You will not see a thing
Because of the unusual weather patterns of Isla de Tenerife you could be unlucky enough to miss the views entirely.
Some days it is so cloudy up "in the clouds" you will not see a thing so your trip is in vain.
Unique Suggestions: So stay at the time of year you are most likely to be sure of good views. We were there late November and weather was perfect. Consult VT for weather information websites!
Fun Alternatives: Stay a little longer to give a fine day time to come. Do not waste good days in your resort. "Thats not living...getting out there is living" Check with your tour operator or have your own car so you can choose .
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
Getting up El Teide - be early!
If you're planning on heading all the way up to the peak of El Teide, you need to use the cable car. It's best to be there as early as possible, as waiting time can apparently stretch into a couple of hours if there are coach tours planning on heading up as well.
In the winter the Cable car can also be out of service to to ice on the cable.
Unique Suggestions: Try be there by 9.30 at the latest - most coach tours would leave the hotel between 8 and 9, so you should have some decent availability then.
Fun Alternatives: Well, if you want to go up the highest peak in Spain, there's not really much of an alternative, is there :p
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Be aware when calling overseas!!
Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson!
Unique Suggestions: A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates.
I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and weekends, or 6 cents at daytime. It is also so easy to use, i have been using it for 4 months now. highly recommended!!!
I've used it to call the US, UK, France, Italy and some other places where i have friends. I think they have more than 60 countries, so chances are yours will be listed.
When you dial the number,902 99 53 01, and then get the operator, just press 1, and 00 plus your country code and your friends number. Believe is worth it! I think you can use it form a mobile phone also with rates around 20 cents a minute or something like that.
if you want details or list of countries the page is www.iCallCheap.com in English and www.TelefonoBarato.com in Spanish. just check it out, you'll thank me :)
- Budget Travel
El Teide in Winter... don't bother
We thought it would be great to go up the cable car to the top of the volcano, especially since there was snow at the top. The tour operator said the tour was going ahead. What they forgot to mention until we were almost there, was that although the cable car station was open, the lines at the top of the volcano were frozen and therefore the cable car wasn't running. Of course they knew this before we left, and I would not have been so annoyed if they had just been honest and made the effort to take us somewhere else as an alternate outing. Our coach wasn't the only one with disappointed tourists. So my advice, if you are travelling in winter, and if there is snow, or possibility of snow, is to call the cable car station to check whether the cars are running.
Great views of loads of rocks though...
Unique Suggestions: Well don't bother with buying anything from the cafe, but do take a seat at one of the windows, while everyone else queues up! There's also a little gift shop, or else you can take a seat on the wall outside and enjoy the view.
Fun Alternatives: Go for the 4X4 trip - they looked like they were having LOADS of fun!
We were lucky or just have unfriendly faces but people were bothered lots by touts. Local council please not allowing touts gives your island a bad name.
Unique Suggestions: If they approach just keep walking they will eventually stop talking to you.
Fun Alternatives: Or you could take the fun out of them, we tried saying in English sorry don't speak English. We Tried selling them something, a card given by a different tout, or just say something totally off the wall, like will it bring my heating bills down at home. Or just be rude if you must, but mainly just ignore.
- Family Travel
Poor girls not had a punter all morning???? This lady has got the answer she probably learned the hard way. even at the Sunday market but as she said KEEP ON WALKING
Unique Suggestions: keep talking to someone else
Fun Alternatives: Take a regular tour bus but dont buy the recommended rubbish chose your own
- Horse Riding
Road to the north of the island
If one would like to travel from Los Cristianos (Playa de la Americas) to the northern part of the island (Where Puerto Cruz and Loro Parque are located) consider that if you would like to go there faster then please do not go over the mountains (road TF 28) but go to Santa Cruz and then to Loro Parque. It seems that it is longer road to take (it is if you see the miles/km passed), but believe me you will arrive in Puerto much faster that way . The roads over the mounatain are so narrow and thin ,it is impossible to drive more than 40km/h .
But if you want to see real Tenerife take this road and make lots of breaks to enjoy in the beautiful landscaapes over the north part of the island.
Fun Alternatives: Take the freeway from Los Cristianos to Santa Cruz (TF1) and then go to Loro Parque and Puerto Cruz.
- Family Travel
Restaurant Teide in El Portillo
It is a well-decorated place with unique location on the top of volcano. And it has a great view to the Tede but it also has an absolutely dreadful food and the most horrible service I have ever met in Spain. New tourists will come tomorrow, so they do not care about being good. The potato was cold, old and not chewable, rabbit stew was tough and consisted mostly of bones, not meat. Hamburger looked like a peace of yesterday’s boiled sausage, my daughter did not even risked to try it. We had to hunt for some salt ourselves since our waitress left immediately after bringing food and we have not seen her until she brought our bill. Should I mention that this bill was more than 40 euros for two-person meal with no wine?
Fun Alternatives: Just bring some sandwiches with you and do not waist your time and money in the restaurant
Where not to park the car
Please do not park the car in the areas with yellow colours.
They are booked only for taxi and public transport.
I was a witness when one guy had parked the car just to buy some things of supermarcet.
Out of nowhere a Policeman was there and writing a ticket....
After 3 minutes came some service people and car was taken away under the assistance of the policeman.
I do not know what happened later, but I assume that it costed the driver over 100 EUR....
- Family Travel
Los Cristianos - Avoid!
Los Cristianos used to be a little fishing village which I'm sure had charm in its day - Now it has a population of 150,000 and is a sprawling conurbation of high rise hotels, English/Irish pubs and fish & chip cafes. You are more likely to hear English than Spanish spoken here .. more often than not with a Cockney accent, the place is popular with elderly Brits as well as the rotund football shirt wearing crowd. If this is your thing then fine, I spent just a few hours in the place and hated it with a vengeance!
Avoid the Electronics Part 2
I have also seen refurbished items, digital cameras etc etc selling for the same prices as the brand new ones. Canon mark thier cameras with a different model number.
I have even see FAKE items in the electronic shops, good fakes but still FAKE and at the same price or just below the real thing!!
Be warned. Check the users manual, I saw a lots of english spelling mistakes, the was a Canon camera, and Canon would not have errors in their manuals.
If you really want to buy something. There are loads of Internet cafes around, take an hour and check out prices back home, www.ebuyer.com, kelkoo.co.uk etc etc. Also do a google on the model number see if it comes up as a refurbished item.
I have been thrown out of a shop for telling the salesman that I could buy the same item back home cheaper, he asked where and I said "on the internet".
AVOID THE ELECTRONIC SHOPS
Once over in Tenerife YOU will see loads of electronic shops selling every possible electronic gadget. HOWEVER, in most shops (not all see below) you will find prices in the window that are too good to be true, THEY ARE!!
What will happen is you go in asking about a great buy, but once inside the assistant will tell you that the price is either not the same product you think it is or they will say this is a heap of junk ie. a 350k pixel camera Then they will try to sell you something else.
The best con I have seen was a few years back... a Sony Waterproof cassette Walkman (I did say a few years back), the price was really cheap, but once in side the sales man said this is rubbish, hear listen, the sound was really bad, he tried to sell me a different make (a real heap), on closer inspection there was a piece of sticky tape over the head of the Sony Walkman, I said I'll take this one, after pointing out the sticky tape, the sales man refused saying they had none is stock.
A similar one on a camcorder, is that they will adjust the brightness and contrast to make a good name look crap.
OR they will say a low price and then say you need X, Y, & Z. (usch as power pack, battery, leads etc) all pushing up the original price and they will not sell it too you at the low price OR else they say I dont have one in stock come back tomorrow, you go back, they say come back tonight.
YOU CAN GET BETTER PRICES BACK HOME OR SIMILAR PRICES.
Unique Suggestions: Go to a good shop ask your hotel rep or receptionist.
Fun Alternatives: Buy back home it is safer and if anything goes wrong you can take the item back to the shop you bought it from.
Time Share Hotels
Be very very wary of what your time-share hotel offers you. We got a reduced rate on a hotel thanks to some friends with a time share. We loved the hotel but some of the deals they offered weren't all they were chalked up to be. Always check for other prices for the deal offers. Some are nice and convenient with the travel (roads can be troublesome) but others aren't so great. Be sure to double check.
Unique Suggestions: Look around. There are so many companies competing for business that you can find some things quite cheap.
Fun Alternatives: Get your rental car and go for a drive! There are great markets and historical places all over.
Be careful with the streets photographers
While I was taking a walk in the beautiful streets in Puerto de la Cruz I saw some photographers taking photos to tourists. They carried parrots and stopped tourists putting on their shoulders parrots and then they took a pic. Well they charge a lot for that pic, so be careful if you don’t want to pay that.
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
- Budget Travel
Paddy didn't come from the Highlands.
I personally can't stand going abroad & finding "home" on my doorstep.
Far too many English Style pubs with wall to wall football
Fun Alternatives: Find a local restaurant - easy to find - your fellow customers will be speaking spanish.
- Family Travel
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