My plan was simple: a short weekend break in January, with the simple purpose of escaping English winter; kicking back; and doing very little. The horrendous weather scuppered that. Luckily it turned out Tenerife island is incredibly diverse. It’s in fact well worth exploring beyond the tourist stalwart destinations of the south.
3 THINGS YOU REALLY CAN NOT MISS:
SUNSHINE | an island that boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year? Sold. If you’re unfortunate like us however, you might arrive to rain and temperatures barely nudging over 10 degrees. So much for winter sun! But not being able to rely on lounging around cocktail in hand, means the below are all the great bits we never would have seen.
HIRE A CAR | not part of the plan, but definitely worth it. Saw so much more of the island than the tourist areas of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos, and weren’t restricted just to Tenerife Sur.Also check out: made it as far north as Santa Cruz.
SANTIAGE DEL TEIDE TO MASCA | wow. This was one hairy road. Especially on an empty tank, worrying we were going to run out miles from any gasolina. But the views (for the passenger) are incredible, and plenty of panoramas and view points to pullover and take a pic.Also check out: El Rincon De Antonio in Los Gigantes.
3 THINGS WORTH A SNOOP:
TEIDE | apparently even on a grey day, get above the clouds atop of Spain’s highest mountain at and you’ll be basked in sunshine. Again, not so. Bad weather turned to sleet, turned to snow. The weather was so poor that the cable car was closed. Such a shame.
SAN MIGUEL DE ABONO | random find through airbnb, this lovely town high up in the hills looked (somewhat smugly) over the high rises of south island. It had a really authentic feel: actually needed to speak a fair bit of Spanish. There’s the essential quaint square with church, and an interesting enough main road. Tried some great Canarian food at La Tasquita de Nino.
CANDELARIA | stopped here for a cafe con leche in the sunshine. A lovely town on the coast complete with port, basilica and little calles full of some typical tourist tat.
3 THING TO STEER CLEAR:
PLAYA DE LAS AMERICAS | I guess it wasn’t that bad, but then we were totally out of season. I imagine this area in July lives up to all of my horror show expectations. Instead in January, Dane Bowers was a headline DJs at one of the clubs – says it all.
LORO PARQUE | a little judgemental to add this as we didn’t actually go. However killer whales in theme parks in 2015 doesn’t feel like something to be supported. There’s Siam Park instead.
TAXIS | before the hire car it was easy to burn through a fair few euros getting around between the key places. Car is a much better option.
1 THING I WISH I’D DONE:
PACKED JUMPERS | possibly a little optimistic taking 4 bikinis and little else in January….
AND KNOW THIS:
The Tenerife flag is the same as Scotland’s.