Friday, 8 February 2019

La Victoria de Acentejo - Tenerife Village

Photo from-wwwwebtenerife


La Victoria de Acentejo one of the major wine producing areas on the Island along with banana plantations and rural farms land planted with cereals.





Photo Ayuntamiento de La Victoria




Famous for it's 'Guachinche Taverns' where they serve their own wines and typical local dishes. A must to try.


It is a typical Canarian village on the north side of the Island, you drive through on the TF217, looks like a normal little town, but stop walk around and you will find lots to explore.










Photo Ayuntamiento de LaVictoria




It is yet another town that enjoys it's fiestas, as you can see....








You can find out more about this great not so little town here on :-

http://www.lavictoriadeacentejo.es
































Monday, 21 January 2019

Tenerife South - Beautiful Scenery



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
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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.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Igueste de San Andrés, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

You are driving alongside the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, lots to look at depending on the time of year, cruise ships, oil rigs in for refurbishing, tall ships, there is even a Steam Ship there that has been completely renovated over a number of years all worth looking at.

Continuing along the port road you arrive at San Andrés a typical fishing village, the front row has all the fish restaurants and cafe's but you need to park and walk into the village center, there you will find  places where the locals eat and drink and go about their daily life.

Just beyond San Andrés you will find Teresitas Beach one of the first man made beaches on the island, the sand was imported from the Sahara The road straight on past Teresitas  beach continues on for another 6 kilometers and brings you to Igueste de San Andrés , where the road ends.

It is a little village at the foot of the Mercedes Mountains,it is made up of paths through the houses,you have to park and walk, the village was once only accessible via boat and they had to be self-sufficient, they still are today, there are allotments growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables.You will also find a stream running alongside the road fed from the mountains and even more surprising is that there are numerous ducks living quite happily there.



The beach is a pebble beach, there is a cafe but it's not always open, plenty of coastal foot paths to explore.


All in all it is well worth the drive, it's a rugged coast line but that adds to the character of the place.


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Santiago Del Teide, Tenerife

Photo from www.webtenerife.co.uk

Santiago Del Teide is a municipal as well as a town, the town of Santiago Del Teide being the gate way to Masca, known as the lost village because until recent times it could only be accessed by sea. 





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On our first trip to Tenerife in the early 1980's we hired a Seat Panda (there wasn't a lot of choice then ) to explore the Island and found the track from Buenavista del Norte to Santiago Del Teide which went through Masca Village, it was very scary, didn't see another car only saw goats!! and it was very narrow, just a track no tarmac. 


A few years later we decided to try it again and went from Santiago del Teide to Masca and found the Road people widening the track slightly and laying tarmac, the work men guiding us around their tarmac laying machines right near the edge of some steep drops, so yes I have some great memories of this road.
Over the year it has been upgraded and is now very safe although very twisty, but well worth the trip, the views are incredible. 



Phot by Around Tenerife

Santiago Del Teide town itself is a 
lovely little town/village, with the Church of San Fernando Rey in the centre, it's a little church, had some work carried a few years ago especially to the domed ceiling which looks fantastic. 
There are plenty of stopping places for a coffee or a meal, do wander away from the main road and have a good look around.



Photo from webTenerife




The town is located at the end of the recently opened extension to the south autopista, which now makes it very easy and quick to get to, which in some ways is a shame because by not taking the old road you miss all the villages and towns along the way, such as the village of Alfarero where the pottery museum can be found and towns such as Guia de Isora, there is so much to explore....


Thursday, 22 November 2018

Candelaria a Municipal, a City and a Town


Candelaria is a municipal on south eastern coast of Tenerife, it is a city, with the
Cathedral  (Basilica) being the home of the sculpture of the 'Virgin of Candelaria' the patron of the Canary Islands.

The current Basilica dates back to 1959 the first sanctuary to the 'Virgin of Candelaria' was constructed in 1668, but was out grown with the yearly pilgrimage which takes place every August 15th with pilgrims walking from all parts the Canary Islands. The current Basilica has a capacity of 5,000 people.

The basilica houses some very old painting on the walls which are well worth viewing, some being very dark and needing renovation.

'The Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias' along side of the Basilica is used frequently throughout the year for religious events and festive occasions, the two biggest being the August the 15th pilgrimage and at Carnival time. 
It is also where you will find the bronze statutes of the 9 Guanche Kings.

Although Canderlaria is classed as a City, it is more the size of a town and has a lot of character, especially the old part, it is on the coast has a fishing harbour, plenty of individual little shops in the center and down the main street.

There are plenty of little cafe's and restaurants , but be aware that some of them can be a bit pricey because of the tourists that come to see the Basilica, so look around for the places that the locals use.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Poris de Abona - A Tenerife Southern Coastal Village

Poris de Abona - a little southern coastal village, missed by most people as
they speed along the Autopista either going to or coming from Santa Cruz.


In years gone past it almost seemed like the village had been forgotten, it had started to look very unloved, but I am glad to say that is not now the case.



Poris has two parts, the original village and to the East the new apartments, with the 'Casa Blanca' residential area at the side of these, fortunately neither of these areas are too visible  from the village itself.

The original village consists of a large supermarket (which never seems to be closed) where you can purchase anything from household goods to fresh fruit and veg, a chemist, post office and the normal bars, café's and restaurants.

To the right of the main street you will find the Church and village plaza, where every Sunday morning they hold a Farmers Market where you can purchase a good variety of local produce.

To the left of the main street is the beach, it's a small sheltered black sand beach where you can take the sun most days of the year. If you don't like the sand, you couldn't find a better place to sunbathe, there are plenty of solarium type areas for the serious sun bather.

People watching is another occupation which can be enjoyed there as there is an abundance of  seats and benches.

Many years ago  Poris de Abona was an important fishing village on the Island, but alas no more, but there is still a small fishing community there. The area is also well know for ' El Tabaibal', a group of cacti, these cacti all produce a white latex know as 'Tabaiba Milk' which in the past had many uses such as sealing the wine barrels, the wood from the cacti which is porous was also used for making the covers for the barrels. The milk was also thought to have medicinal properties, especially as an analgesic for pain and  dermatologist for healing wounds. If you take a walk along the coast towards Las Eras, you will still find many examples of  these cacti.

Continuing westward along the coastal road will bring you to Punta de Abona, a little village at the end of the road, which turns into a rough track (passable by car), leading to the light house. The new light house stands next to the original light house, the building itself has been recently restored by stone Masons and their apprentices which will be opened as a restaurant, some time in the future. The original lamp has been retained on the top of the building.