A Sunday Morning in Tenerife

Up on Sunday morning, quick cup of tea and then out to the Agriculture Market in Guimar Town, it's open every Sunday morning, always lively plenty of stalls full of fresh veggies straight from the fields, the prices are fantastic, the picture is just a sample of what we bought for 10€, can't be bad, it's a great atmosphere there everyone is  friendly and ready to explain the different fruits and veggies ( and there are some very different ones ) they will even explain how to prepare and cook them if you need to know.

Then a walk through Guimar Town, there was a Tapa's route in the Town, so we couldn't resist stopping for a coffee , read the menu's and decided that we must get back there one evening !!!

Driving along the TF1 on the way home, had to call into of the coastal villages and take this photo of one of the tall ships we noticed sailing by , we had noticed when we were in Santa Cruz earlier in the week that there where a few Tall Ships gathering there waiting for the trade winds, there was one very old one in dry dock having some work done it that looked really interesting. 

Just a normal Sunday Morning in Tenerife.

Arico, a municipal on the South East of Tenerife, stretching from the coast to the mountainous forest.

In past years not really known as a tourist destination, but in recent years is has been enjoyed by many visitors for it's rural hotels, rock climbing and hiking routes.

There is lots to explore, the municipal has for many years been very well know among climbers for the level of difficulty offered to them and in the past five or six years the walking paths have been very well marked out for the walkers and hikers enabling them to see interesting historic villages and beautiful scenery, which would otherwise be missed.
As well as the leisure activities, there are plenty of options for the less energetic among us. The historic Villages of Arico Nuevo and Icor are easily accessible by car along the via the TF28 ,  by taking the the turn to El Bueno and following the road upwards to will come to  'Finca El Helecho'    a working Finca (Farm) demonstrating how the land was farmed originally and typical breeds of farm animals which used to be plentiful on the islands, well worth a visit.

Arico is also well know for it's Honey making bees, which can be found in the same area.  Arico municipal dates back to the Original Guanches and because if this there is a lot of history and places of interest to be found, original crafts such as  Stone Masonry, carpentry, glass work and much more has been passed down from generation to generation. The same also applies food production, Arico has won many  International Awards for it's cheeses and wines, add to that Honey and Breads of the zone, it's a place not to be missed. Why not take the opportunity to explore the Municipal during the month of November whilst the ' Jornadas De La Meil'  is taking place, where you can enjoy the local cuisine.


Arico Tourist Site -

 ' Jornadas De La Meil'   -


Photo's from - http://www.arico.es


San Miguel de Abona

The Borough of San Miguel De Abona dates back to the Guanches of the Menceyato and has recently been declared 'Property of Cultural Interest' in the Historic group category, it is one of the best preserved throughout the South of the island of Tenerife.

 The Borough covers a vast area from Vilaflor to the coast. The old town itself is well worth while spending a little while walking around it , click here for a walking map of the town, which has all the interesting places and building marked.

This is a town that always has a lot going on, keeping the old traditions and customs going.

Outside of the town itself , there is lots more to explore, the scenery is fantastic with plenty of marked out routes for you to walk or just to drive along the little roads and take it all in, there are plenty of stopping places where you can stop and look at the views.

Down on the coast you will find the 'Marina San Miguel, along with Golf Courses and  a little inland there is the commercial zone where you will find, on certain days the Agricultral Market, here you can buy all your fresh veg which has been grown in the area.

As you can see there is plenty to explore in this Municipal, so allow plenty of time

Photo's from -  http://www.sanmigueldeabona.es/

Santa Cruz De Tenerife

The city of Santa Cruz is very often missed by the tourist, but it is a beautiful city. Santa Cruz became the capital of Tenerife when the Canary Islands were spilt into two provinces in 1927.

During the working week the city is all hustle and bustle as you would expect from the business centre of Tenerife. The city nestles in a bay surrounded by the Anaga hills in the north-east of the Island.

Santa Cruz gained importance on the island with the growth of the port and the oil refinery, adding to the city's economy are the cigar-making factories and fish processing plants.

There are many parks in Santa Cruz the main one being 'Parque Municipal Garcia Santabria', in the last few years the parks 15 acres has had a complete face lift and is well worth a visit, you will find some of the works on display from the 'Museo de Esculturas al Aire Libre' (Museum of outdoor Sculptures), including works of Henry Moore, Joan Miró and José Abad. The park is named after a former mayor of Santa Cruz and contains many fine old trees and tropical plants, not forgetting the 'Famous flower clock'. All in all it gives off a very relaxing atmosphere with it's fountain in the centre and shady areas just to sit and contemplate.

The Rambla General Franco is an impressive wide avenue along which lies the cities best residential district, some of the building themselves are very impressive, at the port end of the Rambla you will find the Military Museum one of the many Museums in the city.

Every Sunday morning there is a rastro market which takes place at the bottom of Tres Mayo very near to the bus station on the sea front. It is a combination of locals selling their products with a section designated to a 'car boot', all of which surrounds the African Market which is open every day of the week and there you will find all your fresh foods and lot's more including a wonderful flower market.

In June 2007 the tranvia (Tram) came into service, running over a 12.5 km line which links the terminal ( where the bus station and the tram meets) with Avenida de la Trinidad in La Laguna. The route takes you by the History Museum and the Candelaria Hospital amongst other well known points in Santa Cruz.

Photo's from - commons.wikimedia.org

Tenerife South- In The Hills

Tenerife South is drier and warmer than Tenerife North, taken as a average over a year.

Tenerife North is not by any stretch of the imagination cold and it does not rain all the time, it's just damper than the south especially during the winter months, which in Tenerife are from November to March.

The south of the island is a large area, the pictures you see here are more to the South East of the Island looking down from the mountains above Arafo along the south coast, with Gran Canaria being the other Island that you can see
When you think of South Tenerife you automatically think of Playa De Las Americas and Los Cristianos, these being the main tourist areas on the south of the island.

There is much to see and explore away from these tourist areas, please do not fall into the trap of thinking that it's where the youngsters come to drink the night away and then sleep if of on the beach during the day, Yes, they still do it, but it's confined to a very small area of Playa De Las Americas called 'Veronica's', even this area has been regenerated over the last few years and is not the eye sore that it used to be and at night there is a good Police Presence to make sure that there are no problems. 

The best way to explore is by car, there are always good Car Hire deals to be had, if you don't like or don't feel confident driving abroad, the Titsa bus service on the Island is excellent and covers most of the Island and it's not expensive. The alternative is to book your self on the Island Tours, which cover all the main attractions. 

There are plenty of Rural Hotels (Casa Rurals) on the Island , they can be found in many of the the local towns and villages and offer a good base for exploring, walking or just relaxing.

Remember you are never far from the coast on the Island of Tenerife, and you can get there easily by car or bus.