed, ask for room with windows going to the patio, not to the streets, otherwise you won't be allowed to sleep
- you won't have an impression that Tenerife is only one big home for the aged people, there are not so many tourists
- to get to the Teide National Park you have to change the bus in Puerto de la Cruz. From Puerto there is only one bus to the Park.
With so many beautiful landscapes, walks are an appropriate thing to do on Tenerife. Many paths exist all around the island. Some are quite hard, remember that the sun is quite heavy there :-) One of the most popular starts in Masca and gets down to the sea. People are brought by bus to Masca and start the walk there for +/- 2h30 until they reach the coast. Then they can have a swim in the sea and rest on the beach before the boat comes to pick them up. I’ve never done this walk, but having been to Masca, I know it must be so lovely !
I also noticed a lot of walks starting in the area of the Pico del Ingles and going in the Anaga mountain or the forests of las Mercedes.
Some people don’t like it because you can get quite dirty with the sand, but to me it represents the originality of Tenerife. The island is of volcanic origin, so white sand beaches is not really what you expect to find there. There are some, of course, that have been fitted out for tourists. A nice one, and probably the best of the island is Playa de Las Teresitas, next to Santa Cruz.
On this picture, little Mahé stands on a stone of the beach in Fanabe.
This is another Loro Parque tip. This time it is the Chimpanzees!
The environment that the Chimps live in at Loro Parque was built with quite a bit of care. In fact, the rock wall you might see inside was built by making a plaster cast of a rock wall in the South of the Island. I've heard of attention to detail, but that seems to be slightly over doing it!
Most of the Chimps here have been rescued. They were initially used by street photographers, who would use them when the young and cute, and then dump them when they got too big. However the two youngest chimps were actually born in Loro Parque.
Apparently when the Chimps were first put in this area, the viewing gallery had a mesh front. This is now glass for a very good reason! Chimps like to throw things, and they soon learnt that if they threw stuff at the mesh thy got quite a reaction from the humans they watch on the other side. Especially when what they threw happened to be excrement...