I took a lovely holiday with my fiancé a few weeks ago to Tenerife. As my old boss pointed out, it was the perfect response to the British election. I didn’t really understand what she meant until I looked up and realised we were absolutely surrounded by British people discussing the election. Ha! My auntie likened the Canary islands as being a similar destination as Florida for Canadians. Since Tenerife was so inexpensive we were able to afford a 4-star hotel in Los Cristianos (H10 Big Sur). The boutique-like hotel was exactly what we were looking for. We had read some complaints that it was full of seniors who weren’t up for a chat but that suited us perfectly. In fact, we were usually in bed long before all the seniors were finished partying poolside. The service was spectacular and the food wasn’t half-bad either.
We were initially booked for a mountain-view room but were upgraded to a pool view which we were pretty pleased about.
There was even a resident black cat that hung around the pool all day so obviously I was pleased-as-punch.
The architecture and colours were what really struck me about the area around Los Cristianos and Los Americanos.
We went whale-watching and saw a number of bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales but sadly my photos from that didn’t turn out very well. The following day we went on a tour of the island to see the dormant volcano: Teide. It has the highest summit in Spain and is a World Heritage Site. This was really our reason for picking Tenerife since neither of us had ever seen a dormant volcano!
Some of the plant life in the area was absolutely stunning! I took a good few photos and have narrowed it down to these. We also saw a ton of little lizards scuttling around but they were too quick to snap a photo of.
Driving by some of the hundred-year-old lava flows was absolutely amazing. You weren’t allowed to walk along them though since they would tear through your trainers pretty quickly. We didn’t have time to go up the Volcano, unfortunately, which according to my pal and fellow blogger Deirdre O’Brien (from Penelope’s Bed) was quite an amazing experience. I was really glad I wore my super-light cotton dress from Free People since it was only twenty six that day but it felt like it was in the thirties! The switchbacks up and down the mountain side were absolutely brutal, but the views couldn’t be beat. We took a quick break where I snapped a few photos.
Next we were onto a traditional Spanish town where we had some amazing sangria and bought some hand-embroidered table linens for a decent price.
If we ever make it back to Tenerife I think I’d definitely like to stay in Santa Cruz (the north side of the island). I did manage to get in a bit of shopping on the south side of the island, but according to my friend Dee there were some deals to be had in Santa Cruz. I would definitely recommend visiting Tenerife Pearl if you get the chance since they have such amazing deals and customer service. This trip has definitely imbued me with a desire to learn some Spanish, even minimally.