Tenerife Journals

2 Weeks in the Canary Islands

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An October 2012 trip to Tenerife by Joy S

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Canary Islands Overview

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We had always dismissed the Canary Islands as a holiday destination - not for us, we thought, believing the islands to be only for package holidaymakers in search of sun, sea and sand. Nothing cultural or interesting, and a destination that, until now, we had left off our "travel list." How wrong we were!Our son had a 2 week school holiday at the end of October, and our requirements for this trip were sunshine and pleasant weather, a relaxing location and a flight time of less than 5 hours. We searched and thought, and reluctantly came to the realisation that the Canary Islands were just about the only location that matched our needs. So we booked a holiday there.During thi...Read More

Tenerife Overview

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Tenerife is the biggest island in the Canary Islands and is also probably the most well-known. 10 million people visit this island every year - in October we were some of those.In the past, we thought of Tenerife as a sun, sand and sea destination and package holiday heaven. We knew that lots of British and German tourists especially, travelled here particularly during the winter months, to get some sunshine. We thought that was all Tenerife had to offer, but 2 weeks there completely changed our opinions. There is so much more to this beautiful island.The weather is wonderful on Tenerife. At the end of October, we left shivering Britain and emerged from our plane, just 4.5...Read More

Tips and Hints - Part 1

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* Flying time from the UK to Tenerife is around 4.5 hours. On the way back for us, the flight took just 3.5 hours. There is a lot of choice of airlines and flights from the UK to the Canary Islands. There are charter flights, lots of low cost airlines fly here and in addition the regular airlines like BA also offer a wide selection of flights. There are 2 airports on Tenerife - one in the North and one in the South. Flights from the UK generally tend to land at the South airport - Tenerife Sur Renia Sofia.* The local cuisine on the island includes lots of seafood and paella. Bananas grow everywhere here, so not surprisingly they use these a lot. Canarian bananas are much smaller th...Read More

Hints and Tips - Part 2

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* Some parts of Tenerife are very developed and cater for the mass market. We visited Playa de las Americas and a couple of the other main resorts out of curiousity. They are heavily developed, not particularly tatty, but still comercialised with slot machines and such like. You do only though, have to go about 3 or 4 miles from these really touristy places to find a different world - palm trees and pine trees and beautiful scenery. We stayed on the south west coast in the Guia de Isora region. This, I thought, was perfect. the coast is unspoilt but it has the best of both worlds - good amenities and facilities, but not so built up and full of concrete.* Tenerife is very child friend...Read More

Alcala

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Our hotel was in the sleepy little town of Alcala, on the south west coast of Tenerife. There is not much to the town - it is just a little bolthole. It has a very relaxed air and you instantly forget and disregard time and pay no attention to the clock. One day, and we had slipped quickly and easily into this slow pace of life. It is all about lazy days in the sun here and chilling out.The main street has a few shops, a supermarket and a pharmacy. There are a couple of cheap and cheerful sell-everything type souvenir shops. We bought some water toys for our son to use in the pool, they were very cheap here. There are a couple of shoe shops, some sports shops and a small supermarket...Read More

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