Tenerife Journals

Two weeks in the sun

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An October 2000 trip to Tenerife by MichaelJM

Los Gigantes Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands More Photos
Quote: This was our first"Last Minute" booking for a winter break on a package tour. All we knew was that we were going to Tenerife.What to expect...

Two weeks in the sun

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Overview

Tenerife Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Mount Teide is the island’s most striking and most visited feature. Certainly don’t leave the island without visiting it. "The Snowy Mountain" (the meaning of the name Tenerife) is divided in two by the volcano and has distinct climates–damp and lushly vegetated in the north and sunny and dry in the south. One day, as we crossed the summit, we moved from damp, misty weather to bright sunshine–we could virtually see the line where the conditions changed. The Dragon Tree is worth looking out for. It’s a strange tree that looks a little like a cactus on a stick. The most famous on the island is the gigantic specimen at Icod de los Vinos, which is reported to be thousands of years old. Jus...Read More

Ocean Palace Hotel

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Hotel | "Ocean Palace"

Ocean Palace Hotel Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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The Ocean Palace Hotel is located in Fanabe on the outskirts of Playa de las Americas. This four-star hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the beach, but it is towards the top of a fairly steep hill, so you need to be fit and healthy to manage the walk. Within 5 minutes, there’s a small commercial centre (it was just being built when we were there, but it promised shops and restaurants). We liked its position because it was sufficiently far away from the brouhaha of the main tourist area. Playa was only 2.5km away and could be easily reached by bus or taxi, although generally we preferred to walk. When we holidayed here, it was an attractive, clean, and new apartment block offering four-star fac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2004

Ocean Palace Hotel
Jardines Del Duque
Tenerife, Spain

Los Gigantes Resort

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Attraction

Los Gigantes Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Los Gigantes is a small resort on the northwest coast of Tenerife and was so different to the area around Playa de las Americas. It derives its name from the dramatic and imposing cliffs, "The Giants", which dominate the resort. We had been struck on our journey from the south of the island how the countryside "greened-up" as we travelled north, and in fairness how the clouds took over. The north is much more prone to rain and once we left Los Gigantes we were subjected to a fine "mizzle" for the rest of the day. We had great difficulty in parking in this place and finally opted for the healthy approach, parked at the top of the hill and walked down. Even this was a little treacherous, as th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 21, 2004

Masca Mountain Village

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Attraction | "The Lost Village"

Masca Mountain Village Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Masca is a little further north than Los Gigantes and is described as the lost village of Tenerife. The road to this remote village is a little hairy, full of twists and turns on narrow tracks with some rather steep drops. However, there are a number of lay-bys giving plenty of opportunity to pull over and take in the stunning views of the Teno region. It’s only in the last three decades that Masca has been accessible by road, and interesting enough, this has not encouraged people to live here. Indeed the village community has been seriously reduced, with over 80% having left since the road was created. Now it’s left to those who see the financial opportunities of tourism and cafés, re...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2004

Masca Mountain Village

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Teide National Park/Mount Teide

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Attraction | "Mount Teide National Park"

Teide National Park/Mount Teide Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Dominating the whole of the island is Mount Teide, the still active volcanic mountain that is surrounded by some of the most incredible landscape. There is only one road that takes you to the base, and then you can choose to walk to the summit or take the 8-minute cable car. I know which I prefer, but I guess I’m getting lazy in my more mature years. The way to the summit is strangely paradoxical in so far as this barren and uncompromising landscape is so haunting and attractive. As you approach the two main cones of the centrepiece, Pico Veijo and Pico del Teide stand proudly and somewhat dauntingly in front of you. The foreground is no less interesting, and of particular note are the ostentati...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2004

Teide National Park/Mount Teide

Tenerife, Canary Islands